Editing out Cuss words from a track

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  1. noteFarm

    noteFarm Member

    Feb 24, 2003
    Hi all,
    I have a client that would like to edit the cus words out of a pre recorded track, so that here son can dance to it in the tallent show at school.
    Any tips or advice on how to go about this?

    I have a 001 set up and have never treid to Cancell out a vocal beffore.

    Is there a plug in that could help?

    Thanx in advance.
    I have learnt so much from my visits to RO.

  2. apbarkey

    apbarkey Active Member

    Dec 23, 2002
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    u need the original and the instrumental version of the track.

    use your sequencer. put them in your sequencer. now on all parts with cuss words, cut the original and paste the exact time from the instrumental in the empty block...

    that's one way...
  3. audiowkstation

    audiowkstation Active Member

    Jun 29, 2001
    I always ask for a "clean version" to be cut while on vocal productions.

    Solves a lot of problems.

    Alex is right, the way he said is the way to do it.. I also just run the "bad words" backwards.
  4. Ethan Winer

    Ethan Winer Active Member

    Mar 19, 2001
    New Milford, CT USA
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    > have never treid to Cancell out a vocal beffore. <

    You can sometimes remove the vocals from a track, but 1) often some the vocal still bleeds through, and 2) the process changes the sound of the track considerably. So it might sound jarring as you edit between the original and the vocal-removed versions. If you have access to an instrumental version of the same track, then the advice from Alex and Bill makes sense. If not, have a look at "The truth about vocal eliminators" on my articles page:


    It explains in detail how the process works, the limitations, and gives step by step instructions for removing vocals using SoundForge or a similar audio editor program.

  5. GT40sc

    GT40sc Active Member

    Jan 14, 2001
    Seattle WA, USA
    I have a bit of experience here, having worked in the past as a mastering engineer for Muzak...(yes, THAT Muzak...)

    Believe it or not, they have a satellite-broadcast rap/hip-hop program...lots of editing required.

    It is quite simple to "flip" each problem word, so that it plays backwards without damaging the beat of the song.

    Of course it works best on single-syllable words. On multi-syllable words, you can often get away with turning only the "critical" part of the word.

    Takes practice, but it is not difficult...

    best of luck,
  6. valleysounds

    valleysounds Guest

    i have also done this a couple of times and what i did was to find a similar part of the song that doesnt contain the cuss word/s eg.Verse,chorus and dub that into the offending spot or using another part of the song with no vocals eg the intro or middle8 that matches the offending part...the spaces are usually so small that its not to hard to do
    Cheers :D
  7. noteFarm

    noteFarm Member

    Feb 24, 2003
    Thank you all verry much for your help and advice. All verry helpfull.

    You guys are great

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