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Edward Vinatea Online Mixing Service

Postby EV Sonic Lab » Thu Dec 18, 2014 11:08 am

If you find that working on your audio tracking and all your music arrangement is already hard enough and time consuming, then mixing could be too much to take on.

And while most people usually want to do it all under one roof, most people can't nail the mix without spending long hours, and still, they may never get it right. The reason is that making a commercial quality record requires many years of audio engineering experience.

This online service is ideal for individuals that have a home studio and some difficulties getting quality mixes from their current recording rigs. After all, mixing is a an art which takes many years to master.

So, I'm assuming that you have already done all the tracking best as you can and you've used reinforcement gear/tools and good microphones to capture all your music performances. If not, please ask for an audio consultation via email. It's only $25 and it may save you time and money in the end.

Having said that, it's impossible to work with every recording program made out there, so you need to try rendering the audio tracks as Broadcast Wav files (a.k.a. BWF) so that every track/part or file starts exactly at 0:0:0:00 time code.

You need to keep the silence or digital black information from the beginning (even if the voice or instrument part only happens for one second in the song).

The span of all tracks should match in time and it should be reflected in memory size as well. This prevents synchronization issues and gives a time stamp. Some people like to trim the tail end of each of these tracks/parts to save up on memory size and make it faster to store or send via internet. That's fine so long as the top is rendered without cuts or modifications.

How to deliver the audio files for mixing

These are only guidelines and not conditions to perform this service
. In some genres of music it is appropriate that you sub mix the track effects {usually rendered as a stereo interleaved file} to suit your taste or to arrive at a particular type of effect that one is after, thus saving time.

Sometimes it is simply not possible to go back and deliver the tracks without the effects {e.g. reverb and delays}, and sometimes your tracks are already sub mixed in groups and rendered as stereo stems. All that is fine but it greatly limits my control over the mix.

Suggested Preparation To Send All Your Tracks:

  1. Bypass any plugins inserted on each track output.
    Remove all plugins that you might have in the channel inserts (especially any reverb and delays). Unless it's too late to do so (effect was already captured and applied to the signal) or you feel that the effect you created is unique and critical to your production, you may deliver them processed that way.

  2. Bypass any automation on each track:
    Remove any automation, that you might have on each track. Please allow our mix engineer to use his own ability to choose the best automation for your tracks, and according to his art of mixing.

  3. Bypass any plugins on the master output:
    Remove plugins on the master output, i.e. equalizer, compressor or limiter on the stereo mix. This is basically the same thing we advised you to do with each track individually.

    by-passed settings example

  4. Check the output level of each track:
    It is important to avoid clipping (when the red meter indicator is lit), e.g. the output does not exceed 0dBFS of each track. This is very important to prevent the dry signal from any sort of bending. If this is too late because you have already captured your tracks that way, we will try to do our best to work with them.

  5. Check for noise and clicks in the tracks:
    Some DAW's (digital audio workstations) create clicks and glitches because their CPU's are overwhelmed with processing commands and while we usually spot these errors, you might incur extra charges if we find that your tracks require our restoration tools.

  6. Check for undesirable background or foreground noise:
    Because sometimes audio is too subjective, we recommend that you remove any background (e.g. footsteps, squeaky floors, chatter, etc) and foreground noise that you don't want to hear in your mix. For example, fingering squeaks between guitar notes, lip smacking, gulping, swallowing and breathing, piano clicking, clunking and clanking, etc., might add extra charges for their removal.

  7. Check vocal tuning:
    Once again, because sometimes audio is too subjective, we recommend that you make sure you are happy with all singing performances, most importantly, that you are in tune and not off pitch (i.e. flat). We are providing a mixing service at rock bottom prices for quality results, if you want a vocal review, we will be more than happy to provide you with that, one track at a time. However, vocal tuning is a time consuming process and it might increase significantly the price for mixing. For example, most pitch corrections add an average of $10 per note.

  8. File format
    The preferred format is a 24 bit WAV for each track without dithering, so remember to turn off dithering in your sequencer before bouncing/exporting. The preferred sample rate is 44.1kHz (44.100 Hz) for each track but higher sample rates are accepted too.

  9. Bounce or Export your tracks!
    Bounce (export) each individual audio track so that every file starts from the beginning (same bar or time code position). Most digital audio softwares allow you to "Save As" broadcast waves or 'BWF'. In ProTools it is called 'Consolidation' and it's as easy as selecting all the tracks from start to end with your mouse and saving as "BWF", the file target (as shown on the picture).

    All selected and ready to be exported

You can skip the information below if you already know how to deliver digital tracks on the web {just send it to my email address or contact me via PM}

Once you have all the parts, make a folder called the name of your song and compress the whole thing with a zip compression program like Winzip. You can try the RAR compression format if you like, download the file compressor program to send your package project via the Internet (as one file) with WINRAR.

This makes the upload time even shorter and files are also checked for possible transfer errors. But, if this is something you'd rather skip, the easiest way to directly upload and send heavy files that we recommend is using the free delivery service at http://www.filemail.com which creates a zip file by default.

Our second choice, http://www.sendfile.com, don't use it without checking out the former. These services are available free of charge.Next, make a log of all the files including the name of each track with a description of the part along with comments or feedback. Leave comments or feedback blank if you are leaving it up to the discretion of our engineer to make critical decisions such as the tone or color and amount of reverb and delay for the part.


EV SONIC Lab now requires that you also receive a copy of all the tracks that the tracking engineer sends on your behalf for mixing. Please make sure you notify your tracking engineer as well.

Otherwise, we will forward all audio file deliveries so that you can have a reference of what was sent for processing. This should help prevent problems with missing audio files, identify the origins of any type of recording errors, and it will afford you the chance to give us more accurate suggestions to improve upon your song mix.
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