Category Archive for: ‘Producing’

iOS8 Anti-Rant

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Given how much talk is going on in the iOS music community about iOS8, I wanted to share my thoughts on the situation. When I first switched to an OSX based computer from Windows, one of the first things I learned is that if you want things to go easy in Apple land, you stay current.  Apple has no qualms …

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Temples To Telescopes

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Temples To Telescopes <- Right Click To Save. This track started one night after I had just finished up jamming on my acoustic guitar using my Timeline Delay pedal. I was putting things away, and realized I had left the feedback cranked up, and the electrical noise from the guitar pickups started to feedback making this cool sound wash. I fired …

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The -6dB Rule

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Been seeing a lot of new producers asking why they should keep their DAW master meters around -6dBFS (or -3dBFS, -4dBFS, etc). While a lot of mastering engineers are the ones asking for mixdowns this way, there seems to be some confusion that this is something that is needed for mastering. In truth, mastering engineers could care less what the …

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My Little Reminder

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Every once in awhile, we all need a bit of a kick in ass.  Over the last year I’ve been spending quite a bit of time exploring new workflows when it comes to writing music.  I’m sure anyone following the blog has noticed I’ve been buying, using, and then flipping gear rather quickly to fund something else quite a bit …

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Mixing and Mastering in Ableton Live – Decibel Festival 2014

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Just wanted to take a second to let any Seattle people know about a seminar I will be co-hosting with fellow mastering engineer and Certified Live Instructor Jake Perrine at this years Decibel Festival.  We will be talking about mixing and mastering using Ableton Live, and it will be a round table discussion featuring some of the artists from this …

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Hidden Natures

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Hidden Natures <- Right click to play or download. “Hidden Natures” is one of the first tracks I’ve written in awhile using Ableton Live almost exclusively. For whatever reason I was feeling guilty seeing my Push sitting in the studio unused lately, and when I sat down to play with it again… this song happened. That’s one of the things I …

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My Top Ten iOS Apps

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Since one of the more frequent questions I get asked is for iOS music app recommendations, I figured it was time to list my favorites as of Summer 2014. I’m not saying that these are the “best” iOS apps out there, just that these are the ones I find myself reach for again and again. With that, and in no …

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The Anniversary Wrap Up

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Well, I thought it might be a crazy idea I’d come to regret, but my decision to offer 24 hours of free mastering as part of my Studio’s 5 year anniversary ended up being a real success.  I was able to meet a lot of new producers, and quite a few former clients I hadn’t heard from in a couple …

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5 Years & Free Mastering

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It’s truly hard for me to believe, but today marks the 5 year anniversary since I started running Inner Portal Studio full-time.  It’s been quite a journey so far, and I couldn’t have done it without all the support and trust of the hundreds of musicians I’ve worked with in that time.  As a way of saying thanks and giving …

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Strymon Timeline Review

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Finally got a chance to do my video review of the Strymon Timeline, which you can view here: As always, let me know if you have any questions, happy to help if I can!

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