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Produce exciting sounding music yourself and release songs that you're proud of! Professional producers/mixers Benedikt Hain and Malcom Owen-Flood help you make your next DIY-recording session a success!

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

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    • 4.4 • 7 Ratings

Produce exciting sounding music yourself and release songs that you're proud of! Professional producers/mixers Benedikt Hain and Malcom Owen-Flood help you make your next DIY-recording session a success!

    #146: Standout Mixes - The DIY Musician's Guide To Exciting Mixes That Stand Out And Connect

    #146: Standout Mixes - The DIY Musician's Guide To Exciting Mixes That Stand Out And Connect

    BOOK A FREE IN-DEPTH COACHING CALL TO GET FEEDBACK ON YOUR RECORDINGS AND A STEP-BY-STEP PLAN TO TURN YOUR SONGS INTO PRO QUALITY RECORDINGS:
    https://theselfrecordingband.com/call

    Join the free Facebook Group ("The Self-Recording Band Community"):
    https://theselfrecordingband.com/community

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    "The pros never don’t do the basics." I love this quote, because reminds me every day that I shouldn't skip essential steps in the mixing process, even though they might seem trivial or less exciting than more advanced techniques.
    In fact, if you take this seriously and get those seemingly basic things right, your mixes will already sound better than 90% of all DIY-mixes out there, because NOBODY is really doing that.


    The perfect balance for every part of the song, including transitions, is the most important thing in any mix. More important than any individual tone.  
    Nobody cares about tiny EQ moves or a slightly different compression setting, if the balance is off. But everybody notices when the vocals are buried or the kick drum is too loud.


    When every part of your mix is well balanced, it will translate well and (most importantly) connect emotionally. Nobody will question the mix. 
    Plus, your EQ moves, compression and other decisions will be much easier if you keep a good balance and proper gain staging throughout in your session.


    It will help you make better mixes instantly, by focusing on what really matters. 
    It's a guide for the self-recording musicians who also want to mix themselves, that leads to more effective mix moves, more confidence, less tweaking and ultimately - better mixes.


    So get this FREE resource now and do what most amateur mixers don't do: 


    Focus on the most important mixing concepts and techniques that really matter.
     
    On this episode we give you an overview, show you what’s inside Standout Mixes and outline the process that is described in-depth in the actual video and checklist. 


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    For full show notes go to: https://theselfrecordingband.com/146

    If you have any questions, feedback, topic ideas or want to suggest a guest, email us at: podcast@theselfrecordingband.com


    Book a free in-depth coaching call to get feedback on your recordings and a step-by-step plan to turn your songs into pro quality releases:
    https://theselfrecordingband.com/call

    Join our free Facebook Group ("The Self-Recording Band Community"):
    https://theselfrecordingband.com/community

    • 46 min
    #145: Building Arrangements With The Mix In Mind (Part 2)

    #145: Building Arrangements With The Mix In Mind (Part 2)

    BOOK A FREE IN-DEPTH COACHING CALL TO GET FEEDBACK ON YOUR RECORDINGS AND A STEP-BY-STEP PLAN TO TURN YOUR SONGS INTO PRO QUALITY RECORDINGS:
    https://theselfrecordingband.com/call

    Join the free Facebook Group ("The Self-Recording Band Community"):
    https://theselfrecordingband.com/community

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    This is part two of us answering a great question from our community member Jesse Crawford (Loma Roses)
    Jesse sent us the following question on building arrangements:

    “I was wondering if you would have input about arrangement concepts. Specifically about how to produce your songs to where the instruments/tones can be clearly defined from one another. I’m interested in hearing how other people approach this idea. To me, one of the main challenges is making tones that play well together.”
     
    Now you might be asking: "Why is that even important? Can't you just shape the tones in the mix?"

    The answer is: You want to write and arrange your songs so that they already work, even raw, before mixing. That way the mix will be easier, more fun and faster. You don’t want to fight your song in the mix.

