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Weekly conversations and advice for self-recording musicians. We help you focus on what really matters and overcome what's holding you back. Listen now and make your next DIY-record a success!

The Self-Recording Band Benedikt Hain / Malcom Owen-Flood

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Weekly conversations and advice for self-recording musicians. We help you focus on what really matters and overcome what's holding you back. Listen now and make your next DIY-record a success!

    #93: Q&A - Mixing/Mastering In A Bad Room, Kick Drum PA Feedback, Guitar Pickups

    #93: Q&A - Mixing/Mastering In A Bad Room, Kick Drum PA Feedback, Guitar Pickups

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    Benedikt's voice on this episode has been recorded with the Antelope Axino Synergy Core

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    November 2021 - Q&A - Part 3!

    These are some of the questions and struggles from our community members that we've covered on the show:

    "I think the problem is trying to do a reasonable job on less than ideal equipment and in an untreated space. I’m sure a lot of people are in the same situation… you find a spare corner of the house to put your desk and your gear and your small monitors for recording, but trying to master on small speakers in a weird shaped room is a bit of a nightmare. I always use references and try not to get sidetracked by loudness, but hearing the low end properly on tiny speakers sucks. I mostly use headphones for recording and mixing (rightly or wrongly it’s what works best for me and the rest of my household) but obviously mastering on headphones isn’t really ideal." 
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    "Not a 100% recording related issue, but maybe still OK to be discussed: How do I place and set up an internal kick drum mic for a live (recording) session with sending the mic to the p.a. and preventing it from low frequency feedback? We have this issue in our rehearsal space, that the kick is always close to annoying feedbacks. We record the sessions live while rehearsing. And yes, we are loud and yes, the kick needs balls. But maybe you have some "hacks" (TM) what we can try to reduce that? Mic is a Sennheiser 602. No compressor / gate but semi parametric eq on the mixing desk available, that I already tried noodling around with a lot. And we had the same issues with a D112."
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    "Whats a good way to achieve humbucker style guitar tones with a single coil guitar? (Without buying a humbucker guitar) Ha ha"
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    For full show notes go to: theselfrecordingband.com/93



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    • 39 min
    #92: Q&A - Priorities, Committing, Gear, Live Recording & Snare Sound

    #92: Q&A - Priorities, Committing, Gear, Live Recording & Snare Sound

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    https://theselfrecordingband.com/live-recording-setup

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    Benedikt's voice on this episode has been recorded with the Antelope Axino Synergy Core

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    November 2021 - Q&A - Part 2!

    These are some of the questions and struggles from our community members that we've covered on the show:

    "If I’m recording at home, my recordings end up sounding not as “full” as I’d like them to be. Is it because I struggle with using compression properly? Or is it my gear (SM57 + Scarlett interface)? Whatever it is, how do I get the most out of my recorded tracks?"

    "What I’m struggling with is the final order of things. I do a static mix, then tweak till I have a better recording. But then what? The final mix-flow plan is what I'm missing. Not sure when it's ready for mastering. I just seem to keep tweaking. Never committing, knowing I can always change it."
    "We are recording demos of our next album right now and for some of the songs we have our singer singing into the p.a. and then we mic the p.a.. This results in that "vocal" track being more like a room mic for the drums than the vox. Also because it's recording the speaker it’s incredibly muddy. I know you usually advise against recording vocals live, but for these demos its really helpful to know where the vocals come in and out."
    "Why do you double mic the snare? I’ve done it before, but it didn't really work because i don't understand why you would double mic the snare in the first place on a fundamental level."

    For full show notes go to: theselfrecordingband.com/92



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    • 49 min
    #91: Q&A - Mixing Workflow, Headphones, Vocals, Drums & DIY Mastering

    #91: Q&A - Mixing Workflow, Headphones, Vocals, Drums & DIY Mastering

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    It's time for another Q&A episode!

    These are some of the questions and struggles from our community members that we've covered on the show:

    "How do you know what decisions to make after you have a basic rough mix?"

    "What do you do if you have to work in an untreated room? People have traditionally said to not mix on headphones, but it’s 2021 so maybe that’s not true anymore?"

