Price Studio: $ 29.99 / month or $ 323.99 / year | Pro: $ 9.99 / month or $ 107.99 / year | Free access
Cloud-based collaboration tools like Google Drive and Dropbox are invaluable in everyday life. Still, most are designed for business, which means they lack many of the features music creators need. So the folks at mixing tutorials site puremix.com have come up with a new collaboration tool for sharing tracks, getting feedback, and comparing mixes called mixup.audio, aimed directly at recording studios, producers and to artists.
Mixup.audio exists in several forms. The first is a web service where you can upload tracks for customers to listen to and add time stamped comments. The second – more aimed at collaborators – is a multi-format plug-in for adding timed comments and comparing track versions within your DAW.
Mixup.audio lets you organize your content into tracks and playlists, with folders also included to help keep things organized. Tracks are meant to represent a single song, but can also be used for stems or multitracks. You can download multiple versions of a track and quickly switch between those versions while listening to the track, which is a convenient way to compare different mixes.
Playlists are collections of recordings – albums, if you prefer – and can be built from a mix of mixup.audio tracks, new recordings you download from your computer / mobile device, or audio files. transferred from your Dropbox account.
In a playlist, tracks can have multiple versions, and you can easily switch between them to see which works best in context. This can be useful if you have an extended album version or a single version that is mastered louder. Unfortunately, there is no Playlist version, which looks like an oversight, and there is no built-in way to move a track out of a Playlist without completely removing it from the platform.
Mixup.audio includes a commenting system that allows people invited to a track or playlist to post comments and comments on it. What’s cool here is that the comments are time stamped on the track, so there is no ambiguity about what a comment refers to.
Tracks and playlists can also take advantage of an optional level mapping tool, which automatically matches the volume of each version of a track or tracks in a playlist. The platform targets a sound volume of -15.3LU by default, but you can also dial your own target volume. This is ideal for checking mixes before and after mastering, for example.
Perhaps the most exciting part of mixup.audio is the plug-in implementation. This provides all of the same functionality as the web version inside your DAW and streams audio remotely through your DAW’s audio system. The best feature of the plug-in is that it syncs local and remote transport controls so you can instantly switch between the two versions, comparing your current mix in your DAW with the one that has already been downloaded.
There are three pricing options for mixup.audio: Access, Pro, and Studio. The first of them is free and provides all the basic functionality of the platform. It also allows you to create an unlimited number of tracks and playlists, but these are only stored for 30 days, a limitation that is removed in the Pro level. Pro also adds a download manager and password protection for your tracks and playlists, which is vital if you are working with more prominent artists. The full feature set, which includes rebranding of customer pages and a chain of approval functionality, is included in the Studio level.
Puremix has done an admirable job creating a file sharing platform that is perfectly suited to the needs of musicians, producers and studios. It doesn’t support remote check-in – that’s not what it is – but it’s a nifty way to interact with coworkers and customers nonetheless. There’s room for improvement here and there, especially around playlists, but mixup.audio is an efficient, hassle-free system worth checking out. Since there is a free level, trying it is a no-brainer.
- Store and share audio files from the cloud
- Manage and listen to multiple versions of tracks and mixes
- Organize tracks into playlists
- Integrated commentary system with comments synchronized with the track / playlist
- Optional automatic loudness adjustment for better comparison of versions
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