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Old 29th July 2019
If you mix you most likely cannot live on mastering alone or you prioritze your income over respect for historic separation of tasks. So I feel people who solely master are mastering engineers in the sense of a dedicated service as mastering has traditionally been.

"Mastering" then appears like a bolt on service cause you have a set monitors in your room. (and often those not suited for mastering)

Few, if any (most likely none) top mastering engineers mix, I still feel there is merit in following the approach of those to who whom you aspire, methods that have worked and created incredible end results (recording engineer.. remember those? mix engineer, mastering engineer) It includes a respect for each skill, the industry and the approach that has worked. This is not an absolute but it still sits most comfortably with me.

Last edited by SASMastering; 29th July 2019 at 10:19 AM..