WHAT DAW'S OR FORMAT DO YOU USE FOR MIXING

We mainly use both Pro Tools & Cubase Pro for mix down platforms. However,  it's not necessary to have the same software that you used to record your project.  Most of the time the easiest way to transfer a project for mixing is to render all the audio tracks and virtual instruments to individual audio files that all start at the same time. Theses are known as "STEMS".   We simply import all your STEM files, line them up, and we're ready to mix.  


HOW DO I MAKE PAYMENT?

We accept cash, payment through PayPal, or you can mail a personal check. All checks must clear before we start work.


HOW DO I PREPARE MY FILES(STEMS) ?

RENDER EACH TRACK  and virtual instrument to individual contiguous audio files that all start at the exact same time.  We will simply import those audio files into our DAW, snap them all to time zero, and start the production . You should test this yourself in a new blank project to make sure lines up synched before sending us the files.  Also, unless you are using pre-recorded  single track drum loops, we prefer each drum sound as a separate file (e.g., kick drum, snare, hi-hat, toms, cymbals or overheads, etc.).  We can’t change the sound or balance of individual drum kit elements if they are all pre-mixed to a single audio file.

DISABLE ALL EFFECTS AND PROCESSING (EQ, compression, reverb, delay, chorus, etc.) on all the tracks BEFORE you render and export them, unless that effect is an integral part of the sound. We can’t apply high end effects, tuning and processing if your tracks are already effected and/or processed in any way. If you aren’t sure if you should turn off an effect or not, render the effects return to a separate track and give me that in addition to a totally raw (dry) track.

CLEAN UP YOUR TRACKS -  Please do NOT send anything you don’t want in the final mix. Solo each track and listen to it from start to finish. If there are any noise or bleed that is not supposed to be there, edit those out before you render the files you will send.  

CLEARLY LABEL YOUR FILES!  This helps us reduce the amount of time analyzing what each track is and lets us get started on your mix. 

WHEN RENDERING YOUR TRACKS TO SEND IN...  make sure each track is the same bit depth and sample rate that you recorded the project at.  If you recorded at 16 bits, render your tracks at 16bits.  If you recorded at 24 bits, please keep the rendered tracks at 24 bits. Also, there are no such thing as 32 bit converters, so if you somehow had your software set to 32 bit floating point format when you recorded, please render the tracks to 24 bit format to make the file size smaller. Do not render the tracks to a different sample rate than you recorded at. Doing sample rate conversions on every track will sound much worse than one high quality sample rate conversion in the mastering stage.

Stereo tracks should be rendered as interleaved stereo files (NOT split left and right mono files). Mono tracks should be rendered as mono files.

DO NOT RENDER YOUR TRACKS AS MP3 FILES!  They should be rendered as uncompressed Wave or AIFF files.

IF YOU RECORDED YOUR PROJECT IN...  Pro Tools, Nuendo, or Cubase,  you can also send us a complete project to work from.  Contact us for specific details, as we can open those project files directly. This is simply an option instead of sending us stem files as described above.


HOW DO I SEND MY FILES TO YOU?  

We set up a private file transfer account for you to upload your files or project to.  You simply join the folder and start uploading  your files to us.  A quality high speed internet connection is recommended due to file or project size.


WHAT FORMAT WILL MY FINAL MIXES BE IN?  

DRAFT MIXES...  We send a high quality MP3 file of your mix for reviewing purposes.  

FINAL MIXES...  When completely satisfied with the mix. a FINAL MIX  will be delivered in 24bit Wav. file format at .44.1khz.  If another format is desired, we can accommodate you.

MASTERING MIXES...  If we perform final mastering of your mixes you can specify... 

  • Mastered files at 16 bit, 44.1Khz,  for CD manufacturing
  • Mastered files at any setting in MP3 format (for digital sales, i.e. iTunes etc.)


WHAT IS THE AVERAGE TURN AROUND TIME?

We wish we knew! It is dependent on our current amount of pending projects. Please contact us to determine our current turn around time. 

HOW WILL MY MIXES BE DELIVERED?

The final mix files will be delivered in Wave file format at 24 bits, and at the same sample rate that the project was recorded at. These files will be ready to send to mastering. I will usually also deliver a “quick mastered” version of the mixes so that you can get an idea of how the mixes will sound when mastered to current loudness levels.

If you also hire us to do the final mastering of your mixes, you will get the mastered files at 16 bit, 44.1Khz, which is the current format needed for CD manufacturing. If you have us master your entire CD, or an EP or single that is destined for CD manufacturing, we can mail a Master CD ready to send to a manufacturing plant. For faster delivery, we can also upload an ISO or DDP image of the Master CD that can be uploaded to any manufacturing plant that accepts those formats (or you can burn your own Master CD from the image).


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