Session Preparation for Mixing

In order for the process to go as smoothly as possible and for the session to get from you to me in the most effective way, please follow these instructions:

How to prepare your session for online mixing in 5 steps:

 

Start by bypassing any non-essential effects and processors on each track of your session. Most notably, this includes any EQ, Compression, Limiting, Reverbs etc… If an effect is integral to the unique sound of a track (such as many virtual instruments), please feel free to leave the effect ON or send an effect and clean version of the track. For guitar tracks, it is usually best for the artist to decide on an amp setting and tone as the guitarist knows the sound they are after; however, you are welcome to send DI tracks as well. DI tracks are especially encouraged for bass guitar tracks. I ask to receive tracks this way to give us the most flexibility in processing the tracks. It can be difficult to undo a pre-effected track which will ultimately limit possibilites later on.Wave Files

Clearly name each track something meaningful. Here are some examples:

Good

  • Kick Out
  • Background Vocal High Harmony
  • Bass Amp
  • Lead Guitar Double
  • Snr Btm (phase flipped)

Good Track Naming

Bad

  • Audio 32
  • bip_RisingSun
  • SM57
  • Vocal 3
  • Instrument_003 Render

Bad Track Naming

Consolidate and export your files. You may need perform a google search how to accomplish this within your specific DAW. Some DAWs have the function built-in, while others require  a few steps.

At the end of the process, you should the following:

Consolidate and Export Tracks

  • A new folder with the newly created contiguous audio files. Each audio file should start from 0:00 and go until the end of the song. There should be no separate regions and each file size should be the same.
  • Track names should match the audio file name.
  • There should be no unnecessary audio files such as partial/alternate takes, midi, session files etc… This will reduce confusion, clutter, and file size drastically.
  • An easy way to check if everything exported correctly is to create a new session yourself and import your new files. If everything lines up and plays as it should, then you are good to send.
  • File format should be at least 16-bit/44.1k but preferably higher. WAV or AIFF.

 

Create a ZIP or RAR file from your new folder containing the consolidated audio files as this will allow for easier, faster sending and receiving.
Zip File

You may send the compressed file to me through a variety of methods. The free choices below allow files up to large file transfers and are well suited sending audio (please avoid Dropbox). You may enter studio (at) virtualmixengineer (dot) com  as the recipient.

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