Award winning acclaimed singer/songwriter, producer, mixing engineer and multi instrumentalist based in Byron Bay, Australia
Hi my name is Ohad,
I've been a professional recording artist for the last 24 years.
I've been very fortunate to release my albums through major labels (Sony, EMI) and see them achieve top chart success around the world, but I am most grateful to all the amazing artists I have cooperated with along this musical journey.
My heart and passion is in creating new songs and exploring new sounds.
Coming from a pure artistic background I can help you translate your vision into reality whether you need assistance with songwriting, production, arrangements, instrument takes or mixing.
I specialise in a wide variety of genres including: Pop, Rock, Folk, World Music, Reggae, Children's music and Kirtan (mantra Music).
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
8 ReviewsEndorse Ohad Rein
Ohad is an incredible human who puts you at ease and intuitively holds the space for the creativity to emerge. He’s super skilful in drawing out the nuanced essence of a recording, then weaves his magic to produce and master an outstanding result. We were absolutely thrilled with the quality of the recording captured in his Bliss Ball Studio and I highly recommend any artist, at any stage of their musical journey, to work with Ohad. I have no doubt you will come away from the experience a better person, and be pleasantly surprised with what you can achieve in the hands of a real maestro
The word Magic comes to mind when I think of my experience working with Ohad. His open-mindedness, versatility and natural musical talent (he literally can pick up and play most instruments by ear) made it feel quite effortless to birth the project I had in mind. For me most important was to keep my unique dream always in the forefront and I always felt supported and recognised in this. On top of this the production along the path was always efficient and super impressive/professional. I highly recommend Ohad as a producer and a wonderful human.
Ohad is an attentive and inspired creative! He will always fully embrace and explore your ideas, along with adding magical ones of his own. I find him super generous and patient, and he's always incredibly mindful of capturing the specific, tone, feeling and mood that you have in your vision. As he is a musician himself, he understands the depths of a song beyond mixing something correctly, he values the essence, the message and the atmosphere which brings me much gratitude and satisfaction as he allows me to fulfil my creative intentions. Not to mention his highly perfected technical skills!
Ohad is an amazing, professional, talented treasure box of creativity. Working with him is fun and easy. I find him respectful and caring to both my music and to me as a musician - he lets my ideas blossom and takes the time to really understand my sound. He has a great ear and makes thoughtful & supportive suggestions that always take the track to the next level! His technical competence is brilliant. I love working with him and recommend him very highly!
So good having Ohad’s magic in mixing and mastering my songs in a framework of totally cruisyness and yet absolute professionalism.
He is a whizz and if I get blocked he can just pick up an instrument and throw in some random support.
These ideas obviously come from his many years of being a professional recording artist and having worked with so many different people in all aspects of the music industry.
All my songs where turned around in the same day. The mix and balance was amazing! Thanks Heaps Ohad
Ohad has been producing my music, over the last 18 months (trip hop/house /lounge) He is incredibly flexible, he grows and changes in relation to what is demanded. These skills are paramount for a producer who wants to stay cutting edge. He’s compassionate & kind which of course would be irrelevant unless, married with extreme skill & music knowledge. Ohad has dedicated his life to music he has a sensitive ear for all the nuances and great powers of concentration. He researches & is interested & incredibly intelligent. I love working with him & have always been very happy with the end result
I was looking for someone to record and produce a song as part of a surprise birthday present for my husband and I'm so glad I found Ohad! We were both a couple of singing amateurs but Ohad made us feel like we were Sonny and Cher! He was so encouraging and supportive and helped us co-create a beautiful song and experience.
Ohad is so passionate about what he does and that was infectious and inspiring. He worked his magic to produce and mix our song and turned things around very quickly. I'd definitely recommend Ohad - he's so experienced, creative, professional and all round epic guy!
Ohad is super-chilled in a very infectious way, whilst still being very professional. Turnarounds were really quick.
It was my first time to record so I really appreciated his humour & encouragement. I didn't have a fixed idea of what I wanted, more of a feeling, which he instinctively "got" straight away, and added to.
You can tell that he just really loves to create, and co-create, and is very present to that process.
