hello mastering folk, i am but a mere mortal musician hoping to get the most out of the professionals(demi-gods) i, and my band, will be working with in the coming months. We, my band, are just coming to the end of tracking on a new project and before we begin mixing i'd like to get a sense of what, when mixing is finished, is going to help the mastering engineer make our recording sound great. I am assuming that the more 'track maintenance' (removal of clicks,pops, noises) we can perform before we pass off the recording will enable the mastering engineer to concentrate on the 'sonic space' of the recording... which i am imagining is more fun to do as well. What else can we do, or NOT do, to help the mastering engineer concentrate on helping us realize artistic goals rather than spending time fixing stuff. An additional question would be, assuming a recording has no major flaws to fix up, how much time would be required to master 45min of material (9-10 songs). I realize that this is going to vary recording to recording but lets say we are talking semi-limited budget here... not quick and dirty but not major label sonic gymnastics. any suggestions are welcomed!