How to export your vocals before sending them for mixing and mastering.
Before you send your song for mixing and mastering you need to know how to export your vocals and beat. This is necessary because mix engineers use different DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) to mix and master your song.
You may be recording in Logic Pro but your mix engineer might be a Pro Tools user or a Cubase. These DAWs are different and there is a compatibility issue which causes for example Pro Tools not to open Cubase file format.
To solve this compatibility issue DAWs made it possible to export vocals or sessions as separates mix tracks. You need to export your session as separate audio files.
When you send in a song for mixing and mastering service, the mix engineer needs those tracks separated into individual tracks.
When you export separates, the DAW will save each individual vocal track (intro, verse 1, verse 2, chorus, backings) in sync with the beat and other vocals just the way it is arranged in your DAW.
This allows the mix engineer to just drag and drop your separates in their DAW and start mixing your song without trying to synchronize the beat and the vocals.
Separate mixer tracks are known as separates or stems and exporting separates is known as bouncing separates in the music industry.
If you’re new to sending in your song for mixing, you’re probably wondering how do I prepare and send in my song files? It’s pretty easy and this guide will help you export separates using the most popular DAWs.
Exported tracks should NOT look like this when they are dragged in a DAW. This is a WRONG
Your exported separates should look like this when they are dragged in a DAW. This is CORRECT
As you can see on the image above, the audio vocals are arranged well.
- You should include the beat as well. DO NOT remove the beat even if the mix engineer you are sending your vocals is the one that made the beat you recorded on. The engineer will still need the beat in sync with the vocals there.
- Make sure the audio files you are exporting are not normalized, they should not clip.
Click the link with the name of your DAW below.
- Export as a .WAV file.
- Put the all the exported audio files in one folder. Rename the folder with the name of the project and compress that folder into a .zip or .rar file. This zipped file is the one you will send to the mix engineer.
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