Judging by what is coming to be mastered lately I am wondering if anyone takes the time to properly write, perform, record and mix a song anymore or is everyone in such a hurry that they don't have time to do anything well. Lately we have been getting a lot of songs that are really not ready for mastering. They have mistakes in them, the vocals are off key, the instruments are out of tune, the vocals are distorted and the whole mix sounds muddy and, in some cases, just plain BAD. The clients, when asked, say they need to get the CD out for their CD release party or they are going on tour and need the CDs to sell or they are getting ready for a really big record contract deal and the label needs the songs to make the final decision. I can understand the need for quick turnarounds but aren't these people forgetting that someone has to buy the material or pass judgment on it and they should be putting their best foot forward and not sacrificing quality for speed. It is so refreshing to get in well done, well thought out songs that are well played, well recorded and well mixed. But these seem to be further and further from the norm. The norm seems to be the songs are, as one client put it, good enough for the purpose they need. I was always brought up with the idea that if you published something it should be your best work but I guess that is no longer the rule. Is this a regional thing here abouts or is this a general trend throughout the industry?