Mixing File Preparation and Process

Each track (STEM) of the multi-track recording should be exported out to a separate 44.1 kHz, 24 bit (or 16 bit) WAV format file.

Each track should start at the same time in the song (time zero for example).

Send only the tracks that you intend to be included in the mix.

Tracks should be edited to eliminate any unwanted pops, clicks, glitches, or other unwanted extraneous sounds. Mixing Services can include minimal editing but extensive editing is not included in the pricing. If extensive editing is required additional cost can be negotiated. Editing fee is $45 per hour.

Mixing Services do not include Pitch and Timing correction. If this is needed it should be done before the tracks are sent to Art Davis Studios to be mixed.

Turn off all processing and effects before exporting STEMS.  This includes all compression, EQ, and other effects. NOTE: Remember to check and turn off any processing you have on your Master Fader or Stereo Bus. If there is an effect that is integral to an instrument’s sound (synth with chorus for example) please include that effect and indicate that in the text file included with the STEMS.

Label your tracks properly. Example: Kick In, Kick out, Snare top, Snare bottom, Lead Vox, Harm Vox, Bgnd Vox, Acoustic Guitar1, Acoustic Guitar2, Bass, Overheads,  etc…

You can include a rough mix as another separate stereo WAV file for me to use as a reference. You can also include a text file with any directions about your song siting preferences.  You can site other commercial recordings that you like the sound of for me to use as a reference.

Consolidate all the files into a single folder. Use the following naming convention for the folder:


Example:  JohnDoe_44.1kHz_24bit_120BPM

ZIP (compress) the folder.

Upload the ZIP’ed folder to whatever file sharing site you use (OneDrive, Dropbox, etc…). Note: I need a link to download the files to my system that does not require me to have an account.  You can always create a free Dropbox account if you don’t already have one and use it to create a link that you can send me.

Your mix will be a 44.1kHz 24bit WAV file.  I will email you a Dropbox link for you to download the file.

The next step in the process is for you to listen to the mix and take notes indicating anything you would like tweaked or changed in the mix.  Reply to my email with your comments. If needed we can have a phone call to go over your notes.

I will remix incorporating your changes and send you a Dropbox link to your “Round 2” mix.  If needed repeat the process of listening and note taking.  You can send me the “Round 2” notes or if you are satisfied with the mix clearly indicate that.

If required I remix and incorporate your changes and send you a Dropbox link to your “Round 3 – Final” mix.

That’s it!