PREPARE FILES FOR MIXING

PREPARE SESSION / EXPORT FILES FOR MIXING

Before uploading, make sure your project is ready for the mix:

Did you record all you need ?
Is it all in the right place ?
Is the timing right ?
Does the arrangement work ?
Is the recording distorting or clipping ?
Are you happy with each of the recorded tracks (vocals/instruments) ?


There are three options below (A,B,C), depending on how you want to send the files:

A) Bounced / Rendered / Printed Files starting from 0:00

Each audio track should contain one mono or one stereo channel (as interrelated stereo audio file) of an instrument or one microphone position or two for stereo recordings (as interrelated stereo audio file) only. For spatial mixes contact me for more details.

Please send finished and comped, bounced and undistorted or clipped channel/track files.
Leave a few seconds of noise for noisy tracks including hiss, hum, crackle before the audio start on each track, so I can generate a noise reduction template.

I don’t need the complete original DAW session unless I request it.

All files for each song should be consolidated into the same format as your original DAW session, please do not convert the files to another format.

All files should start from 0:00.

I prefer you to send me both: a dry and an effected or treated version of all tracks (with or without plug ins). Label each as FX/DRY either in the filename itself or separated in folders. If you have only used effects on a few tracks but want to leave me the option to use different ones instead, please send me a dry, uneffected copy of these. Make sure that no effects of other tracks are bleeding through to the track you are bouncing/consolidating for the dry tracks.

Please include a track also starting from 0:00 containing the demo or reference mix that is close to how you feel the song, and email me references or sample songs that show how you would like it to sound like, and a written description of your mix guide.

A note of the song’s BPM’s (Beats Per Minute) and bar numbers of count changes is very helpful.

Track files need to be properly labeled. Detailled labeling makes it easier and faster to import the session on my side and gives me more time for mixing and production.

FILE NAMING

Track name examples:

I find, that the most useful naming:
“track number” “song name in short” “group” “instrument” “microphone” “sound”

for example a song called “Rock and Roll Chicken”

01 RnR Chicken DRUMS KICK IN U47 dry
02 RnR Chicken DRUMS KICK OUT U47 dry
..
08 RnR Chicken DRUMS ROOM SM57 Crushed
..
12 RnR Chicken GUIT Gibson-SG Fender Twin Reverb SM57 direct
13 RnR Chicken GUIT Gibson-SG Fender Twin Reverb SM57 axial
..
20 RnR Chicken LV C12 compressed
..
32 RnR Chicken ROUGH MIX

Group name examples:

DRUMS – acoustic drum tracks
E DRUMS – electric drum tracks
PERC – percussion
BASS – bass
E BASS – electric bass
A BASS – acoustic bass
BRASS – Brass Section
STR – String section
GUIT – Guitars
E GUIT – electric guitars
A GUIT – acoustic guitars
KEYS – keyboards and synths
B KEYS – bass keyboards
LV – lead vocals
BV – backing vocals / choir
S FX – sound effects (delay,phaser)
R FX – room/reverb effects

B) Pro Tools Session

 

  1. Reduce Pro Tools session: Try to find unused audio files in visible and non visible tracks and playlists. Some of them might be still useful for the mix – so think about each one. First remove all unused or muted visible or invisible tracks you think are not necessary. Remove all regions or clips you don’t need from the arrangement. If you don’t want any of the unused playlists, remove all unused playlists or tick “Main Playlists only” when you save. Finally REMOVE all unused audio files from the session by “Select Unused” in the regions bin and then “Clear”. (Select REMOVE from session and DON’T DELETE the files, you might want to use them further or you are not sure).
  2. Then “Save Copy In” and select all the options you want to save into the new session copy file (include Audio Files, leave session sample rate as the original) Press OK (to save the session) and within the next window create a new folder, and name it like the session and “Save”.
  3. Compress this file into a zip or similar and upload it.
  4. If you used any third party plug ins, make a screen shot of the settings or if the plug in is essential and unusual, create another track copy within the session with the plug-in “bounced/rendered” into the audio file.

C) Logic Session

  1. Reduce Logic Session: Try to find unused audio files in visible and non visible tracks and playlists (Logic 10.4). Some of them might be still useful for the mix – so think about each one. First remove all unused or switched off, muted visible or Hidden tracks you think are not necessary. Remove all regions or clips you don’t need from the arrangement. The Logic keyboard shortcut for “select all muted regions” comes in handy here. Finally remove all unused audio files from the session by “Select Unused” (also a keyboard shortcut) in the audio bin and then delete (they will still remain on the harddrive)
  2. Then “Save a copy as” and select all the options you want to save into the new session copy file (include Audio Files, leave session sample rate as the original) press OK (to save the session) and within the next window create a new folder, and name it like the session and “Save”.
  3. Compress this file into a zip or similar and upload it.
  4. If you used any third party plug ins, make a screen shot of the settings or if the plug in is essential and unusual, create another track copy within the session with the plug-in “bounced/rendered” into the audio file.

D) Other DAWs see A)