How to prepare your song for mixing
There are a few steps you can take before sending your stems (individual audio files) to a mixing engineer. To help me do my job as quickly and effectively as possible there are some things you can do to prepare tracks before sending them to me.
- Please make sure you send only wave or aiff files. (MP3 files are lower quality)
- When bouncing your audio, please make sure they ALL start from the very beginning, even if there is only one word or sound a couple of minutes in - That way, when I import the audio, all parts come in at the right time!!
- Please set all faders to 0db and make sure they is no clipping before bouncing.
- Make sure any effects and processing you may have is bypassed or removed so I only get the raw audio that's been recorded, unless it is deliberately there for effect...
- Similarly, please make sure your master buss is clear of all processing.
- Please try to make sure all files are labelled appropriately (e.g. Kick drum, Snare Top, Snare Bottom...)
- Please send all stems at the sample rate/bit rate it's been recorded at (e.g. 24 bit, 48kHz).
- Although it is not necessary, feel free to send a rough mix and/or reference tracks to give an idea of how you want your song to sound.
- Please compress/zip a single folder (per song) with all stems to be mixed.
Following these steps can potentially help save me a LOT of time and increase the overall quality of work I am able to produce.
If you are unsure of anything, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Thanks in advance