FAQ

Properly sending the files to your engineer can go a-long way for the final mix.

For starters, you should send the engineer a rough mix or reference mix of the song(s). This way the engineer can keep the mix in the wheel house of your desired outcome.

If there are certain effects in your reference mix you really like, be sure to note them for the engineer and if possible send a snap- shot of the plug-in and settings you've used. The engineer will include this in the final mix for you with some serious precision.

Properly name all of the tracks in the session and remove any unwanted tracks. Disable any and all plug-ins before exporting the tracks individually out of the recorded session. By doing this, you give the engineer the flexibility to really finesse the final mix.

Export the tracks individually out of your recorded session into a folder you've made specifically for these files. Clearly label the folder and note where the folder is located. Once all the files are in this new folder (including reference mix and snap shots) compress the folder to a .zip file. Now you are ready to upload and send your files to the engineer.

Here are a 10 common mistakes to avoid which will make for better recordings:

1. Clipping
Digital clipping is awful and you can't fix it. Make sure your meters don't hit the red and you will have a much better sounding recording.

2. Recording At 16bit
We want all the headroom we can get. Use 24 bit audio with record meters peaking at around -12 to -10 db.

3. Recording Bad Instruments
If an instrument is faulty, out of tune or needs new strings or heads then replace them before you record.

4. Cheap Cables
Cables matter. If you hear some noise while recording chances are the cables are no good and this will end up in the recording. Check your cables and use quality cables.

5. Recording With Effects
It isn't necessary to record with effects into your DAW. By doing this you limit your sound to which ever effects are on those tracks when recording. After being mixed and gain staging those effects will be too much. If you do, use them subtly. Best bet, leave them off until after you've recorded. If you do, use them subtly.

6. Recording With The Wrong Microphone
There are 3 types of microphones Dynamic, Condenser & Ribbon. Selecting the correct mic can make the difference. Do a little research and read up on each microphone type.

7. Mic Position
Move the microphone around the room until you find the sweet spot. You will hear it and you will know when you've found it. Raise the mic stand, lower the mic stand or turn it. Experiment with the placement and you will notice improvement in your recordings.

8. Sound Treatment
Some sound treatment is better than none. Understanding the way audio waves travel and bounce off of things in the room will drastically improve your recordings.

9. I'll Fix it in the Mix
Don't be lazy with your recordings. If there is a problem with the take, do it again. Get it right before the mix, this will ensure that the mix brings out the best in the recordings.

10. Being Unaware of Rumble
Block out low-frequency noise it can completely destroy low-end definition, turning your recordings into mud. Use a high-pass filter and roll off the extreme low end.

The order forms on each seller's page let you order any of the services they offer for a project with prices custom-tailored to your specific project.

You can configure your order easily on the seller's order form. After you go to a seller's page, you'll enter into your session's number of tracks and number of minutes. Then you'll choose the services you want to order. For some services, you'll enter in a quantity too.

To find a seller, click "Search Sellers."

The Sellers page is an ideal way to find sellers offering the services you want. Each seller's order form is ideal for getting exact, real-time guaranteed pricing for your project from that seller so you can order and get started right away.