Tutorial: Working with .MOGG files | Extracting

Extracting the Stems from an .mogg file for use in a DAW.

I have been pointed to an enormous caché of .mogg files of classic tunes. What is that? Why should I care?

Well, the short of it is that an .mogg file of, let’s say, King of Rock by Run DMC has all the original stem recordings ( multi tracked recordings ) encased inside it. Like a tasty little Cadbury Egg filled with pristine recordings of classic music!

This tutorial is going to walk you through getting to that creamy filling. I know that Ableton supports .ogg files, but unfortunately doesn’t support these .mogg files. Which I believe is the case for music professional DAWs, but I could be mistaken. Luckily for us, however, the free audio platform Audacity does. Go download & install Audacity so we can get started.

What you need:

Once you have downloaded that file, installed and opened Audacity we can begin.

Open the mogg file. It will take a second to extract all the stems. Now you can do a few things now or later in your DAW. If you want to label everything that might be useful. Also, some tracks, excluding bass and kicks usually, there are going to be what looks like doubles. Those are not doubles. They are left and right mono recordings that are centered at the moment. You need to pan one full left and one full right in order to get the actual intended audio.

After you have done that go to “export all” in the file menu. You can now export each stem individually as a new format. I use WAV, but you can use whatever you like!

Make sure to subscribe to the blog, because as I find them I will be posting links to MOGG files..

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Author: Joshua Casper

Joshua Casper is an Artist, Musician, and Blogger.

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