I would like to know why everyone seem to want to do everything from writing the music to playing the music to recording the music to mixing the music and then mastering their own material. Does everyone want to suddenly be considered a renaissance person (meaning someone who can do everything?) Or is their some other reason for this trend? I do not consider myself a musician (although I took 8 years of classical piano) and would not even consider playing or writing any musical material but I see so many people on this forum who want to master their own material along with recording it and playing it....so I would like to ask the question WHY? Is it financial? Is it for fun? Is it for the ultimate control of the project? What is the real reason??????? Mastering takes a specialized room, specialized equipment, great monitors and amplifiers and lots and lots of experience doing lots and lots of projects for lots and lots of different clients. It is not something you wake up one morning and just decide to do. So I will ask the ultimate question. Why do you want to master your own material? Thanks in advance for any insight into this question.