BUILDING THE MIX ROOM: MONITORS AND CONVERSION

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To build the first version of my mix studio, I knew the priority would have to be monitoring. This means great speakers, the best acoustics possible, and excellent A/D conversion. There were a few big questions at the outset, such as whether or not to do analog summing, and if the budget would allow for […]

BUILDING THE MIX ROOM, Pt. 2: DECISIONS

I bought a preamp!

I set out to write an article about the gear I selected for the mix room. It turns out that describing the thought process involved in putting together a mix rig is not only complicated, it also can get seriously boring. After collapsing face first into my laptop keyboard a few times while writing, I took a step back. While applying […]

Building The Mix Room, Pt. 1: WHY?

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For the last month or so, I’ve been busy putting together a studio dedicated to mixing. This has cost quite a bit of time spent researching, buying, and configuring gear, and more time spent building and installing acoustic treatments and figuring out ergonomics. And yeah, it cost a bunch of money too. I’m still not […]

Common Grace

Sometimes, a song springs forth fully formed, and all you have to do is grab an instrument, set up a microphone, and make history. Other times, a song springs forth fully formed, and the production process is a mind-boggling, iterative process of trial and error, creating and sifting through countless layers, tweaking the arrangement, eventually […]

SHOULD I MIX IN ABLETON LIVE? THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE GLITCHY

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A couple of years back, I stopped mixing in Live. This started as a workaround for performance problems I was encountering, but turned out to have a great creative benefit as well. People are sometimes surprised to hear that my studio life isn’t entirely Live-centric. Well, for a number of years it was. When Live 7 […]

Live 9 Power! LA Release Event – June 13

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It’s a fact: when you’re writing a book, you just don’t get out very much. That’s why I’m extra excited to leave the house and link up with the Los Angeles Ableton community to talk about making music, sign a few books, and have some free beer. Please come down and say hi! RSVP required. […]

Remixes of Govinda and Mr Jennings

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While plugging away on the next Hobotech and Tiny Machines releases, I took some time out to do remixes for Govinda and Mr. Jennings. Both tracks were a lot of fun to do. In each case, I decided not to worry about how they would fit into a particular dancefloor context and just made music! […]

USING PUSH TO STEP SEQUENCE BASSLINES AND LEADS

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After folks spend some time step sequencing drums with Push, they usually do a little chicken dancing and fist pumping. Once they get that out of their systems, however, a troubling question arises: “how do I do this with melodic parts?” The answer, strictly speaking, is: you can’t. However, the better answer is: with science!  […]

Welcome to Hobo Technologies!

Look out people, here it comes. Like a steam engine pulling cars full of circuit bent robots and their secret hobo masters, it’s racing towards you with news from the Large Hobo Collider, and the undiscovered novels of Utah Phillips K. Dick. Like a backwoods hoe-down emitting inexplicable bursts of light and invisible waves of […]

LISTEN TO THE STEREO STUFF

As I’ve mentioned in prior tips, the Utility device can be used to remove all of the mono information from a signal so you can hear the purely stereo information. Just set Width to 200%: Something I like to do is listen to my reference tracks at 200% just to get a sense of how […]