I have worked with many musicians on mixing and mastering their music. I’ve worked with many different DAW’s in mixing. I mainly like to work in Ableton Live and sometimes need a musician to send me bounced down the audio from their DAW of choice so I can use it in Ableton Live for mixing. This article will look at the process of preparing stems and individual tracks for exporting to another DAW. We will first look at what our objective is and then doing it in each DAW.
Two Methods of Mixing Down
There are two ways I work for producing with musicians and having them send me files of their project. Each one is specifically for the needs of the project. Below we will look at the different methods.
Full Individual Mix Down
Let’s say I am working with someone that wants me to redo their track. Maybe change instrumentation, add deep processing and mixing. If that were the case I would want to have control over every individual part. This means I want each instrument sound separately, and not just all the melody as one audio file. To do this I want the musician to bounce down each track. It is very important that they name each track or sub bus in a way that is easy for me to know what it is. (we will look at this later).
Optionally, you can also browse some tracks down as MIDI if the engineer / musician is doing more complex editing and rewriting of parts. (more…)