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Removing vocals from mp3's

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by Fontaine, Jan 5, 2007.

  1. Fontaine


    Apr 27, 2006
    my class is looking for a way to use a program to take words out of a song and you are left with only the instruments, we need this for my graduation lol, and when they search for it on music d/lin sites er w/e they always get a bad one lol. are there any programs to do this?

    thank you in advance.
  2. SpankyPants

    SpankyPants That's Mr. SpankyPants to you.

    Aug 24, 2006
    Brooklyn, NY
    Remember that if you're trying to remove the vocals from a regular mp3, the only thing you can really do is set the EQ so that the vocal freq's aren't so apparent... Which will often not yield the best "instrumental" quality in a song.

    I've heard of a program, however, in which you type the lyrics, and it removes them. Don't know what it is or how it works (assuming it's more than just EQing).
  3. It sounds like science fiction.
  4. nad

    nad 60 Cycle Humdinger Commercial User

    Sep 22, 2005
    Not Mars
    The Overlord of Nordstrand Pickups
    I remember having those old karoake boomboxes that remove the vocals (I always assumed) by putting a gap in the frequency range.

    Anyhow, the only thing I remember about it was that Axl Rose got shifted to the right speaker, but wasn't completely eliminated.
  5. Fontaine


    Apr 27, 2006
    anyone actually know of a program? lol
  6. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Well, this isn't a guitar or bass effect, so off to recordings. it goes (I think)
  7. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004

    This works if the vocals are equal in both left and right channels. i.e. Panned to the center. Anything else panned to the center will get nulled out also. If it's stronger in one channel and not the other there will be some leak through, or you can try adjusting the strong channel down.
  8. Basshole

    Basshole Banned

    Jan 28, 2005
    The commerically available "vocal eliminators" work by cancelling anything that is panned center, like the vocals (equally in both channels) and the bass typically are. The bass is largely spared this fate, however, as it is bled off and side-chained via a low pass EQ, set below the threshold of the human voice.

    I'm certain that someone makes a plug-in or a program that can do this in the computer domain - it stands to reason that it's easier to do digitally than in analog.
  9. xparis001

    xparis001 Supporting Member

    Jun 10, 2003
    Providence, RI
    Senior Product Manager, Akai Professional
    Alesis makes a cheap 1/3 rack unit called the vocal zapper that supposedly does this.

    I've heard from industry people that MP3s are notoriously bad for trying to get vocal content out of. I'm not sure why. I wonder if mp3's stereo image is somehow different than the source file...
  10. Petebass


    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
    Have you tried hunting around for the "instrumental" or "Karaoke" version of the song you're after?
  11. Johnny Crab

    Johnny Crab ACME,QSC,Fame/Hondo/Greco/HELIX user & BOSE Abuser Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2004
    South Texas
    Goldwave will reduce them but not eliminate them using the tool Filter > Bandpass/Bandstop:


    Does other cool thing like shift pitch of those songs "they play in a different key" and then "Time Warps" them back to correct tempo....etc.
  12. RBasss


    Dec 13, 2006
    Richmond, VA
    East Coast Sales Coordinator - Crafter Guitars
    At the end of the day you are still trying to take eggs out of a cake. Something else in the frequency range of the vocals will be removed with them. I've heard the Alesis unit and many, many plug-ins that claim they can remove vocals and they all have sounded like garbage to me.

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