Taking the slow road
I'm worried that I won't be able to hear the difference. I once listened to a Neve preamp at that convention at the Javits Center and I couldn't hear the difference. I don't know what to expect but I also know that I've never tried to master something diy, so I'm in an unknown area. I did put some stuff up on nowhereradio a few, or many, years ago and they sounded like they needed something but I also liked their bombastic nature. There are some very smooth sounds from some obviously mastered tracks that I love, but I'm listening to mp3's and using ear buds, maybe my ears are worn out after all these years and tinnitus and 5 feet from giant PA's in very crappy rooms, I won't say who I saw, I'll look too old. What if some master at mastering sends me a sample of a potential mastering on my own track and I can't even tell the difference? Do I just assume it's better and I should use the service and just trust it? Should I try those $10 auto-master online services and then see if maybe I can notice a difference there first? What if I like that better than a human with hands on the dial custom mastering? Isn't streaming now (2022) actually at higher quality than prior years/decades and therefore maybe mastering is actually more important than back with 128k mp3's? Budget questions exist as well. I guess I have to enter every single one of these sentences, no matter how poorly constructed on my favorite search engine. Just wondering.