Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: How to send guitar stems for mixing studio?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Location
    Brasil
    Posts
    632
    Thanks
    15
    Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
    Rep Power
    932697

    How to send guitar stems for mixing studio?

    Sign in to disable this ad
    So, as some of you know I am finishing my first album and due to lack of available cash I mixed it and am preparing (I won't use the word *mastering*) it for a few copies really few, probably less than 15.

    I was thinking though that maybe in a near future when I won't too financially tight with other things I can spend some money in a professional mixing and mastering.

    Now my question is about how to send the stuff for a pro studio.

    I have seen in mostly of studios ads that they ask to send the stems without any effect. But the point here is that a big portion of my electric guitar tones comes from a lot of experimentation with the effects, specially the amp and cabinets setup, stomp boxes, etc, mostly of times including delay and reverb. So, in such case I should:

    1) Send the stems WITH effects to preserve exactly the tone I want; - OR -
    2) Send the stems WITHOUT the effects and hope that the engineer can reproduce exactly my original tone based on the demo that I will send along with the stems


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Lowell Street Studio, New England
    Posts
    12,076
    Thanks
    19
    Thanked 555 Times in 528 Posts
    Rep Power
    18632360
    Option 1. But you have to work with the engineer. He may ask for the same stem, but without reverb (as an example).
    Mike B My new album on CD Baby: Fact and Fiction
    My Bandcamp site: http://mikebirchmusic.bandcamp.com

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Location
    Brasil
    Posts
    632
    Thanks
    15
    Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
    Rep Power
    932697
    Cool, MJB, fair enough! Thank you!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2000
    Location
    Powderville
    Posts
    3,583
    Thanks
    7
    Thanked 60 Times in 56 Posts
    Rep Power
    8188951
    i can see breaking out drums and bass, vox, and music...
    but individual guitar stems?

    if you can't mix them down the way they should be, something's wrong with your approach

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Location
    Brasil
    Posts
    632
    Thanks
    15
    Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
    Rep Power
    932697
    Quote Originally Posted by GONZO-X View Post
    i can see breaking out drums and bass, vox, and music...
    but individual guitar stems?

    if you can't mix them down the way they should be, something's wrong with your approach
    I think I used the wrong term. For 'stems' please read 'tracks' and not subgroups... Sorry.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    Age
    53
    Posts
    15,245
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 487 Times in 434 Posts
    Rep Power
    15179947
    If I were mixing your stuff, I would ask for both. The only reason why I wouldn't want your stems/tracks with effects is because I probably don't mix like you do. So the amount of effects might not work within the mix that I would give you. In other words, if you give me everything the way you do it, I really get backed into a corner and will end up with a mix that isn't much different than yours. Which is a waste of time and money.
    Jay Walsh
    Farview Recording. I am also the forum spokesmodel for Terasyne Amplification

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Location
    Brasil
    Posts
    632
    Thanks
    15
    Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
    Rep Power
    932697
    Quote Originally Posted by Farview View Post
    If I were mixing your stuff, I would ask for both. The only reason why I wouldn't want your stems/tracks with effects is because I probably don't mix like you do. So the amount of effects might not work within the mix that I would give you. In other words, if you give me everything the way you do it, I really get backed into a corner and will end up with a mix that isn't much different than yours. Which is a waste of time and money.
    Cool, Farview, thank you very much for this input, you really have a point.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Mixing vocals WITHOUT Stems
    By JohnnyM92 in forum Newbies
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 02-11-2016, 15:45
  2. Stems or no stems when going to mastering?
    By snellular5 in forum Mixing Techniques
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 12-06-2009, 22:27
  3. Advice needed: How to send tracks from Acid to NRV10 for analog mixing
    By bjohnmar in forum Sony Tools / Sonic Foundry
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 07-01-2009, 13:08
  4. Replies: 8
    Last Post: 08-31-2002, 09:50

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •