Archive for The Beatles

The Word (Rhythm Track)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on June 1, 2013 by The Buddha Rats

A fine example of how just how kick ass Ringo and Paul were. This track rocks AND it swings!

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Beatles and Beats Per Minute

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 16, 2011 by The Buddha Rats

A few years ago I was importing various Beatles songs into Acid Pro to find out what tempo range The Lads liked to work in (as a drummer, I’m interested in details like this). I  had the beat-mapper function work it all out. I don’t know if Acid was dead on accurate, but I think it provided a good ballpark figure for each song listed.

In any case here is the BPM information for 32 of their finest songs:

  1. Taxman 135.109
  2. The Word 121.545
  3. Getting Better 115.038
  4. Lovely Rita 92.158
  5. Dear Prudence 74.367
  6. Glass Onion 119.966
  7. Blackbird 93.750
  8. Birthday 138.899
  9. Mother Nature’s Son 84.930
  10. Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey 118.584
  11. Sexy Sadie 78.790
  12. Savoy Truffle 121.315
  13. Cry Baby Cry 77.400
  14. Real Love 86.754
  15. Strawberry Fields 100
  16. Sgt. Pepper 90.928
  17. WLHFMF 105.914
  18. Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds 112.942
  19. A Day in a Life 75.146
  20. All You Need is Love 93.896
  21. I Am the Walrus 84.043
  22. Hello Goodbye 96.775
  23. Fool On the Hill 68.805
  24. Lady Madonna 108.731
  25. Hey Jude 72.482
  26. Revolution 120.056
  27. While My Guitar Gently Weeps 114.244
  28. Across the Universe 75.477
  29. Here Comes The Sun 127.961
  30. Free as a Bird 72.870
  31. Rain 113.317 or 115.922
  32. She Said 102.483

Alternate Revolver

Posted in Commentary with tags , , on July 25, 2010 by The Buddha Rats

I found this listed on some website years ago that the original running order for The Beatles Revolver was the following:

Side One

  1. Good Day Sunshine
  2. And Your Bird Can Sing
  3. Doctor Robert
  4. I Want to Tell You
  5. Taxman
  6. I’m Only Sleeping
  7. Yellow Submarine.
Side Two
  1. Eleanor Rigby
  2. Here There and Everywhere
  3. She Said She Said
  4. For No One
  5. Love You To
  6. Got to Get You Into My Life
  7. Tomorrow Never Knows

Happy listening.

Mark Cunningham’s Sgt. Pepper

Posted in Commentary with tags , , on June 27, 2010 by The Buddha Rats

I hadn’t planned on writing about this (don’t even know why) but I happened upon the Sound on Sound article that talked about Mark Cunningham’s 1987 Pepper remake. I was interested in hearing what his re-recording of this Fab4 masterpiece sounded like. I had also lucked into Mark’s email, and decided to say hello.

I was  surprised to get a reply from Mark with several of the tracks attached (sorry, but I won’t be making them available on this blog). Although the mp3’s were created from cassette transfers, the  music sounded great! Everything had that signature Beatle vibe.

After a few more emails, Mark  graciously sent me a recording he did of Lennon’s Love from the Plastic Ono album. He recorded it with the intent of arranging it, and playing it as The Beatles might have had they produced one more album after Abbey Road. It sounded really cool (he’s a bad-ass guitar player), and maybe one day Mark will make this available to the public.

Thanks again, Mark, for letting me listen to these tracks.

Recording Vocals

Posted in VST Instruments and EQ's with tags , , , , on December 25, 2009 by The Buddha Rats

ADT, or Automated Double Tracking

The Beatles laid down some great vocal performances. They were well sung & well recorded. They had a certain fullness to them, and that’s because they were (for the most part) Double Tracked. Initially, they recorded a second vocal track to go along with the lead track. Later in their career, Lennon wanted to shorten the process.

Ken Townshend, a recording engineer at Abbey Road, came up with Automatic Double Tracking (ADT)  in 1966. ADT involves making a copy of the original vocal pass on another tape recorder (the second track’s playback speed is altered to create the effect). Both recordings are then blended and mixed back into the final recording to fatten up the sound.

Up until last year 2008 home-based musicians were forced to create the effect using digital delay, and manually time/pitch shifting a second vocal track. Thanks to the fine programming efforts of Vacuumsound you can get your vocals sounding great in no time at all. Here’s what they say about their own plug:

The ADT Plug-In takes a mono input signal and creates a stereo output. The original input signal will be output on one channel, the new ADT signal on the other. Blending the two is also possible. The Plug-In allows to control the delay time (10 – 50ms), Wow and Flutter (both with intensity in % and frequency). All values are based on the technical data of the tape machines that was originally used to create this effect.

The GUI is nothing fancy, but everything works as it should, and the results are fantastic. The ADT plug also sounds great on electric guitars.

I found a post yesterday by another musician-blogger curious about The Beatles’ use of ADT.  He  imported the songs into Pro Tools,  to find out the ADT delay setting the F4 used (on Revolver). It turns out the number is approximately 29.4ms.

Anyway, this ADT plug by Vacuumsound will help you get close to creating a nice natural sounding doubled vocal track. The end result isn’t as phasey as Waves “Doubler” program, and unlike Doubler, ADT is FREE, and you can download it here.

Enjoy.

I was curious about the Beatles use of ADT (automatic double tracking) on Revolver.
Lennon loved it as it meant he no longer had to sing twice to have the double tracked sound.
On many songs, the original vocal and ADT’d vocal are mixed together “like “Taxman”.
But on some songs, like “And Your Bird Can Sing”, and “Dr. Robert”, they are panned hard left and hard right.
So I imported the songs into Pro Tools, and set upon finding out the amount of delay by running a ddl on one side.
It turns out the number is approximately 29.4ms. I can’t say exactly.
I did try to phase reverse one side and get it to cancel, but it wouldn’t.
Probably because they don’t sound exactly the same, as one has another tape generation on it.
Anyway, if you ever wondered how much delay ADT produced, now you know.

The vocal on the right side is the original, btw.