I guess in summing this up, thie is not right or wrong but it all comes from experience. In a blind fold test once when I was teaching the recording arts, I took a B&K 4006 with a Neve console and recorded a guitar. I then took a radio shack condenser (49 dollars) and a Mackie board. With EQ and my experience, not one student could tell which was which. It all depends on what will work for you. In another thread, I gave some examples of how to get the level up in mastering and I failed to mention one example of analog console to A/D to CDR input digitally but you know what? I have never had two mastering sessions (or even two songs on one session) go down the same way. That is what makes this "Art". When we stop trying something new is when we quit learning. Also, the definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing and expecting different results. I like to share what has worked for me in certain instances but nothing I say is ever set in stone due to the thousands if not millions of varibles that occures in remaote locations. Even this facility has a Ghost that lingers about changin things so I must work very hard practicing my art many hours per day, every day, fine tuning and calibrating the monstor. I also feel all here have something to say and I know that tone gets in the dump from time to time especially when everyone here has experienced things they "KNOW" works certain ways. As an engineer, I can get most anything that is not defective to function the way I need it to for back-end results with patience, perserverence and open mindedness. Their are certain instances where one needs to agree to disagree. This past week I have had may share of BS go down and none of it was either funny or healty. Sometimes we talk things more seriously than they really appear and sometimes it is good to just kick back and vibe. I am not a Mackie fan by no means and I have harped until I am blue in the face about the horrible signal path and topographical design errors built into them but you know what?, not everyone can afford to dum 70K into their consoles Mic pres and line amps and I for one love it dearly when I hear someone making nice sound with a Mackie because in a true sense, that person has becaome an engineer simply by finding all the faults and finding a way to work around them and make things positive happen. Well, I hope that at least clears the air. However he did it, Fats has some FAT work out there in the record shops and I know who screws is as well so likewise. I also looked into your things to Mix77, you got it going on! The RO is a healty place for heated discussion but we need to learn all of us to read between the lines and get the most positive things going on. BTW, my keyboard is ^#$%ed up and I did not proof read for spelling so get over it damnit! Their was something very fowl in the air this past week, lets work to spray some lysol on it and have a damn good stress free week shall we?