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Category Archives for "DIY-Production Basics"

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

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

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 might be in a perfect position 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.

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87: Super Hacks – Part 2 (Mixing)

87: Super Hacks – Part 2 (Mixing)

Reason number one for doing this series of episodes: 

Malcom wanted to say "SUPER HACKS" on the show. 🤷

Reason number two: 

There are a couple of tricks that we've discovered and learned over the years, which we would actually call "super hacks", because they are really useful, speed up our workflow, solve problems for us and increase the quality of our work. Of course we wanted to share those with you!

Part 2 is about mixing "hacks". If you find these helpful and are a sucker for hacks and tricks like we are, we might even do a third one. We'll see. (Hint: Your feedback, reviews, etc. are helpful here. ;-))

Listen now, take notes and use these super hacks in your next session!

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86: Unlock Your Voice’s Full Potential And Record Better Vocals – With Matt Ramsey

86: Unlock Your Voice’s Full Potential And Record Better Vocals – With Matt Ramsey

A great vocal recording is all about the performance. 

Emotion, energy and vibe are so much more important than microphones, plugins or recording techniques.

But how do you learn to sing with confidence? 

How do you write songs that fit your natural voice?

How do you know what you're even capable of, so that you can really give it your all in the recording session?

And what can you do to make sure your voice will last and you won't hurt yourself even after days of full-on recording or touring?

Well, there are a couple of great exercises, habits and things you can implement right away. Great starting points that are available to everyone who's willing to put in some effort.

And if you're serious about it and really want to take your vocal technique to a new level?

That's where a voice teacher comes in. Vocal lessons are so underrated and so many artist don't take advantage of this opportunity to drastically improve their songs and recordings.

For this episode we sat down with vocal coach Matt Ramsey of ramseyvoice.com to talk about all of this, give you plenty of actionable advice that you can implement right away and to get answers to our own burning questions on how to improve our vocal recordings.

Matt is a voice teacher and YouTuber with over 170,000 subscribers who's helped thousands of people find their natural singing voice and level up their vocal game.

Now he's here to help you and your band, too!

Let's go!

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85: Super Hacks – Part 1 (Recording)

Reason number one for doing this episode: 

Malcom wanted to say "SUPER HACKS" on the show. 🤷

Reason number two for doing this episode: 

There are a couple of tricks that we've discovered and learned over the years, which we would actually call "super hacks", because they are really useful, sped up our workflow, solved problems for us and increased the quality of our work. Of course we wanted to share those with you!

Let's start with recording hacks in this episode. If you find these helpful and are a sucker for hacks and tricks like we are, we'll do another one on mixing. And maybe another one. We'll see.

Listen now, take notes and use these super hacks in your next session!

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84: Organize Your Projects Like A Pro

What does your typical project layout look like? 

  • Which colors do you use on which tracks? 
  • What about the routing and your bus structure?
  • How do you make sure you never lose any takes?
  • How do you keep track of all the magic moments happening in a session, so that you can move on quickly and then reliably come back to find them?
  • How do you navigate your session quickly and switch between tasks?
  • What about going back to previous stages of the session, archiving files and accessing mixes, stems, masters, demos etc quickly and everywhere?
If you don't have a good answer to any of these questions, this episode is for you.

Listen now and learn to set up your session and workflow like a pro!

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80: What We Use In Our Vocal Chains (And Why We Use It)

The vocal sells the song, right?

It carries all the energy and emotion. And it's the one thing we really have to get right because we humans are so used to the sound of a voice that we immediately notice when something's wrong.

At least as listeners we immediately notice it.

As engineers, however, it's actually pretty hard to get it right.

For whatever reason people overcook their vocals all the time, using huge vocal chains without really knowing why.

Or they don't do enough because they are afraid of messing things up and what they end up with is a flat, amateur sounding vocal.

We've been there. And over time we've built vocal chains that work for us and help us deal with all kinds of different vocalists and situations now.

Our chains are different from session to session, of course. But they are still consistent enough for us to talk about them and share them with you.

The why behind what we do is consistent and knowing the reasons why we use certain things in our chains over an over again is more valuable than the actual settings.

In this episode we talk about what we are using to record and mix vocals, why we use these specific plugins and pieces of gear and how we use it in different situations.

Let's dive in!

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