John Scrip wrote a great article earlier in the year describing how to avoid online mastering scams.

If you listen to a “before” sample that’s completely monaural and muddy and then the “after” sample has a wonderful stereo spread with clearly panned instruments and voices and sparkly highs, you’re listening to a fake. That’s not what happens during mastering, and the guy who posted it knows it.

The tips in John’s article could prove valuable on an internet replete with discount mastering offers aimed at those of us with home studios and tight budgets,