Deconstructing The Beatles
There are several ways to listen to a stereo recording using the
OOPS technique. Some are safer to your equipment than others. If
you're thinking about doing any of these hookups, please read this
Method #1: Connect Outputs
You can use your existing stereo system to listen to a stereo
recording using OOPS without purchasing any new equipment. To do so,
you need to make a special physical speaker hook-up.
have gotten one report from a user
who said following the below procedure permanently damaged his
amplifier. Although I cannot guarantee your system will suffer
no damage when doing this, I have never personally had such a
problem doing this physical hookup on many different systems. If
you're at all in doubt about trying this, please try the
safer Method #2 listed below.
Using one speaker, hook up one speaker lead to the positive
(+) connection of the left channel, and hook up the other
speaker lead to the positive (+) connection of the right
Now, put on your stereo recording. Use the BALANCE control
of your stereo amplifier to adjust the signals so that they
cancel out the most of the common sounds and you hear the most OOPSed
Using the above hookup, a third speaker can be used in
conjunction with your standard two speakers still connected in
the normal manner to create "surround-sound" for your
home stereo, without having to buy any other equipment.
Alternate Method #1: Headphones
You can do the same physical hookup as above but using your
headphones instead of your speakers. To do so, you need to
disconnect the "SLEEVE" portion of the stereo headphone plug.
(This is the connection closest to the handle of the plug.)
A good way to accomplish this without permanently destroying
your headphones is to make (or modify) a headphone extension
cable that is missing the sleeve connection. Another easy way to do
this is by covering the sleeve portion of the plug with scotch
tape. Please note this is as potentially dangerous as the speaker
hookup described above.
Method #2: Process a Computer Sound File
This requires the use of a computer that can record and
play back sounds, and associated software that can manipulate these
First, record all or part of the stereo recording you want to hear
in OOPS on your computer in stereo, and save it as a file.
Next, use your sound editing software to read the file. The first
thing you need to do is select one channel only, so that the next change
will be made to one channel and not the other. Then select the "editing"
or "special effects" option known as "invert", and invert the selected
Next, reselect both channels, and use the function in your software
to pan both channels into one, making it into one mono signal. Since
one of the channels was inverted before you did this, when you listen
back to this mono signal, you'll now hear the track with the OOPS effect!
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