Category Archives for "DIY-Recording FAQs"

#30: What Makes A Great Production? The Answers To: “How Do I Know If It Sounds Good?” And “What Should I Actually Listen For?”

Podcast #30: What Makes A Great Production?

"What Makes A Great Production?" 

This is probably the most asked question of all. It's also one of the most important ones and, unfortunately, quite difficult to answer.

What we consider a "good sound" or "great production" is highly subjective and even if you look at more objective criteria, it takes quite some experience to be able to listen for the right things and make informed decisions.

Nevertheless, we sat down and tried to tackle the question in the simplest and most helpful way possible.

We took a look at our own favorite productions and analysed what we liked about them and why. We also wrote down what we're typically aiming for when producing or mixing music ourselves, depending on the genre, of course.

That said, with "production" we mean the whole thing: Recording, editing, mixing, mastering. So we're looking at the final thing, dissect it and find out what makes it awesome. So that you know what to listen for and where you are standing compared to a great sounding, finished record. No matter where you are in the process

Then we made a list of the most important, overall things, explained why these are so important, and threw in some advice on how to achieve those.

And finally, we went into the specifics and details that are easier and quicker to apply.

Let us know what you love about your favorite songs and productions, by commenting below!

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#29: “How Do You Develop A Unique Drum Sound?” (We Got This Interesting Question – So We Answered)

We got a well thought-out, long email from Rollo, one of our email subscribers, asking a great question: "How Do You Develop A Unique Drum Sound?"

This one got us thinking, because it's such an important question to ask. Not just "how do you record drums" or "how do you make drums sound good" but "how do make them UNIQUE".

We don't want to sound like everyone else and the records we love most have exactly that: Unique sounds.

So we did our best to answer this question and took a deep dive into what makes a unique drum sound, how to define a vision in your head and finally all the different ways to make that vision a reality.

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#26: Troubleshooting – What To Do When Things Go Wrong (Part 2)

Troubleshooting – What To Do When Things Go Wrong (Part 2)

Troubleshooting and solving problems are just part of making records.

Things will go wrong at some point and we need to be able to deal with those issues fast, so we can continue working on the art, stay in the zone and keep the creative energy and vibe up at all times. 

  • Have you ever felt the frustration kicking in after hours of searching the internet for a solution to some seemingly trivial problem? 
  • Has making a record ever seemed like a tedious and difficult process to you?
  • Have you ever been wondering why something just doesn't sound like it's supposed to and you are kind of stabbing in the dark trying to get it right?

We've been there and want to make your life a little easier by sharing a whole list of solutions to common "audio problems", so you don't need to go through the same frustrating process of figuring it all out on your own. Instead you can apply the advice right away and continue focussing on what really matters.

This is a two part series, as there's really a lot that can, and will, eventually go wrong. Let's jump into part two, where we discuss "tone problems" as well as typical arrangement/songwriting issues that you need to overcome if you want to capture exciting sounding songs.

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#25: Troubleshooting – What To Do When Things Go Wrong (Part 1)

#25: Troubleshooting – What To Do When Things Go Wrong (Part 1)

Troubleshooting and solving problems are just part of making records.

Things will go wrong at some point and we need to be able to deal with those issues fast, so we can continue working on the art, stay in the zone and keep the creative energy and vibe up at all times. 

  • Have you ever felt the frustration kicking in after hours of searching the internet for a solution to some seemingly trivial problem? 
  • Has making a record ever seemed like a tedious and difficult process to you?
  • Have you ever been wondering why something just doesn't sound like it's supposed to and you are kind of stabbing in the dark trying to get it right?

We've been there and want to make your life a little easier by sharing a whole list of solutions to common "audio problems", so you don't need to go through the same frustrating process of figuring it all out on your own. Instead you can apply the advice right away and continue focussing on what really matters.

This is a two part series, as there's really a lot that can, and will, eventually go wrong. Let's start with part one, where we discuss technical issues and "tone problems" that you need to overcome if you want to capture exciting sounding tracks.

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#10: What Is Mastering? Do I Need To Have My Music Mastered?

Picture Of Mixing And Mastering Studio

Mastering is a confusing topic, right?

Why is there an additional step when my music is already mixed? What's the difference between mixing and mastering? Should I master myself? Can the mixing engineer master it? The difference seems so subtle, is it even worth it?

We try to demystify the "dark art" of mastering, explain what it actually is and talk about why your music needs it.

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DIY-Recording FAQ – Episode 1: Amp vs DI

This is the first video of the “DIY-Recording FAQ” series that I promised to do and today’s question is: “When it comes to guitars and bass, should we send you DI-signals or should we just mic our amps and send you those tracks?”
Hope this helps and if you want to add a question, please let me know! I’m happy to answer it! Thanks for watching!

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