Suitable Audio Files For Mixing & Mastering

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How To Prepare Your Audio Files For Your Mixing / Mastering Session Prior To Uploading

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Files For Mixing

Suitable Audio Files For Your Mixing Session
File Format
  • .WAV / .AIFF audio files (.WAV recommended)
  • Bit depth: up to 32 bit (24 bit – 32 bit recommended)
  • Sample rate: up to 96 kHz (44.1 kHz – 96 kHz recommended)
File Size & Length
  • Maximum single file size: 256 MB
  • Maximum total upload size: unlimited
  • Maximum file length: unlimited
File Quantity
  • Maximum file upload quantity: depending on the mixing package you choose (allowed audio tracks)
  • Note: rough mixes & reference tracks do not count in that regard, you can always upload them “on top”
File Naming
  • Make sure to name each file meaningful
  • Please include the type of audio content in the file name
  • Make sure each file is distinguishable by name & song (in case you upload files for multiple different songs)
  • Feel free to add desired mixing hints in the filename like “left, center, right (LCR)”
File Bouncing
  • Before bouncing your track(s), set all faders to zero
  • Bypass any processing & effects (only keep processing & effects which are an integral part of the sound)
  • Turn off any limiting before bouncing your track(s)
  • All files should be of same duration & length
  • All files should start from 00:00:00 in your DAW (even if it is blank space)

Files For Mastering

Suitable Files For Your Mastering Session
File Format
  • .WAV / .AIFF audio files (.WAV recommended)
  • Bit depth: up to 32 bit (24 bit – 32 bit recommended)
  • Sample rate: up to 96 kHz (44.1 kHz – 96 kHz recommended)
File Size & Length
  • Maximum single file size: 256 MB
  • Maximum total upload size: unlimited
  • Maximum file length: unlimited
File Quantity
  • Maximum file upload quantity: depending on how many songs you ordered mastering for
  • Note: reference tracks do not count in that regard, you can always upload them “on top”
File Naming
  • Make sure to name each track meaningful
  • Make sure each track is distinguishable by name & album (EP / LP) (in case you upload multipe files for mastering)
  • Feel free to add the format of your file like “44.1 kHz 24 bit”
File Bouncing
  • Provide the highest quality versions of your stereo mixes (.WAV / .AIFF)
  • Turn off any limiting before bouncing your track(s)
  • Leave enough headroom in your mixes (peaking at no more than -3dB)
  • Make sure your mix is not too loud! (-18  to -14 LUFS recommended)

Common Mistakes

Please Avoid Uploading Bad / Corrupt Files
You Upload .MP3 Files

If mp3 is the highest quality mix you have, we can work with mp3 files. Preferably we would like to work with high quality .WAV files as mp3 files are not optimal for any professional audio processing!

Nonetheless, we are able to work with mp3 files in a way that will still achieve great results. Please take in mind: mp3 files are highly compressed audio files with a lack of crucial frequency content, especially in the high end area.

If you convert a mp3 file into a .WAV file, you do not get a higher sound quality, you just change formats!

Your Audio File is Too Loud
  • Turn off any limiting before bouncing your track(s)
  • Leave enough headroom in your mixes (peaking at no more than -3dB)
  • Make sure your mix is not too loud! (-18  to -14 LUFS recommended)
Your Audio File Contains Severe Issues
  • Make sure to avoid digital clipping / distortion of your tracks
  • Make sure to avoid excessive amounts of  “clicks & pops” in your tracks
  • Make sure all your audio files can be opened & aren’t corrupt
  • Try to avoid unwanted background noise / excessive microphone “bleeding” in your recordings
General Misconception About Recording vs. Mixing vs. Mastering
  • Mixing & mastering do not replace proper recording!
  • Recordings cannot be mastered without being mixed first!
  • Mastering does not replace proper mixing!

As a musician, you’ve put a lot of work & effort into writing & recording great songs. Mixing is a crucial part of making a hit song. In case you order mastering only, make sure your recordings are mixed perfectly without any compromise before the mastering phase! 

Mastering cannot replace audio mixing, at all! It also cannont “save” a badly mixed song! Mastering balances out a printed stereo file of an already perfectly mixed song, it doesn’t “create” the mix.

A perfectly mastered, yet “bad” or mediocre music mix will still sound very unpleasing. Most of our clients rely on our full mixing & mastering service in order to get the perfect tone for their audio material!

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In case you upload audio files which don’t meet the basic requirements, we would kindly ask you to reupload suitable versions of your tracks

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