Removing Vocals

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by kildraik, May 14, 2006.

  1. kildraik macrumors 6502a

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    Does anybody know of any programs available that can effectively remove vocals from a song?
     
  2. .Andy macrumors 68030

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  3. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Welcome to Mac Rumors.
    Your first lesson is: Search the forums, we have covered this numerous times

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=177437&highlight=Remove+Vocals
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=128829&highlight=Remove+Vocals
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=49033&highlight=Remove+Vocals
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=68832&highlight=Remove+Vocals
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=54535&highlight=Remove+Vocals

    The short answer: There are some programs and plugins that will do combinations of centre cancelling and frequency cutting, which kinda works on some types of material, but none will do a 100% job.
     
  4. c-Row macrumors 65816

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    Easy. Just like extracting the egg from a cake. :p

    Cool Edit Pro (now Adobe Audition) had an option called "Vocal Cut" which pretty much did what is written on the can. However, results will vary depending on your source material and how it's mixed.
     
  5. scottlinux macrumors 6502a

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    The 'song' product we have on the CD is a mixed down version of perhaps 20-30 channels into a stereo (2-channel) mix. You cannot remove an individual vocals. It's sort of like asking can I remove the hi-hat cymbal from a finished song?

    There are some EQ filters that can take out the frequencies of the human voice. I think this is what Cool Edit does. But you loose other parts of the song with that as well.

    You can find karaoke versions of songs out there which are mixed from the record label without vocals. Try to find those, perhaps?
     
  6. c-Row macrumors 65816

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    No, Cool Edit uses channel invert and mixes different channels over each other, thereby eliminating all sounds that are shared between both stereo channels. Well, it's a bit more complex of course. This approach works best with old tracks were the vocals were in the center while the music was mixed to the "outer" channels.
     
  7. beatsme macrumors 65816

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    not that anyone asked me...

    Karaoke CD's are prolly the best bet...
     

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