HOW WE WORK

Thanks for choosing to work with us. To make sure we are on the same page here is a brief guideline to how we work:

How to listen to a DDP master

If you have chosen to receive your master in DDP format you will need a special player to review your master. We have had one made for us by Sonoris that allows you to listen to your master with all transitions as we made them, review ISRC and UPC codes and check up on CD text and burn reference CDs.

Download the Studio C4 DDP player here:

Mac:

http://www.sonorissoftware.com/download.php?f=ddpp3000studioc4.pkg.zip

Windows:

http://www.sonorissoftware.com/download.php?f=ddpp3000studioc4.zip

Simply install, paste the activation code that you receive from us and drag and drop the DDP folder onto the player’s interface. The player is for C4 clients only.

How to send us files

When sending us files please paste a download link to either WeTransfer or Dropbox into the email thread concerning your project and send it to anders@studioc4.dk or joel@studioc4.dk or paste the download link into the booking request. Please don’t send us wetransfer links outside of an ongoing email thread as we receive too many and don’t share dropbox folders with us but use the “send link” function instead.

How to prepare files for mixing

File Format:

– 24bit

– .wav

– same sampling rate as your recording’s sampling rate (no conversion!)

– tracks with stereo information in stereo*

– tracks without stereo information in mono*

– no dithering

– make sure no track is clipping/distorting

Naming of files:

1. Name each file starting with the type of element it contains: kick

If there are more than one of the elements just use ascending numbers: kick 2

Don’t use capitals or special signs and try to use short names otherwise they become hard to read on our track headers. If needed you can abbreviate certain words like: lead vocals with lead vox and guitars with gtrs

2. Create 6 folders and name them: “vocals”, “drums”, “bass”, “guitars”, “fx”, “keys” and move the appropriate files into their respective folders. This way everything is grouped already and we don’t need to waste time organising the session.

3. Zip all the folders into a new folder that contains the artist name, song name and bpm: Artist X – Song X – 120bpm

Fx:

When exporting please bypass all plugin instances that you may have applied when creating your rough mix. Exceptions:

– Keep plugins that are a crucial part of the sound design and define the character of a sound, e.g. AutoTune vocal effects or extreme filtering to completely change the tone of a sound

– Keep filter automation

– Keep all plugins on sounds that are sound effects in themselves, such as booms, sweeps, or risers

– If in doubt you can send two versions and name them e.g. synth 1 for the version without your fx and synth 1 (fx) for the sound with your fx

Comping:

During recording you may have used several tracks to record the exact same element, e.g. adlips for verse 1 and adlips for verse 2. Please export those onto one track to keep track count low! If track counts exceed 120 tracks please contact us and we will help you with the comping process.

Rough mixes and references:

Include the latest approved rough mix as a .wav file. Include reference songs in the highest quality possible i.e. not under 320kbps mp3

*In Logic and Ableton Live you don’t have the option of exporting mono and stereo tracks at the same time. The easy workaround is to mute/deactivate all the mono tracks, then use the export all tracks as audio files command and finally do the same for all stereo tracks.

Don’t forget to double check your files and listen to the entire song once more before sending

How to prepare files for mastering

File Format:

– 24bit or 32bit

– .wav

– same sampling rate as your recording’s sampling rate (no conversion!)

– no dithering

– make sure the track is not clipping/distorting/exceeding 0dbfs

Fx:

Please remove any processing on the master bus, especially limiters and clippers. If

you must use bus compression please include that as a second file for us to audition.

Naming of files:

1. Name each track with only it’s final title (please don’t include artist name and album title). If applies write the kind of version (e.g. instrumental or Singback) in brackets after the title. E.g. Jammin (instrumental). Don’t use underscores or dashes or other special signs.

2. Create a folder with the artist name and album title. Don’t use underscores or dashes or other special signs. Paste all the songs into the folder together with a pdf of the label copy or other information such as ISRC and UPC codes.

3. Please create a separate folder for possible reference songs (high quality files only) and other notes.

4. Create a final .zip of the folder(s) and name it with the artist name and album title.

How to prepare files for stem mastering

File Format:

– 24bit or 32bit

– .wav

– same sampling rate as your recording’s sampling rate (no conversion!)

– no dithering

– make sure no tracks are clipping/distorting/exceeding 0dbfs

Fx:

– Please remove any processing on the master bus, especially limiters and clippers.

If you must use bus compression please include that as a second file for us to audition.

– Unless agreed otherwise, keep all fx on the individual tracks as well as busses.

Make extra sure that the mix opens up sounding exactly like your reference mix when we import the stems.

Naming of files:

1. Name each file starting with the song title followed by the type of element it contains: Jamming – kick

2. zip all the folders into a new folder that contains the artist name, song name and bpm: Artist X – Song X – 120bpm

Rough mixes and references

Pleas always (!) Include the latest approved rough mix as a .wav file. if applies, include reference songs in the highest quality possible i.e. not under 320kbps mp3

Revisions

Mixing prices include a 2 hour session of revisions per song. Any further revisions are charged per hour (600dkr). Mastering revisions are charged per hour.

Revisions that are caused by glitches or other technical errors are covered by us and rectified asap. Revisions that are a matter of taste or interpretation are covered by the client.

How to pay

All our prices are excluding VAT. You will receive an invoice with our bank details either before, during or after completion of a given project. Invoices are to be paid within 14 days.

By hiring us you commit yourself to pay the agreed amount plus any extra hours used on your project without exceptions.

Per hour charge is being calculated for every started hour.

Disclaimer

Always listen and approve your master before sending it off for pressing/duplication/ release. We claim no responsibility for errors that have occurred on unapproved masters and are not liable for possible damage caused by this.