I was reading some comments on a review of one of recent Queen remasters. This gentleman didn't like the remaster, someone commented and I paraphrase "You just like to sound smart by criticizing Bob Ludwig". The reviewer responded with (again paraphrased) "Ludwig can make suggestions but ultimately isn't in charge". This brings up an interesting point. I believe mastering engineers usually freelance work for artists and / or record labels. Our host is fortunate in that he licenses titles and has autonomy to do what he wishes (I imagine there are limits). If a label or artist hires an engineer and they want a certain sound isn't the engineer obliged to give it to them (or quit)? They are hired to do a job. I imagine some of you are business owners. Would you be OK with an employee saying "I'll do it my way"? Hopefully you are willing to take suggestions from people who know their jobs but its your business. But ultimately its your business and employees / free lancers are there to do what you are paying them to do. Note: While I think people are in general supposed to do what they are hired to do of course this doesn't extend to anything immoral or criminal. IMO brickwalling a CD is neither. Besides if a good mastering engineer won't do it they'll just get someone who won't be as good or willing to follow directions without question (louder and more compressed, you got it boss). At least good mastering engineers will try to produce as good a sound as possible while trying to make the artist or label happy. Now there are some mastering engineers who just aren't very good. I'm talking about the good ones who put out bad product because of artist and label demands. I've read some people who think this is a sell out. I think its just doing your job. What do you think?