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SILVER Member since Jul 2004


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Posted:Hey everyone, was wondering if anyone knows of any good programs that can completely erase the vocals of a song? I need to have backing music for a singing performance I'm doing in a few weeks time.

I am also running out of room on this computer so the program can't be too big....unless someone wants to volunteer for me? ubblove

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Posted:essentially, its near impossible to completely erase vocals, if it's possible at all..

however, vocals can be turned down using an EQ (possibly several repeated EQ's).. these can be found in most audio editing programs.. im not sure of the names of any small sized ones, but searching may help smile

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Posted:You can't.... you can try but it doesn't work as well as you'd like it to!

There are longer explanations but I've never heard it done that didn't sound terrible.

It really does depend on the source audio though, you'd be much better off trying to source an instrumental version of the song in question.

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Posted:Yea as firepig says, an instrumental version would be best. If you can't find one though, no stress. If the singer doesn't vary their voice much, most likely the voice will be restrained to a limited frequency range and you can chop that out fairly easily. Winamp has a inbuilt equaliser, just play around with that until you can't hear the voice as well (might make the rest of the song sound not as good, but it does work in some situations).


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Posted:You could always be a bit cheeky and use the trial version of sony soundforge it's about the best wav editor there is.

otherwise there's audacity (free open source), or maybe even goldwave is still kicking about.

you could try a noise gate filter? (not a great way to do it) in those, or look for a specific vocal remover.

oh, there's always the analogX free util too :

but that is a directX audio filter, so you'd still need one of the aformentioned applications to use it.

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