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Hi all . I'm new to both this forum and to STEMS. I am using RipX to rip my stems and my DAW is Ableton live.

As anyone knows the success rate with ripping stems is a bit hit and miss. Sometimes the main instrument stem/track comes out badly ...words to describe the sound would be very fussy, phasey, broken up, space-age, clipped etc. (if you know you know !)

SO what I want to know is what post ripping effects do people apply to even out this problem. I have a bit of luck with heavy EQ but I'm sure there must be way more I can try 

There are a couple of amazing you tubers who achieve spectacular results from Carpenters,Olivia Newton John, ABBA, Queen tracks etc so I know there is a better way out there

Any help would be wonderful ....thanks 


kmetal Thu, 01/27/2022 - 15:50

Hi welcome to RO!

I haven't used it yet for a serious project, but when playing around with it, iZotope's music rebalance in ozone and RX works quite well. RX has the more comprehensive version.

It allows you to manually extract the stems, by adjusting the volumes of various mix elements of a stereo mix. One way to help minimize artifacts with it is to run multiple instances, so you gradually reduce the volume of unwanted sounds over a few passes.

As far as repairing artifacts, I would expect it not to be 100% perfect depending on the severity of the artifacts RX is the industry standard software for audio restoration. 

audiokid Thu, 01/27/2022 - 16:22

Hi Gillyrog, welcome to RO.

I've been mixing stems for years but never ripped them out of a mix. The traditional way to mix stems in the past (before RipX type of software was created) are working with summed submix tracks of a multitrack session. Example: stem of drums, keyboards, vocals, guitars etc).

Phase / swirly sounding mixes happen when timelines aren't lining up properly. Could the phasy sound you are hearing be because RipX ripped stems are being relocated accurately during the rip?

Once that happens, the sum gets phasy. If this is the cause, your task at hand would be improving how to tighten up that process.

Unfortunately I can't help you until I try this program. Hopefully we get more users that can help further than me.

RipX looks pretty cool. I'm am including a video to aid in the topic. Please feel welcome to add more so we can figure out how to help you!

Fun topic.

Gillyrog Fri, 01/28/2022 - 12:13

In reply to by audiokid

Hi .I am using it to create backing tracks of my favourite more unusual tracks. Purely for myself ,not to be performed on stage so theres no copyright issues ! As a singing/home recording enthusiast I offen fall in love with a song that simply no one has ever made a karaoke track to this does that job.Sometimes it comes out just brilliantly and others not so good.BUT I know it can be improved on as there are some wonderful results on various youtube sites , its just a case of finding the process thats best