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In this week’s tutorial, we discuss the different steps you should take when you’re exporting stems out of your DAW to send them to an engineer or a collaborator.

It’s very common for artists, beat makers, & producers to export stems out of their DAWs on a regular basis. Properly sending stems with the correct levels, starting points, & labeling can be a huge factor on whether or not you will land placements on a consistent basis.

As a professional engineer, I am sent stems & files with the quality damaged, the timing off, the wrong format & several other issues almost daily. That’s one reason why I decided to take the time to discuss the professional guidelines one should follow when exporting stems?

  • For artists, they may need to send their stems to a collaborator to contribute vocals/instruments or they may need to get their stems to an engineer to mix & master their song.
  • For beat makers & producers they may need to export their stems for an artist to record to or an engineer to mix & master for a high quality product that can strengthen their chances of a placement.

This video will guide you on the proper steps to take & answer questions such as:

  • What format should I use?
  • What volume should the stems be at?
  • What volume should the master level be at?
  • Should I normalize?
  • What does it mean to consolidate?

These are all great questions & it can sometimes be confusing on what the right answer is. Fortunately this easy to follow along tutorial answers all of those questions & more!

Follow along as professional engineer Eric “Realistic” Michael gives you a step-by-step guide on properly preparing your stems..

 

ERIC MICHAEL
REALISTIC PRODUCTIONS (Engineer)

Realistic is a Music Producer and Engineer located in the Twin Cities. He started out playing guitar and piano in 2003 and has been producing and recording music since 2004. He produces Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop, & Dance music.

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