Category Archive for: ‘Tutorial’

7 Quick Arrangement Tips

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Just a few tips that some people might find useful when arranging or writing their songs: 1. If you have a drop or build up in the song, make sure there’s different instrumentation after the drop compared to before it.  You don’t want to build up the energy during that section, only to go back to the exact same sounds …

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Random Production Tips

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Been awhile since I’ve written a more general purpose music production blog post, as some of my readers have been kind enough to point out to me.  Sorry for the excess of Elektron related posts since I’ve gotten the Octatrack, I rarely get new gear anymore so I’ve been a bit excited. 🙂 Anyway, here’s a few random production tips …

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New and Updated Production Guides

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Over the last few months I’ve had a number of people request PDF versions of my Production Guides and Tutorials, mainly for storing and referencing on their iOS devices.  I apologize that it took me so long to get this done, but things have been pretty busy here lately to say the least! But, at long last I now have …

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Octatrack Crossfader Transition How To Video

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Quick tutorial showing people how to set up Scenes and the Record Buffers to help with transitioning between songs in a live setting. Based on comments and ideas found in this thread over on the Elektron-Users.com forums: http://elektron-users.com/index.php?option=com_fireboard&Itemid=28&func=view&id=133970&catid=9

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Mastering Guide v2.0

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The original version of my mastering guide was by far the most downloaded and shared production guide I’ve ever written, even though it was primarily geared towards “beginner” musicians. As time went on and I began doing mastering as a full-time profession however, it also raised a lot of questions from more advanced users.  So I figured it was time …

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Bounce Around

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Well, after wrapping up my new live set, I find myself once again getting ready to plan my next big music project.  I’ve spent a lot of time lately focusing on performance based projects, and it’s time for a change of pace.  Especially with winter coming, and knowing that aside from my weekly snowboard excursions, I’ll be stuck in the …

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Common Arrangement Issues

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Earlier this year I covered some of the more common mixdown issues I hear in the songs I work on, and in others I hear online in the various forums I frequent.  I think it’s time to take another tack now, and talk about some of the issues I repeatedly hear in the way people arrange their songs.  I’ve learned …

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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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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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