Are there any advantages to producing surround mixes?

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    MattStarling
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    Hello all,

    I see that the vast majority of film/TV content these days is produced with a surround soundtrack, and it leads me to wonder if anyone has found any advantages or has received any requests to produce surround mixes of their compositions? If so, are there any buyers who are willing to pay more for surround versions?

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    LAwriter
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    First off – I LOVE to mix in surround. Very cool. But I have found no instances of companies in the library world that want to pay for it. What is becoming more standard though is stems. Stereo stems are helpful in surround mixing, and can help offset not having a 5.1 mix.

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    Eric Kaye

    Agreed with LAWriter. We rarely if ever get asked to mix music in 5.1. For advertising placements, we nearly always get asked for stems. When bouncing your final mixes, you should always bounce separate stems as well. (Drums only, bass only, guitar only, etc…). This availability has been make or break for licenses. We’ve gotten requests for music with the caveat “Only send me tracks that you have stems for.”
    Secondly, in the off chance you need to revise or customize a track in 5 years and your session will no longer open on the latest OS, you can recreate the piece from the audio stems far more easily…

    It’s a good habit to get into bouncing stems along with your final mixes. With offline bounce, it doesn’t take that much more time.

    EK

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