    "I understand some of the basics for balance and gain staging, but I’m sure there's more than just that. I know topics such as “side chain compression” might not be the game changer for a mix, but is there something else people should consider after the balance and gain staging to really make their mix stand out?"

    "How do you get the vocals to sit 'in' the mix, but also be clear? And what about the push/pull of compression vs reverb/delay and EQ (I’m using LA2A and 1176 compression as inserts, then reverb and delay as FX channels in Cubase)"

    "I'm struggling with getting drum levels right, as I'm not a drummer"

    "I have no idea where to start at all, when it comes to mastering. At the moment I just have a mastering vst on the stereo out." 

    For full show notes go to: theselfrecordingband.com/91



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    • 48 min
    #90: How To Add Extra Impact & Excitement To Rock Songs With Bass Drops, Snare Bombs, Risers, Synths & Post-Production FX

    #90: How To Add Extra Impact & Excitement To Rock Songs With Bass Drops, Snare Bombs, Risers, Synths & Post-Production FX

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    Benedikt's voice on this episode has been recorded with the Antelope Axino Synergy Core

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    We love simple, classic band arrangements. Some of our favorite bands in rock and heavy music only use drums, bass, guitars and vocals and that's it...or do they really? 

    Some of them, sure. But you might be surprised by how many raw and organic sounding bands are actually using additional elements, tastefully added to their arrangements, to create some extra impact, size, excitement or depth.

    Then there are the ones who don't even hide it but make it part of their sound, creating a cinematic experience or just massive, larger than life productions. They hit hard and use tension and release, build-ups and breakdowns to keep listeners engaged throughout the songs.

    And finally, there are people who don't want to use ready-made samples or synths, but instead create their own unique sounds and special effects, manipulate their instrument recordings in crazy ways to create unique textures or find other ways to enhance the live takes they've recorded.

    At the end of the day you have to do whatever it takes to make the song feel right. To make it sound as good and exciting as it can and to get your message across. 

    If you're already pulling that off perfectly with just your instruments - great! 
    If you're not sure about whether you've maximized your musics potential - go listen to this episode!

    For full show notes go to: theselfrecordingband.com/90



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    • 51 min
    #89: Level Up Your Production Quality Through Hiring (Remote) Session Musicians

    #89: Level Up Your Production Quality Through Hiring (Remote) Session Musicians

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    Hiring amazing session musicians can take your productions to the next level or even save sessions that would otherwise lead to very poor results. 

    Also, as a self-recording musician you're in a perfect spot to offer playing on other people's records! If you're a great player AND a skilled recording engineer, maybe a session musician career might be a path you'd want to explore.

    Here are some of the things we cover in this episode:
    How to find PRO session musiciansBest practices for sending them tracksHiring someone to replace a band member (ouch!)The importance of having a clear vision In person vs remoteWhat to expect from session musiciansWork for hire vs a featureGiving creditCommunicating terms, expectations and boundaries in advance
    For full show notes go to: theselfrecordingband.com/89



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    • 55 min
    #88: Why "Don't Mix With Your Eyes" Is Bad Advice That's Slowing You Down

    #88: Why "Don't Mix With Your Eyes" Is Bad Advice That's Slowing You Down

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    I get it. You've heard countless times that you should "use your ears", and "not mix with your eyes". And it makes sense. All that matters is what comes out of the speakers.

    But are you aware that this well-intended advice might actually be slowing down your progress?

    In this episode we discuss why we think that it's not only perfectly fine, but actually a really good idea to use analyzers and other metering tools throughout all the different phases of music production.

    We explain how we use them in our mixes, as well as as during recording and even arranging.

    Listen now and learn how you can become faster and more confident in your decision making, as well as develop your ears and taste much quicker, if you start using analyzers and certain metering tools the right way. 

    For full show notes go to: theselfrecordingband.com/88



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    • 51 min

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Binnenschiffer ,

Great and very informative

I really like listening, because there are so many more information I get through it. I came as a self-recording drummer, now I know so much more and got more knowledge about drum recordings.
Thank you for that!

tor win ,

Simply great!

A very informative podcast and great fun to listen to! Keep it going boys!

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