Sending Files to the Studio

    • prepare
    • secure
    • send
    We can handle your order quickest if you upload the files directly here on the site. The uploader takes all the information we need so we can find your files and prepare the session easily.

    See the buttons below, for how to prepare, secure and send your tracks.

  • 1: Prepare
    • tracklist
    • file names
    • file types
    Before you upload, its best to work out your tracklist and arrange the tracks in order. If you like you can rename the files like this: "dub_one_side_a_track_title.wav". If not you can always send us a tracklist when you upload.

    We accept most common file types, like mp3 and wma, but for best results we recommend using high resolution wav or aif files.


  • 2: Secure
    • Zip files up
    • max. file size
    • Ready to Upload
    Its always best to zip your files before sending them to us. This helps to prevent your files from being corrupted while they are transferred across the net (please note: the maximum file size the uploader can handle is 300mb). How to secure your files:

    Mac: Control+Click "your_file">Compress "your_file" 
    PC: Right Click "your_file">Send to>Compressed (zipped) folder.

  • 3: Send
    • Log In
    • Hit the Uploader Link
    • Follow the instructions
    Once your files are all prepped and zipped up, its time to start sending your files to us. Make sure you have your order number ready and a track list if you think we will need it.

    When you upload, make sure you have added all your files before you hit the send button (if you don't have all your files ready that's fine, just let us know you might want to add more later).

    Start uploading!


  • How To
  • 1: Prepare
  • 2: Secure
  • 3: Send

Dealing with Files and Audio

  • Audio quality
    as with any recording technique, when it comes to cutting vinyl, you only get out what you put in, so make sure you are happy with the resolution of the audio you send. For dubplates, we can cut anything that makes a sound, but for digital mastering, tracks must be 16bit, 44.1khz or higher, with no mp3 conversion anywhere in the path.
    File Formats
    for digital mastering, we accept all the common file formats such as wav, aif, and we recommend FLAC if you want to use lossless data compression. We can also cut dub plates from mp3, wma and other lossy formats (if that's all you have).
    Sample Rate
    we recommend 44.1khz or 48khz, but we can handle higher sample rates too.
    Bit Depth
    we recommend 16 or 24 bit audio. We can accept 32 bit audio files, but we reckon it would make everyone's life easier just to stick to 24 bit or less.
    Headroom
    there is no need to leave a set amount of headroom when submitting tracks for cutting or mastering. The important thing is not to compress/limit/clip the tracks too much. Music always sounds better when its not too heavily compressed, especially on vinyl, and you only get the best out of the mastering process when limiting is left until the end.
    Data Corruption
    Its always best to zip your files before sending them to us. This helps to prevent your files from being corrupted while they are transferred across the net. How to secure your files:

    Mac: Control+Click "your_file">Compress "your_file"
    PC: Right Click "your_file">Send to>Compressed (zipped) folder.
    Naming Files
    by far the most important thing to do when naming files and folders for dub plates is to let us know what dub the tracks are for, what side they go on, and in what order. For example: "Dub1_SideA_Track2.wav" instead of say "track04a-version16.wav".
    Tracklist
    for large orders (more than one dub, or an EP / LP, for example) please do give us a tracklist detailing what goes where.
    Using Folders
    its sometimes a good idea to place files in a folder before zipping them up, please use your own name/artist name/label name for your folders. (NB: the maximum file size for the uploader is 300mb).
    Upload
    its best to use the uploader on the site, but you may want to use a 3rd party file transfer website. If so, please stick to dropbox.com or wetransfer.com (please avoid using megafantasticupload.com and similar sites that make us wait for 60 seconds, open a million popups, bombard us with adverts for spurious weight loss techniques, and will only let us download one file per day ;)
    CDs
    we do accept CDs, please see the contact page for the address to send them to (NB using CDs can add to the turnaround time. CDs are non-returnable, so make sure you have a backup copy first).
    Bottom line
    give yourself plenty of time, and be organised. Remember, the less time we have to spend sorting through files and working out what goes where, the more time we get to spend working on your music!