Zeroed Out: What it is, Why it Matters and How to Do it

Learn to Zero Out your Audio Files for perfect alignment!

    You'll probably hear the term "Zeroed Out" at some point in your music career, regardless of what you do in the industry. Let's talk about what it is, what it does, and why it's important!   What does Zeroed Out mean? When you zero out a track (or file, or stem), you flush it so that it starts at the beginning of the song. For example, as a session singer, my vocal part rarely starts right away. There is usually a song intro, and then my vocals come in. Zeroing the track means the space before my voice starts is included in the st[...]


Wet Stems Gone Wrong: Why Dry is Best

  I made a post already about dry stems, but I want to talk about some serious #wetstemfails and why it's usually better to just get dry tracks from your session musicians.   What are Wet Stems? Wet Stems (or tracks, files, etc) are stems that have effects on them. As a session singer, I'm going to focus mainly on vocal stems here. If I send you wet stems, you are likely getting some compression and reverb on them or whatever you ask for. I need to save time, why can't I just get wet stems? I get it, it's a ton of work. But here's why it's[...]


How to Convert iTunes Tracks to Different Formats: 5 Simple Steps!

How to convert tracks easily on iTunes!

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post all about stems and why proper export is so important! I provided a video explaining how to export them. Later I realized I didn't focus enough time on converting stems into different formats. So let's do that now!   How to convert WAV to mp3 (or vice versa) in iTunes First, let's talk about why you want to do this. When exporting stems (either individually or a mixdown), you'll want large, uncompressed files for final delivery. WAV or AIF files provide lossless quality so these are the best choice. However, if you don[...]


Music Stems: How to Send and Receive the Right Files for Your Music Project

How to send the right stems, files or tracks between musicians

When sending files between musicians, songwriters, producers and mixers, there can be a lot of confusion over what is being sent. For starters, some people call them completely different things (stems, files, tracks, exports, etc). Then there are people who are not sure what type of stem to send (.wav, .mp3, .m4a, etc). For the sake of simplicity for this post, I'll be calling them Stems throughout. Just know that there are several terms for the same thing! Let's get into it:   A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting the Right Music Files 1). Establish what[...]


Bitrate – A Simple Explanation for Musicians

A simple guide to bitrate for non-techie musicians

  Raise your hand if you're a musician who isn't a big tech person! My hand just shot up along with hundreds of other people, I'm sure. Today I'm going to break down a complicated, techie term that goes over a lot of musicians heads: Bitrate. What is Bitrate? Bitrate (or bit rate) is the term for the number of kilobits per second of the song. Boring stuff if you’re just a musician and don’t care about the tech side, but it can definitely impact your final product so it’s worth noting! When you work with a studio or session musician, they[...]