Use the following instructions for preparing your mix sessions to send to us. Choose the instructions that match your mixing/recording system.
PREPARING THE SESSION: In your ProTools sessions please label all track strips as clearly as possible. For instance, if there are lead and backing vocals you could label them Voc 1 etc., and BVoc1,2,3 etc. For instrumental parts just be as clear as possible. There is also a place for notes in Pro-Tools in the edit screen. Go to VIEW – EDIT WINDOW – COMMENTS; here you can make any notes for yourself and the mix engineer.
Before saving a copy of your session it is good to get rid of clutter. Go to the right of your edit window and click on the bottom corner of the screen. This will open the audio files menu so you can see everything you have done so far. When you are ready to save your project for mixing go to the region list at the top of the audio files. Choose SELECT – UNUSED AUDIO EXCEPT WHOLE FILES. All of the files that you are no longer using will be highlighted. Now, from the region list select CLEAR. A new dialog box will appear, click REMOVE. You have now removed 90% of the clutter in your session.
Now save the session with all the audio files. Go to FILE – SAVE AS and choose SAVE COPY IN. Be sure to select AUDIO FILES in the dialog box and save it to somewhere on your computer that you will remember and that has enough space for your full project.
PREPARING THE SESSION: For projects mixed in LogicX, the FILE – SAVE COPY AS function allows you to save a project with all associated files. These are collectively known as the project assets. Activation of the INCLUDE ASSETS checkbox in the SAVE AS dialog will include the file types chosen in the ADVANCED OPTIONS. The ADVANCED OPTIONS checkboxes determine how files imported from external locations – locations outside the project folder – should be handled. You should turn on the COPY checkbox to choose the option to have all external files copied into the project folder. Turn on the COPY EXTERNAL AUDIO FILES TO PROJECT FOLDER checkbox to create copies of these in your project folder. Turn on the COPY EXS INSTRUMENTS TO PROJECT FOLDER and COPY EXS SAMPLES TO PROJECT FOLDER checkboxes, as well. Also turn on the COPY ULTRABEAT SAMPLES TO PROJECT FOLDER and SPACE DESIGNER IMPULSE RESPONSES TO PROJECT FOLDER checkboxes to create copies of these files in the project folder. If the “Save as Folder” option is selected you will need to send us the .logicx file as well as the Audio folder for each song. If the “Save as Package” option is selected the .logicx file contains everything within it.
Once saved the project is safe and consolidated, allowing you to move or copy the entire project folder without losing any references that point to files within the folder. The project folder should be named according to the title of the track it contains.
PREPARING THE SESSION: For GarageBand projects you can simply provide us with the GarageBand .band file for each individual song you want mixed. We will open your GarageBand project in Logic for more professional mixing results.
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