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Re: "When one looks for a mixing engineer..."

Postby The Elf » Thu Aug 13, 2020 9:21 am

blinddrew wrote:Stems are a collection of audio tracks bussed together in logical groups.
So rather than getting separate kick, snare, toms, overheads etc tracks for a drumkit, you get a Drums stem, which is a (generally) stereo file with all those drum tracks pre-mixed.
That's been my understanding since way back in the 1990s when I first heard the term used.

But it's become corrupted to the point where the word no longer carries any shortcut benefits. Invariably an explanation has to follow.
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Re: "When one looks for a mixing engineer..."

Postby Zukan » Thu Aug 13, 2020 11:00 am

The Elf wrote:I provide examples, and I'm always prepared to discount the cost of a first mix. After that it's 'only pay if you're 100% happy'. There's no need to feel guilty when your mix engineer offers these things.


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Re: "When one looks for a mixing engineer..."

Postby Kwackman » Thu Aug 13, 2020 11:28 am

The term is also used in post production for TV and films, and I THINK (I've no objective evidence) the term was used there first?

Delivery specs for TV (Documentaries etc) usually are
Main mix, plus stems for...
M&E (Music & FX) mix,
Dialogue mix,
VO (narrator) mix,
and sometimes separate stems for music mix and FX mix.

Those M+E, Music and FX stems are sometimes dipped for the VO but not dialogue, sometimes dipped for VO and dialogue, or undipped.
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