How To Prepare Your Track For Audio Mixing
We ask that you export separate WAV or AIFF files for each audio channel (stem). Each instrument and vocal should have its own track. If your project has 15 channels, you will export 15 WAV or AIFF files. Please name each track appropriately (kick, snare, lead vox, etc.).
All audio channels you prepare for exporting need to have your mix plugins (EQ, reverb or compression) removed. Other creative effects such as delays, filters etc can be kept. Our time is best spent in the mix and there’s no need for us to recreate effects you already like the sound of.
Before exporting the audio files, please make sure there’s no processing (EQs, compressors or limiters) on the master buss. These would affect the dynamics, which we take care of in the mixdown and mastering stage.
All exported audio files need to begin at the same start time. Even if you have a sound on one channel at the very end of your song, bounce the whole file, from the beginning of your song. This is essential for us to line up your song when importing the audio into our workspace. The end of the files can all be different. When the sound ends for the song, the audio file can end there. Alternatively, you can bounce all the audio files to the end of your song.
Please export your audio at the level you have it in your rough mixdown as this will provide a good starting point for us. Please also ensure that no audio channels are peaking any higher than -1db before exporting. If you record the audio too loud, it will affect the final audio quality.
The file format should be as follows; 24bit 44100hz WAV or AIFF. We can handle other file types but please check with us first. We DO NOT accept mp3s.
Rough Mix & Reference Tracks
When sending your files for audio mixing, please include your rough mix. It also helps to send us some reference songs. These would be songs that you envisage your song sounding like. This helps us understand the sound and style you’re going for.