The sad reality of the music business today is that even when you are running a successful studio, there are times when there is going to be either no time or money to budget in using your favorite mastering engineer. This reality has creeped more and more into my life as time goes on and the fast pace of putting up content on the Internet has made many artists need things fast.
One of the most important things about the mastering stage is to get an objective perspective on your mix and have someone else’s ears hear what you may have missed. One of the most valuable things I have found in my recording world is having friends who can listen to my mix and master when there is no time to go to my mastering engineer of choice. Often times they hear what I have lost perspective on and end up giving me some of the most valuable advice I can find. If time is rushed make sure you call a buddy with good ears and get a second perspective on what you are doing, return the favor to them and you have a valuable team that can help make your recordings much better.