My thanks for the "welcome" and the "tips". The part I like about the "new" scene (for me anyway) is that since we all have to wear so many hats it's created the need for a more familial community. I used to just do my job and go home. Now I AM home... and it's all my job! For those of you that may have missed my initial message here it is in it's lengthy entirety... Hi Joe, and welcome. I'm new on this site too, as a subscriber. I'm a 45 year-old union (local 47) composer. Like many I have moved to wearing all the "hats"... composer, arranger, engineer, producer, etc., so I'm relatively new at working every position on the assembly line. My request is that you post the correct order for creating a mastered file. Here's what I do. Final master fader mix bounce to new file/ master fader master bounce to export. The burning question for me is: Should I use a master fader for the final and/or for the master bounces? If so...plug-insonly on the master faders? All final mixes on the same document? All final masters on the same document? Projects for outside mastering on a master fader or just a stereo bounce? Or just tell me what book to buy! It's a little bit embarrassing and at the same time a bit exciting to feel so "new". I've made a living as a professional musician for almost 3 decades. Thanks for your attention. My sincerest apologies to you and the forum for being long-winded and off topic. It won't happen again. Big James Monroe G4 500, G4 466, G4 400, Pro Tools, Digital Performer, Waves Gold, Mackie, E-MU, Roland, Alesis, diet Coke, mild cigars, little exercise, hate TV, love God. That's the entire previous post. Thanks everyone.