Helping music in surround sound prosper Jan Printz the rest of 2020 offers free surround mix of albums mastered for a stereo release if the following conditions are met. It requires:
- The tracks are available instrument by instrument digital uncompressed (lossless compression is ok) preferably as 48 kHz 24 bit or better as flac (or wav/alac, where wav can have 2-10 times the size).
- If the album is recorded in Cubase the files can be used directly (tracks with special plugins must be bounced separate). Otherwise the tracks shall be exported separately as mono or stereo from the same time/place with all the plugins as eq, compressor and so on. If you on a few tracks want to have special effects e.g. reverb / delay in other locations of the 5.1 mix effects must exported separately. Modulation as chorus / flanger may also be omitted and instead provide information on how much and how to be added; So, it will be made in surround and gives a better 5.1 mix. – This is preferred, but if only stems are available, then they can be used for a almost just as good surround mix.
- If stereo files are made and contains 2 instruments or voices then pan one of them to the far left and the other to the far right. (3 instruments/voices should be placed far left, center & far right)
- Drums: Tom-toms has to be for themselves as mono tracks or stereo tracks with 2 or 3 toms (as described above). The rest of the drums can be exported as stereo, but the more splited up they are, the better the 5.1 mix (The snare & kick too as monos would be nice as the overheads/room in stereo). – This is preferred, but one stereo track with drums can also work almost just as good. Programmed drums using midi-files (or alike) can be copied into 3; The first with only cymbals as stereo (and the rest removed). The second as tom-toms like above (and the rest removed). The third as a stereo with the rest. All converted to audio of cause.
- We may share an online directory (like dropbox or the like) or we can meet in Copenhagen with a hard drive with the tracks.
- You have all rights over the album or have made an agreement with other right-holders that a surround sound mix of the album can be made and sold afterward.
Along the way:
Choose from Quadrophonic/4.0, 4.1, 5.1 as the desired mix (5.1 is most common)
An iso-file of blu-ray or AVCHD-DVD with still-pictures can also be produced. I prefer my mixed are released as mc FLAC and as Blu-ray for those who wants that!
If desired, there can be made a contract that the tracks and the instrument files will not be shared or publicly in any way, but of course it wouldn’t in any case!!!
You’ll receive multichannel flac or a iso-file (in a shared folder) that you can listen to and evaluate or you can get past Hvidovre (Copenhagen) and hear the first few numbers in surround.
How to release the surround mix(es)
What are returned:
Multichannel flac or wav of each number or as a single file of the entire album in the quality the tracks came in. Optionally, making a Bluray/DVD – ISO file for sale (so buyers can burn their own Bluray/DVD. DVD’s will be as an AVCHD – DVD for playback on bluray players).
This may be for sale as digital download on your website or the non-profite site https://surroundmusic.one/ – You got 85% and most of the rest goes to fees for payment, money transfer and traffic of big files.
Is your album is released through a record company, you’ll have to make an agreement about how it can be put up for sale.
ReUpmix (Remix Upmix) from stereo tracks to 4.1 surroundsound.
For numbers or parts without the original instrument and vocals tracks for making a proper surround mix Printz Music also produces ReUpmixes. Give it a listen and see more here.