Hi all, So, I recently spent a day mastering a record I recorded and mixed at one of the primo, ultra fanciest mastering houses in the universe - which shall remain nameless. It also happened to be with one of the most respected mastering engineers in the business, not some intern who happens to work there. There are a bunch of issues, many of which stem from the mixes themselves, I'm the first to admit. But one curious thing is that he seemed to employ a fair amount of M/S processing through their master console to produce a widening of the stereo image. It sounded cool on paper. (It was really hard to judge how things were sounding in such a pristine, unfamiliar environment). But upon getting the masters home, and back at the studio, I feel like it's kind of artificially wide sounding. So do other folks involved in the project. And worst of all, it actually seems to drop the lead vocal level in the mix, which is of course occupying the center of the stereo space. Is this supposed to happen with M/S widening? How common is M/S procesing at the mastering stage, and is it used for widening, or for other purposes? He also seemed to be a little heavy-handed on the high end, which again, I thought might have been the case while we were there, but I couldn't tell for sure until I got home. Granted it was all great EQ's, Massive Passive and this EAR thing, and the fancy digital one all the mastering places have. But it still seems a bit too brittle in the end. And he was also using maybe 5-6 various compressors and limiters, simultaneously. Is this standard procedure for mastering? Anyway, just curious what your collective thoughts might be... Thanks!