- Make sure that there are no effects on your master channel when you bounce (export)
In case you have essential effects on your master, send 2 versions:
fx mix, giving your engineer an idea of the effect
no fx mix, giving him the opportunity to apply his effects
however: don’t leave any limiter in place
- Make sure the level of your track peaks somewhere between -6 and -3dB
- If the peak level of your track is higher than -3dB, reduce the levels of the single tracks rather than lowering the master fader
- Eliminate unwanted noise within your mix (for example by applying low cut and try to keep your mix clean and dynamic
- Leave some silence at the beginning and at the end of the exported track (2 – 8 bars)
- Bounce your track in the format your used audio samples where saved in (24 bit is the most common and adequate)
- Don’t normalize or apply any dither when you export
- Think about realistic and relevant reference tracks that you might be able to suggest to your mastering engineer.
Remember: Mixing should be done before the mastering process. Make sure to find the right balance for your track (volumes and eqing of the individual tracks) before sending it to mastering – the mastering engineer will only be able to treat the sum of your efforts, not the individual tracks/channels.