ELECTRONIC SAVIORS IS EXCITED TO START WORKING ON THE 6TH VOLUME OF INDUSTRIAL MUSIC TO CURE CANCER: REFLECTION.
We are officially taking submissions for volume 6 until JANUARY 2020. As this is a huge undertaking, we would appreciate if artists could follow the guidelines for submitting tracks as closely as possibly.
-Songs must be 100% exclusive. Brand new songs are preferred over remixes of existing songs and will take priority when the compilation is being assembled. A contract will be sent to you if your track is accepted to ensure exclusivity. We have had experiences with bands releasing their tracks after the compilation comes out. We would like to avoid that.
-No cover songs will be accepted.
-If your track is accepted, you will be required to sign a Grant of Rights form that allows us to manufacture your track. You will receive a letter regarding this in FEBRUARY 2020.
-Please include complete info about your track:
label info (if any)
high resolution JPG of your project (Band pics are great but Logos are acceptable)
-Please do not send multiple versions of your song. Send the finished and best, unmastered version only.
-There is no time limit but the average time is around 4.5 minutes.
-Please name the file with the full artist name and track title.
-Do not send tracks to Jim directly or through facebook. Its much better if they are all in the same place.
Track Requirements and Advice
1. Leave plenty of headroom. You should aim for peaks of about -6db on your master buss meters and/or rendered (or summed) pre-master files. Whether you are mixing ITB (in-the-box) or through a mixing desk, do not use any limiters or heavy buss compression on the master buss channel insert. Compressing a mixdown audio file, then reducing the file's gain does not equal headroom. Watch your RMS levels when you mix.
2. Never "normalize" your digital pre-master files. Don't worry your mix is not sounding "loud," or as "loud" as your favorite record. It shouldn't be loud if anything it should be quiet: -6db on peaks. Focus instead on making it sound good. Loudness does not equate to a good or balanced mix. We'll work on the final levels during the mastering session. If you do want your track smashed, please let us do it with a fancy analog mastering compressor built expressly for doing so.
3. Make sure your fades (fade-ins, fade-outs) are exactly how you want them in your tracks. If you are working ITB, please double-check the file ends for any rendering errors or signal cutoff. Many times low-level signal tail ends of tracks get accidentally cutoff in DAW's like Ableton or Pro-Tools.
4. Take a look at your signal chain- within your DAW or otherwise - and see if there's any clipping. LED meters in any part of your signal chain should never go red: if they are red, it means it's clipping. When things that are not meant to clip do, it sounds terrible and we cannot fix it. There are a ton of great plugins for creative distortion (which is different than level clipping). We highly recommend Audio Damage Kombinat Tri.
5. Check your phase relationships and pay attention to any phase problems in your mix. If your DAW or mixing board has a "mono" button, always listen to your mix in mono. See if anything thins out, any sounds disappear or it just sounds "off." If yes, it would mean there are phase problems in your mix. Luckily, there are some great freeware VST stereometers out there. Voxengo's SPAN, for example, is fantastic. Learn it and use while mixing to crosscheck as you mix your tracks. Anything below "0," i.e. crossing into the minus realm is out-of-phase.
6. Be aware of any mastering tools while mixing. M/S equalizers, for example, are a great tool, but in the wrong hands, those can mess things up, especially if you are only mixing with headphones. When you mix in headphones (or an untreated room), is extremely hard to hear the balance between the Mid & Sides sections of the stereo field. This means you may end up with unwanted phasing issues. The same principle applies to "Stereo Expanders" or "Width" plug-ins. Another common problem is over-compression - if you must use a master bus compressor, limiter or tape machine emulation for "tonal" purposes, please keep an eye for how much you are squeezing the mix.
7. Format. Please send a 24-bit .aiff or .wav file as your final mix.