Category Archives for "Workflow"

#28: Track Your Progress – The Mindset, Strategy, Tactics and Tools You Need To Stay On Top Of Your Project

Podcast #28: Track Your Progress - The Mindset, Strategy, Tactics And Tools You Need To Stay On Top Of Your Project

In order to stay motivated and keep pushing your project forward, you need to track your progress. 

You need know where you are, what you've already accomplished, what's ahead and what to do next.

Every second spent thinking about those things before you can be creative again and move on with the project is a minute wasted. And, more importantly, mental energy wasted that you could have used to work on your music.

Add to that, that we are incredibly forgetful creatures who get distracted easily and you'll quickly realize that there's no way around tracking your progress properly, if you want a completed project, well thought-out songs, an inspiring, detailed production and happy bandmates.

Join us as we discuss the mindset, strategy, tactics and tools we use to manage our studio projects and let us give you some ideas and practical advice on how to implement a seamless system for your band.

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#27: The Pitfalls Of Being Overly Obsessive While Tracking – How Being Too Hard On Yourself And Your Bandmates Can Negatively Affect Performances And Relationships

The Pitfalls Of Being Overly Obsessive While Tracking

Taking it seriously and putting in a lot of effort is good - Being overly obsessive is not.

Are you the type of person who loves the technical aspect of recording? Are you fascinated by gear and all the cool things you can do with it? Do you have high standards and a clear vision of what the performances should be like? Are you willing to spend hours to get the perfect take or refine a tone? Are your bandmates joking about how obsessive you are while tracking? Or, even worse, are they annoyed by your approach and your obsessive ways?

"I mean, it's clearly their fault, right? They just don't understand how important this all is."

Well, think twice. 

Recording music and making records should be fun and lead to an exciting result, not a perfect one. You can hear it if it was a pain to create and that is not good. Yes, there are technical details to take care of and non-creative steps in the process. And yes, you need to take it seriously and put in a lot of effort. But while working with countless artists over the years we found ourselves in many situations where we needed to help the band get back on track, prevent damage to the relationships within the band and make sure they still had the goal and big picture in mind.

We've seen relationships being destroyed, bands breaking up and records turning out uninspired or never getting finished at all, because of one or multiple bandmembers being  overly obsessive while tracking, being too hard on themselves and their bandmates and, while having great intentions, ultimately putting the whole project at risk. 

That's why we felt the need to make this episode to help you finish your projects, get exciting results, strengthen your relationships within the band and, most importantly, have fun while you're doing it. 

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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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#24: The Process Of Making A Record – Breaking It Down From Idea To Finished Release

#24: The Process Of Making A Record – Breaking It Down From Idea To Finished Release

This Podcast (and whole website) is about making records. 

And this is the master episode. The episode of all episodes, if you will.

Because we're walking you through the entire process of how records are made, explain every step along the way and talk about how to best approach each step, depending on what you're going for and what situation you're in.

There's so much that goes into making a record that the actual process of recording it is just a small piece of the puzzle. Join us as we're breaking it down step by step, so you can create your own master plan for your next release!

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#23: 10x Your Productivity And Creativity By Using Checklists And Templates

#23: 10x Your Productivity And Creativity By Using Checklists And Templates

When you hear "checklists and templates", creativity is not the first thing that comes to mind, right?

It sounds like the exact opposite and we as typically right-brained artists tend to avoid those things like the plague. 

But the truth is:

Checklists and Templates enable you to be truly creative, because if you use them to your advantage, your brain doesn't need to waste energy on the non-creative, repetitive tasks anymore and is free to focus on what really matters: The art.


In this episode we talk about three main benefits of checklists and templates in music production:


We explain why and how they help you...

  1. ...save time
  2. ...be more creative and have more fun producing
  3. ...avoid mistakes


And finally, we give you specific examples of checklists and templates that you can implement right now to 10x your productivity and creativity.


Book Recommendation:

The Checklist Manifesto

Malcom's Studio Preparation Guide:

Click here and scroll down to find the download

Free Productivity Software Recommendation:

Trello

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#18: How DI Tracks Can Save Your Guitar Recordings

How DI Tracks Can Save Your Guitar Recordings

When you record a guitar or bass, you should always record a clean DI signal in addition to your amp (or amp sim, Kemper, etc.)

There are plenty of very good reasons for recording a DI track - and just no reason not to.

In this episode we talk about the many ways your next record will possibly benefit from having DI tracks and sending those to mixing along with your amp tones:

  • It will enhance your creativity
  • It will allow you to focus on the music and the performance more, the stuff that matters the most
  • It will make you a better guitar player
  • Editing will be much easier, more effective and transparent
  • The final tone (the end result) will probably be a lot better (we explain exactly how and why)
  • There are a lot of creative, fun things you can do with a DI that can really bring your record to the next level (we talk about examples for this and how to do it)
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#17: Vocal Tuning Isn’t Just For T-Pain

Vocal Tuning Isn't Just For T-Pain

What comes to mind when you think of Auto-Tune?

​Probably not organic sounding, "real" rock music, right? The word screams "FAKE!" The truth is, though, that on most modern, professional records, even the very natural sounding ones, you'll hear some sort of pitch correction or tuning that happened in post-production or even in real-time during recording.

It's not at all about creating funny, robotic sounding effects (although you can do that if you want) and it's also not about making bad singers appear as if they could actually sing (although you can definitely do that to an extent).

It's mostly about taking an already great performance, that has the perfect feel and energy and getting the intonation just right, so that the vocal sits beautifully in the mix and connects with the listener.

Sometimes that means it needs to be just a little off, sometimes it means it needs to be 100% accurate. And sometimes nothing at all is needed. It totally depends, but if it could really help the song and make a greater impact on the listener, would you still refuse to do it? Let's discuss!

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#16: Is There A Correct Order To Record In?

Whiteboard with Recording Order

What order should you record your tracks in? And why? Does it even matter?

We think it does matter! Unfortunately, it's not as simple as a list that you could follow every time you record.

Listen to this episode and learn what really matters when it comes to the order of recording things, the philosophy behind it, how to find out your perfect order and how to get the most out of your recording sessions by approaching them the right way.

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#15: If You’re Not Doing Pre-Production, You’re Missing Out!

Pre Production

Pre-production is critical to the success of your record. It's an essential part of preparing yourself, your songs and your setup for the actual recording process.

Only after pre-production will you really know if your arrangements work, if the songs are ready, if your music connects and has the desired emotional impact, if everyone can play their parts well and if the individual tones you're dialing in work together well.

​If you skip this part you miss out on the biggest opportunity to get your record to that pro level, the recording process will be more tedious and less fun and the final result will likely be less than ideal.

In this episode we talk about the importance of pre-production in much more detail and give you actionable advice on how to do it properly, so you get the most out of it.

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