Maybe you have heard about dropbox but let me tell you how it is super helpful in the studio! Dropbox is a service that allows you to send, receive, download & upload files and share them with your friends (and clients). You can check it out at http://www.dropbox.com
Just recently I did a track with a local hip hop cat named 10acity, we worked on his part of the song, the hook (chorus) and the 2nd verse. He purposely left the first verse open, as he had a friend from British Columbia that wanted to lay down on a verse. Now here is where this gets cool. I sent a wav file of the song with the BPM (beats per minute) in brackets to this guy in B.C. He went to a studio there, laid down his vocal track to the wav I sent him. Then he dropboxed me back with just his clean vocal. I poped it into Pro Tools and viola! its in sync and sounds perfect.
Obviously from a sound point of view, it is better for the most part to have all musicians involved in a project, in the same studio, recording their parts. But sometimes that is just not a do-able situation. Enter dropbox!
After some brief explanations to the friend of the client on how I like my files, it was very straight forward for his engineer to send me the files. Think of the possibilities, did you maybe write a song, and you want your Aunt to play some banjo on it, but she lives in Italy? No problem with dropbox.
Here’s my list of how to do this properly with Platinum Gold Studios
First off we need the BPM for the song (or have it recorded to a click track) – this helps with lining everything up on both studio’s ends.
Second, I need to send a 24 bit/ 44.1 Khz Wav file to the other studio.
Once they are done they send me back a consolidated wav file of just the recorded part (the hip hop verse, or the banjo whatever) I don’t need back the whole mix. For the simple reason that the mix is then already done. What if we wanted to raise and lower the parts afterwards? This is why sending back just the individual file is the best. Most programs will allow you to consolidate the file, or bounce to disk. What I need is the track in question starting at 0 on the timeline and ending after the part is finished or the song is done. In pro tools it is a quick command to do. In other systems you may have to mute the backing track and just bounce down a stereo version of just the part that was recorded. To 24/44.1 wav.
After that, drop the file on dropbox (see how cool that is!) and it sends me an automatic email. I grab it drop it into pro tools and there we go, finished tune!