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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!

    #131: Live Recording VS Overdubs

    #131: Live Recording VS Overdubs

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    Recording a band can be done by capturing a live performance where everybody (or parts of the band) is playing together in real time, or by recording overdubs, which means one player at a time. 

    But which is better and how do you pick the right approach?

    There’s an ongoing and probably never ending discussion out there on this topic. 

    Purists say you need to record live in order to capture the right feel and vibe. Others appreciate the flexibility and control you get from doing it piece by piece. 

    Maybe you find this confusing and are unsure about what to do. So let’s analyze were these opinions are coming from and what the pros and cons are!
    Once you understand the pros and cons, potential pitfalls and technical requirements for both methods, you can make an educated decision and pick the right approach for your next project. 

    And this episode will help you do exactly that.

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    For full show notes go to: https://theselfrecordingband.com/131

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

    • 52 min
    #130: How To Add Energy And Vibe Transparently With Parallel Compression

    #130: How To Add Energy And Vibe Transparently With Parallel Compression

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    Parallel compression is one of those advanced techniques, similar to multi-band compression, side-chaining, etc. that sound like a magic bullet or secret ingredient to pro mixes.

    Let’s explore if this is true and when and how to actually use it.

    Parallel compression is very powerful, but also dangerous (if not done correctly) and definitely not necessary. It’s another tool at your disposal that some people swear by and others don’t use at all. Understanding it properly will help you make a decision about whether it fits your workflow and style or not.

    So let’s talk about if, why and how we use it, what to watch out for and which tools we use.

    Let’s also explore some other techniques you could try that didn’t work for us, but are being used by other mixers successfully.
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    For full show notes go to: https://theselfrecordingband.com/130

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    • 43 min
    #129: Master File Formats - What You (Don't) Need To Worry About

    #129: Master File Formats - What You (Don't) Need To Worry About

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    Do you need different files for different streaming services and physical mediums or is it one master to rule them all?

    Which other deliverables do you need to create (or ask for, in case you're working with other engineers)?


    Two things are for sure:


    You want your music to sound as good as possible on any platformYou want to be future proof, which means ready for possible opportunities down the road.
    So in this episode we explain how we set up our mixing and/or mastering sessions to be able to print all necessary deliverables and what exactly we actually deliver to the artists we’re working with.

    There are 100 different ways to do it and definitely 100 different opinions out there, so let’s try and explain what really matters and what you as a DIY producer/engineer need (or don't need) to worry about.


    For full show notes go to: https://theselfrecordingband.com/129

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

    • 39 min
    #128: Producing A Dark Pop Song (Behind The Scenes) - With Chris Eriksen (Skov.)

    #128: Producing A Dark Pop Song (Behind The Scenes) - With Chris Eriksen (Skov.)

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    We're super stoked to have Chris Eriksen as our guest on this week's episode!

    Chris is the artist behind "Skov.", a multi-genre project that blends Rock & Blues roots with RnB & Electronic elements to create a unique Dark Pop vibe. 

    Skov.'s single "Dark Ice" is featured in our online mixing course "Mixes Unpacked - Vol. 2", where Malcom Owen-Flood opens up his original session and walks you through every move he made while mixing the song.

    In this episode Malcom and Chris explain how they built the perfect team and used a hybrid approach of both pro studio sessions and DIY-recordings to produce "Dark Ice".

    They are talking about breaking rules, making bold moves, using elements of different genres, things they've learned along the way, engineering tricks and all the little bits and pieces which ultimately lead to the song that's now released. 
    Check out "Dark Ice" on your favorite streaming service and get Mixes Unpacked - Vol. 2 to learn exactly how Malcom mixed the song!

    For full show notes go to: https://theselfrecordingband.com/128

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

    • 43 min
    #127: Let's Talk About Reaper (or at least, that was the plan... :)) - With Myk Robinson

    #127: Let's Talk About Reaper (or at least, that was the plan... :)) - With Myk Robinson

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    We're super stoked to have Myk Robinson as our guest on this week's episode!

    Myk is an audio engineer, producer and content creator from West Tennesse, USA, who started a YouTube channel to begin sharing his love for all things REAPER, and also to begin teaching himself to edit video.

    His audience on that channel, Let's Talk About REAPER, quickly grew to thousands of subscribers. Viewers tend to appreciate his laid back delivery method, with each video being short and to the point, but also packed with information and entertaining.

    Myk has the heart of a teacher and absolutely loves connecting with other REAPER users. To be able to do that better, he also started The Unofficial REAPER Users Group on Discord, which took off pretty quickly, too.

    Myk is primarily a guitarist and bassist and has played in several regional punk, rock, and metal bands for over twenty years. It's been said that you can always find a singer and a guitar player, but reliable drummers and bassists are a hard find for many. This concept lead to Myk learning to play the drums after having a drummer from one of his bands move out of state.

