Any app that can remove the vocals frm an audio file?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by coolquasar, May 24, 2009.

  1. coolquasar macrumors member

    Aug 9, 2008
    Hi ppl,

    As the topic says, am in need of an app that can remove the vocals frm an audio file like mp3 or wav???

    or any app that can help in karaoke....

    any suggestions on either would be helpful:apple:
  2. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

    Jethryn Freyman

    Aug 9, 2007
    Sound Studio can filter out certain frequencies.
  3. MacRUK macrumors newbie

    May 18, 2009
    Equalise out the middle frequencies
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    You can't do it properly unless it's a MIDI file. You're never going to be able to maintain the quality of the background while removing the voice. Just buy karaoke tracks.
  5. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    You can't do it properly unless you have separate audio and vocal tracks. There are complex programs that can try to do it, but the result tends to sound very strange since vocal and instrument use a lot of the same frequencies.
  6. SFXsource macrumors newbie


    Mar 5, 2009
    Right, the vocal frequencies are embedded throughout much of the audio file. Once that's done, you can't remove it completely without removing tons of the rest of the audio. Think of a .wav file or .mp3 as a concrete form. You can paint it a different color (add reverb or some other effect) but you can't change its basic structure.

    You need someone to recreate the track for you from scratch or, as another poster mentioned, find a midi file and delete the vocal melody in the midi file. good luck!
  7. coolquasar thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 9, 2008
    Thanx a lot ppl for ur suggestions...yes i knew that removing vocals frm a sound file is a trivial task, still i wanted to know the best practices employed by u guys.... anyways, i will try the suggestions, hope things come out well!!!! :apple:
  8. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    it is NOT a trivial task.
  9. pkoch1 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 3, 2007
    There are some other ways with phase cancellation but this only works if the vocals are only in the center. You can flip the phase of the L or R channel, and sum to mono, canceling out anything that is only in the center channel.

    This will also usually get rid of kick drum, snare, bass, and anything else in the center, so don't expect the song to sound fine afterwards, but it is a more effective way than trying to use EQ to filter out vocals.

    EVERY instrument has information in the frequency range of vocals, so be careful with EQ. You will never get rid of all the vocals, and just end up ruining every other instrument ;)

    Good luck!

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