File Preparation and Online Collaboration Process

It has never been easier to collaborate and work together online from anywhere in the world. The following are some common sense guidelines to follow when collaborating online:

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).

If STEMS are being made available to Art Davis Studios to provide Mixing Services:

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.
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.
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.
Your mix will be a 44.1kHz 24bit WAV file.  I will email you a Dropbox link for you to download the file. You get 3 iterations of the mix with opportunity to provide feedback via email or phone conversation.

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,  Synth, Ambient Crackle, etc…

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

<ArtistName>_44.1kHz_<BitDepth>_<TempoBPM>
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.

That’s it!

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