Hi Chris and friends, many thanks for the welcome. I am based in London Uk and currently studying an MA in Record Production so thought I would join to see if I can get any info for my final project as well as any other pro tips. I am not a young student, at 46 I make my living as a professional guitarist, teaching and playing, but I also do sound engineering for performances, recording and some mixing using Pro Tools and Logic. My final project is along a very similar line to one of the posts on your forum, "Death of the Mastering Engineer". I am of the opinion that this profession is on its way out and the next to follow will be mixing engineers and the tactile analogue production techniques that go with it. With software companies such as Izotope developing intelligent mix and mastering software, like Neutron and Ozone 8, surely it's only a matter of time as to when these professions become obsolete. As a musician, I found out early on in my career that it helped if I turned my hand to a variety of different skills to survive in the music business and that's why I do so many different things. The job market all over the world seems to be getting harder and I believe a lot of this is to do with the advances in technology as well as a few other things. Musicians have been losing work for many years now with the development of sample library software so what are the prospects of the future mix and master engineers going to be in 10-20 years and what is the technology going to do to jobs in other areas? We live in a world where technology is meant to help us out and improve our lifestyles, the irony of it is as technology advances and starts doing more for us we will be heading backwards as we become poorer through lack of work - that's a cheery thought. Anyway, if you have any info on the future of mix engineers perhaps you can point me in the direction of this. PS. I am quite a cheery person so please don't get the impression I am a profit of doom. I do think it's important that these things are addressed though.