Got your tracks ready and want to take your music to the next step? You can share your songs with me on Dropbox to email@example.com, or use this convenient uploader to send them to me directly.
Some simple guidelines for submitting tracks to be mixed:
#1: CHECK ALL EDITS: Make sure that all edits are good, take the time before you consolidate the files to really listen to the edit points to check for clicks, weird transitions, anything that might cause attention to be drawn to the edit.
#2: REMOVE ALL PLUGINS and AUTOMATION: If you use any plugins please make sure that they are removed or bypassed before exporting your files.
If you are using any automation, please remove or bypass it before exporting.
If the automation or plugin is vital to the track, please export the automated / effected track in addition to the unprocessed file.
#3: CONSOLIDATE ALL TRACKS FROM ZERO: Consolidate each track so that all of the audio files start at the same point (i.e. Bar zero…). This will allow them to be imported in the proper time relationship.
Make sure that there is at least one bar before the song begins, do not trim the export to the first beat.
I can accept files in any combination of WAV, AIFF, or SDII format, and any combination of bit depths but all tracks need to be at the same sample rate..
#4: RENAME and CLEARLY LABEL ALL TRACKS: Please make sure that each track is clearly labeled, simple labels are best. I need to know at a glance if “Jimi Outro” is a vocal, guitar or kazoo track…
Please remove all unintentional track name suffixes. For example: “Lead Guitar_03_01.wav” should be renamed “Lead Guitar.wav”.
Do not add the song title to the beginning of each file name, but be certain to place the tracks in a folder which is named for the song, including tempo and artist name.
Please make sure that all stereo files are named identically with a “dot R” and “dot L” designation. For example “OH.L.wav ” and “OH.R.wav” NOT “OH.L.wav and “OH_01.R.wav” Count the spaces.
If you are creating files on a Mac using OSX, make sure that the file permissions are set to “read/write”
As a last resort alternative to sending audio consolidated from bar zero, you can provide small audio files with the correct placement indicated in the file name (for example,”Guitar 2 bar 84″). For this method to work correctly, you must provide the exact tempo.
Make sure that the lead vocal is comped and CLEARLY labeled.
If you have any ad-lib tracks which are separate from the lead vocal, be sure that they are properly labeled.
In general, you can reduce confusion by making sure that any track which is intended to be included in the final mix is specifically labeled in a unique way.
#5 ORGANIZE: Create sub-folders for common instrument groupings such as DRUMS, PERCUSSION, BASS, ELECTRIC GUITARS, ACOUSTIC GUITARS, KEYBOARDS, LEAD VOCALS, BGVs, etc
Organize the song by placing the tracks in their relevant folders. Place these folders in the main song folder.
#6: INCLUDE FULL INFORMATION: Please include with each song: tempo information, time signature, key signature, and any other applicable information.
This information should be documented in a text file and placed in the song folder with the audio files.
#7: ZIP EACH SONG FOLDER: Please place all of the tracks and notes in a new folder for each song, clearly labeled, and include the tempo information in the folder name, then ZIP the folder (on OSX hold the “control” key while clicking the mouse pointer on the folder and select “Create Archive of..” from the drop down menu. Please do not use any other archive method without checking to see if I can open the file…!
#8: VERIFY EACH SONG: VERIFY each song by unzipping the archive and loading the tracks into a new session, so that you are aware of any missing tracks or misalignment issues.