Before sending your audio files for mixing or mastering it is important to follow these steps to ensure optimal turnaround time and efficiency for both artist and engineer. Below you will find video resources on how to export for mixing & mastering with just a few clicks in both Ableton & Logic DAWs. The steps can be translated across all DAWs.
Preparation for Submitting Music for Mastering
– Step 1: Complete a payment for mixing and mastering using our order page.
– Step 2: Upload your files using our online upload form.
– Step 3: Approve or request any changes before receiving the final file.
** BEFORE UPLOADING – Check to see that your audio files meet the following criteria to ensure optimum turnaround time and efficiency for both the artist and engineer.
- All files are zipped into a single compressed .RAR or .ZIP file.
- Make sure to include your artist name or email in the filename.
- We accept 24-32BIT/WAV or AIF files (no MP3’s please).
- DO NOT normalize your tracks when exporting from your DAW.
- -3db Headroom. (peak volume at no more than -3db or more).
- No processing or effects on the master channel when exporting.
- Keep any limiting or compression to a very minimal amount if any at all. If compression on the master channel is necessary, make sure to turn down the ratio so that it is barely effecting the track.
How To Export for Single Track Mastering in Ableton (You can use these instructions for any DAW).
How To Export for Mixing and Mastering in Logic (You can use these instructions for any DAW).
For best results, it is always best to supply us with your own version of your mixdown as a single audio file so we can get a good feel for how you would like it to sound.
Please leave your stems “wet.” Other words, all processing on individual instruments should be left ON, while making sure that processing on the master channel is turned OFF. i.e. Compression, EQ, Effects, etc.
Export your files at the same bit-rate as they were recorded at in your project. For example, if you are using 24bit samples, export in 24bit.
Be sure to leave dithering and normalization off during export.
Separate your instruments i.e. basslines, kicks, hats, clap/snares into their own separate channels (stems). Each individual instruments should have it’s own audio file to be mixed.
How to Export for Mixing in Ableton
Preparation for Stem Mastering
To prepare your track for stem mastering, please leave your stems “wet.” All processing on individual instruments should be left ON, while making sure that processing on the master channel is turned OFF. i.e. Compression, EQ, Effects, etc.
Export your kick, bassline, snare/clap, and hats separately into their own audio files (stems). An example of what your structure should look like:
- Stem 1: Kick
- Stem 2: Bassline
- Stem 3: Clap and/or Snare
- Stem 4: Leads
- Stem 5: Vocals
- Stem 6: Remaining Stems
If you have any questions before getting started feel free to contact us using the form below.