Preparation

Preparation For Mixing, Mastering, and Stem Mastering

 

waveform before mastered-waveform-after
Before After

 

This example is taken from a recent track we worked with. They are both pictured at the same timestamps. As you can see in the example on the left there is plenty of headroom and space for dynamics to breathe. When mixing your music for mastering its key not to over limit/compress your track. Light compression is acceptable. The end result of your mastering will directly reflect your mix-down and production.

Submitting Music for Mastering

Having all information and the labeling of files will better expedite your mastering order.

  • Please zip your music and upload for delivery. Our server is too full and too busy, we don’t offer space for upload. Most of our clients use www.yousendit.com, www.divshare.com, or www.sendspace.com! You can also send it to our dropbox on soundcloud.
  • Please Label the zip extension with your artist name or catalog number, exp. ARTISTNAME_BVR004.zip. Also be sure to label Each track with a simple title.
  • We accept 24-32BIT/WAV or AIF files (no MP3’s please).
  • DO NOT normalize your tracks when exporting.
  • -3db Headroom. (peak level at -3db or more).
  • No processing or effects on the master channel when exporting. Keep any limiting or compression to a very minimal amount if any at all.
How To Export for Mastering in Ableton. You can use these instructions for any DAW.

Preparation for Having Your Track Professionally Mixed and Mastered:

For best results, it is always best to supply us with your own version of your mixdown as a single audio file so we can get a good feel for how you would like it to sound.

Please leave your stems “wet.” All processing on individual instruments should be left ON, while making sure that processing on the master channel is turned OFF. i.e. Compression, EQ, Effects, etc.

Export each channel individually using the same export settings as the samples you are using. For example, if you are using 24bit samples, export in 24bit. Be sure to leave dithering and normalization off during export.

Separate your instruments i.e. basslines, kicks, hats, clap/snares into their own separate channels (stems). For example, if you have multiple basslines be sure to separate those into their own channels.

How to Export for Mixing in Logic

How to Export for Mixing in Ableton

Preparation for Stem Mastering

To prepare your track for stem mastering, please leave your stems “wet.” All processing on individual instruments should be left ON, while making sure that processing on the master channel is turned OFF. i.e. Compression, EQ, Effects, etc.

Export your kick, bassline, snare/clap, and hats separately into their own audio files (stems). An example of what your structure should look like:

Stem 1: Kick

Stem 2: Bass

Stem 3: Clap and/or Snare

Stem 4: Leads

Stem 5: Remaining Stems

Obviously, if you choose the 6-9 stem bundle you can separate your track even further (recommended). If you have a vocal in your track, I recommend sending that separately into it’s own stem.


 

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