We will be mixing your songs on a mac using Logic Pro. While mixing in Pro tools is an option at Morph Productions the results we get with Logic Pro are a lot better. You can be here while we're doing the mix or let us spend some time on it alone and present you with a first draft.
1. If working in a program other then Logic Pro or Pro tools, consolidate all files and audio instrument tracks so each file starts at the same time. Do this so the files are unprocessed (ie. no eq/compression/reverb etc) unless the sound you used on a particular track is a "character" effect that you really like and would be hard to duplicate. If this is the case it would be preferable to have the processed sound and unprocessed sound for maximum flexibility.
2. Even if you're giving us your synth tracks in audio format try and give us a standard midi file as well. We have thousands of great sounds and you never know when we could replace a part or two with a new killer sound that you didn't have available to you.
3. When consolidating tracks be mindful of whether it's a stereo or mono track and give it to us as such. It will take more time to transfer your files and process them if you make them all stereo which is wasteful if they are not truly stereo.
4. If you can, clean your tracks!
a. Make proper crossfades at edit points
b. Make fade ins/outs at the beginning and end of audio objects so there will be no clicks.
c. Get rid of any "dead air" in between parts on a track to make sure there will be no equipment hiss, headphone noise or performer shuffling.
5. Don't be afraid of doing a bit of submixing before giving us your files. Keep the important stuff separate but if you have 3-5 takes of the same vocal harmony please just bounce it to a stereo track with no processing.
6. Write down the tempo of the song as it is in your audio software
7. We can accept files in Wave/AIF/SD2, 16/24 bit, 44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192khz. The preferable sample and bit rate is 44.1 or 48/24 bit. We CANNOT work with 32 bit files.
8. When naming the consolidated files name them like this:
This will make organizing the session a lot easier when importing the files and getting the mix set up.
1. If bringing us the files on a CD make sure it's a data CD not an audio CD (ie a CD you can play in your cd player). Audio CDs tend to put 2 seconds of space at the beginning of each track which could cause the files not to line up properly. DVDs are also fine.
2. USB keys/drives are fine but it is suggested that you have a CD/DVD backup just in case the drive is not compatible with our system. It's rare, but it happens!
3. You can also upload the files to an ftp site or via a service like yousendit.com
If you haven't started your project yet but think you may need help mixing it here's a posting I made on my blog on how to RECORD your project in a way that will make your mix engineer happy: "Morph Blog".