Category Archive for: ‘Tutorial’

Working With Less

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I like working within limitations when I make music, often creating my own self-imposed restrictions as a means to help spur on creativity. It also has the nice benefit of really forcing you to learn your gear, something I’ve talked about on the blog a lot over the years. But a lot of people still struggle with finding a workflow …

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Studio & Stage DIY Ideas

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Over the last few years I’ve shared some useful ways to improve your studio, or simplify your stage set up, all for not much money.  I thought I’d compile some of the more popular ideas into one post, along with a couple of new ones too. 1. Bread Bag Closures. This is one of my favorite tips because it’s so …

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Writers Block Article on DJTechTools.com

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Just a heads up that my article on overcoming writer’s block is on the front page of DJ Tech Tools today.  Worth a read if you haven’t seen it yet! http://www.djtechtools.com/2013/04/29/a-producer’s-guide-to-overcoming-writers-block/  

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Roll With It

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One of the more interesting things I see producers doing these days, is setting out to write a song in a certain style and then getting frustrated when it doesn’t sound the way they intended.  It’s not surprising, we all have a goal we set ourselves when we write music, so of course it can get a little frustrating when …

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Octatrack Recording Trigger Tutorial

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  Another quick video showing how to use recording triggers to speed up the process of capture loops and external audio. Also a few useful tips for getting MIDI tracks set up on the Octatrack. http://youtu.be/TLmRRMw3nDI

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Octatrack Slicing Tutorial

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A quick tutorial on how to use audio slicing in the Octatrack, and how you can remix your own loops with it.  Plus some other handy shortcuts along the way.  Enjoy the video, and if you find it useful, consider a small donation via the link to the right of the screen.  Thanks! http://youtu.be/mWGn7RI3vOc —————- In other news, been spending …

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Changing The Korg EMX-1 Tubes

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A couple years back I wanted to change the stock tubes in my Korg EMX-1 to see how more expensive tubes would sound.  I ended up recording and measuring the results for the Electribe forums over at: http://electribe-forum.com.  However, I still get a lot of questions on it, so I wanted to sort of archive it by reposting to my blog. …

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Recording Audio from iKaossilator to the Octatrack

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A couple weeks back I talked about how I’ve been using iOS groovebox-style apps to come up with new song ideas while out and about, and then transfer those to the Elektron Octatrack once I’m back in the studio.  Had a few people ask me how I go about doing this, so I created a quick overview showing how I record …

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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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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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