    So, in this second part of it (it's a two-part episode) we address: 

     ·      Lead Parts
    ·      Vocals
    ·      Pads & Synth Layers
    ·      Closing Thoughts And Arrangement Recap

    Let's go!
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    For full show notes go to: https://theselfrecordingband.com/145

    If you have any questions, feedback, topic ideas or want to suggest a guest, email us at: podcast@theselfrecordingband.com


    Book a free in-depth coaching call to get feedback on your recordings and a step-by-step plan to turn your songs into pro quality releases:
    https://theselfrecordingband.com/call

    Join our free Facebook Group ("The Self-Recording Band Community"):
    https://theselfrecordingband.com/community

    • 47 min
    #144: Building Arrangements With The Mix In Mind (Part 1)

    #144: Building Arrangements With The Mix In Mind (Part 1)

    BOOK A FREE IN-DEPTH COACHING CALL TO GET FEEDBACK ON YOUR RECORDINGS AND A STEP-BY-STEP PLAN TO TURN YOUR SONGS INTO PRO QUALITY RECORDINGS:
    https://theselfrecordingband.com/call

    Join the free Facebook Group ("The Self-Recording Band Community"):
    https://theselfrecordingband.com/community

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    This week we answered a great question from our community member Jesse Crawford (Loma Roses)

    Jesse sent us the following question on building arrangements:
     
    “I was wondering if you would have input about arrangement concepts. Specifically about how to produce your songs to where the instruments/tones can be clearly defined from one another. I’m interested in hearing how other people approach this idea. To me, one of the main challenges is making tones that play well together.”

    Now you might be asking: "Why is that even important? Can't you just shape the tones in the mix?"
    The answer is: You want to write and arrange your songs so that they already work, even raw, before mixing. That way the mix will be easier, more fun and faster. You don’t want to fight your song in the mix.
    So, in this first part of it (it's going to be a two-part episode) we'll address:

    GENERAL, BIG PICTURE ARRANGEMENT DECISIONS AND QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF

    DRUMS & BASS - THE GROOVE

    RHYTHM TRACKS - GUITARS, SYNTH, KEYS, ETC.

    LET'S GO!

    Mentioned On The Episode:
    Here are the detailed PDF slides from our Academy that you can use as a checklist when you're working on your next arrangement!
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    For full show notes go to: https://theselfrecordingband.com/144

    If you have any questions, feedback, topic ideas or want to suggest a guest, email us at: podcast@theselfrecordingband.com
    Book a free in-depth coaching call to get feedback on your recordings and a step-by-step plan to turn your songs into pro quality releases:
    https://theselfrecordingband.com/call

    Join our free Facebook Group ("The Self-Recording Band Community"):
    https://theselfrecordingband.com/community
    Book a free in-depth coaching call to get feedback on your recordings and a step-by-step plan to turn your songs into pro quality releases:
    https://theselfrecordingband.com/call

    Join our free Facebook Group ("The Self-Recording Band Community"):
    https://theselfrecordingband.com/community

    • 1 hr 30 min
    #143: Make Better Records Faster By Asking Better Questions

    #143: Make Better Records Faster By Asking Better Questions

    BOOK A FREE IN-DEPTH COACHING CALL TO GET FEEDBACK ON YOUR RECORDINGS AND A STEP-BY-STEP PLAN TO TURN YOUR SONGS INTO PRO QUALITY RECORDINGS:
    https://theselfrecordingband.com/call

    Join the free Facebook Group ("The Self-Recording Band Community"):
    https://theselfrecordingband.com/community

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    There are no dumb questions. Period. And it’s never a problem if you don’t know something.

    But that doesn't mean you can't figure it on your own, or shouldn't try to.

    Think About It That Way:


    There are things that really matter, when it comes to making great records. And those take experience and/or the help of more experienced people.

    And then there are things that just need to get done but don’t really move the needle. You have to be able to figure out those “simple” things quickly and on your own, so you can use your opportunities to ask questions for the stuff that really matters.

    When you ask more experienced people for a solution to a relatively simple problem that you could easily solve yourself, you’re wasting your time.

    Because you won't move on and make progress until you have their answer and you’re missing out on a chance to ask really good questions that you just can’t quickly find an answer to yourself.

    Overall, it will take you much longer to improve your skills and results that way.

    Listen now to discover a better way to ask questions and make progress faster!

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    For full show notes go to: https://theselfrecordingband.com/143

    If you have any questions, feedback, topic ideas or want to suggest a guest, email us at: podcast@theselfrecordingband.com
    Book a free in-depth coaching call to get feedback on your recordings and a step-by-step plan to turn your songs into pro quality releases:
    https://theselfrecordingband.com/call

    Join our free Facebook Group ("The Self-Recording Band Community"):
    https://theselfrecordingband.com/community
    Book a free in-depth coaching call to get feedback on your recordings and a step-by-step plan to turn your songs into pro quality releases:
    https://theselfrecordingband.com/call

    Join our free Facebook Group ("The Self-Recording Band Community"):
    https://theselfrecordingband.com/community

