Accepted formats are WAV, BWF or AIFF, ideally 24 bit, 44.1, 48k, 88.2 and 96k. Please avoid converting sample rates and just send at the rate the project was recorded. No need to normalise files, just please ensure they are not clipping.
If your project was recorded in protools, just do a save session copy, zip up the whole session and make sure all audio is present. You can check this via the audio files dialog and selecting show full path. Any doubt, just "save session in", and into a new folder. Alternatively just consolidate the audio and export the whole session.
If it wasn't originated it Pro Tools usually it is best to save a copy of your your session, and then set all faders to zero and turn off all automation before exporting your audio. Remove any plugins you may have used on the files like eq, or compressors and any processing that is un-necessary unless fundamentally part of the sound or an effect you are going for. Ideally, if you export from Cubase or Logic, be sure to export MONO files unless the files are stereo to begin with, such as a stereo synth, etc which should remain stereo, vs. a single live hi-hat mic which should obviously be mono.
Make sure you export your audio files as continuous tracks (or consolidated) from EXACTLY the same point, i.e bar 1 beat 1 to the very end of the track. Before you do this, ensure joined regions, drop-ins etc have crossfades applied to each edit to avoid clicks and pops. Print any virtual instruments or soft synths to audio tracks before you export, likewise if you tracked with guitar plugins, though you can also send DI as well with those.
Do not send alternate versions of tracks and expect me to decide which to use - it is your job as producer to decide which are the definitive versions of tracks to be used in your song.
While I will tune vocals when necessary, I expect you to have prepared the tracks to an acceptable standard.
Print any special effects key to the production to audio tracks before you export them, and do feel free to send me any notes or comments you may have that could be useful. Also include a rough mix if you have one.
Cleaning tracks : I’m not as much of a stickler for this as some people. It’s nice of you tidy up, but if there’s noise, and it’s obtrusive, I’ll cut it out and not even bother you. Its easy with a DAW these days! HOWEVER - if you’re the type of person that will worry about every singe breath noise, or lip smacks then you are best off cleaning those tracks up yourself before they arrive.
Make sure you include EVERYTHING you intended to include with the original session prior to the mix session; occasionally clients will decide post-mix that they wish to include other tracks in a production, which is fine, but please be aware that you will be charged for additional changes.
The deliverable to you is an unmastered stereo 24 bit mixdown of your song to either yourself or mastering house of your choice, not a session, session file or any other item.
I also provide a listening version with moderate limiting, and an instrumental version at no extra charge.
I do not provide stems of mixes by default; these require extra preparation and will be charged separately from the mix if requested.
The file will be delivered electronically via the internet and once delivered is the responsibility of the client with regards to archival.
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