Check this out. I read this in the liner notes of a bluegrass spoof album today. This is a commercial release on an independent label. Just curious what you guys will have to say about this, especially mastering engineers here. While I do not agree in whole with what's being said here, I understand the angle from which it comes. It doesn't seem that this album suffers from not having been mastered. It sounds pretty damn good. The band's frontman owns the studio in which it was recorded, and he recorded and produced the album, so these aren't random comments made by an unknowledgeable artist. Here it is: In this age of digital recording, "mastering" is beyond unnecessary, and was therefore avoided in order to preserve the fidelity of the original performances as they were captured by the really expensive German microphones and hand built Great River & Buzz Audio preamplifiers with output transformers. No digital limiters of any kind were used. Enjoy the sonic purity.