instructions on sending mixes online for mastering

(THIS IS INFORMATION ONLY, NOT A LOCATION TO UPLOAD MIXES)

  If available, always send .wav files or .aiff files for mastering. Try not to use mp3, mp4 or wma files. If nothing else but mp3, mp4 or wma files are available, we can work from them.

  Not sure how to take songs off of a CD to be able to send online?

- Windows user: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/rip-music-from-cd#rip-music-from-cd=windows-7

- Mac user: http://www.macworld.com/article/1156861/software-graphics/howto-rip-cds.html

  Since .wav files and .aiff files are too large to attach to an email, you can use a free file share program to send us your mixes. Some of the sites we recommend are www.dropbox.com, www.wetransfer.com, www.sendspace.com, www.hightail.com or Google Drive.

  Be sure to also send the following information with your music:

~Artist name(s)

~Song title(s) (in the order you want them in)

~Contact Information

~Email address to send PayPal invoice to (if applicable)

  Our prices are $60 per song. If you have more than 1 version of the same song, the main version will be $60 and all alternate versions will be $30 each. (example: 1 main, 1 radio and 1 instrumental of the same song would be $120) There will be a 3% convenience fee for PayPal/credit card/debit card payments. We offer a package deal for albums/mix-tapes over 10 songs. Contact us for details.

  Payment options include

- PayPal (using a PayPal account OR any credit/debit card) (you will pay using the PayPal invoice I send you)

- Walmart to Walmart (must send from Walmart in person)

- MoneyGram (https://secure.moneygram.com/send)

- Western Union (https://www.westernunion.com/us/en/send-money-online.html)

*If you choose to pay with Walmart to Walmart, MoneyGram or Western Union, let us know and we'll send you the required information.

  Once the song(s) is/are mastered, you will receive the mastered version back through one of the file share sites listed above (wave files and hi-res mp3's). If you want hard copy discs sent to you instead, email us your address and there will be a shipping/packaging fee added to your invoice.

 

How to prepare your mixes for mastering 

Remove any Master Bus Compression, Limiting, and Equalization

Many times mixing engineers pre-master their tracks to get a better sound. While the pre-master may sound better, adding processors to the master bus makes it difficult if not impossible for the mastering engineer to make a great master. In rare instances engineers may use a special processor or plug-in on the master bus for effect. If so, make sure to notify your mastering engineer when you send in the project.

Keep the Max Levels of Each Track Between -3db and -6db

By giving the mastering engineer enough headroom to work with he’ll be able to give you a better final master. You don’t want to have clipping on any of the tracks in your mix. It’s important to make sure EVERY TRACK has enough headroom. Do not just lower the master bus, but every single track in your mix.

Eliminate Noise on the Mix

Mastering will make your song louder and bring out imperfections that may not be as noticeable on the mix. If you can just hear it in the mix, you will definitely hear it in the master. Remember to remove any pops, clicks, background noise, and anything else that is bothersome. Mastering engineers can remove some noise; however you’ll get a much better master if you fix it in the mix.

Keep Your Mix Clean and Dynamic

Reduce frequency buildups that are not the main focus of the song. Frequency buildups can make a mix sound unclear or 'muddy". Using low-pass filters for instruments or vocals that have little low frequency content helps reduce these buildups. Leave your mix dynamic. Overuse of compression can take the life out of a song. This makes it difficult for the mastering engineer to create a great sounding master. It's best to leave mixes as dynamic as possible. Doing so gives the mastering engineer space to sculpt the dynamics to create the best possible master.

Submit the Highest Resolution File You Have

You will want to make sure to submit your files in the same resolution they were mixed at. Generally speaking you will want to submit a 24bit .WAV or .AIF file. These files are lossless (non-compressed or converted) and will give the mastering engineer the best options when mastering. 

Reference Your Mix

Listen to songs that you want your mix to sound like. It’s important to do this both during the mixing process and especially toward the end of the mix. Compare levels, compression, equalization, effect etc. This can give you a good idea of what you might want to fix, change, or modify. Also, listen to your mix on different playback systems such as your home stereo, car stereo, headphones, and even ear-buds. This will help you make adjustments so your song sounds it's best to all your listeners.

Above All Make Sure Your Mix Sounds Like You Want

This is possibly the most important tip. So often after mastering a song the artist will decide they are not happy with the way they mixed the track, or want a track replacement. The re-mix will then require re-mastering. Artists should remember that mastering is not a magic fix all and you’re not going to get a great final master if you don’t have a great mix. As mentioned before mastering will bring out both the best and worst in your mix so it’s important to iron out everything possible before submission.

If you have any problems or questions, feel free to contact us. We look forward to working with you!

Kevin Nix

Kevin@LNixMastering.com

(901) 240-7711