We are currently working on the guides. Some parts might be very brief and will be better documented in the next weeks! Thank you for your patience.
Downloading the right files
I only want to record new tracks
Go to the project page and click the button "Download current project data". A download window will open. Download the first listed file which should be a .wav or .aif(f) file. You can import this file into your recording software and start recording your new tracks.
I want to change existing tracks
Go to the project page and click the button "Download current project data". A download window will open. You need to download all zip archives that are listed under "Plan on mixing? Download the full project". This can be a single file or multiple depending on when the last full project upload was done. You then need to extract all zip files and import all contained files into your recording software. Read more: Importing audio tracks
Creating a new project
General project information
You should always provide the tempo of your song in the project information, so other users can set a metronome in their recording software. If you have a lot of tempo changes in your song you should add a click track to your upload or even add a midi map. Further you should also try to provide technical information about your project such as its sample rate and its bit depth. If you don't know what those are please read our fast explanation and you will know anything important in just a minute: Sample rate & bit depth?
You can create a public project which any other jampool musician can see and add his/her ideas to it. As the project owner you can listen to any new uploaded version of your song and decide if you want to go with it or dismiss it if you don't like it.
You can also create private projects which are not accessible by others. You need to add users to private projects. This makes sense if you are working on an "own" project for example with your band and don't want other people to see your work!
Uploading a project version
You can upload either a "partial" version which contains only your added data or a "full version" which also contains all other instrument tracks. A "full version" for example makes sense if your the project owner or a collaborator who re-mixed the project after collaborators have uploaded their new "partial" tracks or if you changed the song arrangement, e.g. doubled the chorus length. You must upload exactly two files: A preview version of the current mix and a zip containing each original track:
Every project version upload needs a high quality stereo mixdown of the current state of your song. This file must be in WAV (.wav) or AIFF (.aif or .aiff) format. This file is needed so that the project owner and other users can listen to your version in the browser. This file might also be used by other users for overdub recording, e.g. adding a guitar solo.
Further every upload also needs a ZIP archive (.zip) which contains every instrument as a single track. For example if you started a song with a bass, a guitar and some vocals. The project might look something like this in your recording software:
- Track 1: Guitar L
- Track 2: Guitar R
- Track 3: Bass
- Track 4: Vocals
- Track 5: Vocals 2nd voice
You need to export every of these 5 tracks as a single file so that other users (especially the project owner) can download them and mix or rearrange them. For example to apply reverb to the vocals and a compressor to the bass. We created guides for the most used softwares, check out: Exporting audio tracks
Exporting audio tracks
We recommend exporting each instrument track with all the effects you applied to the instrument ("post fader"). Some people prefer exporting the raw data (the dry recorded signal with no effects or panning). Depending on your project and the people you are working with on it both of these might have their use case. Generally we recommend the first version of exporting with effects as it creates a more straight forward workflow and forces you to make decisions instead of keeping all options open which delays progress.
Exporting stems from Garage Band
Exporting stems from Logic Pro
Exporting stems from Cubase
Exporting stems from Studio One
Importing audio tracks
- Extract the downloaded zip archive
- Create a new project in your recording software
- Drag the files into the project window
Your software should create a track for each file. If your software asks you if you want to automatically adjust the project sample rate answer with "Yes".
Sample rate & bit depth?
Don't be afraid of these terms. We are gonna break them down for you: Sample rate simply means: How often per second shall your interface save the incoming signal. For example 44.1 kHz means: Hey interface save 44100 samples per second of what I play on my guitar (which simply is an electric signal).
Bit depth simply means: How good shall the quality of each saved sample be. For example recording your guitar with 44. kHz at 16 bit means: save 44100 samples of what I play on my guitar per second and save every single sample information with 16 bit quality. If you use 24 bit, every saved sample of your playing would have better quality as there are 8 more bit of space for saving the digital version of what you played in the real world.
If you should record at 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 96 kHz, 16 bit, 24 bit ... has almost become a religious question. Our recommendation is simple and pragmatic: Use 44.1 kHz & 16 bit! Why? Because we believe that nobody can really hear the difference between this and "better" settings. Therefore the clearly smaller filesizes are a really good argument.