You can remove or greatly reduce the vocals in many song recordings with RipEditBurn Plus or RipEditBurn software. Both contain the Vocal Reduction wizard. This wizard uses Center Channel Removal and targeted EQ to remove vocals. Center Channel Removal works in modern stereo studio recordings where the vocals are panned to the center
Removing a specific range of frequencies with the Note Scrubber tool works on older recordings, such as those from older LPs, and on mono files and recordings of live concerts..
If your file is mono, before you begin, choose Effects/Mono to Stereo, click OK, and then use the Note Scrubber.
Be sure to make a backup copy of your recording before you begin!
Remove Center Channel vocals
The first step is to apply Center Channel Removal to the recording and listen to the results.
To access the Note Scrubber or Mono to Stereo tool directly, click Help and choose the Note Scrubber or Mono to Stereo tab.
If the vocals were reduced, click Yes. The Center Channel Removal dialog box opens.
If they were not reduced, click No and the Note Scrubber will open (see below)
The Center Channel Removal dialog box lets you fine-tune your editing. You can remove everything from the center channel, or only remove a restricted frequency range.
Some instruments, usually the bass and drums, may also be present in the center channel. To prevent excessive loss of these instruments, the Center Channel Removal tool allows you to control the pitch range of the removal process, so if the voice is higher or lower than the instruments, much of the instrument sound remains.
Remove Female Voice removes higher frequencies, and Remove Male Voice removes lower frequencies. Use the sliders to restrict the frequency range. Higher numbers represent higher frequencies; for instance, A1 is one octave lower than A2. Click OK and the reduction effect will be applied to the file.
Playback will begin. If you like the result, click This is Good and the file will be modified for saving.
The dialog box will close.
Remember to save your original before you save any changes!
The resulting file is essentially mono, because both tracks are now identical. On REB+'s main screen, choose Effects/Mono to Stereo, and click OK. The file is restored to a stereo sound by offsetting one of the tracks slightly. Save the file.
If you do not like the result, click Not so Good and change the Center Channel Removal settings. Experiment until you like the results.
Targeted EQ (Note Scrubber)
If your vocals are not in the center channel, or your recording was mono and everything is in the center channel, the Note Scrubber tool allows you to choose an area of pitch to be removed, for instance, the male voice region or the female voice region, or one specific pitch. Instrumentals in the same pitch area will also be removed, but often there is enough left to give a good backup to your voice. You can control the depth of the scrub, to get a good balance between removing the vocal line and preserving the instrumental backup.
Note Scrubber can be accessed from the Effects menu or from the second step of the Vocal Reducer dialog box (see above).
Choose Remove Female Voice or Remove Male voice, or move the sliders to set the pitch range, and set the scrub depth. Click OK, and the effect will be applied.
Playback will begin.
If you like the result, click I Like It and the file will be modified.
The dialog box will close and you can save the modified file. Remember to save your original before you save any changes!
If you do not like the result, click I Want to Change.. and change Note Scrubber's settings. Experiment until you like the results. Higher numbers represent higher frequencies; for instance, A1 is one octave lower than A2.
Mono to Stereo-Creating a full and interesting sound
The Mono to Stereo converter does more than just make one channel into two channels. It modifies the two channels so that they sound as if they were recorded in stereo.
Mono to Stereo adds a small delay to the right channel. The default is 10 milliseconds, but you can make it more or less.
Mono to Stereo can also add Equalization (EQ) to both channels. That gives each channel a little bit different sound, which increases the stereo separation. If you want to you can set each of the 10 frequency bands for each channel to determine which sounds you want to emphasize on each side. Alternatively, there are several presets you can experiment with. There are other things you can do to alter the sound of each track. Each Effect can be applied to one channel at a time, so you can add just a bit of echo to one channel and a little bit different echo to the other channel. That will help create the aural illusion of sound bouncing off different walls in its path to your ears.
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