Hey, i'm Simon, i'm new to this forum. im a musician and i have few years of expeprience in recording/mixing, mainly its mixing. i got some questions about mastering but first of all.. my big question is: (i might put things incorrectly so please correct me) when a Mastering Engineer gets a project, they (the client) send him thier final mixdown right ? from what i heard its usually a one track. (without the split to, for example: track1 - drums, track2 - bass, track3 - guitars ect..) so now my question is WHY ? why to edit and master one track wave when its way more easier when you got the whole mix ??(when its split into tracks: drums, bass, guitar, vocals..ect) well you got the MS(mid-side) Technique which is a great and powerful tool for editing a track, but once again, wouldnt it be more easier and better to edit the whole mix and master it this way ? therefore is my next question... well maybe i dont really know the difference between Mixing and Mastering so thats why im confused about the ME work procedure. as i did my own research about mastering and mixing, (this involves books as well) i found that they got quite similar procedures like Balance level, Paning/Shifing Stereo Field, EQ, Compression, Dimension Effects (reverb, delay, re-amping) so then whats really the difference between them ? if these all stages mentioned above IS the mastering, so what the hell is mixers job ? maybe i confusing somthing or/and didnt understand so correct me please. thanks in advance. Simon.