... Hey guys, I usually don't post on the recording board, mainly over in the instrument sections...and now I have an issue I think that can be settled here...So.... I've tracked 7 songs at a local studio in town, we were planning on taking those tracks and taking them elsewhere to mix and master...this is where I need some advice and suggestions.. I have some more songs to track that have been written and really want them on the album...the studio where I recorded these other 7 tracks is a private home studio and the guy who 'runs it' is no longer in service at all - its by no means a professional deal. The tracks are good, they work, and with some good mixing and mastering, a couple obvious overdubs it'll be great..the best thing about that studio is it was FREE so we would take our time, not feel rushed, so that was a huge plus.... I need to track a few songs, have a session player come in on one or two tracks then mix it and master it. So the questions... 1 - Is it going to be bad if I go to a local, lesser quality studio to track these 3 songs. Mainly just to get the drums recorded (traveling with the drummer is NOT an option) and to have the basic tracks, guitar and bass, done - most likely to be overdubbed in a studio prior to mixing. 2 - Mixing? I'd like to go somewhere like NYC, ATL, or Nashville to mix the songs. I'm 20 yearsold, this album is 100% funded by me and is greatly determined on how much $$ i'm making at the time so I don't have unlimited funds. Traveling to any of those 3 places is a easy for me to do. I'll have what I can 'pre-mixed' in town to save as much time as possible. 3 - Mastering - Do you let whomever mixed the tracks master them, or go elsewhere to do so? Sorry for the long post, I tend to ramble. I'm new to this and want to find a way to produce a good album, not with any real intention of 'getting signed' but mainly for self satisfaction and to sell around while gigging. I want to do this in an economical way, and to make it an experience i'll never forget, not just 10 hours a day in a run down studio just trying to get it recorded and be done with it.