Backing Tracks mixed for live bands, and Automation needed.
NOTE: this may require two separate contractors. One for developing the automation, and one to do this mixing. Therefore please apply if you can:
o Mix and program automation
o Mix but not program automation
o Program automation but not mix.
We require a bulk mix of backing tracks that are designed for our live bands to use. This is very process driven project, and does not require much creativity, so please be aware of that before you take on the job.
As it requires a lot of very specific processes completed accurately, I think we need someone that can automate parts of this project (especially the bounce down of different versions of the tracks.)
The key skills required are:
Efficiency in using your preferred DAW (Ideally pro tools)
Ability to make quick changes in order to optimise each track for live use.
Ability to very precisely follow instructions
A good library of digital instrument samples, including realistic sounding brass.
A fast and stable computer.
A very fast internet connection, and a knowledge of how to use Google Drive
This is an ongoing job, so we need someone that is efficient in doing a great job.
Preparing the project
for reasons that will be apparent later, we advise that you work from a pre-made project template, whcih contains all the settings that you will need.
We will provide multi tracks of backing tracks that will be used live in WAV format. These must first be saved with the project file name in the format: [Songname] - [Artistname].
e.g. ‘I’m Still Standing - Elton John’
You must ensure that this is correct as per the official song title and the correct spelling of the artist name.
We need each track to then be listened through, and to ensure that they are appropriate for live use. This includes ensuring that there are no fade out endings, that there is a consistent, or easy to follow click track etc.
We may at this stage have provided some simple edits for you to make, for example ‘cut the outro in half’. you should carry these out.
If the track contains brass instruments, and we have provided you with brass MIDI files, you should load these in, and use a digital brass sample program to replace the brass that already exists on the track.
If you notice anything on the track that sounds particularly bad, you are able to advise on some changes that you could make, and we will either sign these changes off, or not.
You will create a click track that is consistent with our other tracks for the project. This must be an easy to hear and comfortable sound for live drummers to play along to. The click track must have two bars of click for the intro.
In the intro there must also be the song name stated (you can use a computer voice generator to generate a sound file for the name) and also count in the ‘1 2 3 4’ of the second bar of intro click.
The voice generator must also a ‘4 3 2 1’ in the last bar of the song.
3. You will then mix the audio levels and Eq the track, for live use.
4. You will then bounce the track out in various pre-defined keys (by using an tuning plugin), and also a variety of different instrument line ups. (there will be 5 different keys required, and 8 different line up options, which means 40 mixes in total)
In all tracks the click will be on the left channel, and a mono mix of the backing track will be on the right channel.
this step will need to be automated, perhaps by using buses.
These tracks MUST be a consistent volume so that when the acts perform them live, there is not a large inconsistency in the volume of the tracks.
These mixes will be provided in high quality .mp3 files, and each mix will contain a consistent file name structure.
We will want to carry out a test of 5 tracks with you to see the speed and accuracy/quality of the work.
This is a very complicated process, which needs careful consideration about how we approach it. Therefore you will need to discuss the project with us before deciding to take on the job.