Pro Tools

Open up your session. Make sure your tracks are clearly named and kept short and simple (no strings of numbers or the name of the song on every track etc.) At this point you may want to save your session as a new session, as you will be consolidating all your audio and removing any plugins etc, so it’s a good idea to do this under a different session name, so you don’t lose anything.

Once you’ve saved your session under a new name, you’ll need to do the following:

1. Remove all plugins, reset all faders to zero, remove any buses/aux channels and reset all pan pots. Render any MIDI/virtual instrument tracks as audio tracks. If you have any virtual drums make sure you render each separate drum track to separate audio tracks.

2. Highlight all your audio tracks using the selector tool, from the beginning to the end of the song. Go to edit>consolidate selection. This will make all your audio files the same length, so that when you export them they will all be in sync.

3. With your tracks still highlighted, go to the regions window and choose ‘export selected as files’ from the dropdown menu. Save the files to a new folder named ‘*song name* stems’ or something similar, so that it is easy to identify.

4. Locate the folder with your newly created stems in your OS file explorer, and compress it to a .zip file.

5. You’re done! You can now send this to us via www.wetransfer.com

Logic

Open up your session. Make sure your tracks are clearly named and kept short and simple (no strings of numbers or the name of the song on every track etc.) At this point you may want to save your session as a new session, as you will be consolidating all your audio and removing any plugins etc, so it’s a good idea to do this under a different session name, so you don’t lose anything.

Once you’ve saved your session under a new name, you’ll need to do the following:

1.  Under the file menu, go to Select File > Export > All Tracks as Audio Files
2.  Export the files at the same bit depth and sample rate you recorded them at, in WAV or AIFF format. Save the files to a new folder named ‘*song name* stems’ or something similar, so that it is easy to identify.
3. Locate the folder with your newly created stems in your OS file explorer, and compress it to a .zip file.
4. You’re done! You can now send this to us via www.wetransfer.com

Cubase

Open up your session. Make sure your tracks are clearly named and kept short and simple (no strings of numbers or the name of the song on every track etc.) At this point you may want to save your session as a new session, as you will be consolidating all your audio and removing any plugins etc, so it’s a good idea to do this under a different session name, so you don’t lose anything.

Once you’ve saved your session under a new name, you’ll need to do the following:

1. Select all your audio and shift it forward a few seconds/bars along the timeline in your edit window
2. Using the pencil tool, draw in some blank audio at the start of the timeline. This will mean that when you export your audio, the files will all start at the same point, therefore keeping the audio in sync.
3. Select all the audio and go to Audio > Bounce selection.
4. This will bounce all the audio to your audio folder in your cubase project. Locate the audio folder using your OS file explorer, and sort the files by their creation date. Copy all the newest files into a new folder named ‘*song name* stems’ or something similar, so that it is easy to identify.
5. Locate the folder with your newly created stems in your OS file explorer, and compress it to a .zip file.
6. You’re done! You can now send this to us via www.wetransfer.com

Other DAW’s/recording software

If you are using other software to record, the steps to create mix stems should be similar. The easiest way to make stems if your DAW doesn’t have any kind of batch exporting feature, is the following:

Open up your session. Make sure your tracks are clearly named and kept short and simple (no strings of numbers or the name of the song on every track etc.) At this point you may want to save your session as a new session, as you will be consolidating all your audio and removing any plugins etc, so it’s a good idea to do this under a different session name, so you don’t lose anything.

Once you’ve saved your session under a new name, you’ll need to do the following:

1. Highlight/select the length of the song in your timeline. Or alternatively shift all your audio files along by a few bars, and insert some blank audio at the start of the time on every track.
2. Solo the first track, and bounce/export it into a new folder named ‘*song name* stems’ or something similar, so that it is easy to identify.
3. Repeat for each track in the song.
4. Locate the folder with your newly created stems in your OS file explorer, and compress it to a .zip file.
5. You’re done! You can now send this to us via www.wetransfer.com