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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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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!

    216: Ken Lewis & Dom Rivinius (Mixing Night Audio, Taylor Swift, Kanye, Bruno Mars, Drake, BTS, Alicia Keys, Eminem)

    216: Ken Lewis & Dom Rivinius (Mixing Night Audio, Taylor Swift, Kanye, Bruno Mars, Drake, BTS, Alicia Keys, Eminem)

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    Episode show notes:

    Ken Lewis is a Mixer & Producer with 114 gold records under his belt. On his credits list you'll find BTS, Kanye West, Taylor Swift, Drake, Bruno Mars and many more.

    Dom Rivinius is a producer, writer and mix engineer with credits on projects for artists like Eminem, Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift or BTS.

    So both got quite the list there and now they also own a plugin company together. It's called Mixing Night Audio and offers really unique tools that you won't find anywhere else! So powerful and fun to use!

    KEN LEWIS CALLS HIMSELF A MIXER, PRODUCER AND "FINISHER".

    And he also says he has the weirdest resume in the music industry. So, naturally, we needed to hear more about that.

    DOM RIVINIUS MET KEN A FEW YEARS AGO AND BECAME PART OF HIS TEAM.

    First as an assistant and then he got involved more and more on big projects for artists like Eminem, Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift or BTS.

    Dom started out as a drummer, and after he started working with Ken he got to play drums on a few Taylor Swift songs, for example.

    A FEW YEARS INTO WORKING TOGETHER THEY'VE STARTED THEIR PLUGIN COMPANY, MIXING NIGHT AUDIO.

    We had a chance to play with their tools and use them on a few projects. And wow! These are really powerful and so much fun to use! And... a little different in many ways. 😉

    On this episode, Ken & Dom share details about how they came up with those plugin ideas, the philosophy behind them and why they are a great addition to your mixing tool kit.

    AND FINALLY, THE TWO HAVE BUILT AN ONLINE COMMUNITY DOING FREE MONTHLY LIVE STREAMS ON YOUTUBE STRAIGHT FROM KEN'S STUDIO.

    So overall, we thought this was such a cool partnership between Ken and Dom that we wanted to know everything about how they met, how they got to where they are, what it takes to get that kind of projects and how they balance their insane work loads with other areas of life.

    And the answers were super interesting, although not surprising if you've ever met one of them in person.

    We hung out with Dom at Studioszene in Hamburg last year, then again at Namm in LA earlier this year and we immediately knew we had to introduce him and Ken to our audience.

    So here we are!

    And this episode is only the beginning:

    ON APRIL 16TH 2024 KEN AND DOM WILL DO A "VOCAL MASTERY" WORKSHOP FOR OUR COMMUNITY!

    It's going to be a free live event and if you are not on our email list or in our Facebook group, yet, please sign up or join now because you don't want to miss this!

    (Getting our emails is as simple as downloading any of our free guides and tutorials.)
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    • 1 hr 52 min
    215: "Everyone on your team should care as much as you" - Carl Bahner on finding the right collaborators and building your brand as a producer

    215: "Everyone on your team should care as much as you" - Carl Bahner on finding the right collaborators and building your brand as a producer

    Get our free video training & checklist, "Standout Mixes - The DIY Musician's Guide To Exciting Mixes That Stand Out And Connect":
    theselfrecordingband.com/standoutmixes
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    theselfrecordingband.com/call
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    Episode show notes:

    "Your song is your baby - and everyone on your team should care as much as you." - Carl Bahner.

    Carl is an emotion-focused mix engineer with a hands-on approach, who helps artists and producers from all over the world to build their own sonic dream team.

    He has an open-minded, collaborative approach with artists and producers, exploring the jungle of sounds to make each song as unique, memorable, and emotionally impactful as possible.

    Carl also calls himself a co-producer. Because even though most people come to him for mixing, one of his biggest strengths is helping artists and producers with that final 3% of the production that keeps you banging your head against the wall.

    And finally, Carl helps passionate studio pros become irresistible to their ideal clients by teaching them to communicate their unique passions and perspectives.

    Why does he do that? Because he loves being part of magical teams who create magical art. And through helping other producers find their perfect artist and make them happy, Carl can have an even greater impact and change even more lives through the music that's being created.

    And why is it all about communicating? Because when you clearly communicate what makes you, YOU - aligned with exactly what your ideal clients crave - your inbox fills with serious inquiries.

    That’s why Carl uses his two decades of music industry experience to help producers, engineers, and session musicians find and attract the perfect artists to work with.

    And he really cares. It comes through in everything he says.

    Here comes Carl Bahner, on The Self-Recording Band Podcast. Let's dive in!


