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Three Tunnels DJ Set

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  Three Tunnels DJ Set A fun and twisted trip down the darker side of midtempo tracks, groovy and glitchy in equal measures.  Good soundtrack for afterhours parties. Start Time – Artist – Track – Label 00:00 – Cafe Americaine – Sex International – Manifold 04:25 – Gautama Shakyamuni – Committee For The Heat – White Delta 06:21 – Rodg – …

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Tyler D2x Full Review

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This was originally posted on Gearslutz, but I thought I would copy it on the blog as well for those that are curious. I spent months researching new monitors for my Seattle-based mastering studio, and one of the names that kept coming up again and again is Tyler Acoustics. There’s a decent bit of information on their flagship D1x’s online, …

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Loudness Wars Part 2

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I’ve been getting a lot of questions about my blog post on winning the loudness wars earlier this week, so I made some examples to put this in perspective. Don’t analyse or anything first, just play the first one and turn up your monitors until it sounds nice and loud like you’d normally listen to your music: http://tarekith.com/mp3s/Deviate01-1770.m4a Now without touching …

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We Won The Loudness War?

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Fellow Seattle producer and Ableton Live Trainer Isaac Cotec asked me to write an article for his blog about the recent news that an end to the Loudness Wars as we know them might be coming soon.  I attempt to give a brief overview of why people are saying this, and how it affects your average producer now and going …

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Learning To Listen Again

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Inner Portal Studio Upgrades 2014 #2. Well, as I mentioned a few weeks ago, I ordered some new monitors for the studio, Tyler Acoustic D2x’s.  Due to huge snow storms in the US, they took an extra week to get to me, but the wait was worth it.  Last Thursday, 4 big boxes arrived via UPS Freight, the 2 speakers and their …

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“Deviate” – Korg Gadget Track & Review

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Deviate <- Right click to Save or Play “Deviate” is the first track I’ve written using the new Korg Gadget app, this time around it’s a darker tech house track.   Here’s the Gadget project file for those that came here via GadgetCloud: Deviate Project  Feel free to explore and play around with the song if you want. My Gadget review …

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Optimizing Sound Quality In Ableton Live

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This is something I’ve had to keep under wraps for quite awhile now, and it’s something I’ve been pretty excited about.  A long time ago, in a galaxy…  well actually just a long time ago, I was contacted by DJ Vespers about a project he was working on.  His plan was to create a way of providing world-class Ableton training …

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Inner Portal Studio Upgrades 2014 – Part 1

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Well, 2014 has barely started and I’ve already been pretty busy with some important changes for my studio.  The biggest is ordering some custom Tyler Acoustic D2x monitors to replace my Event Opals.  I love the Opals, but for a long time I’ve been wanting to upgrade to a larger, full-range speaker more ideally suited for mastering. (A D2x unfinished …

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The Upgrade Game

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The upgrade game, how many times have we all played this?  Something new and shiny comes out, and we start feeling that urge that what we were happily using yesterday is no longer good enough.  No where does this seem to happen more than with Apple iOS devices, something I know all too well given how much music work I …

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Lines In Space – New Downtempo Track

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Lines Of Space <- Right Click to Download Well, luckily I managed to keep myself busy during the first couple of weeks of my recovery from the shoulder surgery.  Surprised myself a bit, but I actually managed to get a track written over the last few days, and one I really like no less! To write this one I used the …

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