Remove vocals in Audacity and KEEP the bass end strong! (no joke)

Remove vocals in Audacity, with an additional “secret sauce” to keep the low end strong.

Before I get too far into this, I have to make the disclaimer that I made in the video:

YOU CAN’T ENTIRELY REMOVE VOCALS FROM A MIXED PIECE OF MUSIC.

remove vocals in Audacity is like removing yeast from breadIt’s like trying to get the yeast out of a baked loaf of bread. Can’t be done and still preserve the bread… or the song in this case.

You can, however use an effect or two that will push the vocals to the “back side” of the track, enabling you to somewhat “hide” them in the mix.

But when most people remove vocals, they only take one step, which results in a very “hollow” sounding track of music. If you want to remove vocals using Audacity… and do it in a way that avoids that outcome, you came to the right place because I’m going to show you how! (Thanks for the idea from Joe Gilder over at Home Studio Corner).

Many people on MAC have had a hard time finding the plugins mentioned on this video. I’m not a MAC guy, so I don’t know how to help you other than pointing you to the guy whose email address is listed on the plugins inside Audacity.

For both the Inverter plugin and the LS Filter plugin, the creator is named Steve and can be reached here (according to the “about” section on the plugin) steve (@) plugin (dot) org (dot) uk – contact him to see if he has an OS version.

In this Audacity video tutorial you’re gonna learn how to:

 

  • Split your stereo track into a split mono track (necessary to use the inverter properly on this one).
  • Use the “Inverter” effect (you can also use the “invert” effect if you want… I cover that in this video) to push the vocals to the back of the track.
  • Use a “low pass filter” effect (I give you a handful of them in this tutorial) to make a copy of your original stereo track with a beefed up low end, which returns much of the fullness of the track, minus the vocals!

 

Let me know what you’d like to know how to do using the free Audacity program and I’ll get it put together!

Use Append Record in Audacity to add to your track

Intermediate #4 – Using the “append record” function to add audio to the end of a track, and how to insert audio into the middle of a track in Audacity

It’s a common problem that you record a track in the free open-source Audacity program, and then you remember or realize something you should have said. Sometimes you can insert audio like that to the end of the track – and you’d do that using the “append record” tool. Or, you can also insert audio like that into the middle of a track. It’s a bit more complicated to do, but can be done. In this video tutorial for Audacity, I’m going to show you how to do both, using the Append Record function, the split function, the time shift tool, and the cut, copy, and paste functions in Audacity.


I’d love to make more of these tutorials that hit exactly on the needs you have! So please, let me know what you need help with and I’ll be happy to work out a tutorial on that sort of thing using Audacity!

Send me your feedback and suggestions for additional tutorials and I’ll get right on them!

 

Use Audacity like a mixer (sort of)

Intermediate #3 – Using the “overdub” function to make Audacity work like a mixer (sort of)

One of the things that Audacity CAN’T do is mix tracks together “on the fly” like a regular mixer would do. That’s just one of the limitations. Maybe future releases will enable multiple sound sources coming in to the computer so that you mix in Audacity as you go. However, there IS something you can do that enables you to hear a track you already have placed in your Audacity project, so that you can talk over it appropriately. This fun little function is called “overdub.” I say it’s a way you can use Audacity like a mixer (sort of).

This tutorial will teach you how to use the “overdub” function in  Audacity to use the program like a mixer – at least as much as is possible.


The free open source Audacity audio editing program is really not that hard… and these free video tutorials for Audacity will help you learn how to use it even quicker.

Send me your feedback and suggestions for additional tutorials and I’ll get right on them!

Silence Audio using Audacity - Intermediate Free Audacity Tutorial #2

Free Video Audacity Tutorial  – Intermediate #2 – Silence Audio in Audacity

If you have annoying little things in your audio file that need to be silenced – things like…

  • background noise
  • shuffling of paper
  • a “bump” of the table
  • a cough or sneeze or sniffle or (you get the picture…)
  • a lip-smack or mouth noise (below is an example – some people are really grossed out by these, so listen at your own risk)

this tutorial will teach you how to use the “silence audio” function to get rid of those annoying sounds once and for all. It’s easy, takes only a few seconds, and can be done by anyone (well, almost anyone…)


The free open source Audacity audio editing program is really not that hard… and these free video tutorials for Audacity will help you learn how to use it even quicker.

Send me your feedback and suggestions for additional tutorials and I’ll get right on them!

