We’re Off!

Well, the movers came on Friday and packed up the house and my studio, and luckily it went very well.  I felt bad for the guy assigned to my room though, it by far had the heaviest items, oops.  🙂

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Of course, I couldn’t stop working until the very end, but at least I had a guard dog to keep the movers away until the very end.  Definitely a bit sad to leave the room I’ve come to know so well behind, but I’m hopeful the next space will be even better.

A few last things to take care of in Seattle, then we start our journey to Chicago, and finally to Luxembourg.  The weather in Seattle is unseasonably warm, mid-60’s (15C) in January.  At least with the house all packed, we have a little bit of free time.  It was nice getting to sit outside and jam with the new electribe a couple times over the last few days.  Really enjoying this little box, some of the sounds I’m getting are amazing.

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At this rate I’ll have enough patterns written by the time we get to Luxembourg that I’ll have both a more uptempo set ready to go, as well as a more chill downtempo set.  Good stuff, now I have to figure out how I’ll do transitions, hmm…

Until next time, peace and beats.
Tarekith

And That’s A Wrap!

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Well, it was a bit of a marathon session this week trying to get everyone’s projects wrapped up before the shut down, but I’m happy to say everything is done and it’s time to start packing.  Well, I’m not happy about having to pack up the studio, but it’ll be nice to have one less thing to worry about before the movers come on Friday.

So, as of now, Inner Portal Studio is officially closed for approximately 8 weeks.  I’ll be sure to post when I’m ready to start accepting tracks for mastering again.  In the meantime you can follow me on Facebook if you want to keep up with the move, and setting up a studio in a new country:

https://www.facebook.com/ErikMagrini.Tarekith

I want to thank everyone who offered good wishes with the move, it’s been great working with you all over the last few years!

Peace and beats,
Erik

Electribe Video Review

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Finally got a chance to record my video review and walkthrough of the new electribe, hope some people find this useful!

http://youtu.be/KF9DK2eQOdw

Hopefully over the coming weeks I can do a few more indepth videos on different aspects of the electribe.  This should give people a decent overview of how it works and what it can do sound-wise.

Peace and beats,
Tarekith

2 For 1 Mastering

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At long last we finally have a date for our move to Luxembourg, which means only a few short weeks to keep the studio up and running.  The last day I will be able to accept any mastering jobs will be January 21th, any mixdowns I will need to have by January 16th to make sure I can complete them in time.  If all goes well I’ll back up and running roughly 6-8 weeks after that, though I’ve been warned by the moving company it could take up to 3 months.

I know for some of my regular clients this is an inconvenience, so in order to help you get as many of your tracks as possible mastered before I leave, I’m going to be offering 2 for 1 mastering until the 21st.  This applies to regular mastering only, stem-mastering and mixdowns are still the normal rate.  Hopefully this helps make up for any hassles with your release schedules in the coming weeks.

Just select the normal 1 track mastering payment option when you send me your 2 tracks via the links here:

http://innerportalstudio.com/mastering/

Thanks everyone, looking forward to working on your tracks one last time while still officially a Seattleite!

Erik

Electribe 5 Days In

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Well, it’s been a busy week getting everything prepped for the big move still, but I’ve been trying to get as much time on the Electribe as possible. Overall it’s been a super fun experience, and I’m really starting to feel like the new Electribe could be my new main instrument for some time to come. Given all the gear I’ve been through this year trying to find “the one”, that’s a great feeling.

Now that I’ve had more time to get deeper into the synthesis options, I’m getting more and more confident that there’s a lot of sound design capabilities. The Mod section in particular really adds a lot of animation to your sounds, especially when you start adding in motion sequencing too. One of the few downsides of the Mod section is that a lot of the BPM synced LFO are also key sync so the cycle starts with each note on. Not a huge deal since there’s unsynced LFOs that can run freely, and happily the rate on these goes super low for really long evolving sounds.

One of the few frustrations I’ve been having is with editing my sequences after I’ve recorded something. The Electribe has a Step Editor for this exact task, which allows you to change a note’s pitch, velocity, or the gate time (note length). Unfortunately it seems that because you can’t have a note longer than one step, really long chords and the like are recorded as tied notes. This makes it hard to see which step has the actual note trigger, and which ones are tied. I still need to dive into this a little more, but for now it’s just been easier to delete the part and just record it again. More to come on this.

I’m still exploring the basics of Pattern creation at the moment, so I haven’t had a chance to do much from a live performance standpoint. I’ve been experimenting a little with how to do transitions from one pattern to the next, mainly using master effect delays. If you set a really long decay time for the delays (and use the same delay for both patterns), you can do a decent bit of blending to smooth out the transitions. Unfortunately the Hold button on the Touch Pad doesn’t seem to work when you switch patterns, so you need to keep your finger on the trackpad to keep the delay effect on and at the same level. Still, better than nothing and at least it’s s starting point.

In happier news, it was recently discovered that you can connect an iPad or iPhone to the Electribe via the camera connection kit, and the Electribe will show up on the iPad and a MIDI source and destination. This means you can sequence your iPad apps from the Electribe, or use an iOS MIDI app to enter notes on the Electribe instead of the Trigger Pad. ThumbJam and Genome users should be happy with this!

Especially when you realize you can then route the audio from the iPad into the Electribe, either directly through untouched, or to be effected by the Electribe effects. Since each part on the Electribe can host its own Audio Input OSC, that means in theory you could have 16 different effects processing the audio input signal in parallel, all at once. Sweet. I starting to think the Electribe and my iPad running Gadget could be a pretty awesome live combo!

I’m still trying to get a video review and some audio examples done asap, so hopefully I’ll have some more info soon. Stay tuned!

Tarekith

A Better electribe Default Pattern

I felt some of the settings in the stock Korg electribe default patterns (upper 200’s of the Pattern list) were a bit odd, so I made a new default of my own. Thought some people might want it, feel free to use it or modify it as you want.

To use it, place the file in the “KORG -> electribe” folder on your SD card. Then in the Data Utility menu, select Import Pattern, choose the card as the source, and then use the data encoder and Enter button to navigate to where the Pattern File is. By default it’s set to load into Pattern location 001, just change the file name to the correct number if you want it somewhere else. Here’s the file:

http://innerportalstudio.com/files/ElectribeInit.zip

A few of the things I changed:

– Length set to 4.
– Pattern Level set to 100.
– Chord Set changed to 4 for all Parts
– Gate Arp set to pattern 28 for all Parts.
– Groove Type changed to laidback for all Parts.
– The lower row of Trigger Pads are set up with the first drum type from each category, and all Voice Assigns set to Mono2.
– The upper row of Trigger Pads are set up with a mix of the different OSC types, and all Voice Assigns are set to Poly2.
– Trigger Pad Velocity and Scale Mode turned on for all Parts.

In addition, I set up all Parts to have a default Level of 64 to give some more headroom. I also switched the Insert Effect to the “Delay 1/4” effect for all parts, I just personally reach for distortions very infrequently.

Anyway, fixes some of the obvious ones like Trigger Pad Velocity and it also gives you more headroom to play with. Hope it helps.