1. Q: How do I prepare my song for mixing?
A: Preparing your song for mixing should include:
1. Disabling all effects (reverb, delay, compression, eq, etc).
2. Centering all tracks (panning to the center).
3. Setting all track volumes between -7 and -3 decibels, this will ensure a better signal to noise ratio.
4. Exporting all tracks with the same start times to ensure all tracks line up in mixing.
5. If you aren’t familiar with the track export process, please find a YouTube video tutorial on the proper method for your recording software.
6. Provide a demo of the entire song for reference.
2. Q. How do I send the tracks for mixing services?
A. we typically get tracks for mixing and mastering via email, we don’t except getting the track via mail by burning CDs or DVDs. Basically we get tracks sent via email through services such as WeTransfer, Dropbox and Google Drive.
3. Q: How long will it take to get my songs back from mixing?
A. Depending on the number of audio tracks in the project, you can expect a rough mix up to 3 days. After mix notes are made from the client and both parties are happy, then the final mix will be ready.
4. Q: What is the recommended sample rate and bitrate for audio mixing?
A. If you have already created a project, then both the sample rate and bit rates have already been chosen. Industry standard is 96k (sample rate) 24bit (bitrate) but these can vary drastically. Most commonly recording programs start by default at 44k 16bit which is CD quality. Changing the rates during mixdown can add unwanted artifacts to your audio (unwanted bad noise). It’s recommended to export your tracks in the same rates as you recorded them.