Interview with Ohad Rein
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I'm an all rounder that helps what ever music dream you have to manifest. Primarily a songwriter I can help polish any loose ends in the writing process of the song itself. I can assist in producing and arranging pretty much any genre, and always drawn to create original and authentic new sounds. I can mix your track, and always do what is right for the specific song I'm working on. I can overdub guitars, bass, harmonium, santoor, keys, drums and pretty much what ever you song requires. I have a huge community of excellent session music I'm in touch with that can also do the job if needed. Mastering the tracks is also an option.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am greatly inspired by creative musicians and producers. the ones that are explorers and in constant search of creating music that moves you on a deeper level. I am a great fan of the Beatles and their engineering team namely: Geoff Emerick, Ken Scott and George Martin. Love anything that Jeff Lynne ever laid his hands on. And more relevant to our times love Nigel Godriche's productions and the more experimental approaches like the ones from Tame Impala's Kevin Parker.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a home studio setup. I work in a carefully treated room. The room is pretty small, rectangle shape and has a really good sound. I track most instruments and vocals in here and tend to take bigger recordings such as drums, strings or live band, to bigger studios nearby, or sometimes I'll outsource eg. get a drummer in his home studio setup to track drums and send the track over. My space is great for mixing and I prefer to do all my mixing here, as I know the sound really well. I work almost a 100% in the box except for some outboard preamps that I occasionally use. I rely mostly on Universal Audio hardware and plugins. I use really great mics to get best results like Neumann condensers, few ribbons and all the Shure dynamics. These days my go to DAW is Logic X but I also use Pro Tools. I monitor on Yamaha HS8 and a few other crappy speakers to get a better read of how stuff might sound out in the real world.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: First I listen. And during this process I intuitively start imagining what the song needs. this applies to songwriting, production or mixing. Having that initial vision is the most important stage then all the rest is just mostly technical steps. I like working fast!! I find the more time you spend on something you tend to squeeze the juice out of it. It's so important to keep the initial vibe and excitement going for the song. I'll also be a perfectionist about all the nitty gritty, but the essential core work is done rather quick.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring the total wisdom accumulated from decades of being involved in the music world (I hate referring to it as the music industry). Years of being a successful songwriter and performer help me perfect those songwriting skills and I find when people bounce off each other, that's when you get the best results. So it's always good to open up the creative process to people you trust and enjoy working with. The same approach applies to production and mixing. The wisdom I feel is the ability to do what is right for the song. That pure approach puts the focus on the music and not any of the background noise that can sometimes accompany...
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: flexibility and adaptability. knowing how to apply the right tools for the right situation.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work on a wide variety of music. Mainly my own projects Old Man River and Omkar Kirtan. One is an eclectic anthemic pop project with so many different genres and styles that it is almost impossible to pigeon hole. the other is a Mantra- World Music project that focuses on uplifting and healing spirits. but I work with a lot of clients some create electronic music some kids songs some are singer/songwriters it really varies.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Less is more... You don't have to try and cram too much information into a track. remembering that it ends of being funnelled out into 2 tracks only. Also be committed and daring. the curse of the modern technology is too much choice. In the past when people had 4 channels only and minimum choices they were able to create magic. So just believe in it and go go go!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Would be great to work with Geoff Lynne to peep over his shoulder and see how he gets that drum sound! Also would be great to work with Beck and Kanye West. I'm sure creativity would be spraying in all directions with those guys!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Warm, uplifting and Creative.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been in recording studios from the age of 14! so that's 26 years. The first time was when I recorded an amateurish single with my school band. I remember I instantly fell in love with the studio and felt at home. I resolved to keep coming back in anyways possible. In my early twenties I moved back to Australia after spending some time in NYC and India. I parachuted straight into the heart of the local pop-rock scene and was fortunate to release a few albums as an artist through major labels and work with some amazing musicians, producers and engineers. I later started taking on the production and engineering helm myself and been alternating hats between artist, producer and engineer. They all go hand in hand together honestly.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: oh boy assuming there was a power source there it would be: - Laptop - Apollo + all UAD plugins - Guitalele - U87 - Headphones
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Just shoot me a message and we can have a conversation. Nothing beats communicating directly. I'll listen to your dream and you can determine if I can assist you fulfilling it.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What stage is your song at? Is the writing complete? Have you started any production or recording for it? What are your references? what's the budget? What's the deadline?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Sometimes certain people might undervalue these services I'm providing them. If you forget to credit your producer/mixer/co-songwriter for the birth of your track, you're probably still caught in the infancy- self- absorbed stage and are not aware of how other people contribute to the process. It's OK I've been there too...you grow out of it.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Each to his own I find.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I LOVE my job. I love the feeling of helping to create beauty and art. Few other things in the world seem more meaningless than this.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: If I work with you, you will also be getting my full commitment and hearts attention. It's beyond a simple business transaction. That's why I don't like calling music a business or industry. Music comes from the soul's deepest expression. It is much much more than any mundane transaction.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog if you have the time and budget and a contact for a really good repairs and maintenance person. For me digital because of the smoother work flow, mobility and reliability. I work with both and honestly it's getting more challenging to spot the differences. Universal Audio for example do such an amazing job of emulating all the classic analog gear.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I'm a newbie to SoundBetter but am sure there are amazing talents offering their services. looking forward to know more of them.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am finalising a new Kirtan album for my Omakr Kirtan project. And I'm always mixing and producing for different clients.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I am currently working on a kids album with my friend and fellow songwriter Edo Kahn. It's filled with conscious songs about saving the environment and about self empowerment. The kids are involved in the writing and singing. It's a lot of fun and being a parent of two daughters myself I can see the importance of helping to create a safer future for the next generations.