So, this is the start of a new site/chapter, so bear with me. One of the stigmas I had about mastering engineers was that what they brought to the table was just a technicality. I felt like some of them messed with everything too much, and then others seemed to not do anything... But, the most bothersome thing was that I didn't think that they cared about the music at all. I felt like they wanted to just tell me what they thought I did wrong and get paid, and I hated that. I always pictured someone typing in a spreadsheet somewhere...like Dennis from Jurrasic Park.
But to me, I feel like I am a part of the production, and part of the team that makes it all work. I don't feel like I'm the expert on everything, and I do my best to never communicate that I know better than anybody else. I also hustle to be great at my job, and I try to connect with people and let them know that we're on the same team. I want the end product to be fantastic just like them.
I'm going to try to use this part of my site to facilitate thoughts on stuff like: music, music production, volume, mix prep, etc. The way music is made and consumed is constantly changing, so I feel like it's a pretty fluid topic.