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    • 1 hr 6 min
    214: DIY Recording VS Pro Studio Production - How Wet Future Made Both Work And What It Really Takes To Make A Great (DIY-)Record

    214: DIY Recording VS Pro Studio Production - How Wet Future Made Both Work And What It Really Takes To Make A Great (DIY-)Record

    Get access to our super detailed DIY-recording course "Mix-Ready: The Band Recording Essentials" and our "Everything Bundle" that also includes our mixing courses (feat. Wet Future):
    https://theselfrecordingband.com/mixready/

    Get our free video training & checklist, "Standout Mixes - The DIY Musician's Guide To Exciting Mixes That Stand Out And Connect":
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    theselfrecordingband.com/call
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    Episode show notes:

    Wet Future return to the podcast to share details about recording their record, "Under the Weather", DIY-style versus hiring a producer and renting a big high-end recording studio to produce their upcoming new material.

    They made both methods work very well and on this episode they explain why that is and what went into it. They talk about the pros and cons of each process and also discuss their current hybrid approach that they are looking to refine in the future.
    This is an incredibly valuable episode because it makes a few things very clear that many DIY-musicians are not fully aware of:

    The importance of pre-production:

    Why most professional records get fully recorded and planned out during this demo process before the actual recording session starts and everything gets recorded again.


    What it takes to make great records, DIY or not:

    Great songs, great performances, lots of practice and preparation, perfectly set up guitars with great intonation, great rooms, etc.


    Why making a DIY record still often means hiring professional mixing and mastering engineers:

    Production and engineering is hard enough to do yourself. Most artists are simply not capable of also doing the mixing themselves and are therefore much better off focussing on being musicians.

    Unless you are putting in the many hours required to learn mixing properly and with professional guidance, your mixes will not sound professional. Period.

    That's why bands like Wet Future record themselves, but hire pros for mixing who can also guide them through the self-recording process and therefore get them a better end result.

    Their records and their progress as DIY-producers speak for themselves.


    The biggest challenge with DIY-productions:

    Someone still needs to produce! Can you do that? 


    Can you keep the big picture in mind and stay objective? Can you coach and guide your bandmates to get the best performances out of them?Are you capable of capturing great source tones with the final record and full arrangement in mind? Will you do a proper pre-production process before recording "for real"? Are you willing to learn all of that properly? Are you willing to go the extra mile, do whatever it takes and not accept compromises (like a good producer would)?
    Let's dive in!


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    • 53 min
    213: Noise Perfected: Making No-Compromise Records That Stand The Test Of Time - With Sam Pura

    213: Noise Perfected: Making No-Compromise Records That Stand The Test Of Time - With Sam Pura

    Three next steps for you to take:

    1. Get our free video training & checklist, "Standout Mixes - The DIY Musician's Guide To Exciting Mixes That Stand Out And Connect":
    theselfrecordingband.com/standoutmixes
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    2. Apply for The Self-Recording Syndicate, our unique, personalized coaching program and jump on a free clarity call with us to see if it is a great fit for you:
    theselfrecordingband.com/call
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    3. Join the free Facebook Group ("The Self-Recording Band Community"):
    theselfrecordingband.com/community
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    Episode show notes:

    Sam Pura is a record producer and audio engineer from Fremont, California. He owns and operates the Panda Studios and is the founder of Purafied Audio, a plugin company turning Sam's ideas and analog workflows into digital mixing tools that will inspire your creativity.

    Sam Pura and his team at The Panda Studios are not just about immaculate results. Working with them is an experience.
    At The Panda Studios you'll find a great live room, multiple mixing rooms / control rooms, and an amazing collection of gear, combining the best of both analog and digital. Plus a great collection of instruments and amps.


    Sam Pura's discography includes breakthrough albums by Basement, The Story So Far, State Champs, Hundredth, and The Dangerous Summer, just to name a few.
    He's known for his work on a lot of modern pop punk, punk rock and heavy records. But has also worked on many projects outside of these genres.
     
    And finally, Sam also makes plugins! Purafied is the name of his company there and on this episode we talk about those tools for a bit, as well. 
    Because those are some really unique and interesting ideas that Sam has turned into these plugins.


    From Sam Pura's website: 
    When you work with Sam, it becomes immediately apparent that he will relentlessly push your record to be the best he’s ever done, but for those who come prepared, the environment can be as inspirational as that feeling on release day. And, along with your record, you’ll leave The Panda Studios with a new best friend and a love of Topo Chico.

    Let's dive in!