    • 41 min
    #142: How To Identify Time Signatures And Note Values (Every Producer Needs To Know This) - With Thomas Krottenthaler

    #142: How To Identify Time Signatures And Note Values (Every Producer Needs To Know This) - With Thomas Krottenthaler

    BOOK A FREE IN-DEPTH COACHING CALL TO GET FEEDBACK ON YOUR RECORDINGS AND A STEP-BY-STEP PLAN TO TURN YOUR SONGS INTO PRO QUALITY RECORDINGS:
    https://theselfrecordingband.com/call

    Join the free Facebook Group ("The Self-Recording Band Community"):
    https://theselfrecordingband.com/community

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    We got the following question from our coaching students:

    “How do you identify (drum) time signatures and note values? I want to get better and faster at figuring this out mainly for drum editing and adjusting my grid. Sometimes it takes me a while to identify if something is in triplets, for example."

    We love the question, because this (and music theory in general) is something that isn't talked about a lot, but many struggle with it.

    And it's absolutely necessary as a producer to know at least the basics here.

    Without that basic knowledge, even simple tasks can be super time consuming and frustrating. Think editing, programming drums, getting delays right, importing multitracks into a session and setting it up properly, etc.

    But, to be honest, at first it was kind of hard for us to give good advice here. It comes pretty natural to us, so we didn’t really have a process for it, other than some tapping and counting that we do automatically.

    So we invited Thomas Krottenthaler to the show!

    Thomas is our podcast editor, but more importantly, he has been working as an engineer with Benedikt, at his studio Outback Recordings, since 2019. Thomas has done a phenomenal job editing countless songs there AND he's a professional drummer / drum teacher, too!

    So, we couldn't think of any person more skilled and better equipped to help us on this topic than Thomas.

    Let's go!

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    For full show notes go to: https://theselfrecordingband.com/142

    If you have any questions, feedback, topic ideas or want to suggest a guest, email us at: podcast@theselfrecordingband.com
    Book a free in-depth coaching call to get feedback on your recordings and a step-by-step plan to turn your songs into pro quality releases:
    https://theselfrecordingband.com/call

    Join our free Facebook Group ("The Self-Recording Band Community"):
    https://theselfrecordingband.com/community

    • 43 min
    #141: Get The Most Out Of The Plugins You Have (Challenge)

    #141: Get The Most Out Of The Plugins You Have (Challenge)

    BOOK A FREE IN-DEPTH COACHING CALL TO GET FEEDBACK ON YOUR RECORDINGS AND A STEP-BY-STEP PLAN TO TURN YOUR SONGS INTO PRO QUALITY RECORDINGS:
    https://theselfrecordingband.com/call

    Join the free Facebook Group ("The Self-Recording Band Community"):
    https://theselfrecordingband.com/community

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    We've said it before on the show and we'll say it again:
    It’s not about the tools you have, it’s about your ability to get the most out of them.


    Here's a very common mistake we see DIY-producers make over and over again:

    Many people buy a new plugin (or other tool) in hopes that it will solve the problems with their sound, when they don’t even know how to use what they already have!

    Or they go through their plugin folders, try 10 different options without really knowing what exactly to reach for and just hope that one of them will work.


    There is a better way that will lead to better mixes, a faster workflow and faster progress when it comes to improving your skills.

    That's why today, we have a challenge for you (and ourselves). Inspired by two of the greatest mixers of all time.

    We think it is a fantastic idea and we can't wait to see who's going to take us up on this and report their results!

    Episode artwork photo taken from PureMix and the "Andrew Talks To Awesome People" podcast, because this episode was inspired by that show.
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    For full show notes go to: https://theselfrecordingband.com/141

    If you have any questions, feedback, topic ideas or want to suggest a guest, email us at: podcast@theselfrecordingband.com
    Book a free in-depth coaching call to get feedback on your recordings and a step-by-step plan to turn your songs into pro quality releases:
    https://theselfrecordingband.com/call

    Join our free Facebook Group ("The Self-Recording Band Community"):
    https://theselfrecordingband.com/community
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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

BenediktHain ,

I simply love doing this and serving you through it! :) Thanks for listening!

Rating my own podcast is kind of weird, yes. :) But at the same time, how can I recommend it to others, if I don’t love it myself? So here I am, telling you that meeting with my friend and co-host Malcom every week and helping our audience make better records is one of my absolute favourite things to do. Please leave us a review, too and reach out to us whenever you have a questions or ideas on how to make the show better. Thanks! Appreciate you all! Benedikt

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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