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1. Get The Gear You Really Need
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The DIY-Route From Crappy Demos To Label Releases
Hi, I'm Benedikt Hain and I believe the self-recording artist is the future of the music industry.
As a professional record producer, engineer and mixer I mostly work with rock and heavy bands. That's where I come from and that's what I specialize in. And while artists in other genres, especially electronic music have been creating their records at home for quite some time now, I've noticed during the last couple of years that more and more of those rock, punk and metal bands were giving DIY-recording a shot and investing their budget in the part of the production that's much harder to do yourself: Mixing and mastering.
It enables bands to spend their money effectively where it makes the biggest difference and it lets them release new material fast and regularly. It's 2019, after all!
While hiring pros from day one is obviously still a great way to make a great record, I fully support this DIY idea and I absolutely think that self-recording plus professional mixing has become a viable option. But I also noticed that with very little effort most of the self-recorded tracks I get to mix could sound so much better!
And it's definitely not the gear that makes or breaks it. Technology is affordable and you have everything you could ever need at your fingertips, nowadays. It's how you use what you have available.
So I started to coach the artists I was working with as a mix engineer, answering their questions and helping them choose the right gear, setup their microphones, treat their rooms and export their files. I also started to request rough mixes and demos so I could give them feedback on the arrangement and the performance, as this is even more important than the gear.
Doing this, I've found that most musicians don't want to become engineers. You're not interested in all the technical details, you just want to make music and record it, right?! And in the end you want to have a product that you and your audience will love forever. Something you are proud of. Your vision brought to life. A truly professional production that can help you get record deals, booking agencies or tour slots. And all of that on your own terms and within your budget.
So I've always tried to explain everything in a way that leads to great sounding results, but without all the headache. Helping bands focus on the things that really matter and enabling them to take action quickly and easily, as soon as inspiration strikes. You can imagine that doing that with a lot of people everyday, while trying to mix records is very time-consuming and inefficient. And paying a lot of money for 1-on-1 coaching is not an option for a lot of bands.
This is why I came up with THE SELF-RECORDING BAND, a resource for all of you DIY musicians, to help you get the best possible results recording your own songs in your practice room. I'm going to put everything I've learned over the years in here and will do it in a way that speaks to artists 100%. I'm not trying to educate future audio engineers (although this DIY-thing can for sure be a great starting point) but help self-recording bands make amazing records and spend their time and money effectively.
So take action and learn how to transform your DIY recordings from basement demos to 100% usable tracks, ready to be mixed by a pro!
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I've been a self-recording artist myself! (if only I had a clue back then...)
Starting out more than 10 years ago I've been recording my own bands out of necessity and soon discovered my passion for it. I wanted to make creative decisions on my own, work on my own schedule and have as much time as I needed to get the takes that felt right.
Also, growing up within the hardcore/punk scene, we were part of a very strong DIY-culture and learned early on how to figure stuff out and make it work. So me and my bands recorded all of our early material completely on our own.
To be honest, my first attempts sounded pretty terrible and listening to those records now hurts a bit, haha. I didn't have a clue what I was doing! But I loved the freedom and just decided to keep going and learn along the way.
It was hard. Very hard. And it took me a looong time to get decent results. But then my band Bridges Left Burning got signed to Assault Records, an amazing record label releasing some of our favourite bands! And we did that with our self-recorded album! I still don't think it sounds very good (because I also mixed it myself at a time when I was not quite there, yet), but it was enough to get a record deal!
At this point I knew the self-taught, DIY-route was the right decision. And all of a sudden, the bands I was working with got picked up by labels, my records started to sound great and resonate with people. But most importantly: I had figured out what it takes to record amazing sounding, mix-ready tracks on a budget in your practice room! On my own! And it just worked, over and over again!
Some DIY-recording results to proof my point:
There are already lots of success stories like these and there could be even more if only people knew the stuff that I've learned the hard way over the years, before I became a professional engineer. I want to save you all the headache and make your next release a success story!
Save yourself some money and unlock your mix engineer's superpowers!
If you work with a professional mix engineer (highly recommended), the results he/she can get you are limited by the quality of the tracks you send there. Also, the whole experience and process can be amazingly pleasant and fast - or an absolute nightmare. Depending on your preparation, the communication, the file transfer and all of those things.
So if you want to save time, money and energy, avoid the back and forth, get the sound and the files right the first time and enable your mix engineer to turn your songs into truly incredible mixes! Those people have superpowers! Help them use those on your record!
A mixer should not just rescue your recordings and turn shit into gold. He/she should take what's already great and make it sound incredible!
But why work with a mixer in the first place?
Well, because I absolutely believe that you can record on your own and get decent, mix-ready results pretty quickly and easily, but I really don't believe that you can learn mixing and mastering in a comparably short amount of time.
Sure, you can absolutely learn to mix on your own, but it takes years of practice, a well developed hearing and a much deeper passion for audio and all the technical aspects of it.
So, for those of you aspiring to become engineers, go for it and learn how to mix! But if you are a musician that wants quick, amazing results without all the headache, the combination of proper DIY recording and professional mixing/mastering can give you all of the benefits:
- work on your own terms
- make your own schedule
- take as much time as you need
- get truly professional results
- spend your budget effectively on the stuff that makes the biggest difference
- release new material quickly, easily and regularly
Now Go For It And Discover The Proven System That Will Help You Get Amazing Results - Without The Headache!
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