I worked with a musician from Bristol recently to give some mix guidance and detailed notes on each element of the track. I decided it would be better for the artist if I took the project file, made the changes needed using the stock plugins from the daw, and then sent it back again so the changes could be played around with afterwards and some real learning could take place. It was a bit risky as sending projects can result in missing files, missing plugins and so on. But we went for it, making sure that any channels with 3rd party plugins had a bounced stem in the track below. The other problem that could arise is compatibility across different daw versions but in this case we had the same version of Ableton.
I took the project and did a fair bit of parallel processing and really concentrated on the kick and bass to bring the low end together, also worked the EQ's to get rid of any boomy muddy stuff on the synths and atmospheres. Once approved I sent the project back to the client and it could be worked on and tweaked to taste.
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