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Out Of Office

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I find it pretty funny. After years of spending a lot of time and money to get nice monitors for the studio, proper acoustic treatment, a really nice chair, and generally making things as comfortable as possible, as soon as the weather turns nice all I want to do is get out of there.¬† ūüôā As most people can probably …

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Wired Roots – Downtempo Live PA

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http://tarekith.com/mp3s/Tarekith-Wired_Roots_Live_PA.mp3 Tracklist: Start Time – Track 00:00 – Leav 02:45 – Leak 05:57 – Trient 08:43 – Whithr 10:54 – Stalke 14:50 -Furow 17:53 – Brancht 21:31 – Biome 24:44 – Chlorl 28:30 – Petl I’ve also posted YouTube videos of the set being performed live, along with comments describing what I’m doing as I perform it: Wired Roots 1 …

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Production Q&A #1

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One of the ideas I’ve been toying with is a monthly Q&A on the blog, where I field questions from people on different aspects of the production process.¬† Who knows, if it gets popular enough, maybe I’ll do it every week. ¬† And of course, these answers are just my own personal opinions based on my experience.¬† I’m in no …

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(Still) Almost Live

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Back in April I posted about the steps I was taking while preparing a new hardware based live set: http://tarekith.com/almost-live/ Well, things are getting much closer to wrapping up finally, so I thought I’d update people on some of the other aspects of what’s going into this set.¬† Probably a bit overkill since it’s a relatively simple affair, using only …

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Downtime

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It happens to us all, we go into our studios to write some music and it’s just not happening.¬† Sometimes you can push through and end up getting back on track, but other times you’re just not feeling it no matter what you do.¬† Or perhaps you’re just stuck in a small creative rut for a few days, but still …

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Vespers – Preparing your tracks for mastering

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DJ Vespers runs an Ableton Live training website, with lots of great videos on how to use Live and other music production techniques. ¬†Recently he asked me for some advice on how to properly prepare your tracks in Ableton Live to send to a mastering engineer. ¬†Here’s the video: http://vespers.ca/how-to-export-your-song-for-mastering-6-essential-tips/ While you’re there, take a look at some of his …

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Ableton Live & APC40 Live PA set up

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A few people over the last couple of weeks have asked me how I use Ableton Live and the Akai APC40 to perform my live pa’s.¬† I’ve covered it briefly on the Ableton forums over the years, but I figured it was time to go into a little more detail. While I tend to write brand new material for my …

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Machinedrum DJ Set Vol. 2

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Machinedrum DJ Set Vol. 2 This is the second in a series of collaborations initiated by the Elektron-Users.com community.¬† The basic idea is that each user contributes a pattern they wrote using only the Elektron Machinedrum SPS-1.¬† Then, users of the forum can perform a sort of combination DJ and live set using only those patterns. Unfortunately I was pretty …

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25% Off Online Mastering

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Hi everyone, I had a couple of very large projects this week get pushed back to a later date, and as a result I’m sitting here with a lot of unbooked time in the studio this week. ¬†So, to keep things rolling, I’m going to be offering 25% off my normal online mastering rate from now until Saturday, May 7th. …

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Ok To Play

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I get to work on a lot of people’s music these days, and one of the things that strikes me sometimes, is how often people use a track they plan on releasing as a time to try and learn a new tool or technique.¬† I hear something that sounds off, or just plain wrong.¬† When I ask them about why …

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