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Taking the vocals off an mp3 file?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by slick519, Apr 9, 2006.

  1. slick519


    Aug 11, 2001
    Salem, Or
    I have this funny rap type skit i want to do for a school play, and i want to export the background track (a.k.a. the phat beats) to rap over them.

    all i have is a regular .mp3 for the file, so is this even possible?

    any info would be greatly, greatly appreciated.

  2. barthanatos

    barthanatos Insert witty comment here

    Feb 8, 2006
    South Carolina
    I use XMMS to play mp3s on my computer and it has a plug-in labeled "Voice removal plug-in".
    This will reduce the vocals, but not completely remove them while perfectly maintaining other information in the song. It uses a sort of smart variable EQ or something (I'm guessing).

    Winamp is a very similar program, and probably has the same sort of feature on it (XMMS is for Linux/Unix systems).

  3. It removes parts of the audio where the left and right outputs balance, because apparently this indicates vocals.
  4. barthanatos

    barthanatos Insert witty comment here

    Feb 8, 2006
    South Carolina
    Aha. That is quite often the case, although that would probably remove a lot of bass too, since bass is often mixed to the center since it is kind of non-directional in nature. The filter really should be limited to the frequencies of human voice, so maybe that's not so much a problem.
  5. Sounds probable. You clearly know more about this than me :)

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