How to prepare files for mixing & mastering services
1. The stems for mixing (2 options below)
- If you like where your rough mix is headed, we would rather pick up where you left off. In this case, send 2 sets of stems:
- Send one set of “wet” stems (effects enabled) - 16, 24, or 32-bit WAV. Leave non-creative effects on bus/master channels DISABLED.
- Send one set of “dry” stems (effects disabled) - 16, 24, or 32-bit WAV.
- If we are mixing the song from scratch
- Only send “dry” stems (effects disabled) - 16, 24, or 32-bit WAV.
2. Your demo mix - Simply bounce down your song as is, if you haven't already. This helps us hear the big picture before we zoom into the details.
- Use the following title structure for your zip file: “ArtistName_SongName_125BPM.zip”.
- Be sure to name all individual tracks correctly.
- Even when sending “wet” stems, DISABLE all non-creative effects on all mix/master buses (compression, eq, reverb, delay) before exporting. You can leave the more creative/stylistic effects that add musical character like flangers & choruses enabled.
- Be sure all tracks start succinctly at the very beginning of the song (the 0:00 mark). For example, if a part comes in for the first time at 0:30, there should be silence for the first 30 seconds of that stem file so that it lines up with the arrangement of the song.
- Maintain the original sample rate when exporting your stems. If the song was recorded at a sample rate of 48kHz, then be sure to export the files at 48kHz.
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Need Help Exporting Stems In Your DAW?
We've curated step-by-step video guides for exporting stems from various DAWs:
- Pro Tools: Watch Tutorial
- Logic Pro X: Watch Tutorial
- Reason: Watch Tutorial
- Ableton LIVE: Watch Tutorial
- Studio One: Watch Tutorial
- FL Studio: Watch Tutorial
- GarageBand: Watch Tutorial
- Reaper: Watch Tutorial
- Sonar: Watch Tutorial
- Adobe Audition: Watch Tutorial
- Mixcraft: Watch Tutorial
Feel free to consult these guides to ensure you're exporting your audio files correctly, optimizing them for the best possible mixing and mastering results.