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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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New Track – “Slip”

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Slip – Downtempo 04-18-2011 (right click the name above to play or download) As I mentioned in my Touching Matters blog post a couple weeks ago, I recently got an iPad2.  One of the apps I was most interested in trying out was Apple’s new Garageband for the iPad, as I know the desktop version is usually under-appreciated considering how …

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Almost Live

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Recently I’ve talked a little bit on my Twitter feeds about how I’m prepping a new hardware based live pa, and I’ve had a few people ask me questions about it.  Namely, why hardware and not Ableton Live anymore, and how do I go about creating a strictly hardware based live set.  So, I’m going to talk a little about …

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Touching Matters

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So, like millions of other people, I now own an iPad.  I like Apple products, I admit it, but even I was a bit skeptical if I really needed one when they were first announced.  I have a current MacBook Pro, and an iPhone4 that I use all the time, and it was tough to see a use where the …

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New Track – “Lost Horizon”

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Lost Horizon – Downtempo – 03-28-2011 First track I’ve made with my new guitar, so it’s used almost exclusively in this one.  Drum sounds are from Stylus RMX, everything else is from the Line 6 HD500 and my Parker Dragonfly.  Really enjoying the combination of sounds I can get out of that guitar, and the effects in the HD500 are …

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History

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You won’t want to read this.  In fact, I don’t expect anyone to read this.  This is one of those things I wanted to write down for my own reasons, selfish and boring that they are.  The end of this month is my 36th birthday, and it also marks (to the day), the fact that I’ve been writing and playing …

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Space Is The Place

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Recently I’ve been seeing a lot of people asking how to create space and depth in their mixes, so I figured it was a good time to write down my thoughts on the subject.  When I talk about depth and space, I’m referring to that 3 dimensional aspect of a song, where some instruments sound like they are farther away …

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A New Friend

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Recently I decided to get a new guitar to replace the Ibanez S540FMTT I’ve been using for almost twenty years.  Honestly, the S540 is my baby, it’s been through thick and thin with me, but I was just feeling the urge to get something new.  Been taking a break from strictly electronic-based music, and I really wanted to focus on …

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Finish What You Start

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Recently a discussion on the Ableton forums about what daily routines people should do in order to become a better producer got me thinking.  What sort of things could you practice if you wanted to become better at writing songs?  Especially if you’re always getting disappointed when comparing your songs to those of your favorite artists? It almost seems like …

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Synths Reborn

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I have to admit something.  Every time I see a new software synthesizer released these days, a small part of me runs weeping to the corner and cries for days.  Tears and tears of frustration, I literally own stock in Kleenex thanks to software synths. Ok, maybe it’s not that bad, but it seems like over and over again I …

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