I've come to realize most professional audio mastering engineers use hardware, so my question is this:
Is software adequate for mastering? It seems like it'd be much easier to get all your tracks to similar perceived volumes on a computer...And also if the project started in software (which many do now) as digital information, is there really any benefit of sending it out to analogue gear?
What's the point in multi thousand dollar components that do the same thing plugins that come free in your DAW software do ? Is there a real difference in tonal quality? I've heard both sides of the software/hardware argument but ive still yet to find a definitive/absolute answer to the question.