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    How do I remove vocals?

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    hey guys. A guys is making a movie and asked for a song of my band, but without the voice.
    What can I do to remove it, the best way possible (I know it's hard to do it without the opened tracks, but I don't have them)?
    Can you tell me how to setup things? I kinda know how it works but I am not pretty sure. Tell me how to invert phase, remove middle channel,etc...

    Oh, and recommend me a good shrink for the singer.

    Cheers, Andrés
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    Take the stereo track... invert the polarity of one of the channels... pan both channels to center... bring up the fader of one channel... adjust the fader of the second channel to the point where the vocal level is reduced to almost nothing.

    This won't work if you don't pan both channels to center, and of course, the polarity inversion is the key.

    The signal you are left with is the L-R (left minus right) component of the stereo signal - which is the signal component that gives you your phantom stereo image.

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    You also lose any other centre-channel info, such as bass, kick, and snare...

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    thanks, NYM.

    Bruce: I also thought that. But then how do they do the karaoke thing in home stereos and such?
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    Karaoke tracks are covers of the originals, they are NOT the original artist's tracks.

    Bruce

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    I meant the Karaoke buttons that some home stereos have.
    Cheers, Andrés
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    They do the out-of-phase thing, but also EQ and other filtering....

    It works only to a point..... but most consumers aren't very discerning........

    Bruce

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    cordura21, this technique will remove most center panned content but I'm VERY sure you're not gonna like what comes out. It won't sound anything like the original track minus the vox.

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    Also using a Hi-Pass filter (like the 1 found on my Intelligate) can also assist in removing vocals at certain frequencies!

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    Re: How do I remove vocals?

    Andrés,

    > What can I do to remove it <

    Go to www.ethanwiner.com/articles.html and look for my article "The truth about vocal eliminators." It explains the best way to do this with SoundForge or a similar editor program.

    --Ethan

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