Ok....as many of you have learned.. my primary function is mastering. Now through this long and eventful career....I have done just about all of it. FOH, Vox production/punches, huge live mixes (75+channels), huge studio mixes (90+channels)...worked in the 70's/80's/90's...00's too. Now...here is the point: It is pretty universal that the mixdown engineer passes off the work(s) to the mastering engineer. I accept that...and have done it so many times. What got me into mastering so much was some of the lousy mastering I have received of some really sweet mixes...so I opted to do it myself. Now a mix engineer that masters too??? Is the Heresy?? I think not. Reason: When I mix...I am thinking about mastering....taloring my mixes for the best mastering results by me. Anyone else met this delima?? I know their are some mighty fine mastering engineers out there...and mighty fine mixing engineers. The whole purpose is top get a different "non worn out" , "non partial" set of ears on the mix. I will do specific things during a mix...thinking of the mastering direction I need to use. Anyone else do the long thinking in this area? I am just curious to this. It is said that a musician cannot mix...but studio engineers play...sometimes damn good. How bout....mixing for your particular way of mastering? Just wanted to hear some responses from those who have sent a kick ass mix of to be mastered ...and it came back really not so good.