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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 additional info. Like this:

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

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

It makes it 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 preparing 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 a 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.

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Since 2015, I’ve run an advice section giving my experience and answering readers’ questions on music production, DJing, performing, marketing, management, and other aspects of the music industry. The purpose of the series is to spread knowledge and cultivate professionalism in the music industry. The advice series works simply: you send me your questions, and I answer them with a blog post when I have something relevant to say. Send me your questions via the form.

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Sygnal 2019

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

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