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How To Get Your Low End Right (BEFORE Mixing)

Getting the low end right is one of the most important and most difficult things in music production. Not because it’s technically hard to do, but because it requires a musical and tasteful approach, as well as the ability and experience to hear problems, find problem areas and attack them in a systematic way. 

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3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Record Bass Before Guitar

Many people record a band in this order:

1. Drums -> 2. Bass -> 3. Guitars -> 4. Everything else -> 5. Vocals

I used to do the exact same thing for years. Because it makes sense, right? First you record the groove, which is usually drums and bass, then the rhythm guitars on top of it, then other rhythm elements and then all the lead parts and vocals can play and sing to that rhythm. 

While it’s a good idea to think of the arrangement like this, it’s NOT a good idea to do it strictly in this order every time you record. In fact, I would highly recommend to stop recording bass before rhythm guitar(s). 

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Drum Recording: What Your Performance Does To Your Drum Sound

Your performance affects the tone of your drums more than anything else. It also defines what the mixing engineer can actually do to your drum recording. In this video you'll hear some examples of "good" and "bad" playing, learn what the difference is and you will discover an easy method to find out whether you've got the balance right or not. Enjoy! 

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Top 10 DIY-Recording Mistakes

Not sure if your recordings are ready to be mixed? Are you thinking "man, I really hope I thought of everything" before sending them off? So many home recorders are insecure about their results, because, after all, nobody wants to feel embarrassed or get negative feedback from a professional. And after mixing hundreds of practice room or home studio recordings I can definitely say there are some common things people get wrong all the time when recording their own band, despite all the information out there. 

If you want to send your songs off with confidence and provide your mix engineer with tracks that are exceptionally great, avoid these mistakes:

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The Biggest Problem With DIY-Recording (And What It Has To Do With Movie Directors)

The questions I get on the topic of DIY-Recording are fantastic and I'll absolutely answer them all, but there is one fundamental "problem":

People almost exclusively ask technical questions. And I totally get it. We all wanna know... 

  • ...how the gear works
  • ...how to set everything up 
  • ...the secrets to dialing in a great tone 
  • ...how to avoid technical issues like hum, latency and running out of CPU power

etc...

But the truth is, this is the easy part. This can all be learned quickly and I'll show you how to do it, of course. But please don't start with that. Not before you've read this post.

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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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4 Ever Wondered How To Actually Record DI Tracks?

If you record a guitar or bass, I recommend you record a DI track AND a microphone track. I’ve explained the reason for this in one of my Instagram-TV videos (watch the video here). And in this post, you will learn how to actually record DI tracks properly!

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