The internet makes collaborating with other studios & musicians around the world, possible. I've been meaning to open a thread about collaboration so here is a good start to where I am heading this next decade. I know there are circles of engineers and musicians around the world making incredible sounding songs (albums) through collaboration. The internet has enabled talented people the ability to hone and market their studios and local talent towards specific tasks meaning, drummers build their studios to track drums, guitarists build theirs studios to track guitars/ re-amp, vocalists build their studio to track vocals and so forth. Example: If I need drums for a client, I may send the bed tracks to Marco or Chris Perra and they add drums to the mix. If I need a unique choral background, I may send the bed tracks to Donny, and so it goes. However, in order for piece work (collaborated tracks)to gel (glue), the sound quality of everyone involved should ideally match the over-all sonic level of the overall collaboration project(s). Meaning, it would be counter productive sending pristine vocals to someone that returns poor conversion sounding drums, guitars, violins, vocal tracks back. The mix would turn out sounding odd to say the least. From a collaboration perspective then, (fitting into the mold) gear and the conversion quality is a very important piece of the puzzle. From a mixing perspective, learning how to work and glue collaboration piece work together so it sounds consistent to the collaborators as possible is a growing community filled with opportunities. As an example of what my attributes will be: I am proficient in electric and acoustic guitar performing and recording, re-amping, vocal recording, choral work through city choirs. mixing and so on. My studio lacks in ceiling size, hindering me to ever have the ability to track live drums the way I want, or what most client or a record company would pay for, so I don't even go there. I don't invest money to be a half way studio in a world that is becoming better and better at modular integration and communication. If sampling or sound replacement isn't an option, I would shop drum tracks out to a drummer that gets it done better than me, to match the specs of whomever is paying the bills.