Found Sounds, Foley and ADR
As found in most modern dictionaries of our time, post production refers to the tasks that must be completed or executed after the filming or shooting ends. This includes tasks such as working with ADR or voice over, recording special effects using Foley techniques, or going out into the world and recording high quality sounds that are layered into the sound track. It can also include sound editing, mixing and mastering of the sound track.
Post production also goes beyond the film industry. Audio books, games, and social media also need post production before a product can be released to the public. It doesn’t stop there! Anything you can think of that includes sound, that needs fine tuning before a public release can benefit from post production.
What I need from you before I begin:
- For editing:
- The project must be either in Pro Tools or Audition.
- The session folder must include all assets used in the session. If linking errors occur due to missing files we cannot start on your project promptly.
- For mixing: The tracks you provide must be ready for mixing. Do not assume that tuning or timing issues will be automatically resolved during the mixing process. If there are major issues with timing or tuning, and you wish me to fix this, that could increase your cost. Having said that, if there is a small amount of vocal tuning needed, you can always request I touch that up for you. Large amounts of tuning and editing will be charged for and will delay turnaround time. It is in your best interest to do any tuning and editing on your time, so that I can maximize time spent mixing your song.
- I accept WAV or AIFF files at 44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96kHz; 16 or 24 bit.
- Please supply mono or stereo files, clearly named and without audio clipping. Stereo files will be counted as 2 tracks of audio, for example ‘Strings L & R’ will be counted as 2 tracks.
- You will need to provide multi-tracks that are consolidated or bounced from the start point of your song (bar 1 beat 1 or start time code). All files must be of the same duration, sample rate and bit depth.
- For mixing, I do not accept DAW sessions (i.e Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, etc).
- There is the expectation that every track is a single sound. A track cannot share different sounds, for example a bass track with a vocal harmony in the middle.
- Please ensure you have uploaded all the correct multi-track files that you want to be included in your song. Sending more files once the mixing process has started can add potential delays.
- Please supply multi-track files that are supplied dry, without reverb or effects. However, if you feel a specific effect, processing, or creative element (such as filter sweeps, delays, etc) is an integral part of the sound, please provide the processed version plus a ‘dry safety’ version. This will not add your overall track count. Please label both versions clearly and mention this in the information you provide. You can add the ‘dry safety’ versions to the reference files folder on the set up job page.
- Print any midi/virtual instruments – I only accept audio files.
- Make sure you allow plenty of headroom when printing your multi-tracks to avoid clipping or distortion. These artifacts cannot be removed in the mix process.
- In addition to as much written information as possible, you’re welcome to provide a rough mix and commercially released reference song. A commercial song is only a guide and results are completely dependent on the quality and style of the multi-track provided.
- You can upload all your audio files online using Dropbox or Google, depending on your preference. A special project folder will be created and shared with you for each project you have with me.
What you can expect from Stark Audio Productions:
- In most cases, the turnaround time is within 5 days depending on the amount of songs and track count within each song. The client will always be updated on how the project is progressing.
- Two mix revisions are included in the price. Please ensure you inform Stark Audio Productions within 24 hours of mix delivery if you require a revision. A revision means fine tuning how the instruments fit together in the mix.
- Stark Audio Productions does not archive their projects. Upon completion of a project, the files will be delivered to you and it is your responsibility to archive.
Editing, Mixing and Mastering
After you have completed your project, you will need to create the best takes, edit your sounds by applying fades, crossfades or automation. Working in Pro Tools, Audition or Ableton, we can refine your project and get it ready for the mixing phase.
Mixing involves bringing all your sound layers together into one final stereo track. You are basically working with everything that has been recorded. Some things that can happen during mixing is applying effects, adjusting faders, and dynamic processing. The finished product should sound like nothing is missing musically. It is therefore ready for the final polish of mastering.
Mastering is the final touch and can be subjective depending on personal feelings or opinions about the project. Regardless, the same approach to mastering is almost always the same. At this stage, there is always some additional processing. This can include some stereo enhancements or adjusting the space through reverberation. It also means that if an album is being mastered, there is consistency from song to song with similar volumes and sense of cohesiveness.
No matter what stage of post-production you are at, Stark Audio Productions can assist you.
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