People, hi! This is my really first posting here and to be honest, I have only known about this forum since yesterday. What made me get here? Well, in my ambition to find more precise grounds to my stand in another discussion about importance of recordings I "googled" and found recording.org and I am really glad I did. With lack of further knowledge, this forum appear to be very professional and since I am a deep fan of HiFi in general and great recordings in specific I bet I´ll hang around here more often. Well, to my topic... Is there really a purpose alone to adjust a (digital) recording from master tape, mixing and finally mastering? Isn´t it possible to put majority of efforts to find a suitable studio where the environment is a part of the sound...only? To do a comparison to (digital) photograping. When taking a picture with a competent digital sensor (in the better digital cameras) there is a raw format picture recorded but it is also possible to make a tiff format IF there is a need of adjustments. Now, the raw format capture the truth. No matter what setup the camera has for the moment, the raw find what is there for the moment. High light, dark shadows, color distortion etc etc and I mean that is a part of the composion and the charm of making history at that moment. If the conditions were right there is a great quality "master recording" from the very beginning and there might not be necessary to even make the smallest adjustment. The picture might be perfect if carefulness was considered by the photographer from the very beginning. I mean, what is captured on the raw format file "is the moment" and a part of the charm itself. Now, is there a possibilty to apply this approach on music recordings? What impress me most is when I find music recorded in such way you can feel the room and really hear the instruments as they sound in reality. If a kick drum is somewhat laid back on a master tape, it may as well been laid back already in the studio. Is it relevant to adjust that? Couldn´t that be part of the charm in recordings as well as in (digital) photographing? To put this question on extreme...isn´t a good recording engineer able to make such setup from the very first place and isn´t after adjustments just a way of correcting what was compromised at the studio time? I don´t know if my questions are somewhat naive but as a newbe I am eager to learn. If there is an overview what happens in the different steps from recording to burning discs I´d love to take part of that. Thanks!