    Of course, learning to play the drums lead to wanting to learn to record drums. So Myk has spent the past few years refining the art of tracking live drums, as well as editing multi-mic drum performances with multiple takes. He takes a light handed approach to editing and has an old school "get it right at the source" attitude, but also understands that technology is here to help, and ultimately desires to blend the conveniences of modern technolgy with some of the concepts taken from traditional "old school" recording methodology.

    Myk is happily married, with three adult children and a rather large Brazilian Mastiff named Belle.

    Some of the things we're talking about on this episode:


    Myk's career and music journeyWhy Reaper is his DAW of choiceReaper "hacks" every user should know aboutModern music production vs old school music productionThe modern music landscape and how it has changed over the yearsPros and cons of modern production tools and techniquesPizza and burgersMaking exciting music that's authentic and also resonates with peopleEditingImposter SyndromeConstantly second guessing yourselfBeing uncomfortable in public, around other people or in front of a cameraOvercoming the fear of publishing your workCreating contentMyk's collaboration with Warren Huart and Pro Mix AcademyUsing samples, programming drums and recording real drums
    For full show notes go to: https://theselfrecordingband.com/127

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

    • 1 hr 56 min
    #126: How To Prepare And Export MIDI Files For Mixing

    #126: How To Prepare And Export MIDI Files For Mixing

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    If you want to make your life easier when mixing, give yourself more quickly available options in the mix without headaches and tedious setup work, or make sure that your mixing engineer can get the most out of the tracks you deliver, then you need to prepare and export your MIDI tracks correctly.

    Unfortunately some DAWs make it pretty difficult to export MIDI properly and it’s also different for every DAW. Plus, exporting and importing MIDI is often not as straight forward as doing the same with audio tracks, which can lead to all kinds of errors in the process. 

    As a result of that, mixers like us often get MIDI files delivered that we can’t easily use. Sometimes they’re not usable at all and other times we spend a lot of time to get them to work, only to figure out that there’s still some mix-up somewhere in the files.

    It’s very hard to tell you how to exactly export and prepare things in your DAW, because they’re all different, but we can tell you what to watch out for and what mixing engineers typically expect you to deliver. It's gonna be pretty easy for you then to figure out the specifics of your DAW, once you have that info.

    This will also be super helpful if you’re mixing yourself, because there are a few concepts and techniques around using MIDI that will drastically improve your own mixing workflow and give you more creative options quickly, such as triggering phase accurate drum samples off of MIDI, opening gates, creating key spikes, etc.

    Some of the things we cover in this episode:
    Understand that MIDI is not audioInclude a MIDI map, or at least understand the concept of mapping MIDI notes and tell collaborators which map and sampler/instrument you used.Make sure the start and end points are correct, as well as the tempo and time signature (these things will often get exported and then re-imported with MIDI)Label everything correctlyDouble check that everything lines up correctlyUnderstand that a mixer might not be running your MIDI in real time. They might print the samples at some point. So be intentional and commit to your production. Understand that different samplers and instruments will react differently to your MIDI. This is important when you decide to switch to a different instrument. You might have to adjust things before you can use the MIDI in the mix.Adjusting MIDI and printing samples/instruments is production work, not mixing. It can serve as a safety net in the mix and adding drum samples, for example, is definitely common when mixing, but adjusting the performances, choosing and committing instruments, etc. has to be done before mixing or added on top of the mixing package you booked, which should be discussed before you start the project.
    For full show notes go to: https://theselfrecordingband.com/126

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

Jesse@bandadesmusic ,

Incredibly helpful.

This podcast has been the most helpful tool in my music recording journey. Thank you Benedikt and Malcolm for dedicating your time to put together this collection of podcasts. This has really given me a roadmap and filled in a ton of holes in what little I knew about recording when I began listening to this show. Iv listened to every searchable podcast there is on Apple or Spotify and I would say this is the most enlightening, informative, well organized podcast Iv found. Especially if your a beginner (like me) and need the basics explained. The later episodes expand on earlier topics and get more conceptual. There I did it! Here’s your review! Thanks again guys.

Ryan Flair ,

If you record music, LISTEN TO THIS FUN PODCAST!!!

Of course this podcast is super informative! Just check out episode 47 about guitar setups. I learned so much from it and it’s really helped my setups and consequently made it more fun for me to play guitar!

But the other thing that maybe is not so obvious is that these two are really nice and fun people. As you listen, you get little nuggets of funny anecdotes like Malcolm making drum sounds with his voice, Benedikt learning what eggnog is, how Floyd roses belong in the trash, and many other funny moments! I find myself literally laughing out loud a lot and this podcast is in my weekly rotation because of it!

RybMark ,

Excellent info for the at home producer

Benedikt and Malcom provide a wealth of information in a casual and entertaining format. I look forward to each episode knowing I’ll learn something new and relevant. Thanks guys!

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