New Ableton Live Book

I’ve been hard at work at the new edition of Ableton Live Power! since the day I could get my grubby little hands on a beta version of Live. It’s finally available for preorder, and I’m thrilled that it’s been the #1 new release in two categories on Amazon since it got listed. I’m really […]

New Tiny Machines Album

2017 was a great year for Tiny Machines. We escaped the big city to focus on making an album, and by gum we did it. We were able to really take our time, sometimes demoing a song two or three times before deciding how to produce it. The album explores many different influences, but still […]

LP Grit Filter

A simple audio effect rack for use with the updated Live 9.5 Auto Filter. Because the new filter models offer overdrive and a lot of character, I’ve wrapped up a couple of features I commonly need: Increasing the filter drive is automatically volume compensated so you can add grit without changing level A Balance control blends in a […]

Vermin Street Five Year Anniversary!

  I’ve got a track on the new Vermin Street Five Year Anniversary compilation – a collaboration with the illustrious Zander. Check it out! Available at Addictech NOW. — Over the past 5 years, Vermin Street has been cutting at the bleeding edge of electronic music. It was the first label to release a wealth of […]

BUILDING THE MIX ROOM: SUMMING

Welcome back! This article offers a little background on what analog summing is all about, for those new to the concept, and explains a bit about the decisions I made when setting up the new mixing studio. I went into this project not at all sure if I would buy a summing mixer. My initial […]

BUILDING THE MIX ROOM: MONITORS AND CONVERSION

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 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?

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

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 […]