Reid Murray


Reid Murray on SoundBetter

I'm a songwriter and musician from northern California. I release songs of my own and collaborate with others where I get to engineer and produce. I work on instrumentals on the side for sync licensing and I love the whole process of writing and producing. I can help you with a part that your song needs or help you with a solid track or song!

Services here include recording instrument tracks, instrumentals, and beats. Getting experience mastering as well.

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Interview with Reid Murray

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I made an instrumental track for a potential client. I'm especially proud of the guitar tones I produced because they are what I was going for & are on that line of sounding both like a synth & guitars. My role was to write & produce an instrumental song in a particular style.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: I'm working on a song of my own that I will put out as Tango, called "Brown Eyes," & another song progression.

  5. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  6. A: To deliver a piece of work that they will truly feel good about.

  7. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  8. A: The sculpting of sound; hearing a song take on true form from the original idea.

  9. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  10. A: "Can you create a track that's like this artist or that artist?"

  11. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  12. A: What are you aiming to accomplish in the end? Is this a demo or will this be a single? Do you have a vision in mind that you can communicate to me to keep in mind while I work on this project? Do you have any specific production notes or sounds that must be translated into the finished work?

  13. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  14. A: If you feel that you can't do the job yourself or are looking to branch out, consider collaboration to experience its benefits.

  15. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  16. A: Rock/Indie/Alternative/Instrumentals

  17. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  18. A: I would say my strongest skill is my ability to write & record a multi-tracked song.

  19. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  20. A: I bring a groove to a song. Whether it's an interlocking guitar lead or a funky bass line. Then I bring quality production to a song.

  21. Q: What's your typical work process?

  22. A: I hit the studio when I know that I'm on to something with a melody or when I have pieced together verse/chorus ideas. Sometimes I let things marinate, then I refine & add or try parts that work in the song to see what best melds. The process depends on what the initial idea is.

  23. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  24. A: I have a burgeoning studio setup that currently houses an analog Fostex 450 16 channel mixer, a Focusrite Scarlett audio interface, & Yamaha HS studio monitors. Microphones: Heil PR 30B dynamic supercardioid AKG P420 condenser Heil Handi mic Pro Plus Instruments: Fender made in Japan Mahogany Offset Telecaster Fender Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster "Mary Kaye" blonde Fender Squier 2001 P-Bass Affinity series Yamaha DX7 synthesizer Blackstar Club HT Club 40 tube amplifier Electro-Harmonix Platform Stereo Compressor pedal Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Electric Mistress Analog Flanger pedal Electro-Harmonix Micro Synthesizer Analog Guitar Microsynth pedal Tama Granstar drum set (made in Japan) Paiste cymbals: 15" Giant Beat hi-hats 24" Giant Beat ride 20" 2002 crash Ludwig Acrolite snare

  25. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  26. A: Not that I know of yet.

  27. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  28. A: Analog because of the sound & way it makes us perform differently during recording. It will make you commit more when playing or developing an idea. But...I use digital more often.

  29. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  30. A: Perhaps some people don't realize how much one artist does for any given song they put out; aside from writing the song to start with.

  31. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  32. A: My guitar, bass, 4 track cassette recorder, mic, & drums!

  33. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  34. A: I attended SFSU in 2007-2008 for their music recording industry program. I wasn't taken by music production at the time, so I instead focused on drumming & played in an Oakland, Ca. based grunge band for about 8 years. I've been developing my skills for 15 years now.

  35. Q: How would you describe your style?

  36. A: Groovy, catchy, indie, rock..

  37. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  38. A: Julian Casablancas because I admire the songs he's written & his attention to detail in production.

  39. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  40. A: Don't over think it to the point where the original spark is lost.

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: Julian Casablancas, Dr. Dre, Prince, David Bowie, MF Doom, Tame Impala, the Arctic Monkeys, Tom Petty

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: Instrumental session work, mixing, beats.


Terms Of Service

I work with projects as best as I can
to realize what someone is after with their mix or vibe.
Turn around time based on an agreement we come to for a particular

GenresSounds Like
  • The Strokes
  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • Ratatat
Gear Highlights
  • Universal Audio Apollo x4
  • Marshall Silver Jubilee 2525H w/ 2x12 cab
  • Fender American Professional II Stratocaster
  • Fender Offset Telecaster
  • Behringer Poly D analog synth
  • Yamaha DX7
  • Shure SM7 B
  • Tama Granstar drums
  • Paiste cymbals
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SoundBetter Deal

I can record tracks for a song at a flat rate, not based on individually priced instruments.