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Makrin

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#1 10 years ago

Hello, crew. Recently, I got into music editing. I heard a version of Portal's Still ALive that had been edited to not have words in it, and whilst not perfect, it was passable by my standards. I'm trying to do it to a Silent Hill song, but I can't figure out how to block out the words only. I'm using WavePad. Can anyone help? Thanks!




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#2 10 years ago

Theoretically, you can do it with Audacity.

  1. Import your song into Audacity.
  2. Open the track menu (click the arrow next to the track title), and choose "Split Stereo Track."
  3. Select the lower track (the right channel) by clicking it in the area around the mute/solo buttons.
  4. Choose "Invert" from the Effects menu.
  5. Using the track menus, change each track to "Mono."

Press the play button to hear the results. If you're lucky, the vocals will be removed but most of the other instruments will be unaffected, just like a karaoke track. You can use the Export commands in the File menu to save the results.

Of course, how well this works depends on the recording conditions, how the instruments were panned during recording etc. The vocals would have to be mixed exactly in the center of the recording for this to work (which is usually the case for most stereo recordings.)




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#3 10 years ago
Datarock;4590191Theoretically, you can do it with Audacity.
  1. Import your song into Audacity.
  2. Open the track menu (click the arrow next to the track title), and choose "Split Stereo Track."
  3. Select the lower track (the right channel) by clicking it in the area around the mute/solo buttons.
  4. Choose "Invert" from the Effects menu.
  5. Using the track menus, change each track to "Mono."

Press the play button to hear the results. If you're lucky, the vocals will be removed but most of the other instruments will be unaffected, just like a karaoke track. You can use the Export commands in the File menu to save the results.

Of course, how well this works depends on the recording conditions, how the instruments were panned during recording etc. The vocals would have to be mixed exactly in the center of the recording for this to work (which is usually the case for most stereo recordings.)

That guide removes everything but guitar on almost every track I've done it with. Never had it just take out vocals. It also leaves the higher vocals and cymbals from the drums.




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#4 10 years ago
Homer Gonerson;4590808That guide removes everything but guitar on almost every track I've done it with. Never had it just take out vocals. It also leaves the higher vocals and cymbals from the drums.

Which is where the latter part of my post applies.




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#5 10 years ago

I love that word "theoretically." SPlit Stereo Track is grayed out when I select the song for some reason, and I guess that step's important because the edit's not working.




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#6 10 years ago

What type of file are you editing?




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#7 10 years ago

I've yet to find a way to remove vocals of music in Audacity with acceptable results. The method described above is the best way, but still leaves you with tinny sounding music and only heavily muted vs silent vocals.

You might be able to achieve better results with a pro VST plugin like iZotope Ozone 3, it's pretty pricey but you can try it free.




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#8 10 years ago

I'm editing an MP3 of Silent Hill's Room of Angel. I don't suppose there's already a karaoke version? It was a Japanese man who wrote it, after all... Where would I get the above plugin?




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#9 10 years ago

Many places have it, but you can of course get the trial version right on their site too. If you buy it, you can do better on price elsewhere though.

[COLOR=Blue]iZotope Ozone 3 Trial[/COLOR]




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#10 10 years ago

Hey, thanks! I've wanted to edit this piece forever... EDIT: How would I go about editing the vocals out in Ozone, same way as in Audacity?