If you're reading this, chances are you're an indie DIY musician using a DAW in your bedroom or home studio. In today's music world this is completely normal, especially with COVID mucking around spreading from person-to-person, its best to stay in doors anyway.
So you've finished tracking your song and you see those beautiful wave forms in regions. You decide its time to mix your masterpiece and move towards the next phase of production. You start mixing track-by-track to achieve sound balance for each of the instruments but things begin to drown out or perhaps begin to sound muddy or too airy. It's okay, we've all been there before. Nobody wakes up and becomes a great producer or engineer over night.
Before you know it your ears begin to become tired and you can't pinpoint the problem(s) in your mix anymore. Be sure to take a break and let your ears rest. You come back from playing Call of Duty or Mario Kart 8 and you take a look at your mixer. Now imagine this; each track is filled with plug-ins and your EQs looks like mountain ranges on a map. This is probably the time to hire an engineer for post production.
From my experience, some DIY musicians will send their audio files without removing all the plug-ins. Often times this is true with the vocals, especially. Most producers and engineers don't care what you sound like, we just care about giving you a balanced sound that pops and brings a smile to your face.
Here's my tip before you send your track in: Be sure to remove all the plug-ins from each track. Open up your mixer and go track-by-track to remove the plug-ins. Sometimes, depending on what DAW you are using there are default plug-ins from the stock presets, so be sure to check that as well. As mentioned, the best way to see all your tracks is to pull up your mixer.
Here's how to do it: solo out each track, to include the individual tracks of the drums (high hat, snare, kickdrum, etc.) and bounce it, then send it to your producer. Always start the bounce from the beginning of bar 1 and end all tracks at the same ending bar. This makes it easy for the producer and he/she simply has to drag and drop into his/her DAW. Otherwise it will be difficult for the producer to gauge where the tracks start. It's also a good idea to send the recorded song's audio file to your producer so he/she can have a reference file.
Being a [music] producer and engineer I often forget to give instructions to the artist (recording artist) on sending over their audio recordings. The simplest things to me are not the case for others and vice versa. Sometimes we do things so much we tend to forget what it's like doing something new or not all the time.
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