M A S T E R I N G
What happens? Most all of my masters are created in the Analog domain.
First your mix loads into Sequoia Digital Audio Workstation, which hosts plugins by DMG, Fabfilter, Softube, Algorithmix and many more. From Sequioa the digital output connects to a Bricasti M1 Digital to Analog Converter. (DAC) That converts your digital mix into analog. The voice into the analog world. The M1 acts as a "Play Head” that feeds into a Crookwood R3 insert router housing a number of EQ's and Compressors, which are available at the push of a button - in any order I want with series/parallel flexibility.
The best sounding combination of gear and routing is selected for a given song, and when a song is properly dialed in I cut the master by playing it back in real time through the Analog Rig. This step is captured by the 'Record Head' (Prism or Lavry ADC) back into the digital domain at 9624. It's an analog loop through played and capture with tiptop analog/digital converters. After all songs have been recorded the song spacing and transitions are set. The master bounce is then exported to Saracon for final Sample Rate Conversion and Dithering.
This is my basic work flow. Sometimes I keep things all digital. Sometimes I pass the signal through only converters, a short cable and transformers. Sometimes I have every analog box active in the chain. I never know until I hear the song and understand your vision.