Mixing Preparation Guide

Before sending your tracks for mixing, please make sure they conform to the following guidelines:

  • All audio files should be provided in WAV or AIFF format, 44.1kHz to 96kHz (Sample-Rate), 24-Bit or 32-Bit (Bit-Depth). Don't upsample or downsample the files after recording. Mp3s are suitable for reference use only. Please don't send DAW session files, audio and MIDI (if available) is all we need.

  • Make sure all tracks are exported within the same region so that when they are imported back in a new session they are all in sync. Even if there's a track that only plays at the very end of the song, the export region needs to begin at the very beginning of your song as all the other tracks. This one is crucial - double check if the tracks line up after exporting!
  • Turn off every plugin, disable automation, and bypass hardware inserts on every track where the processing is used for mixing purposes and controlling audio. Leave everything enabled if the effect is part of the sound design and where disabling the processing drastically changes the sound and feel of the track. Any pitch correction on vocals, if used, must be enabled. If in doubt, export the track with all effects turned off, and send us an additional version with all effects enabled as a guide. 

  • Preserve mono files and make sure they are not accidentally exported as stereo files. Trim down the level if necessary, make sure nothing is clipping and try to leave at least 2-3dB of headroom. Don't normalize the tracks and disable any dithering.

  • Ungroup tracks and send them as separate files, except for choirs, orchestration, stacked background vocal pairs/quads and support layers and textures in general. The principle is simple - the more important the instrument/element in the production, the more control we want to have over its sonic imprint.

  • Clean/DI electric guitar or bass tracks, if available, should be sent as a separate track along with the captured amp or amp-sim tones. If IRs are used as a cab and mic sim, please provide us additional, dry amp version with the IR cab disabled. 

  • Same principle applies to MIDI tracks, where the MIDI file should be provided along with the processed audio by the virtual instrument used.  
  • Name each track accordingly, using short and simple track names
  • Bad: Long_song_name-Artist_name_Snare_Top2_new_final
  • Perfect: Snare_Top
  • Please provide as many mix notes as you can - describe the sound you're going for, what elements of your rough mix do you like and what do you think should be improved, effects used, etc. We strongly recommend exporting the final state of your production and sending us the rough mix/demo for reference. Sending links to any commercially released material you find relevant is also recommended.
  • Feel free to contact us and ask any additional questions you might have. There's an exception to every rule and every project is different, so good communication is key to make the mixing process as smooth as possible, thus making your songs sound as good as possible!