Mixing - How to Prepare Your Files
The producer will ask for your individual files so that they can be mixed. He may ask you to "bounce" or "render" them, but all that means is he needs you to mix each one down individually so that he can import into his project and start mixing them.
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Here we'll look at the correct way to render (mix down) files, followed by common mistakes to avoid (below).
Right Way To Render Files
We have coloured each channel for example purposes only.
1. All files start at bar zero and line up. Some of the files don't run to the end of the song but that is fine, these would not have had any vocals after that point anyway.
2. Each channel is logically named which is better than naming your vocals "vocal 1, vocal 2, vocal 3" and so on.
3. Backing vocals are clearly "grouped" and doubled up, which is required so that we can get a stereo balance. For example, the blue channels "BV 1a" and "BV 1b" are the same vocal part sung twice. This allows us to pan one left and one right. Note: Simply copying one vocal part doesn't work, you need to sing it two times because it's the very slight imperfections that stop it from "phasing".
4. Sometimes you may want a fuller sound and in this case you would want to record the same vocal part four times. You can see this in the yellow channels, they are logically named BV 3 (a/b/c/d) because it's four times the exact same vocal part.
Wrong Way To Render Files
1. Vocal 17 and vocal 19 should actually be placed somewhere in the middle of the song but they are bunched up at the beginning.
2. We don't have any idea of the vocal "relationships". For example, is vocal 18 and vocal 20 part of the same harmony? If so they should be on a single channel. For example, put all adlibs on one channel, but don't put a speaking section on the adlib channel .. keep the relationships clear!