OK, we did all of our recording. We've been working since December 2001. It's all digital. We've edited what we needed to. We started doing the mixing last weekend. The first session lasted 5 1/2 hours. I thought it was pretty excessive, but I figured it would save time down the road. We set the drum levels/tones, and grouped them for easy leveling. We EQ'd every track for tone and added filters, noise gates, BBE, on board plug-in effects, etc. The second session, the engineer tells us it will take him a minimum of 2 1/2 hours from that point on. Wow. In fact, the time we spend in the mix really depends on us, not him, I figure. I checked other studios and got the idea that I'm pretty much right for thinking this is way more time than needed. Also, other studios will make a basic level and cut you a trial cassette or CDR to take home or listen to in the car. Then you come back and tell the engineer where to up and down the levels or pan tracks, etc. Most studios told me it takes about 30 minutes to an hour per song. Any time above that would only be because the artist was picky or indecisive. Does anyone think 2 1/2 hours per song is too much? Does anyone thing it's wrong for an engineer to tell the artist that he requires any minimum time?