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Hey everyone I'm fairly new to the audio engeneering scene a bit over half a year now apprenticeing under a local audio tech.And trying to get my foot in the door and its going pretty well got a job doing sound at a bar a couple nights a week and even met a few bands there that want me to tech for them. I also have a home studio set up I'm running Pro Tools M powered 8. And i have someone who wants me to make them songs but minus the vocals and paino as she goes around playing on cruise ships and such. So i was just wondering are there any programs out there that would allow me to break the song down to its original tracks? Or anything out there that would just let me take out the vocals and paino?


dvdhawk Wed, 01/19/2011 - 09:38

Hi welcome to RO.

The answer to your question is, No.

Sorry it can't be done. Just as, you cannot remove the eggs from the cake after it's baked.

It's true, there are devices and tricks that can minimize things that are dead-center of the stereo image. The technique used almost always ruins the rest of the sound as well. In the instances it kinda works for removing lead vocals, it also kills the bass guitar and kick drum and anything that might be panned in the middle.

Boswell Wed, 01/19/2011 - 09:48

As the Hawk says, if vocals are exactly central in the image and do not have stereo reverb added, you can try using standard vocal extractors (even Nero has one of these) to null out the central sound leaving whatever is left of the stereo piano tracks. You can do a similar thing with a free audio program such as Audacity by inverting either the L or the R channel and summing the two to mono.

The results are usually pretty bad, but can sometimes be made to work for personal rehearsal purposes. You cannot use the results of this technique for any performance, and that's before you start to be concerned with copyright implications.

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