Ain't that the truth? I derive a lot of satisfaction from doing the things I need to be good at (Dad, Programmer, Breadwinner and all round top bloke) and the rest simply has to drop off the radar. I was trying so hard to do everything AND get my stuff up to releasable standards that the frustration was starting to make me freaked and resentful. So one day I just said 'fuck it it's not going to happen' and decided to be happy with what I have... TBH I'm much happier for it, now I've removed a major source of inner tension and external grumpiness... I've had one in production for about two months and it will get finished eventually but I'm not sure you can capture the vibe when it's done so slowwwwwwly. It's all starting to sound a bit sterile and academic. Nevertheless, you're right, and I do enjoy the few hours I spend on it. Thats the point really, innit? Me too. Why did I bother? Recently I've concentrated on getting a really good pre-master mix (very slowly of course) and thats definitely working for me. I think mastering SHOULD be taken out of the hands of the writer because it needs to be a dispassionate exercise done by a skillful third party. IMHO.