 

Beginner Audacity Tutorial #4 - Audio editing in Audacity, what to do and what not to do

BEGINNER Audacity Tutorial #4 – Editing tracks in Audacity

This Audacity tutorial takes you into some of the basic but essential editing functions in the free Audacity audio editing software. You’ll be moving things around like a pro after you learn what I have to teach you in this video tutorial for Audacity. I’m also going to give you some very needed cautions about using these editing methods when working with a mono track. You can really mess things up and actually MAKE work for yourself if you don’t heed what I’m telling you here. In this video Audacity tutorial you’ll learn: [list style=”note”]

  • How to use the ZOOM TOOL to get in close to your audio tracks so that you can make precision edits.
  • How to use the SELECTION TOOL to choose the sections you want to edit or modify.
  • How to use the CUT, COPY, AND PASTE tools to move around portions of the audio you are editing.
  • How to change a stereo track into a mono track.
  • How to be VERY CAREFUL in editing mono tracks so that you don’t make a big mess for yourself![/list]


These Audacity tutorials are like a video manual for Audacity, one step at a time so that you can SEE what to do rather than read it. I’m eager to put together truly helpful tutorials that enable you to learn the free Audacity software with less hassle and in less time! Let me know what functions of Audacity YOU’D like to see me cover in future Audacity tutorials! [divider top=”0″]

 

Putting tracks together in Audacity - part 2

Intro Mix – part 2 – learn to put tracks together in Audacity

This is the second part of a tutorial on putting together 4 separate files in Audacity, (find tutorial 1 here) how to arrange them within your project, and how to adjust the volume of each track so that they sound “mixed” together. The project I’m working on in this tutorial is an intro for my podcast which I’ve been needing to put together for quite a while. In this tutorial for Audacity, you’ll learn…

 

  • How to use the Dyson Compressor effect to balance out audio volume levels.
  • How to mix and render the tracks together.

 

Let me know what you’d like to know how to do and I’ll get it put together!


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Putting tracks together in Audacity - Part 1

Intro Mix – part 1 – learn to put tracks together in Audacity

One of the coolest things about Audacity is the ability it gives you to put tracks together… and the possibilities are truly endless. You can mix voices, music, sound effects, and other stuff, tweak it, change it, distort it, add effects, all kind of cool thing. In this tutorial (part 1) you will learn how to bring 4 separate files into Audacity, how to arrange them within your project, and how to adjust the volume of each track so that they sound “mixed” together. The project I’m working on in this tutorial is an intro for my podcast which I’ve been needing to put together for quite a while. In this tutorial for Audacity, you’ll learn…

 

  • How to combine 4 tracks into one sensible intro track.
  • How to adjust volume levels to mix your tracks together.
  • How to prepare for effects to be added to your track (see part 2 for the actual effects)

 

 

There’s a ton more things you can do in Audacity. Let me know what you’d like to know how to do and I’ll get it put together!

 

Advanced Audacity Tutorial #1 - Audacity Effects - Amplify, Fade In, Fade Out

Tutorials for Audacity – Advanced #1 – Effects in Audacity – Amplify, Fade In, Fade Out

Effects in Audacity are some of the coolest functions. They enable you to make your recording really stand out and move toward the professional quality you are looking for. If you learn how to use various Audacity effects the right way, you’ll be far, far ahead of the learning curve! The following Audacity Effects will be covered in this screencast video tutorial for Audacity…

 

  • Effect in Audacity to increase the loudness in a track (Audacity amplify effect)
  • Fade music up using the Effect in Audacity called “fade in”
  • Fade music out using the Audacity effect called “fade out”

 

There’s a ton more Audacity effects – let me know which ones you’d like to see me cover in a future tutorial! Use the comment section below!

 

Beginner Tut #3 - track names, solo, mute, gain, pan, minimize - Video Tutorials for Audacity

Tutorials for Audacity – BEGINNER #3 – New, Open, Import, Save, Export

This tutorial takes you into some of the functions on the left-hand side of the Audacity screen. In particular you’ll learn…

  • Change the track names
  • Use the mute function
  • Use the solo function
  • Use the gain control
  • Use the pan control
  • Minimize your tracks

 

These Tutorials for Audacity are like a video manual for Audacity, one step at a time via video. Let me know what functions of Audacity YOU’D like to see me cover in future tutorials for Audacity!

 

Tutorials for Audacity - Beginner #2 - Open, Import, Save, Export files

Tutorials for Audacity – BEGINNER #2 – New, Open, Import, Save, Export

It may seem pretty simple to open up a file, but when it’s a new program (like Audacity may be to you) it can be a bit confusing. The bottom line is that you won’t be able to make use of these tutorials for Audacity unless you are able to get audio into the program to begin editing. There are two different ways to get audio files into the program, “open” and “import.” The “open” function is used to bring both program files and other types of files (mp3 for example) into the program. The “import” function will ONLY bring in non-Audacity files (mp3, wav, etc.). Those are the kinds of things this free Audacity tutorial will teach you how to do! Here’s the specifics of what you can expect to learn in this video tutorial…

 

  • You’ll learn how to start a new Audacity project
  • I’ll show you how to open an existing Audacity project
  • You’ll see how to import non-audacity audio into a  project
  • You’ll learn how to save your project as an Audacity file
  • Finally, I’ll show you how to export your project to other formats you can use elsewhere (mp3, wav, etc.)

 

If you need to download the FREE AUDACITY open source program, you can find it at http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

Also mentioned in this tutorial were the following links!

MUSIC IN THE PODCAST: Adam Rey at http://www.heyreyguitar.com