Best software to remove lyrics from songs?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Fabrix2003, Nov 26, 2003.

  1. macrumors regular

    Nov 5, 2003
    Cheshire UK
    just wondering what is the best software to remove lyrics from songs..i have recently bought cubase SX. wondering if theres an easier application to remove lyrics from a song so u just keep the beat or other bits.
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 5, 2002
    The Great Midwest
    I have wanted to remove lyrics from songs for awhile now. What app is go for this Mac or PC? I heard that the beat doesn't have the punch of the original.
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 5, 2003
    Cheshire UK
    IM unsure heard that soundtrack can let you do it , thats for mac, but i got cubase sx which cost a bomb, and is also for pc too, but looks complicated, im not a fan of manuals. :)
  4. Moderator emeritus


    Jan 19, 2003
    London, England
    This cannot be successfully achieved without the original multi-track recordings, there was a machine that used a phase reverse matrix to "remove" the vocals, but it also removed chunks of the backing track, and generally sounded awful.

    You can't do it with a stereo track.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2002
    Los Angeles, California
    Anything that does partially remove vocals usually uses some kind of phase reversal as mentioned above. This will basically make the other backing instruments and rhythm sound completely different and probably pretty horrible. It will still be the same song, but it will sound much worse.

    If you want to try it out, this sometimes works. Invert the phase of either the left or right channel, it won't totally remove vocals, but it sometimes makes them soft enough to not notice, although it will affect all other instruments in the same frequency range.
  6. macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2002
    If You use Winamp on a PC You can download a vocal remover plugin at
  7. macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2003
    The 909
    I've tried the vocal remover plugin for WinAmp, and it never worked properly for me. Sometimes it gets the words out and sometimes it doesn't, but it also garbles the rest of the track more often than not.
  8. macrumors 601


    Mar 12, 2002
    BrisVegas, Australia
    i think there's a plug-in for Sound Forge (PC) that lets you suppress the vocal, or completely remove them.

    i haven't used it but i've seen it done. you can keep pretty much the original backing instruments, and it just lowers the volume on the vocals. it sounds okay.
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2003
    Adelaide, Australia
    Re: Best software to remove lyrics from songs?

    I've got Cubase SX, I didn't know it could do that, maybe I shoud explore it a little more.

    I should spend more time using these programs.

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