Great mix is crucial for every recording. It is the moment when all of your tracks (sometimes even over a hundred of them) blend to one stereo file. If you want your mix to sound as good as possible please follow guidelines below:
Provide files that have the same sample rate and bit depth as recorded.
Minimum requirements for recording & mixing is: multiple wave files 44.1 kHz / 16 bits.
Anything higher would also be great.
Please no mp3s...
- All tracks should have exactly the same length. When imported to a new session everything would playback correctly.
- Please do not export your tracks with any effects from your session (eqs, compressors, reverbs) unless they are critical to the sound. You can always send a track with the FX printed (wet) and with FX off (dry) to give me some flexibility.
- If you are happy with your raw mix feel free to send it too. Sometimes it may speed things up.
- Please make sure that the editing is finished before you send your tracks to mixing - the performances are comped, drums are edited, there are no unnecessary tracks. I can do the editing if needed, but it will lenghten the time and increase the cost.
When mixing is done all you need is mastering. It is a must if you are releasing an album - balancing the songs against each other, adjusting pauses etc. But you can also master individual songs.
For the best possible results please:
- ensure that format of the file you are sending matches the format of the mix print. Stereo wav file 44.1 kHz / 16 bit or better.
- leave the mix as dynamic as it is. Do not brickwall it with a limiter or compressor right before printing. In mastering I will control the dynamics if needed.
If you have any more questions please feel free to contact me.