Stem Mixing & Mastering
When ordering stem mastering, rather than sending a stereo bounce, a client could alternately deliver “stems” which the mastering engineer can use to create the final master.
Both result in one final stereo file, ready for distribution; however, each results in slightly different sonic characteristics and can be better suited for certain scenarios.
Stem mastering can also be considered a “halfway” house between the stem mixing and stereo mastering.
Stem mixing is a method of mixing audio material based on creating groups of audio tracks and processing them separately prior to combining them into a final master mix.
Pre Master Specs
Please ensure that the kick and bass are separate (preferably in mono) group elements as follows:
- Percussion (rims, toms)
- Snare / Clap
- Top elements (Hats, shakers)
Stems should be exported individually without processing (except for FX), not through the master bus.
44.1kHz sample rate (minimum) / 16 or 24bit (24bit preferred).