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*Take Vocals out keep background music??*

Discussion in 'Audio' started by xxnonamex, Mar 21, 2005.

  1. xxnonamex

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    I was wondering if there was a program to take out vocals not all of them in a song and just play the background music? Is this possible??
     
  2. xout

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    I have been looking for the same thing. Wanting to take vocals out of my mp3's to use for background music for my old 8mm home movies. Does anyone have any ideas about a program that would do this?
     
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    Im sure there is but couldn't you just download the instrumental of the track you need?
     
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    Where would you find that?
     
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    any p2p site or torrent site.

    The best person I know that would help you would be -djscoop- let me PM him and see if he can help you.

    Sit tight.
     
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    hey guys. well its not impossible, but its also not that easy. With expensive software you can get good results. There are plugins I have with my Pro Tools system that can do it. But for you I'd suggest downloading a free audio editor like audacity or krystal. they should have equalizers, and you can manually take down certain mid-range frequencies to reduce the vocals. probably around the 400 Hz to 2000 Hz range.

    There also may be actual programs designed to remove vocals, but I've never heard of one. Try googling "vocal remover". Let me know if you find anything. good luck
     
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    Can you name some of the expensive software? Bit torrents and p2p have resulted in very little content.
     
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    I am no expert by any means, but I used to do some session drumming when I was younger and visited a few studios and also we used to use an old 8 track analog portable recording studio. Now I use software to write a few tunes now and again. But to the point. When a band records a song, all (or most of the time)the instruments(including vocals) are recorded on separate tracks.After each band member has done their bit, all the tracks are then mixed together and finally mastered.They couldn't release the premastered version cause standard cd players could not read the premaster.Its a bit more complicated but basically that is the jist of it. Best go for karaoke skip the video and keep the audio, cause if you mess with the eq's then depending on what you are listening to, you could loose out more than the karaoke choice.
    P.S. we all no that not all karaoke tracks are any good, but some aren't to bad, so search around.
     
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    the software I use you will not be able to find on p2p networks and bit torrents. I use/teach a program called Pro Tools, made by Digidesign (part of Avid). It is a multi-track recording/editing system. It is the number one choice for recording in all entertainment fields, including music recording as well as post-production editing for TV/film. Pro Tools uses proprietary hardware, so even if you got the program it wouldn't work without the external equipment. Pro Tools itself isn't that expensive, you can get an MBOX with Pro Tools for under $500. But the plugins, which would allow you to reduce vocals, among many many many other things are whats expensive. I have three WAVES bundles, costing close to $20,000.
     
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    I dont think even 200,000 grands worth of software will completely remove tracks from a mastered song.You would need the master copy itself to remove separate tracks and then you would need specialist equipment to run the master copy.I know what you are saying about minimising certain frequencys(and as you know there are loads of instruments that could be playing at the same freq from time to time), but really depending on what you are listening to the results could be disastrous.And any way with most pathetic vocalists there are most definently more than one track designated to their effort.So to completely remove vocals would prove impossible, it is impossible anyway, but you can do your best to minimise the vocals thats all. I can remember adding that much to a song that we had to ping pong the old 8track to 20 tracks and then we tried to convince ourselves that the sound quality wasn't,too bad, and boy did we mess around with the eq's after that or what!!
    Another good contender in the software for recording is sonar producer, and of course steinberg is a professional choice and used by many studios and in live gigs.
     
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    correct, there is no way to completely remove it, but equalizing is the easiest way to reduce it. But as you said, it will drastically reduce the quality of the other instruments.

    Cakewalk and Cubase are okay, but they don't compare as far as flexibility, performance, and reliability as Pro Tools. Created in 1990 (maybe 91, can't remember) its the first ever digital audio system. There are some good contenders, but Pro Tools is still on top.
     
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    Well I have downloaded and tried 5 or 6 different programs and all sound pretty bad. Looks like I'm gonna have vocals in my background music !!! Thanks for the replies anyway.
     
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    yeah unfortunately thats the way it works when everything is mixed down to two tracks. like GeeStar suggested, if its a popular song chances are there's an instrumental version of it out there
     
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    there is a programme called DART karaoke studio that greatly reduces the vocals but not completely
     

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