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How to prepare a remix pack properly

In electronic music, making remixes is a common practice. It helps to build a relationship between the producers, gives extra exposure, and brings extra variety.

As a producer and A&R manager, I’ve seen a lot of remix packs and each 9 of 10 were totally messed: bad file names, mixed file formats, no any additional info. Like this:

Remix pack is a folder containing all necessary files for another musician in order to make remix

Imagine fifty files with names that make no sense... such chaos!

It makes much harder for remixers to figure out what these files are, and sometimes even may kill a desire to make the remix in the first place.

Producers! Please spend an extra five minutes to prepare your remix pack properly. Here are a few simple tips to do so:

  1. Put an original version of the track in the folder.
  2. Add short info file containing the track’s tempo, key, and your contact details.
  3. Include MIDI files for all or at least some melodic parts.
  4. Put audio and MIDI files into folders separate folders.
  5. Name files properly:
No Yes
scream.wav Voice – Scream (Wet, EQ with Delay).wav
phrase.wav Voice – 14 Million Years Ago... (Dry).wav
main melody.wav Lead – Main 303 Acid (Dry, 16 Bars Loop).wav
melody 2.wav Lead – Upper Bright (Wet, 16 Bars with Reverb Tail).wav

That’s it, simple and effective. Trust me, remixers will appreciate it.

 983   2016   Advice   Management

This post is a part of the “Advice” series. I’m happy to advise on such topics as music production, sound design, performance, management, marketing, and career advice in the music industry and beyond. Send me your questions via Google Form.

1 comment
Sygnal 2019

Yes, Many of the producers do not add key label.
Thank you for sharing this information.

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