- How does your online service work?
- How do I prepare the raw tracks for mixing?
We need a separate file for each track/instrument. Please export multiple tracks from your DAW and turn off any effect (eq, compressors, delays, reverbs) on your tracks. If you are using virtual amps (Guitar Rig, Pod Farm, etc) send us the dry tracks along with the processed ones. Please name each track and folder correctly and send us your original demo mix and some reference tracks. If you are recording to a click track, please send us the BPM for each song so we can easily work on a time grid.
Please send us WAV or AIFF files, 44khz/24bit resolution is fine. Do not send raw tracks in MP3 format.
- How do we send the raw tracks?
You can send everything via WeTransfer to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can use other cloud storage services (Google Drive, Dropbox etc), upload an archive and send us the link. Please do not send your files as e-mail attachments or our mailbox will expode, our studio will catch fire and many precious microphones will die.
- We want to make changes to the mix, how does it work?
You will get two free revisions for each song. We will charge a small fee for each additional revision, but in 99% of mixes two revisions are enough.
- When will we get our mix?
Once your material is received and verified it’ll typically take us no longer than 5 working days for each song. Revisions take extra time, multiple songs will take us reasonably longer and larger projects should be discussed beforehand. In case of larger projects (EP or albums) please get in touch!
- Can I speak to you directly?
Yes! Call us on +39 339 33 66 887 or write us on Skype so we can arrange a voice chat. We are open from monday to friday from 9am to 7pm C.E.T.
- How do we record and prepare our drum tracks?
Start with a pair of overhead microphones, placed in X/Y configuration. Just put them over the head of the drummer, not too close to the cymbals. Use the snare as a reference point for the center. X/Y is the easiest way to record drum overheads, because it does not create phase issues and gives a good overall image.
Once you have set up your overhead and you are satisfied with the way they sound, you can set up the other microphones. Usually, you put a microphone on every piece of the kit: kick, snare, toms, and hi-hat. It’s a good idea to put 2 microphones on the snare drum, one on the top and one on the bottom. The bottom microphone is useful for capturing the “crackle” of the snare, while the top mic gives you a more “overall” snare sound. If you are short on microphones, you can avoid miking the hi-hat. If you’re recording in your reharsal space, or in a small/untreated room, you should probably avoid using room microphones.
If your song has sampled drums or drum machines, just send each instrument on a separate file (kick, snare, hi-hat, cymbals etc).
- How do we record and prepare our bass tracks?
You can either record it through a DI box, or put a good microphone in front of a bass amp. However, we strongly advise you to record through a DI, and use the miked bass amp only as a reference point. The DI signal is our preferred choice for mixing, because it can be manipulated and reamped in case the song calls for it.
- How do we record and prepare our guitar tracks?
Usually, a good microphone in front of a good amp will do the trick. There are a million ways of recording a guitar amp, so the best way is to experiment. Anyway, we strongly advise you to get a DI box/splitter so you can send your guitar signal to the amp and record the dry signal simultaneously. This will give us two versions of the same track: one played through the amp, and one direct from the guitar, that we can use for reamping and further manipulation. It is easier if you are using virtual amps like Guitar Rig: just send us an extra unprocessed version (virtual amp bypassed) for each guitar track.
Acoustic guitars sound best when recorded with a microphone, a DI signal from a piezo pickup will usually sound very thin and unnatural unless you are going for that specific sound.
- How do we record and prepare our synth and keyboard tracks?
Just send each instrument on a separate track. It’s fine to keep the effects on the tracks, but only if they have musical value: for example, a tremolo or phaser on a rhodes piano, or a synced delay on a synth track. Export in mono or stereo according to the source.
- How do we record and prepare our vocal tracks?
Please use a pop-filter in front of the mic, it really makes a difference, even with handheld dynamic microphones. Don’t turn the gain too high on the preamp, especially if the singer has a wide dynamic range. If the vocal is track is distorting, there is not much we can do to restore it. We can tune your vocals in the mix but keep in mind that the more you edit a vocal track the less natural it will sound.