Without a doubt, the best way to make sure your original vision is preserved at the mastering stage, is by booking a mastering studio to work alongside the ME on your project.
By doing that you’ll benefit from:
- A level of control only possible through a live interaction with the ME
- Time. You are sure, once the session is over that you’ll leave the mastering studio with your finished masters
The main downside will be the travelling involved to physically attend the session. Moreover, remember to take a few books with you as, let’s face it, it can be extremely boring to sit on a sofa for 8 hours watching someone’s back.