I was just wondering if I could master my own album with a cassette tape, my audigy card, and a 1/4 to xlr mic cable? I don't have a cassette player, and my computer is broken....what should I do in this situation? Just kidding guys! I've seen some posts comparing mastering 15 years ago to mastering today. From what I understand, 15 years ago you'd polish up and boost the volume compared to now-a-days everything seems to be a deep sea rescue mission. Now is this all just inexperience on the recording engineer? (if you could even call him/her that). Or does if have to do mainly with consumer gear? What are a some of your biggest pet peeves in the mixes you recieve?