Stem Mastering Instructions

Decide on what tracks are to become stems – The drums may become stem one, the bass line stem two, the pads stem three, the lead vocal stem four etc. If you are unsure, simply upload the full mix and ask the aduio mastering engineer to suggest what is best.

  • LINE UP THE MARKERS AT EITHER END OF THE TRACK LIKE YOU WOULD NORMALLY FOR STANDARD MASTERING.
  • ENSURE THERE IS A FEW SECONDS GAP OF SILENCE EITHER END.
  • MUTE EVERY MIXER CHANNEL EXCEPT THE CHANNELS THAT ARE TO BE THE FIRST STEM.
  • BOUNCE THE TRACK TO CREATE THE FIRST STEM – THE DRUM STEM FOR EXAMPLE.
  • MUTE THE CHANNELS YOU HAVE JUST BOUNCED THEN UN-MUTE THE CHANNELS THAT ARE TO BE THE NEXT STEM.
  • BOUNCE THE TRACK TO CREATE THE SECOND STEM – THE BASS LINE FOR EXAMPLE.
  • CARRY OUT SAME PROCESS TO CREATE ALL THE STEMS.
  • YOU WILL NOW HAVE A NUMBER OF AUDIO FILES THAT WHEN LINED UP TOGETHER, WILL PLAY YOUR MIX IN SYNC.
  • CREATE A FOLDER FOR ALL THE FILES AND COMPRESS USING AN AUDIO FRIENDLY ZIP TOOL LIKE WINRAR.
  • UPLOAD ZIPPED FOLDER VIA THE UPLOAD PAGE.
 

Stem mastering is not the same as getting your track mixed. Although the master engineer may apply some mixing techniques where appropriate to achieve punch and clarity, this process is really meant for the tweaking of levels to arrive at a well balanced master. The track in question should have already been mixed with the intention of good separation and balance before  the track is bounced in to stems.

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