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    • 1 hr 45 min
    212: Songwriting & Sync Licensing Deep Dive - With Lars Deutsch

    212: Songwriting & Sync Licensing Deep Dive - With Lars Deutsch

    Three next steps for you to take:

    1. Get our free video training & checklist, "Standout Mixes - The DIY Musician's Guide To Exciting Mixes That Stand Out And Connect":
    theselfrecordingband.com/standoutmixes
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    2. Apply for The Self-Recording Syndicate, our unique, personalized coaching program and jump on a free clarity call with us to see if it is a great fit for you:
    theselfrecordingband.com/call
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    3. Join the free Facebook Group ("The Self-Recording Band Community"):
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    Episode show notes:

    We interviewed Lars Deutsch on the podcast and the result is a masterclass in songwriting and sync licensing. Is your song telling a story?

    This was our exclusive opportunity to pick the brain of a super successful songwriter and sync-licensing expert.

    Lars Deutsch currently lives in L.A. and has worked with brands and artists like Adidas, Amazon, Brett Gelman (Stranger Things, The Other Guys), Budweiser, FOX, Ghostface Killah (Wu-Tang Clan), Katie Melua, Mercedes-Benz, and many more.


    The two-time Emmy winner is self-recording his music, but also collaborating with other engineers, depending on the project.

    He went from heavy metal guitarist, to singer, to songwriter, to a Masters in classical composition, to international performances of his classical works, to lecturing in composition and audio production to scoring three hundred films / commercials that have collected over one hundred awards.


    His songs are in high demand and Lars is a producer at Built To Last Music, a company that features multiple Oscar nominees and Grammy winners.

    Recent projects include: Stephen King’s “The Passenger”, “Future Proof” with Keke Palmer, a commercial with James Earle Jones (Darth Vader), plus live mixes and an Intel commercial with the Higher Brothers. 


    If you're interested in the sync licensing world and want to know how to get started in this industry, this is for you.

    You'll learn how high the bar actually is when it comes to the quality of your music and what Lars does to keep his chops and creativity fresh.

    And if just want to improve your songwriting skills for your own projects, this is your chance to learn from a true master of the craft.



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    • 1 hr 49 min
    211: Multitrack Recorder VS Computer + DAW

    211: Multitrack Recorder VS Computer + DAW

    Here are three next steps for you to take:

    1. Get our free video training & checklist, "Standout Mixes - The DIY Musician's Guide To Exciting Mixes That Stand Out And Connect":
    theselfrecordingband.com/standoutmixes
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    2. Apply for The Self-Recording Syndicate, our personalized coaching program!

    It all starts with a free clarity call where we talk about your music, give you feedback and a step-by-step roadmap that you can then implement on your own, or together with us.

    Best case: We end up working together and completely transform the sound of your music forever.

    Worst case: You get an hour of free coaching, feedback and recommendations for what to do next.

    Sounds fair? Cool. Apply now and book your free clarity call:
    theselfrecordingband.com/call
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    Episode show notes:

    Surprisingly, some of our subscribers are telling us that they are using standalone multitrack recorders instead of computers. 

    We actually get these kinds of messages pretty regularly.

    So, is it a good alternative? Are there any advantages to using a device like that? Or should you just get an interface and a DAW and start using a computer to produce your music?

    Let's discuss!



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    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

TSRB Fan ,

Absolutely the Best!!!

If you are a DIY musician or producer who wants to learn more about recording and mixing, this is absolutely the best podcast you could possibly listen to. As a result of this podcast, I signed up for the coaching program and it has been extremely helpful in advancing my knowledge of recording and mixing as an at-home creator of music. I still listen to back episodes because I didn’t find this podcast until last summer. Even though I am in the coaching program, I find these podcasts extremely valuable in supporting my learning. The great thing is that I can listen to them in the car or when I’m out for a walk. I love the casual format and the interchange between Malcolm and Benedikt. Both are extremely knowledgeable, and the way they bounce ideas off each other is a highlight of the show for me. Other podcasts on the topic of home recording do an okay job of covering lots of basic skills and even digging into some nuanced concepts, but none of them are close to touching the level of ideas that this podcast covers while still remaining accessible. In addition, The Self-Recording Band Facebook community and the ability to communicate directly with Benedikt and Malcolm, are big pluses as well.

echomega ,

Invaluable

This podcast is great! I’ve been playing and singing for more than 24 years and, broke as we dreamers are, have recently decided to take recording into my own hands. Over that time I’ve picked up a lot of obvious recording knowledge but this podcast is great at helping me fill in the gaps, the sticking points, those stupid little things that stop all momentum because you just don’t have a particular piece of critical information. For beginners there is a ton of great resources and foundational information and for those of us who have been in the mix for a bit, it provides that extra understanding that gets it to the next level. In addition to tips and tricks they explain the foundational, comprehensive rationale behind everything they discuss. Having each episode organized around specific topics really helps you find exactly what you’re looking for. It’s also well paced and easy to understand. Thank you both for this wonderful resource

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.

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