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FOR FUCKS SAKE - RAW TRACKS ARE NOT "STEMS"

Discussion in 'Andy Sneap' started by Damian B, Jan 5, 2012.

  1. Damian B

    Damian B ¯\(°_o)/¯

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    I did a search, but to my knowledge no one has posted a rant about this yet.

    To clear it up for the new guys: raw tracks (.WAV, .AIFF, .MIDI files, etc) are NOT "stems."

    A "stem" is a mixdown of an instrument group, sometimes sent to a mastering studio instead of a complete stereo mixdown. So, for example, a mastering engineer may receive a "drum stem," "gutair stem," and "vocal stem." The drum stem would contain a mixdown of the overheads, snare, kick, etc. The guitar stem would contain both left and right guitars. The vocal stem would have all of the vocal parts. You get the point.

    We know what you mean, but you are using the wrong terminology, and it makes you look like newbies.
     
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    PhilTheBeard "The Beard"

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    Where do I donate to this cause?
     
  5. Damian B

    Damian B ¯\(°_o)/¯

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  6. AudioGeekZine

    AudioGeekZine arsehole know-it-all

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    fucking right
     
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    I know I have done it before, haha. This should be stickied
     
  8. JeffTD

    JeffTD Senhor Testiculo

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    I went off in the NSGuitar thread about his "stems." It makes me fucking livid.
     
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    People here keep asking me how much mastering costs when they really mean mixing. At least they are not native speakers, but still really annoying to have to explain it every time.
     
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    Yeah, fuck noobs and people who misuse certain words.
     
  11. Loren Littlejohn

    Loren Littlejohn Lover of all boobage.

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    That doesn't annoy me though. People supplying "stems" should know what the fuck they are called. :fu:
     
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    CubanDude not really cuban

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    whatever...
     
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    Word on this thread!!! Has been bugging me allot lately haha
     
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    deb is in love with dexter what the fukc!! :ill: :lol:
     
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    C_F_H_13 Protools Guru

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    this guy....this guy knows what's up.

    It seems so petty but it's the truth. These words are interchanged way too fucking much and it's annoying.
     
  16. Genius Gone Insane

    Genius Gone Insane http://www.¯\(°_o)/¯.com

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    All the inaccurate shit flying around the internet and you are having a cow about misuse of the word "stem"
     
  17. Jarkko Mattheiszen

    Jarkko Mattheiszen The FU guy.

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    Yeah, it might seem ridiculous to moan about it, but it can actually lead to real trouble. Imagine being booked for a couple of days for a stem mastering and receiving raw tracks on the evening before.
     
  18. Jarkko Mattheiszen

    Jarkko Mattheiszen The FU guy.

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    Well, quite honestly I don't give a fuck if someone sets fire to his computer when plugging a JCM800's speaker out to the line-in of an integrated sound card, but it kind of is a big deal if I'm expected to mix an album for 375€ and the truth comes out the moment I should start working.
     
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    tempe Captain Midnight

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    That has actually happened to me... It turned out being a fun mix job!
     
  20. Jarkko Mattheiszen

    Jarkko Mattheiszen The FU guy.

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    Haha :D How did the client take it when you told him you might have a bit of a difficult situation?
     

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