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83: Offset Vision (Interview Episode/Case Study)

This episode is an interview and a real world, DIY-recording case study with the band "Offset Vision". Hosted by Benedikt Hain.

Offset Vision Linktree:

linktr.ee/offsetvision

And of course you'll find Offset Vision if you search for them on Spotify, Apple Music or your favorite music streaming app.

Their EP "Glass Walls", that they produced themselves, kicks ass! So definitely check them out!

Let's dive in!

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81: Your Mixes Need More Automation

Are your mixes static? Chances are, things are not moving enough. 

And by "moving" we mean automatic changes in volume, pan, or plugin settings throughout your song.

This is called "automation" and it is a technique that is absolutely essential for creating exciting mixes.

And even if you don't mix, understanding this concept will definitely help you make better engineering decisions and communicate better, because you will understand what is (hopefully) going to happen in the mixing stage.

Using automation, you basically tell your DAW (or desk with built-in automation) to make automatic real-time changes in order to bring certain parts up or down, highlight or hide things and create or enhance the dynamics from part to part, as well as within a part.

With automation you can guide a listener through your song, put the focus on the most important element at any time and turn a static mix into an emotional, dynamic experience of an artistic performance.

As always, there are best practices and common methods but there are no rules. Automation opens up wonderful creative opportunities and we're talking about all of that on this episode to help you make more exciting, less static mixes.

Let's dive in!

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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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79: Audio To MIDI – How It’s Done And When You Should Use It

Almost every DAW lets you create MIDI data from audio files. And if not, there are plenty of plugins that can do it.

But why would you want to create MIDI notes when you have a "real" performance? What are the benefits and typical use cases? And how do you do it properly, so that the MIDI actually represents the original audio accurately?

Let's discuss!

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78: How To Use Panning To Get Wide, Exciting And Balanced Mixes

78: How To Use Panning To Get Wide, Exciting And Balanced Mixes

Right after balancing, which we've covered in episode 75, panning is the second most important thing you need to get right in your mixes. 

Again, this seems trivial but it's crucial to spend some time diving deeper into the subject. There's more to it than most people think.

There are no rules, but there are definitely best practices, proven techniques and a couple of different approaches that everyone should experiment with to fully understand the concept and idea behind panning.

And then there's the fun part: Beyond the basic stuff there are endless ways of using panning creatively to add excitement, movement and dynamics to your mixes.

Listen now, take notes and then figure out what works for you to give your songs exactly the width and clarity they need!

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77: Apple Spatial Audio & Dolby Atmos – Is This The End Of Stereo?

#77: Apple Spatial Audio & Dolby Atmos - Is This The End Of Stereo?

You've probably heard about Apple Spatial Audio or Dolby Atmos...


...and you've probably heard the marketing message, telling you you're missing out if you're still listening to music in stereo.

Is this true, though? And does that mean we need to upgrade our home studios and build expensive immersive audio rooms? Or switch to headphones exclusively? Is your stereo setup becoming useless?

Let's discuss!

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76: Q&A: What Is Saturation And How Do You Use It?

what is saturation

It's Q&A time again!


This question came up in our Facebook community:

"Saturation. What is it? I have an idea of what it is from my king gizzard addiction, but i have no idea what it really is or how to use it."

Well,  let's discuss!

(We also answer a couple of follow-up questions around the topic, covering mastering/mix bus saturation, parallel saturation and a couple more.)

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75: The One Engineering And Mixing Skill That Will Give You 80% Of The Results

There's one thing that we immediately pick out as listeners...

...even if we don't have very trained ears and even if we're not very experienced or familiar with the genre:

We immediately notice when something is way too loud or way too quiet.

And we subconsciously notice when the song doesn't feel right, maybe because it's hard to make out the bass line, or the drum groove is just not hitting hard enough, or there's this weird, buried thing in the background that's distracting us, while something else is jumping out too much.

We might not be able to put it into words, but we definitely notice when there's something wrong with the balance.

So there is one skill that we have to learn and constantly improve as engineers and mixers if we want our music to translate well and deliver all the emotion and energy with minimal distraction: 

Balancing. Simply finding the right levels for every track in every part of the song and every mic on a every source that we record.

Technically it's super simple, but it's also incredibly difficult to get right. If you get it right, however, assuming that your source tones are good, you're 80% there. Without touching an EQ, compressor or effect.

Let's discuss!

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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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