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Mix Preparation

How To Prepare Your Music For Mixing

Below is a set of instructions to guide you through the process of sending your track. In summary, you will need to use the consolidate or render function of your DAW/sequencer to 'bounce' your audio files then zip them up into a folder and upload the folder to a file hosting service such as wetransfer etc.

Before starting the mix anything relevant such as your musical background and influences (both musical and perhaps technical) can be discussed. Reference tracks are always very useful in helping to ensure the outcome is what you expect.

1. Make sure that you only include tracks and takes that you wish to be present in the final mix. If you want to include alternative takes as an option then please make it clear how you want them to be used.

2. Make sure that any midi parts are rendered to audio. Please consult your DAW manual if you don't know how to do this.

3. If any tracks have effects that you want to be left in the mix then please make sure that you render those particular tracks with the effects applied and not bypassed. You can also include the dry, unaffected versions for reference if you want to.

4. Once you have decided upon everything you wish to include in the final mix it's time to consolidate your audio. All DAW's should have this functionality and will result in all of your audio files being exactly the same length and all of your relative track positioning being preserved. If you haven't come across the term 'consolidate' with respect to a DAW it is recommended that you read your DAW's manual or research it on the internet so that you understand the process. Make sure that you consolidate from the very beginning of your timeline at 0.00.00 and extend to around 10 seconds past the end of your audio. This will ensure any effect 'tails', such as reverbs or delays, are preserved. Please note that your audio should be output as .wav or .aiff and should be at 24 bit and 44.1 kHz (or at the bit depth and sample rate the audio was recorded at). You should have options in the consolidation dialogue of your DAW to choose both the bit depth and the sample rate.

5. In the consolidation dialogue you should also be able to specify a folder to output the consolidated files to. You should use a new, empty folder so as not confuse the consolidated files with the original audio files. This is the folder that will need to be zipped up, using an application such as 7zip or winzip, and uploaded to a file sharing host. You can then send the url link of where to download it from.

After the track has been mixed it will sent back to you. You can then listen to the mix and decide whether you would like any changes to be made. This process of making changes to the mix can continue, to a reasonable degree, indefinitely until you are satisfied with the result.