Consolidating Audio Tracks

Regardless of what DAW you use when you record at home, this little tutorial should help you when you are bringing tracks to the studio.

Nowadays artists are spending a lot more time recording at home, and they are getting pretty awesome results.  Sometimes what falls short is the MIX or the Mastering.  Having an outside ear and opinion can really help.  This is what we do! Every day we are mixing, recording or mastering.  If you get stuck, give us a call, and we can have a go at the mix.

The regular studio rate of $34.95per hour (plus taxes) applies to any mixing or mastering job.  If you are planning on bringing your files into mix please make sure of the following

1.  The files are either or WAV or AIFF, please do not bring MP3 files, the damage has already been done to them.  We can accept 16 or 24 bit files and sampling rates of 44.1 , 48 and 96khz.

2.  Please make sure that your files are consolidated.  Meaning that when you bring us 24 tracks to the mix, they all start and end at the same time.  Here is a youtube video tutorial on how to do it.

3.  Please only bring files that you would like in the mix, alternate takes are cumbersome to sort through.

4.  Label your audio files, this cuts down on detective work, wasting precious mix time. ex bass 01 vs audio 12.

5.  Bring your files in on a USB stick, a external hard drive, or a DVD backup.

6.  Note down any BPM (beats per minute) that you are using within the song.

Most programs have the ability to export files like the above video of Pro Tools.  One of the biggest time consuming things is going thru tracks that someone has brought in.  We have spent upwards of three hours figuring out files before getting anywhere close to recording or mixing.  While not the best idea, if you bring in your computer we can sit down and figure out how to export the tracks for you.  obviously there will be an hourly charge when doing so.  Please remember all of the above if you plan to bring your files in to have them mixed and or over dubbed.

 

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