Pixel Mixers FAQ

Pixel Mixers in general:

– What gear or equipment do I need to make covers for Pixel Mixers?

All you need is something that allows you to record yourself with a decent sound quality, could be guitar interface, midi controller, mics… Or you can directly write midi into your DAW. Speaking of DAWs it’s what you need to “mix” your songs, the most used within PM community is Reaper for its free demo (or affordable full version) and user-friendly interface

– Does Pixel Mixers accept donations?

For now we haven’t set any donation system. The only costs for PM are the annual €99 for the wordpress premium account. For now the best you can do to help is to share our albums or website around you and make Pixel Mixers known.

– What makes this community different from others such as OCRemix, Materia Collective, etc..?

First of all, we make free albums, like OCR but unlike Materia Collective or GamelarkRemixes. Which also means we do not license our albums.
We are still new and we do not have the reputation of OCR or Materia Collective that benefits from a great number of active and “famous” members.
We also try to stay “beginner friendly” and help new members to learn to improve their mix and arrangements.
Finally we do organize monthly VGM contests where the people who might “not be ready for albums yet” can practice and improve and benefit from feedback from the other contestants.

Pixel Mixers Discord Server:

– What are the benefits of joining the Pixel Mixers Discord server?

The Discord server is the heart of PM’s community life. We use Discord to talk together, organize albums, discuss contests and covers, look for collab partners, and determine future projects with polls. So if you want to be at the core of what Pixel Mixers is, if you want your opinion to be heard, meet other people sharing the same passion and keep track of all the projects, that’s the place to be!

– What’s the best way to stay informed about Pixel Mixers albums and projects?

Join the Discord server and keep an eye to the #announcements room for all official news! We also have other places worth checking like this website, the Facebook, the Twitter, the Youtube Channel and the VGCover Subreddit.

– How do roles work, what are their purpose?

There are 2 kind of roles, the ones you can’t assign to yourself such as:

– Pixel Mixers: you’ll get this role after engaging a bit with the community (usually between 80 and 100 messages). This role will give you a custom colour based on your “instrument role” (see bellow) and access to post in the #shareyourcovers room on Discord.

Quality Control Team: This team checks the quality of songs destined to be on PM albums and provides feedback and tips for improvement.
Only mods and admins can give this role. QCT members are volunteers who greatly help the community, anyone can volunteers as long as you have experience in mixing.

Mods: they are the Pixel Mixers staff, they moderate the Discord and have some roles in the community life, like organizing contests, mastering the albums, making articles for the website, setting the Discord or the bot, finding ideas to improve the community life and PM in general, promote the albums, promote Pixel Mixers

The second kind of roles are self-assignable roles that will represent the instruments you play or your skills. To do that go in the #beep-boop” room on Discord and write .iam X. You can replace the “X” by those roles:
– Strings
– Brass
– Drums
– Vocals
– Keys
– Woodwinds
– Other
– Bass
– Guitar

The higher up the role is in the sidebar, the rarer it is within the community. For example, we have fewer strings players and more guitar players.
Your custom colour will be based on the rarest of your assigned roles.

There are 2 other self assignable roles:
Artist: If you draw, paint, or make visual art. Visual artists are essential for our album artwork!
Composers: if you compose original music, vgm inspired or not.

Pixel Mixers Albums organization:

– How can I be on a Pixel Mixers album?

For that you have to keep an eye on what’s happening in the PM community life, either on Discord, VGCover Reddit or our social media. There will be announcements of the next projects to come and other announcements when those projects start.
From then, just follow the guideline in the project announcement to join in.

– What is the difference between a mini-album and album?

Mini-Albums have a track limitation, the number of songs on those albums must be between 7 (minimum) and 15 (maximum). The goal of the mini-albums are to focus on lesser known games/series or shorter OSTs. You can only make one song for those.

Normal-Albums do not have any track limitation (except the actual number of songs in the OST, as we do not want duplicates) and you can make 1, 2 or even 3 songs for those.

There is a 3rd kind of album: the Full-OST-Albums. There are rare because we cover every song from the OST. These are more difficult to organize for our smaller community,

– Can I make games/themes suggestions for the next Pixel Mixers albums?

Yes! Usually when we start the making of an album, we will elect the theme of the project that will come after. First, we take a day or so to let people make themes/games/series suggestions, we collect them and put them into a large poll.
This poll will be shared inside and outside the community for the Normal-Albums, but only inside for the Mini-Albums. After few days, we’ll keep the top 5 of the huge poll and make a final poll that we’ll only share within the Discord. After few days, the suggestion with the most votes wins!

– How many songs can I submit for a Pixel Mixers album?

For the “Normal-Albums“, once the “V1” of the mix of your 1st song is sent to QCT you can claim an other song, as long as this song was not claimed by someone else. The maximum is 3 songs per main arranger. However you can be a “guest” on other people’s songs as much as you want!
For the “Mini-Albums” you can only do one song, but you still can be a “guest” on as many other songs as you want.

– Can I sell the covers I specifically did for a Pixel Mixers album?

Yes, you can sell that cover on a personal album or as a single track as long as, when you share it, you highlight the fact that the song was made for a PM Album and that it’s available for free + link to the PM album itself.
It must be clear and visible, so don’t hide it at the bottom of your video description!

– Can I use a song I made for a Pixel Mixers album in another community album?

No, this is strictly forbidden and can cause a temporary ban from any PM project for a significant amount of time.
However, using songs you did for PM in your own “compilation” album is totally fine, as long as it’s not labelled by another community.

 Pixel Mixers Albums hosting:

– Why not use Bandcamp for Pixel Mixers Albums?

As you know, Pixel Mixers does free VGM Tribute Albums, we do not sell. The problem with Bandcamp is that the number of free downloads is really limited, even more so with a free account. We would likely reach that limit in less than one day after the release of a new album. And so, people would be forced to pay to download our Albums and we do not want that.

– Why does Pixel Mixers use Mediafire for hosting its albums?

Because, so far, Mediafire is the only website that have those following qualities:
completely free to use, unlimited free downloads, viewable download stats, ability to edit a file while keeping the same link, no file size restriction and storage restriction of 51GB (which is more than enough for our needs).

– Aren’t Mediafire links dangerous for my computer?

No, as long as the file is safe there is no danger at all. And we can guarantee you that we take great care of our album files and that since we started in early 2016 there was not a single complaint about our albums being corrupted or having viruses.

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