For "real" mastering, what is everyone using? I do mastering and everyone says that I don't use "real" equipment, although I constantly hear that what I use has been used for major recordings. Also, I have never had a complaint from any of my customers. - I use the Blue Sky Pro Desk Monitors (i've heard of several movies and grammy award winning albums done on these monitors, so why aren't they "real"?). I'm sure everyone has their preferences but what is so horrible about these? Are the claims of Blue Sky pure fraud? - I use the Apogee Rosetta 200. I constantly hear that tons of people use the UV22 for dithering, they even put it on the front of the new re-mastered Eric Clapton CD. I know that Prisms and Lavry's are better, but are Apogee's now crap and un-usable for mastering? Are all the claims on the Apogee website just fraudulent marketing? - I use the Focusrite Liquid Channel as a pre, but not much during mastering. - I use Sequoia, but of course, that doesn't make one bit of difference in the sound quality, I shouldn't even really mention it. - I use a UA - LA2A for compression sometimes, sometimes I use plug-ins. - I use the Waves Diamond Bundle Plugins, and a ton of others (PSP, Antares, etc.). I hate to say it because I know the lauding of a plug-in is nearly sacrelidge on here, but I often use the LinMB and LinEQ, they sound the best to me out of everything Waves makes. Ok, so what should I replace? Do I have anything I should keep? If you use any plug-ins does that automatically make you a BS mastering engineer? It's a prevailing notion that it is the ears and experience of the ME, but if you use the gear I use, is it no longer the ears, is it then automatically going to be crap? What is the deal? This is in response to a separate post on here, and an recent email I received, where everyone seems to slam me for the equipment I use. What do you use for mastering? Monitors, EQ, Compression, AD/DA, and other processing (stereo widening, etc.).