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Recording Audio from iKaossilator to the Octatrack

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A couple weeks back I talked about how I’ve been using iOS groovebox-style apps to come up with new song ideas while out and about, and then transfer those to the Elektron Octatrack once I’m back in the studio.  Had a few people ask me how I go about doing this, so I created a quick overview showing how I record …

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Doldrumming

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(yes this picture is completely random) One of the things I’ve learned over the years is that all artists go through periods of decreased productivity.  Some people call this artist’s block, others just don’t work as hard as they’d like. But we all at some point or another hit a point where we recognize that things just aren’t going as …

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Pocket Grooves

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I’ve covered in past articles how much I like using portable devices to make music on the go.  From the early days of things like Bhajis Loops on a Palm TX, to more modern apps on the iPhone and iPad, I’ve found it really fun to get out of the studio and still be able work on music ideas. Even …

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Live at Chillography 5 Recording

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Well, it took me awhile to get the recording prepped in order to post this online, but I finally have a copy of the live set I performed at Chillography 5 back on August 4th here in Seattle.  This was all done live using an Elektron Machinedrum and Octatrack, straight into the house mixer.  Good example of my more downtempo …

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The Dividing Line

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This past weekend I was visiting New York for a family wedding, and we were staying on a small island near the coast.  Now, if you’re in the US, you probably heard about the storms that produced two tornados there, and we were staying just 20 miles away from where that occurred.  Luckily, none of the really bad weather reached …

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Liquid Beats 2

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Just a quick reminder that this Saturday from 4-6 PM I’ll be DJing at The Beer Authority in Seattle once again.  Planning on doing a downtempo set this time around, so stop by for a cold micro-brew and some chilled out beats!  It’s Hoppy Hour, so if you buy any two bottles, your first pint is only $2.  Hope to …

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Jump Around

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One of the more frustrating aspects of writing music for beginning producers I find, is that they struggle to get their songs to translate well to other listening environments.   Most people know that you need a good listening space and some nice monitors to make this easier, but let’s be honest, who really has the funds for this when …

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RME Fireface400 For Sale

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Hi everyone, just wanted to let people know that I’m selling my RME Fireface400 right now. Nothing wrong with it, I was just hanging on to it until I was sure my Hilo was working completely.  It comes with everything it would if you were to buy it brand new, looks and works like new too. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=180957273580#ht_500wt_1363 If for some …

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Vancouver Teaser Live Set

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A quick teaser of my new live set, getting played for the first time this weekend in Vancouver at Sequential Circus 11.  100% live with just the Machinedrum and Octatrack, more uptempo this time around. Here’s a 320kbps MP3 if you prefer that: http://tarekith.com/mp3s/Tarekith-Vancouver_Teaser.mp3   As I mentioned, I’ll be playing Saturday, August 18th in Vancouver at Sequential Circus 11. …

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Your Best Production Advice?

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  As regular readers of my blog know, every once in awhile I turn things around and ask for YOUR advice.  This time, I want to know what’s the ONE piece of knowledge you would share with someone just getting into music production? It can be something someone else passed on to you, something you learned through trial and error, …

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