Welcome to MixOff.org!
What's a Mix Off?
Basically, a Mix Off is when someone uploads a set of raw tracks from a song, for others to mix and to share with one another.
This is a great way to practice mixing, and also for artists to find mix engineers who can add something to their recordings!
While MixOff.org can host mp3s of the final mixes, we can't host the raw tracks at this time. There are several good, free options for hosting files though, including http://Dropbox.com
, and http://filedropper.com
. New sites come along every day, a Google search will turn up plenty of options!
We are encouraging everyone to share raw files as FLAC files, to save bandwidth and server space. You can find some good FLAC conversion utilities on Google, as well as here:
APE encoder/decoder for Windows:http://www.monkeysaudio.com/download.html
APE/FLAC/... encoder/decoder for Mac:https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/14246/xact
FLAC command line tools for Windows:http://sourceforge.net/projects/flac/files/flac-win/
GUI for FLAC command line tools for Windows:http://flacfrontend.sf.net/
Converter and CD ripper for Windows with FLAC support:http://www.freac.org/
Great Audio Editor with FLAC support for Linux, Windows and Mac:http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
Switch, a multi-format converter for both Windows and Mac, which is not free though ($30 currently):http://www.nch.com.au/switch/index.html
(Thanks to Stoman for putting this list together!)The Rules:
You must have ownership of the files posted, or permission from the artist (if that's not you.) Do not post anything without the copyright owner's permission. Period.
Don't upload project files, just raw .WAV files. You can include mix notes in a TXT file, or in your post, and midi files, if you like. But this is a platform-agnostic forum, so posting a Pro Tools project is going to limit your mixes. WAV files can be imported into any DAW, so stick with them.
Multitrack files must have a common starting point. This means that if you drag them into a DAW, they'll all be in sync when you hit play. test your files before uploading them!
Combine your files into one archive, .zip files being a good option. Upload to a Dropbox or other large file hosting account, and include the link in your initial post.
Please state in the main post whether this is an Audition or Just For Fun. Many professionals will take a shot at a mix, if it might lead to work. But don't waste their time!
Which brings up the next point: If this is an audition, please indicate the pay scale. Many mixers will work for $200 a song. Many more will not. You need to be fair and upfront, if you don't want bad karma (and a bad rep!)
If you download tracks to mix, please refrain from insulting the quality of the tracks. You don't know the situation in which they were recorded, so treat them like you would any client, with respect.
Lastly, if you post tracks or a mix, take the time to listen to the other mixes and comment. We all learn and grow from hearing how others approach the mix, and from the feedback we get on our own work. So please, before posting your own mix, take a few minutes to critique another mix or two.
If you have questions about exporting files, importing files, or anything else, please post in the Help forum. And don't forget Google!