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Recommendations for Digital Mixes

We can work with nearly any digital audio file (at sample rates up to 384kHz, and at bit rates up to 32bit). If you are going to provide digital audio files and you have the option as to how to save them we prefer 24bit "interleaved stereo" (single file for both channels instead of dual mono) wav files.   The best other format option is stereo aiff (also given the extension aif). If you do not have an option as to how your files will be saved we can still easily accept files in other formats (including dual mono aiff - which older ProTools sessions will default to - and 32bit IEEE wav files which are commonly used by many Digital Audio Workstations - as well as “lossless” codecs such as FLAC). For best results we recommend saving your mix files at the same sample rate you recorded the track files at (i.e. if you recorded your tracks at 44.1kHz then mix to a 44.1kHz sound file.  If you have recorded your tracks at 96kHz - then mix to a 96kHz file, etc.) at 24bits. For best results: please make sure there is absolutely NO digital brickwall peak limiting or clipping (flat topped wave forms) on the mixes you provide!    24bit files that peak at anywhere from -10dBFs to -0.1dBFs work great for our purposes. Please note that it is possible for files that peak below 0dBFs to actually still be clipping!   Again a good indication is to examine the peaks of your wave forms and if you see that they are consistently squared or sheered off it's likely that clipping is occuring at some point in your signal chain.  To avoid this you need to back off your gain levels to give these more headroom.  So, for ultimately best results please make sure that the DAW based mixes you send us do not have any of the input channels, inserts, plugins, auxillary sends or returns, or outputs indicating that they are being overloaded (i.e. "going into the red"). If you provide sd2 files (the older Digidesign & MOTU format) you must include a note indicating what sample and bit rate they are at, and whether they are dual mono or stereo as the resource fork that indicates this is stripped out when we open these files on our PC based workstation.   Please note the one file format we have found difficulties opening are the non-standard sd2 files at sample rates higher than 48kHz that can be created by MOTU Digital Performer - so if at all possible please convert these to aiff or wav before sending these to us. "Lossy" compressed digital audio formats such as mp3, Windows Media, m4a, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, etc., will yield inferior results so we very strongly recommend that you do NOT use these as a delivery format to us for your mixes.  Please either name your files as the track number they are appear to on your album (i.e. 1.wav, 2.wav, 1.aif, etc) - or by their title that corresponds to your included track sequence sheet.  Please end their name with a 3 letter extension (i.e.: name.wav for wav files - name.aif for aiff files, name.sd2 for sd2 files) If you are providing dual mono files please name the left channel as 1.L and right channel as 1.R etc. Please do not include any files on your upload or disc that are not needed to master your album.
© 2016 Total Sonic Media

Recommendations for Digital Mixes

We can work with nearly any digital audio file (at sample rates up to 384kHz, and at bit rates up to 32bit). If you are going to provide digital audio files and you have the option as to how to save them we prefer 24bit "interleaved stereo" (single file for both channels instead of dual mono) wav files.   The best other format option is stereo aiff (also given the extension aif). If you do not have an option as to how your files will be saved we can still easily accept files in other formats (including dual mono aiff - which older ProTools sessions will default to - and 32bit IEEE wav files which are commonly used by many Digital Audio Workstations - as well as “lossless” codecs such as FLAC). For best results we recommend saving your mix files at the same sample rate you recorded the track files at (i.e. if you recorded your tracks at 44.1kHz then mix to a 44.1kHz sound file.  If you have recorded your tracks at 96kHz - then mix to a 96kHz file, etc.) at 24bits. For best results: please make sure there is absolutely NO digital brickwall peak limiting or clipping (flat topped wave forms) on the mixes you provide!    24bit files that peak at anywhere from -10dBFs to -0.1dBFs work great for our purposes. Please note that it is possible for files that peak below 0dBFs to actually still be clipping!   Again a good indication is to examine the peaks of your wave forms and if you see that they are consistently squared or sheered off it's likely that clipping is occuring at some point in your signal chain.  To avoid this you need to back off your gain levels to give these more headroom.  So, for ultimately best results please make sure that the DAW based mixes you send us do not have any of the input channels, inserts, plugins, auxillary sends or returns, or outputs indicating that they are being overloaded (i.e. "going into the red"). If you provide sd2 files (the older Digidesign & MOTU format) you must include a note indicating what sample and bit rate they are at, and whether they are dual mono or stereo as the resource fork that indicates this is stripped out when we open these files on our PC based workstation.   Please note the one file format we have found difficulties opening are the non-standard sd2 files at sample rates higher than 48kHz that can be created by MOTU Digital Performer - so if at all possible please convert these to aiff or wav before sending these to us. "Lossy" compressed digital audio formats such as mp3, Windows Media, m4a, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, etc., will yield inferior results so we very strongly recommend that you do NOT use these as a delivery format to us for your mixes.  Please either name your files as the track number they are appear to on your album (i.e. 1.wav, 2.wav, 1.aif, etc) - or by their title that corresponds to your included track sequence sheet.  Please end their name with a 3 letter extension (i.e.: name.wav for wav files - name.aif for aiff files, name.sd2 for sd2 files) If you are providing dual mono files please name the left channel as 1.L and right channel as 1.R etc. Please do not include any files on your upload or disc that are not needed to master your album.