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Blue Öyster Cult “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” Isolated Rhythm And Backing Vocal Tracks

Dont Fear The Reaper on Bobby Owsinski's Production Blog

I bet you’ve heard Blue Oyster Cult’s “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” at least a thousand times already, as it’s been an FM radio and film staple since it was released in 1976. I bet even after all those listenings you never heard the clavinet in the song, or noticed the guiro. And I bet you didn’t hear […]

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This Mashup Between RATT And Marvin Gaye Shouldn’t Be This Good

Marvin Gaye RATT mashup

Things like this aren’t supposed to happen. With all due respect, Marvin Gaye and RATT aren’t exactly in the same league, but sometimes there’s an unexpected synergy that happens that just defies every expectation. That’s what happens in this mashup between RATT’s hit “Round and Round” background track and Marvin Gaye’s “Heard It Through The […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Mastering The Mix Expose Mix Quality Control App

Mastering The Mix Expose

As I’ve written before, there’s no need to do specific mixes for streaming services like Spotify, since most labels and aggregators like TuneCore will submit a 44.1kHz/16 bit file anyway. Plus, the streaming services do their own encoding and normalization, so there’s no benefit in doing it yourself. That said, it’s always good to know what […]

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Yes, It’s Easy To Build Your Own Condenser Microphone

Build condenser microphone

We’re in a golden age of audio gear kits, with more manufacturers than ever offering DIY kits to build high-quality gear. Need a preamp, EQ or compressor? If you can wield a soldering iron, there are many kits to choose from. Need a condenser or ribbon microphone? There are multiple kits available there as well. […]

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A Bernard Purdie Ghost Note Lesson

Bernard Purdie ghost notes

 One of the greatest drummers ever is Bernard Purdie thanks to his unique “Purdie Shuffle” and the countless hits he’s played on with James Brown (“Get On The Good Foot”), Aretha Franklin (“Rock Steady”), Steely Dan (“Babylon Sisters” and “Home At Last”), Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and so many others. Bernard’s trademark is the ghost […]

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New Music Gear Monday: PSP Nexcellence Necklace-Style Reverb Plugin

PSP Nexcellence

We’re all familiar with the sound of spring reverbs, but most of the plugins available are based on units with taught springs like the ones found in Fender reverb tanks or the old AKG BX-10 and 20. There was another type of spring reverb though, known as a necklace reverb, found mostly in Hammond organs […]

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Overdub: A Story About Session Musicians

Overdub - Kenny Aronoff

Session musicians don’t get enough credit for the work they do, and the fact of the matter is that many great sessions players don’t work as much as they used to these days thanks to technology. That said, sometimes a real session player’s overdub can really make a song groove in a way that a […]

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Listen To The Sound Of A Neutron Star

neutron star

It’s funny how life presents unusual opportunities that can sometimes lead us down a path that becomes our life’s work, yet we never had an inkling about it previously. That’s what happened to Mark Ballora. During the first year of his PhD, he was asked to turn heart rate data into audio, and he’s been turning […]

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