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74: Interview Episode With Grammy Nominated Producer And Mix Engineer Jacob Hansen

Jacob Hansen

Jacob Hansen Is Joining Us For This Episode!

Jacob has worked with some of the biggest names in metal and alternative music. He's produced and or mixed records for bands like Volbeat, Amaranthe, The Black Dahlia Murder, Heaven Shall Burn, Evergrey, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Primal Fear and many many more. 

We're getting to pick Jacob's brain and talk about

  • DIY recording
  • getting amazing guitar tones
  • mixing records remotely
  • reamping
  • the most common home studio pitfalls
  • guitar tuning
  • workflow and efficiency
  • communication
  • collaboration best practices
  • the future of (home) recording
  • evertune bridges
  • amp sims and Kempers

among many other things.

Enjoy!

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I Also Love Bass Amps On Guitar

Daily Blog - July 12th 2021

I said that I like guitar amps on bass. The thing is... some bass amps are actually incredible on guitar! 🙂 There's one that I particularly love.

I Also Love Bass Amps On Guitar
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I Love Guitar Amps On Bass

guitar amps on bass
Daily Blog - July 9th 2021

Using guitar amps on bass can give you the clarity, grit and attack to make your bass cut through the mix and at the same time blend really well. with your guitars. Here's how I use them in my mixes.

I Love Guitar Amps On Bass
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The Best Studio Purchase I’ve Ever Made

Daily Blog - July 5th 2021

I've spent a lot of money on studio gear over the years. Some pieces served me well and really improved my results. Others (actually many of them) not so much. Eventually, more than ten years into my career, one thing I had always ignored turned out to be the best studio purchase of all.

The Best Studio Purchase I’ve Ever Made
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Why Reamping Doesn’t Work With Small Interfaces

Daily Blog - July 1st 2021

This is one of the most common questions we get. People wonder how to reamp with the gear they have. And many of them have one of the popular bus powered portable interfaces. So you want to try reamping with a hardware amp or pedals but all you have is a small 2-channel interface? Read this first!

Why Reamping Doesn’t Work With Small Interfaces
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1 You Gotta Love Your DAW

Daily Blog - June 28th 2021

I don't care which DAW you use. What you use doesn't matter to me. But it definitely matters to you. And you should take that decision seriously.

You Gotta Love Your DAW
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Dynamic Vocal Mic Or Condenser?

Daily Blog - June 17th 2021

For many people using a dynamic vocal mic can actually be a great idea! Especially in heavier genres and in a DIY recording setup at home.

Dynamic Vocal Mic Or Condenser?

Here are 3 reason why I often recommend good dynamic vocal mics to self-recording bands:


  • Good dynamic mics, like a Shure SM7B, a Røde Procaster, an Aston Stealth, an Electro Voice RE20, etc. typically sound better than condensers in the same price range. If you go with a condenser, you’ll probably have to invest a little more.
  • Most rooms are problematic, especially if you record at home or in the jam space, you'll probably have to make the most out of a less-than-ideal acoustic situation. Dynamics are much better for this, as they are far less sensitive and don’t capture as much ambience/reflections/room sound as condensers do.
  • Aggressive vocals are typically a good fit for dynamics because of the "gritty" midrange character and smooth top end of those mics. Condensers can sound a little too detailed for this, sometimes a little harsh, sibilant or brittle and some lack the punch and grit in the mids. Not true for every vocalist and every mic, but for many of them, especially with budget condensers.

At the end of the day, you'll have to try and find out what works best with your voice, your style of music and in your room. Just don't think you have to use a condenser, even if that's what you see in most studio pictures. Google "records made with an sm7" and I bet you'll feel more comfortable about using a dynamic mic. 😉

-Benedikt

PS: I often post videos to these daily blog posts in my Instagram Stories: @benedikthain

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Is My Computer Good Enough For Recording Music?

Daily Blog - June 16th 2021

Yes, your computer is probably good enough. Please don't overthink this. It's not nearly as important as people think. There are records being made on cheap laptops all the time. And think about it, people have made amazing records on computers 20 years ago! Why wouldn't you be able to do it today?

Presets & “Fully Mixed” Sample Packs

Here's what really matters when it comes to audio workstations


Mac vs. PC

Mac or PC doesn't matter. Forget about it and choose whatever fits your budget and whatever you prefer. The workflow is different, but with the exception of some Apple software, like Logic Pro, all the important programs run on both, these days. The debate will probably never end, but just let me tell you that it's pointless.

CPU

Any modern CPU will do the job for recording. If you're also mixing, you'll want the fastest one you can afford. In most cases clock speed (GHz) is more important than number of cores. So when in doubt, I'd go with a faster quad-core instead of a slower 6-core, for example.

Build Quality & Stability 

Stability is the most important thing. You want a tried and true system that just works. Built from high quality parts. That's always more important than the actual features.

RAM

RAM is important when you're using a lot of samples and virtual instruments. If you're "only" recording or mixing, it doesn't matter nearly as much as people think. If you can upgrade later, start small and upgrade as needed.

USB and/or Thunderbolt Ports

Make sure you have enough fast USB connections (or Thunderbolt). USB 3, USB-C and or Thunderbolt will enable you to record a lot of tracks simultaneously with low latency and they will also make archiving and transferring files much faster, compared to USB 2. Firewire is obsolete at this point. Get a good, high quality hub to connect all your stuff if the built-in ports are not enough.

Hard Drive

Get as much hard drive space as you can afford. This doesn't mean internal hard drive, although I would make that as big as possible, too. I would go with an internal SSD that is at least big enough to store your system and all of your software. Then get an external SSD for current projects you're working on (keeping those separate from the system is generally a good idea) and maybe another external SSD for sample libraries, depending on how big your internal drive is. Then get two big external HDDs for backups and archiving and replace them when they're full.

Screen

Get whatever screen you like. Can be the one built into your laptop or a big fancy curved ultrawide. Whatever you prefer. Some like multi monitor setups, others use TV screens. Whatever you feel comfortable working on and whatever gives you the screen real estate you need. Tiny screens Don't underestimate the importance of enjoying your workspace!

Cooling & Fan Noise

If your computer is in the same room while you're recording and you're recording quiet acoustic instruments or vocals close to the computer, make sure to get the quietest machine you can afford. Otherwise it doesn't really matter, as long as the cooling system is actually capable of keeping the temperature low enough for stable performance over long periods of time. Some modern laptops with big CPUs are struggling with this. They either overheat quickly or they are loud as hell.

So a stable workhorse machine that you enjoy working on, that has all the ports you need and that has enough hard drive space is what you want for recording. As long as you're not mixing large projects, the CPU Performance, RAM and other things are less important than you'd think. You can probably just use the laptop you currently own. Clean it up, set it up correctly and start making music!

If you are mixing large projects, using tons of third party plugins, virtual instruments, amp sims and sample libraries then you'll probably have to bite the bullet and get a top-notch laptop or a powerful desktop machine. 

Determine what you really need, do some research and always remember: Buy once, cry once.

-Benedikt

PS: I often post videos to these daily blog posts in my Instagram Stories: @benedikthain

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