Audio File Upload Suggested Standards

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Here are my suggestions regarding how we should organize our audio RECord uploads.  These pertain to music, but they also apply to assemblies of voice overs, SFX, or soundtrack mixes.

This might sound like a good deal of work to do at the end of finishing a recording...And it is.  But, the more we all provide each other to work with, the more great things we can make together.


JeffPeff’s Audio File RECord Suggestions


--WAV's or AIFF’s are always preferable to mp3's.

--Sample Rate: Go as high as you want; It's always good to have highest-resolution possible. If your source files go to 96 or above, keep ‘em there if you like. But for a 'Standard', let’s say 48K / 24 bit. If you’re already at 44.1K and don’t want to rate-convert up to 48, that works, too. No matter what sample rate though, 24 bit is always better than 16.

Organization of Your Uploads

--When uploading a new work to the site, or remixing / adding to someone else’s, you should upload TWO RECords:

1) A mix of your work for reference

2) A zip file which includes your individual tracks, stems, and work files, as appropriate. Resource the zip file to the reference mix.

--If you’re adding to an existing work, include the existing tracks or stems as they appear in your new work (with your edits / mutes / etc in place). That way, people don’t have to painstakingly figure out and re-create your arrangement or edits; They can just build on your existing layer.

If you haven’t touched the tracks from the site, but only added to them, it’s still helpful to include the original layer(s), to keep everything in one zip, and to assure that things stay in sync.

--If you want to upload your work file (Logic, Pro Tools, Garageband, Ableton, etc), you can place it in with the ‘Individuals / Stems’ zip.

--Resourcing your zip file to your reference mix allows people to listen to your mix, then with one click, be able to download all the component tracks of your work and get right to work with them.

Individual Tracks / Stems

--It's always helpful for further remixing to include your individual tracks: Go as deep as you can. i.e.: Separate out each voice comprising group harmony parts (voices or instruments) / separate each part of a double / Multiple mics on a drum kit…More is always better.

--Individual tracks are best kept without effects: A little EQ or compression is usually fine, but if you're doing something radical with them, it's good to include one version with, and one without. As for effects: If a certain effect is integral to the individual track’s sound, include it. But please include a dry version of the track as well, if possible.

--Stems are also helpful: See if you can distill your mix down to a handful of stereo submixes (which, BTW, is what is meant by 'stems').  Including submixes of drums, guitars, vocals, synths, etc. will enable people to work with your tracks more easily on smaller systems. Also, it will keep your balances and effects intact for remixers who don't intend to change them. 

--Stems should all begin at the same point in time, even if it means a lot of dead space in the tracks; If all tracks start at the same point, they’ll all sync up with no guesswork down the line.

--Click tracks are helpful to include if they're applicable. Print one as part of the "individual track" zip if you can.

--If your work has tempo and meter changes which you’ve programmed into your work file, please include a Standard MIDI File (SMF) with the zip, so others can follow along easily.

Created: Apr 03, 2014


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