Is it possible to extract vocals from a song?

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Jono-60
KVRian
652 posts since 19 Nov, 2006

Post Mon Nov 21, 2011 11:57 am

When I say extract vocals, I don't mean remove them. I want the vocals without the background music.

I've tried searching for acapella samples but can't find it.

EdC
KVRist
117 posts since 20 Nov, 2011 from Mao, Balears

Post Tue Nov 22, 2011 9:34 am

I don't know if there is a software or plugin that do this but in a complete stereo mix the only things you can do is to play with filters and phase.
The best method is to find an instrumental version of your song (it must be exactly the same song, same mix and same mastering..) and sum it to the song with vocals but phase reversed; this method should give you the best results.
Otherwise you could play with your L and R channels but I don't know how much technical I can go.. I try giving you an extreme example to understand: if you take a classic rock song you have vocals in center and guitars panned completely to sides; if you reverse the phase of one channel you'll erase the voice (the mono component of your mix). To obtain the opposite (keep vocals) you should create a MS setup (you need a mixer with busses or a good DAW); in this way you can separate mono and stereo components from your song. In our example if you mute the S element of your mix (side) you cancel out guitars and keep vocals. If there are other instruments in the center of your song (bass, bass drum and alike) you can filter them with hipass EQs and sidechain compressors
If the song is mono or has a lot of things in the center there is a little you can do..

EdC
KVRist
117 posts since 20 Nov, 2011 from Mao, Balears

Post Tue Nov 22, 2011 9:40 am

PS: you can find a lot of documentation on MS recording in the net. It's used basically as a stereo mic recording setup but the decoding process can be used to separate part of your mix based on space rather than frequencies.

MA-Simon
KVRist
424 posts since 3 Apr, 2009 from Germany

Post Tue Nov 22, 2011 10:18 am

If you are after acapella samples you should also check out this: http://www.soundprovocation.com/creative-tools.html
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thecontrolcentre
KVRAF
23185 posts since 27 Jul, 2005 from the wilds of wanny

Post Tue Nov 22, 2011 10:37 am

Have a look at MashTactic ...
http://www.quikquak.com/Prod_MashTactic.html

DrApostropheX
KVRAF
1971 posts since 8 Feb, 2003 from Nearish Detroit, MI

Post Tue Nov 22, 2011 11:06 am

Melodyne can be used to extract and isolate vocals, but it's not something you do quickly:

http://www.celemony.com/cms/index.php?i ... el.php#top

And then click on the "De- and Re-mixing a Vocal Phrase" tutorial.

lingyai
KVRAF
2130 posts since 27 Jan, 2011

Post Tue Nov 22, 2011 3:05 pm

thecontrolcentre wrote:Have a look at MashTactic ...
http://www.quikquak.com/Prod_MashTactic.html
+1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tDj_Van ... uNbgY-4qFK

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osiris
KVRAF
7136 posts since 20 Nov, 2003 from Lost and Spaced

Post Wed Nov 23, 2011 3:24 pm

There is, but it's hit and miss and VERY hard. What you end up with is a highly filtered vocal that sounds like a radio signal from Mars played through a drainpipe.

lingyai
KVRAF
2130 posts since 27 Jan, 2011

Post Wed Nov 23, 2011 3:32 pm

osiris wrote:There is, but it's hit and miss and VERY hard. What you end up with is a highly filtered vocal that sounds like a radio signal from Mars played through a drainpipe.
:lol:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tDj_Van ... uNbgY-4qFK

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EdC
KVRist
117 posts since 20 Nov, 2011 from Mao, Balears

Post Wed Nov 23, 2011 5:05 pm

osiris wrote:....played through a drainpipe.
of this kind:

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osiris
KVRAF
7136 posts since 20 Nov, 2003 from Lost and Spaced

Post Thu Nov 24, 2011 3:57 am

Oh my. That has to be Barcelona. God, I loved Barcelona.

EdC
KVRist
117 posts since 20 Nov, 2011 from Mao, Balears

Post Thu Nov 24, 2011 4:22 am

This is Dresden, Germany. Agreed on Barcellona :)

sorry for the little OT

Doug1978
KVRAF
1986 posts since 19 Jun, 2011 from a world of Black Thunder chocs

Post Thu Nov 24, 2011 4:26 am

Jono-60 wrote:When I say extract vocals, I don't mean remove them. I want the vocals without the background music.

I've tried searching for acapella samples but can't find it.
Not yet (as least not to any great, clean degree). Give it a few years though and I think someone like Celemony etc might nail it perfectly.
It's pretty much the holy grail.

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risome
KVRAF
1979 posts since 30 Oct, 2006 from Australia, NSW

Post Thu Nov 24, 2011 4:28 am

No
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Krakatau
KVRAF
5456 posts since 25 May, 2002 from Bobo-dioulasso\BF__Geneva/CH

Post Thu Nov 24, 2011 5:24 am

Sonicwork isolate, though it is very expensive and still far from perfect IMO, IS anyway clearly designed for sound extraction :

http://www.sonicworx.com/sonicWORX/About.html

some sound examples :

http://soundcloud.com/user7421656

...but mac only i'm afraid

:(

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