In order to ensure the best results, we highly recommend following the requirements below, remember that you can also ask your technician’s any questions you might have !
1 – Your Rough Mix shouldn’t be too loud
Export it with the master modulating around -14/-12 dB RMS and without peaks above -6 dB True Peak in the loudest part(s).
(We are well talking about the global volume of your track in the master not its fader value ! Your master fader should remain at 0 dB. )
2 – Export Settings for individual tracks should be
– your project sample rate (usually 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz),
– project bit depth (usually 24-bit / 32-bit (float) or 16-bit),
– Normalisation & Dither DISABLED
– .wav or .aif (uncompressed format)
– Export your tracks with a few seconds of silence after it to avoid any clicks or harsh cut.
3 – Make sure you are truly happy on both sound design & arrangement sides of your rough mix.
If you have some issues, you are aware of and that you can fix, try to fix them as early in the process as you can.
You shouldn’t think/say, ” We’ll fix it in the mix! “.
If you can fix it at recording/composing stages, you’ll end up with a better result.
Remember that you can send you rough mix to your technician for a detailed feedback before exporting the individual tracks, he’ll be able to let you know if there are any major issues that need some fixes on your side before sending the files over.
4 – What effects should i apply and which ones will you apply ?
As mixdown & creation shares some of the same tools and are closely related in several points, i would recommend :
– Any effects that serve your sound design and are more creatives should remain,
– Compressors & EQ you aren’t sure of, or that you added in a more technical purpose may be removed if you aren’t totally satisfied with them (some will be added following the needs),
– Automated effects should be printed in your tracks (if it was on the mix buss or master, you may ask your technician to send you the mixdown before mastering as you may reapply it).
– Reverbs, Delays and other spatiotemporal effects should be applied via sends to allow your technician to process the dry and wet signals separately,
– Remove anything that doesn’t make a difference when you bypass it.
5 – Provide the following information
In a text file named “Infos.txt” includes the following information :
– Sample Rate,
– Bit depth/Resolution,
– Track Name,
– Artist Name,
Join the text file along your audio files.
You can also provide that information directly in your order follow-up email/ticket if you prefer.
They will help to ensure session is set up properly and will allow your technician to enter Metadatas & Credits directly.
Send your files to your audio technician
You can use WeTransfer (up to 2Go) or Mega.nz (up to 15gb with free accounts, encrypted transfer) for file transfers.
With both platforms you will be able to send a download link in your order’s related email/ticket.
Note : A private web application for order follows & files transfers is currently in development. We hope to release it within the upcoming months.
If you have any questions, feel free to open a support ticket and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.