Mixing Services & Session Delivery Guidelines
In order to provide rates that are affordable for independent artists and producers, we have very strict requirements for session file organization. This will allow us to spend time mixing, avoiding hours of editing and organizing your sessions. If these guidelines are not followed an hourly charge will be added to the final bill. Masters will not be delivered until full payment is received.
1. All tracks must be properly named.
2. All files must be present in the audio files folder of the session.
3. Either .wav or aiff formats are acceptable (preferrably 24 or 32 bit float / 44.1KHz.)
note: The most efficient way to transfer digital files between recording platforms is via the Broadcast Wav Files (BWF) format. The BWF file format allows for an extra file extension of metadata, allowing audio processing elements to identify themselves, document their activities and permit time / session placement synchronization with other recordings. This metadata is stored as an extension chunk in an otherwise standard digital audio WAV file. BWF is now the audio format of choice between motion picture, recording studios and television production.
4. All Tracks must be organized according to part and as follows:
drums, percussion, bass, guitars, synths and any other instruments in order of importance.
Followed by: intro, lead vocals, any doubles or adlibs and harmonies pertaining to that verse, chorus, bridge, outtro.
5. Please arrange your tracks in a “linear” fashion. In other words, If you are a solo vocalist & you have 3 verses in the song + a double on the lead vocal, there is no need for those sounds to be on 6 different tracks. They should only take up 2 tracks, the lead vocals on 1 & the doubles on the second. However, if there were 3 different vocalists, that same arrangement would require 6 tracks.
6. Even if you use Pro Tools, properly name each audio file and consolidate them from the very beginning of the track to the very end of the track. In other words, each file should start at “0″ & the entire track should now be in ”one piece”. Please verify this by opening a new session and importing the new consolidated files into this session. LISTEN and make sure the files play correctly. Things happen sometimes, so it is best to double check everything.
7. Please make sure that the sounds are “flat”. For example:
Remove any EQ or compression/limiting
Remove any effects (delays/reverbs) from the channel
If there are things about your rough mix that you would like to keep or replicate, please include the rough mix and very detailed notes. Please keep in mind that we may not have the same plugins as you and will have to recreate certain things. If you feel that it is perfect how you have it, please send the track (both flat & with the effect) with your session files.
8. Please REMOVE ALL FILES THAT ARE NOT TO BE USED IN THE SESSION.
9. All files that need to be tuned (either Autotune or Melodyne) must be done so by the client prior to sending the sessions. Tuning will be done at an additional hourly rate.
These things will save us all time and money.
Payment & Session Delivery
Payments can be made by credit card, cashiers check, or cash (if the client is in the Charlotte, NC area). Files can be uploaded and downloaded through our website. You will receive a secure username and password. Only you will be able to access your files. Session files can also be sent through “snail mail”. Paypal and digital transfers are the preferred methods for a fast turnaround time.
A 50% deposit of the estimated total is due before any work will start. Full payment is required before masters will be delivered. A first draft watermarked 128kbps mp3 mix will be sent for your approval. It is our goal to get the mix as close to your vision as possible. Any changes will need to be made during this stage (however – after the second revision hourly fees will apply).