Originally Posted by missswan
I found this ME... Nice guy, good cred., good ears, good taste in music...The only thing is he has RME conversion while I record through an Orpheus...Does it make sense to go to him? Would his conversion degrade the sound quality of what I give him?
Regardless of any technical, and subjective differences that may or may not exist, between these ADA interfaces, I think it would be first more prudent and important to consider your ME selection as a person, and what the person's process does entail.
As well as your goals for mastering your project. Sure, there is some merit to what you are suggesting about higher quality hardware in a professional mastering room, however, RME converters are generally very clean, so it's not out of this world to hear of this.
Plus they make a myriad of digital interfacing products too. You need to get the whole story, and I am sure your ME will be happy to consult with you about it. I would be. Though I am not really a mastering engineer. I do however do it once and while when I am requested.
Yea, ME's do pay very close attention and spare no expense, but it may be proportional to the cliental and budgets. There are always exceptions to every rule, in every land, which is why I would put people before objects.
I would try to put aside the gear for a bit to speak him about his process, and see if it fits your requirement as a client.