What do we need for remixing a song?
Multitrack of the song would be ideal (separated channels with drums, bass, vocals, etc.), but we could definitely start with only the vocals only, then adding the chord progression and start adding a certain sound that we are looking for. We might offer different sugestions regarding the arrangement and the sound of that particular remix and we could also make several remixes in different musical genres (for example, a dubstep remix and a future bass remix would definitely expose your single to totally different audiences!) The concept of remixing became so popular, that Native Instruments (company dealing with audio production and Dj hardware and software) introduced the “Stems” technology, so that everyone could get access to your tracks.
Should you make the accapellas or multi track versions of your songs freely available for download, so that anyone could make a remix?
Our advice would be to make them available only by request, and send them only based on a confidentiality agreement. Also, you should release only the remixes that have been quality approved. A bad sounding remix could ruin your image, and we’re speaking from our experience in the past, when we have organized remix contests for some of our clients, only to find out that very few of them were meeting our quality expectations, in the end. The worst part is that, since the digital software allows to anyone to combine sound snippets nowadays, most of the times there were the “wannabee producers” that got the time to make a free remix and, since they were not experienced enough, they came up with wrong chord progressions, out of sync vocal editing and crappy mixing and mastering. Even worse was that they were pretty proud of their work and it took us a hard time to convince them to get them down.
Could be the acoustic version of a song considered to be a remix?
Even though remixing is most of the times associated with dancefloor friendly, groove driven productions, there is a clearly increasing demand in the acoustic versions, with acts like Boys Avenue making billions of views on youtube by making acoustic versions of popular songs. Don’t hesitate to send us an email if you would like for us to make an acoustic version backing track of your song (piano or guitar). Also, if you’d like to make a cover version of a popular song, and you need the instrumental to be transposed from male to female version (or viceversa) or maybe you need it to be transposed to a key that your vocal range would benefit the most, have a look to our page dedicated to making custom backing tracks, beats, orchestration and instrumentals or the one on custom songwriting and co-writing and you’ll definitely find examples of our portfolio that would be relevant to your requests.
One of the latest examples of our work on making an acoustic version of a song would be the one that we made for Irina Rimes‘ latest single, “Iubirea noastra muta“.