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Berend van Eerden

music producer & audio engineer
Who am I?

Working as a musician was my first experience with making music. After doing this for several years, I found out there was more to music than playing an instrument. After getting accepted into the School of Music Technology at the University of the Arts (HKU) in Utrecht, The Netherlands, I started to work with music in many different ways. These days I have a Bachelor of Music degree with honours from the HKU, where I now teach a Production Technology course as a junior teacher. Most of my time is spent in the studio working as a producer, and as a mixing engineer for various projects.

Who do I work with?

During my career I have recorded at studios such as Wisseloord Studios, Studio Helmbreker, Mailmen, Fattoria Musica (DE), and Motormusic (BE). Most of my time is spent in my own studio in Amstedam, where I have my mixing room. As a producer I try to work with bands that stay true to their own identity, and try to do something different than everybody else. During my period working as an assistant to Huub Reijnders I was able to work with bands such as The Brahms, Orange Skyline, Sabrina Starke, and Bløf. Doing live sound engineering I have worked with bands such as A Polaroid View, and BUNGALOW.

What is my goal in production?

In the current music industry the abundance of available music has made delivering quality music essential. Grabbing the attention of the listener is only possible with music that sticks out from the rest in some way (and a good plan & vision). Looking for the thing that sets the artist apart from everyone else is one of my core duties as a producer. I set up a different production and recording process for each individual project, to be able to deliver a recording that is special from start to end.


Working with distortion part 1 of many: how to distort

Music and distortion are linked together in so many ways that it's almost unbelievable. Almost every way in which we consume music, some level of distortion is happening. Vinyl, cassettes, speakers,...
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Recording Studio Psychology: getting a project going

Working with people that make music can be challenging. We all know the horror stories of famous artists making demands in the studio too crazy to be taken seriously, or arguing over mundane things....
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DIY : Building your own recording gear

As a starting music producer, acquiring gear that you use to record and mix can drain your bank account quickly. Of course some gear is cheaper than ever, but quality is sometimes trumped by the...
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Finishing a production: a technical level, and a musical level

Recording a song or album can be a long process. When that process is nearing it's end, it can be good to have a reality check. To get critical and ask some tough questions: Is this really finished?...
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Creating your own sounds using convolution and impulse responses

When searching for new sounds, it's always a challenge to get the sounds that are in your head out of there and into your production. Especially being able to do it quickly and easily is something I...
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Which microphone to use?

A question I get a lot while teaching is: "Which microphone do I use for (insert instrument)?" This is of course a very common question for people beginning with recording and new to microphones. A...
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Which recording process is right for me?

As a 'recording artist', making an album is an all-consuming experience. The way you're gonna record (location, timespan, which producer or mixer etc.) is going to shape the recording in a big...
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80s synthesizers ‘on a budget’

Vintage = cool. Many people feel this way. Looking at synthesizers sometimes they have a point: from the fifties to the eighties there was a time of pioneers and of fast technological development....
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Cassettes, why would I still use them?

John Frusciante recorded his first two solo records on them. Bruce Springsteen recorded his entire album 'Nebraska' (1982) on them with two SM57s. In the 80s artists chose the Tascam Portastudio, as...
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Why this blog?

It's time for me to start a blog about music production. Why? To show people what I am doing An Instagram or Facebook post is nice to let people know quickly what you're working on. But more often...
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