This Blog Has Moved!

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In my move to consolidate everything under my studio website, alas this blog has finally met it’s end.  At least here it has anyway, really all I’m doing is moving everything to: http://innerportalstudio.com/blog/ If you’re currently signed to receive email notifications of new blog posts, you’ve already been transferred to the new site so everything should be the same.  I’ll …

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Teenage Engineering OP-1 Review

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Well, it took me a few weeks in order to find the time to do a proper video, but my review of the Teenage Engineering OP-1 is now up on YouTube: http://youtu.be/Boo-J8jeZjI I wasn’t able to cover everything, so there’s still a lot the OP-1 can do that I didn’t go over.  Things like tempo and tape tricks, the MIDI …

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The Recharge

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Well, I’m finally back from a nice long vacation to Luxembourg, Paris, and London, and it was something I needed more than I realized.  Though in a way vacation is a bit misleading, as one of the main reasons Hallie and I went was to see if Luxembourg was someplace we would want to move to.  Yes, Hallie has been …

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Promoting Yourself

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Recently I had a friend send me an email to ask me how I went about attracting clients, as he was trying to get work doing audio engineering and was struggling a bit. It’s one of the many variations on a question I get asked all the time, how do I get work in the audio field? While this guide …

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Never Fear – Internet Stuff!

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Oh my god, I’m not on Facebook anymore, how can I tell people about all the cool music related videos I run across? Hehe, never fear, here’s your semi-regular dose of fun and off-the-wall music related sorta stuff: Might not be everyone’s thing, but hard not to admire such musicianship and how well they improvise together. Skip to 12:00 if …

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DDP – New Downtempo Track

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 Tarekith – DDP <- Right Click to Save or Play. Well it feels like ages since I managed to finish up a track, though looking back that’s probably because it has been a few months since I have!   This track was something I started in Maschine Studio, using that to do all of the beats and most of the synths. …

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A New Start

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Well, those of you who followed me on Facebook know that I’m no longer on Facebook any more. I’ve been debating it for some time, as I slowly realized in order to get the most out of Facebook you need to check it pretty often. And really, it wasn’t bringing me any new business or gigs, so I decided getting …

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Sometimes The Brain Doesn’t Work

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Chalk one up to intuition and taking a leap based on a gut feeling. So far selling Maschine and going for the Teenage Engineering OP-1 seems like it was the right thing to do. I’m not going to go into a full review of the OP-1 right now, but it’s quirky interface and use of audio recording to save your …

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Garage Sale, Goodbye Maschine Studio

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Well, I guess at the very least the last thing I will ever need to worry about is where to store all my gear. Kind of hard to stockpile stuff when you barely hang on to it for even a year. Maybe I should back up. I’m selling the Maschine Studio, and likely most of my guitar pedals. Sigh, I …

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What’s In A Name?

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Ah, the joys of trying to find a new artist or DJ name! For many people this is actually a very hard task, as it’s the first time they’ve had to put an identity to their music. Especially when it’s something that might be with you for a very long time if your music is successful. I thought I’d give …

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Maschine Studio Review

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In some ways it feels like ages since I last gave NI’s Maschine MKI a try, but it’s been something I’ve been watching mature ever since. I loved the sounds, and the hardware integration felt pretty complete, if a bit long-winded in some cases. At the time though (pre-Maschine v1.5?), there were still too many things you needed to revert …

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The Desk Job

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Every once in awhile I get an idea in my head that I later come to regret, even if just a little bit.  Last year I bought a really nice desk for the studio, one that had the ability to be used sitting or standing as I wanted.  At the time, I was a little concerned that it might be …

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iOS Mastering Apps Comparison

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As a full-time mastering engineer who likes to make music on an iPad in my spare time, it’s no surprise I have an interest in the recent flux of mastering related iOS apps coming out these days. Add to that how many people I see on various forums lately asking which of the options is better, and I thought it …

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Wind Swept – New Tarekith Track

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Wind Swept <- Right Click to Download A lot of my recent work has been shorter songs with weird sounds, abrupt changes in the song structure, and a bit more “out there” overall.  So for this one I wanted to create a more flowing, almost trance-like song that drifted along a bit more serenely. The basis for this song was an …

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Your Masters Matter

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As usually happens, it all started with a crazy idea. For a while now I had been considering changing all of my copies of the tracks I had written to AIF files, instead of wav files like I had been using for…. well, ever.  The main driver was that I wanted a better way to make sure all the graphics …

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Ear Career

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(your blog author was already hooked on music as a baby) By far, the question I get asked the most often is “how do I get that professional sound in my tracks?”  It’s interesting, because while I definitely know exactly what people are referring to, and remember wondering the same thing with my own tracks at one time, and I …

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Pedal Power

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Whew, it feels like it’s been forever, but I’m finally done with Physical Therapy from my shoulder surgery.  I also had the cast removed from my broken hand earlier this week, talk about relief!  Feels good being able to hold a guitar properly or play a keyboard, not to mention just being able to type like a normal person again …

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The Tarekith Update

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Well I know it’s been a bit light on blog posts here lately, so I thought I’d do sort of a general update on a what’s been happening here in the studio. I’m in sort of a bit of flux in a lot of areas right now, so my apologies if this comes off as a little rambling! For starters, …

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Confidence

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Of all the interesting quirks I see in musicians, one of the more frequent is people having no confidence in their own music. You might have seen this too, someone posts their track for others to offer feedback on, and then they proceed to point out everything wrong with it and why they don’t like it. Before anyone even had …

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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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