All I need are your audio files, not the project session.
The best way to send your project to mix is exporting consolidated stems. This means you need to export a separate WAV or AIFF file for each channel in your mix. These files need to start at the same point in time to ensure that they play back in proper sync. In other words they need to contain also the silent parts to preserve the arrangement. This way I can easily import them to his DAW and drag them all the way to the left in order for the files to reproduce correctly.
Organise and label your audio tracks and file names. Each audio track has to be labelled with the name of the sound recorded / music instrument on it. (E.g. Piano, Lead Voice, Acoustic Guitar etc.)
Remove all effects and plug-ins. Send your mix dry. There are cases when this should be done differently. This usually is for tracks you are 100% happy with, like FX or synth tracks where the sound is exactly the one you want to keep in your mix. In this case it is ok to send us the bounce of the tracks processed with all plug-ins or FX on. If the above is applicable to your mix, you should ideally send me an extra folder (DRY COPY) with a copy of all these files completely unprocessed and dry to allow me to decide what is the best thing to do. Please don’t forget to label your files correctly.
You must bounce all your MIDI and virtual instruments so to have them converted in audio. I can only mix and work on audio files. It’s important that all tracks you send me are not digitally clipping. Set the volume at 0dB and bounce the track. If the metering is clipping adjust the volume down to the required level. ( in case your audio already contains clips, don’t worry, we can use clipping removal software to have your music clip free)
All I need to produce a great master of your music is just the stereo audio file of your track. Bounce down (mix down) your music in a stereo file without any plugins or processing on the master stereo channel. Be sure you leave your export settings at the bit rate (usually 24bit or 16bit) they were recorded at. For high compatibility send us your files at 44.100KHz, 48KHz or 96KHz. The file extension has to be .aif or .wav as they are compatible with our system.
Creating a ZIP file containing all the files, stems and rough mixes, is the best way to make sure nothing gets lost in the way. It is also common practice to find RAR files. This particular format may need a third party application like WinRAR or UnrarX in order to uncompress. Inside the ZIP file you can also include a text file with notes and reference mixes. Please before sending the audio file, open them in a new session so to double check that everything is working fine.
The best way to send your song to mix is by mailing a download link to the stems package. For this you will need to upload the files to a third party hosting service like Dropbox or WeTransfer. You can sign up free to the basic Dropbox plan and immediately start uploading and creating share links that don’t expire. The file recipient doesn’t need to create an account. WeTransfer does not require you to create an account for free links but they expire in 7 days and have a 2GB limit. No need to sign up to download free. There are many other options like Google Drive, Rapidshare, Zippyshare, etc. Whatever you use its fine, just make sure the link is open/public and working.
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