Rendering stem files for posterity (and remix!)

I’m doing something that I should have done a long time ago. I’m pulling up all my old Garageband files and locking all the tracks, and then saving them to my Dropbox. I haven’t touched my Mac Mini in years and I want to get these files digitally preserved before the hard drive bites the dust. I’ve already uploaded about 20GB and I think I have 150-200GB of stem tracks total (not just Antisoc). Glad I sprung for that 500GB hard drive on my Mac Mini, and glad I sprung for the 2TB RAID array on my desktop.

What does this mean for you?

Well, first of all I want to go back and fix a lot of the really terrible mixing on some of my old songs. Will this mean full albums that are re-mixed and remastered? Possibly. It’s a lot of work and I don’t have much time to spend on it.

Secondly, I want to make my vocal stem tracks available for those who want to remix them. I’m uploading them in the Garageband format. You can open them in Logic I believe. However, you can open the project like a folder and copy out the stem tracks as well as the original recorded audio files with no effects.

Will this mean that all the instrument tracks will be available for remix as well? Not necessarily. This house cleaning is happening on OS X / Garageband, which is what I used for the vocals. All of my instrumentals are created in Jeskola Buzz on Windows. Some of these old Buzz project files are not able to be opened anymore, so some of them may be lost to time. It’s not an easy process to output wav stems in older versions of Buzz. In any case, I have a VHD set up with my old Windows XP setup on it, so I can get to the old files as needed.

If you’re interested in doing a remix, email me or hit me up on facebook.

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