Track Submission Guide

Please read and follow the guide below for submitting tracks to us carefully to allow for the highest quality and efficiency

Multiple tracks should be sent packaged into a .ZIP or .RAR file with the following:-

44.1KHz 24-Bit Mono or Stereo WAV files (depending on source). Higher sample and bit rates (e.g. 48KHz 32-bit) are also fine. Reference mixes or demos can be in .mp3 format.

Export the files from your DAW starting from Bar 1 until the end of the song, to ensure they all line up perfectly when imported. Pay special attention to any delay tails or anything decaying out at the end of the song, ensuring they don’t get truncated.

The .ZIP or RAR file can then be uploaded to a cloud service, such as Dropbox, MyAirBridge, and a link generated and e-mailed to us to download the file.

It is helpful to add a .txt file to the .ZIP or .RAR archive documenting anything you want us to be aware of. Song tempo and time signatures should be noted here, also, even if the tempo information is embedded in provided MIDI files.

Tracks should be named accordingly to what they contain.

Acceptable track naming example:

KICK, SNARE, MAIN SING VOCAL, DUB SING VOCAL, MAIN SCREAM VOCAL, DUB SCREAM VOCAL, SYNTH 1, SYNTH 2, GTR L, GTR R, REFERENCE MIX, etc.

Unacceptable track names include:

Track01_1, etc.

Tracks should generally be sent “dry” i.e. with no effects processing on them unless the processing is essential to the sound on that track.

“Baked in” guitar and bass tones (e.g. Axe-FX, Kemper, Mic’ed amp/cab) are fine, as it is often desirable to use these tones in the mix, however, if possible, a raw DI of all guitars and bass (or MIDI, where appropriate – VSTi synths, drums etc.) should be supplied in case the tone needs to altered to fit the mix better.

Here are some sample screenshots of what a submission to us should look like:-

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Which would contain:-

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If you have any queries, do not hesitate to e-mail us at darkeneddreamsaudio@gmail.com and we will be happy to help you!