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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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Elektron ECC-2 Review

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Not the most exciting review, but I’ve had a few people asking me about the ECC-2 bag since I got mine.  Figured I’d do a quick video so people can see what it looks like, how big it is, and what the storage is like.  I also talk about a few things I wish were different about it as well.

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Chillography 5

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Well, the Photosynthesis 5 festival is over and done with, and I have to say I’m really pleased with how my set went.  After all the work I put into prepping a brand new hardware-based live set, it’s a good feeling knowing it all worked well and that people really seemed to enjoy it.  Probably my best live set so …

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Preparing For Gigs

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Since my last post about nerves before a gig, I’ve had a lot of people asking what I do to prepare for my live shows.  I’ve covered some of this in the past in my Playing Live Guide, but it’s worth covering the basics again. The first thing, obviously, is having a live set ready to perform in the first …

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Nerves

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Less than a week away from my next big gig, and I’d be lying if I didn’t say I wasn’t feeling some butterflies, just like I always do.  Which is really weird for me when I think about it, because I’ve been playing live electronic music in front of people since just about when I started writing music in the …

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Photosynthesis 5.0

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Hard to believe that after months of work prepping the new live set, the first festival of the summer I’ll be performing at is almost here!  Photosynthesis 5.0 starts next Friday, and runs through Monday morning (July 20-22) in beautiful Neah Bay, WA.  For those of you who’ve never been there, it’s a beautiful location, and also happens to be …

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Production Q&A #8

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I know it’s been awhile since the last Production Q&A, but I finally had time to answer a couple of the questions producers frequently ask me, and this time I also field one for the DJs too.   1. In a lot of your tutorials and articles you mention ways to trim songs down to make them shorter and more …

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Strings & Theories DJ Mix

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It’s been awhile since I did a DJ mix, and with summer coming along nicely now, I figured it was time for some fun, groovy music.  This one was done in Traktor 2.5 with the Kontrol X1 and my Xone62.  A Traktor Audio 6 DJ was used for all IO.  I have to say, the new tempo and beat detection …

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Elektron Artist Spotlight

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This week I was the featured artist in the Elektron newsletter.  They did a quick interview coving mastering and my workflow when making music, which I’ve copied below. Spotlight: Tarekith If you are an owner of the Machinedrum or the Monomachine you have most likely stumbled across the extremely comprehensive lists of tips and tricks Tarekith has assembled for said machines. …

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7 Quick Arrangement Tips

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Just a few tips that some people might find useful when arranging or writing their songs: 1. If you have a drop or build up in the song, make sure there’s different instrumentation after the drop compared to before it.  You don’t want to build up the energy during that section, only to go back to the exact same sounds …

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