When contributing to multiple stock music libraries, you’ll be exporting music in various different file formats (such as .wav and .aiff) and bit rates, depending on their submission requirements.
Because of this, it’s beneficial to use a workflow that allows you to easily export your audio into multiple formats, and keep them appropriately organised in folders. Not only does this provide consistency in your exporting workflow, but it also makes it much easier to find audio files in legacy projects at a later date.
Use a Template ‘Mixdowns’ Folder
To save a little time use an empty ‘template’ Mixdowns folder, which already has subfolders organised and named.
Once I save a new DAW project, I alt-drag a copy of the template Mixdown folder into the DAW folder structure. This way I keep native DAW files and exported audio in the same directory. This makes archiving much more straightforward later.
I always mix down my projects to the following formats, and organise them into folders as listed below (my preferred approach is to group files by bit rate, apart from MP3’s which stay in their own folder):
- Trackname.wav – 48k 24 bit
- Trackname – 60 Second Edit.wav – 48k 24 bit
- Trackname – 30 Second Edit.wav – 48k 24 bit
- Trackname – Stinger.wav – 48k 24 bit
- Trackname.wav – 44k 24 bit
- Trackname – 60 Second Edit.wav – 44k 24 bit
- Trackname – 30 Second Edit.wav – 44k 24 bit
- Trackname – Stinger.wav – 44k 24 bit
- Trackname.wav – 48k 16 bit
- Trackname – 60 Second Edit.wav – 48k 16 bit
- Trackname – 30 Second Edit.wav – 48k 16 bit
- Trackname – Stinger.wav – 48k 16 bit
- Trackname.wav – 44k 16 bit
- Trackname – 60 Second Edit.wav – 44k 16 bit
- Trackname – 30 Second Edit.wav – 44k 16 bit
- Trackname – Stinger.wav – 44k 16 bit
- Trackname. MP3 – 320k
- Trackname – 60 Second Edit. MP3 – 320k
- Trackname – 30 Second Edit. MP3 – 320k
Of course, you can choose to group and organise your audio files in a way that suits you.
Additional file types or formats requested by specific libraries
48k versions are usually required by exclusive libraries for use in TV and film.
Some libraries – such as AudioJungle – have different specifications for uploading files. At the time of writing, they require a watermarked MP3 and a ZIP file containing all versions of your music. In these situations I keep the files in a separate ‘AudioJungle’ folder.