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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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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A Quiet Time

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2013 was an interesting year for me, quite a few things happening that I just wasn’t expecting at all.  I went through a very long and frustrating period of writers block for most of the year, but ended it being very productive.  I ditched my Elektrons and bought a really nice acoustic guitar, but I still love playing with music …

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Dude, Why The Taylor?

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This recent trip of mine down a 6 string path has thrown a lot of people I know into a loop.  Been getting a lot of emails and messages from other producers largely falling into one of two camps: – Those who don’t get the sudden fascination with the acoustic guitar of all things, especially not for someone known for …

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Tern – Downtempo track

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Tern – Downtempo – 12-16-2013 <- Right Click to Save or Play Been on a bit of a roll lately with my current way of writing music, having a good time and just seeing where it takes me.  Here’s another slightly happy one (for me at least), done once again with the iPad and my new acoustic guitar. Speaking of the …

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Play It Right The First Time

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It’s been a long time since I actively had to study intensely for something, so it’s been a pretty interesting experience as I set out to do just that in order to improve my guitar playing. I’ve always been someone on the look out for new ideas and tricks to try in audio production, but there’s a big difference between …

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Why Make It Easy?

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More than a few times over the last couple of months I’ve had to stop what I was doing and laugh a little bit at the situations I get myself into. After years of having to deal with computer issues related to music-making, I finally have a problem free set up. No more hardware incompatibilities, chipset issues, lack of driver …

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In Splits & Starts – New Downtempo Track

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In Splits & Starts <- Click to download This is the first track I’ve written since selling my Elektron gear and buying a nice acoustic guitar. Don’t worry though, this is definitely not country music! A bit happier and more playful than my usual downtempo tracks, still lots of interesting twists to keep your ears on their toes. Err… something like …

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Never one to wait…

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Look what I did.  :) In a moment of put up or shut up, I decided the heck with it and started posting some of the stuff I’ve been contemplating selling on Craigslist.   At the same time I contacted someone I knew who worked at Guitar Center, and asked him when was the best time to buy the acoustic …

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