Getting Started With Some Mixing & Mastering Tips

SoundBurst Studios offers tips to get you started, sound mixing tips (see our Blog) and professional online audio mixing services for musicians at an affordable rate. Record, mix and master with ease by using our mixing and mastering tips that are designed to prepare your music for our professional mixing and mastering services.


A Brief Need To Know Video On The Basics For Sending Tracks

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Mixing and Mastering Tips For Sending Your Tracks

What Are Your Terms of Agreement?

TERMS OF AGREEMENT You have up to 3 free revisions (per song) to review our work via a link provided over the internet. Once agreed upon by the artist (or representative), the songs will be promptly delivered using a downloadable link. ALL OF OUR WORK IS 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEED OR YOUR MONEY BACK. All we ask is that all found mix or mastering issues should be listed by the client and that Soundburst Studios has the opportunity to resolve them. If those issues are found unresolvable a 100% refund will be issued. No refunds will be given once artist has signed off and received the completed song. For PayPal please contact us and we will invoice you directly.

What Methods of Payment Do You Accept?

We take Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and PayPal. For PayPal use this Email:

What is the Best Sample Rate or Bit Rate to Send the Music, and What About Dither?

Send songs for mastering in stereo WAV or AIFF files. Use the sample rate and bit rate, (sometimes called resolution), of the session that it was recorded with. Don't change the sample or bit rates from the original mix down. Mp3 files are NOT recomended. Use 44.1 at 16 bit at the minimum. However, the higher sample and bit rates you have, the better your master will be. Anything below 44.1 and 16 bits will not be accepted. Please do not use Dither unless you are down sampling.

What Can I do to Best Prepare my Tracks For Mixing?

Please, do not put any effects or automation on the tracks unless you want them permanantly in the mix. I will add the reverb, compression etc. as needed. Use WAV or AIFF formats, Mp3 tracks are NOT recomended. Please label ALL of the tracks so they can be easily found, and have ALL the tracks starting point the same. Tracks with vocals, guitars, bass, brass, strings, winds, tambourine, shaker, all drum pieces (i.e. kick, snare, toms), and etc should be recorded in mono. However, drum overheads, and drum rooms could be in stereo. All piano, synths, organs, orchestral sections, effects, or stems (stem ex: an entire drum kit mixed down to 2 tracks) could be sent in stereo. If sending a song to be Mastered, send it in stereo WAV or AIFF format. Use the original sample rate and bit rate they were mixed at. Please, if possible, leave about 4 decibels below clipping. This provides me some room to work with, its called headroom.

How Long Does the Mixing and Mastering Take?

That depends on a few variables such as, our workload at the time and how much work is needed on your tracks. In most cases, it only takes a few days per song. However, if there is a lot of editing and/or advanced vocal pitch corrections needed, it will take longer. The additional editing will be at an additional cost. No advanced editing will be done without the authorization of the artist or the artist's representation.

Do You Have a Prefered Music Genre to Mix?

No, we love all genres! Check out the genres on our Mix Samples page to hear just a few of the many music genres that we mix.

Does it Matter What DAW I Used to Record the Audio Tracks?

No, once the tracks are exported we treat them all the same.

I Have a Song That Needs a Radio Edit Version for Radio, Do You do That?

Yes, however, it is far better to remove the offensive words at the time of mixing. Once the song is mixed, taking out the offensive words without disrupting the song is nearly impossible. See our rates to remove any offensive words. Generally, it is approximately two words per half hour.

How Do I Zip Compress my Tracks and Send Them to You?

All of the bounced (exported) audio tracks must be in a single folder, then zip compress the folder for a much faster uploading time. The folder needs to be under 2 Gigs in size, in 99% of the time that is the case. If it is larger than 2 Gigs, simply make two smaller folders, then Zip compress and send them. How to zip compress your audio tracks For Mac: Right-Click folder then click Compress. For Windows: Right-click folder, point to Send to, and then click Compressed (zipped) folder. Then use a file transfer service to send it. We like WeTransfe r to upload the folder from your computer to our website. However, if you have a favorite media transfer service that is not listed, that's usually fine too. Use the Email address:

I am Not Sure if my Mix is Good, Should I get it Mastered, or Mixed and Mastered?

Easy, if you are not sure if your mixed song is good enough to be Mastered, send it to us and we will analyze it for you. Even if we only do the mastering on your song, trust us, it will sound a lot better.

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