Audacity Awesomeness

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I have mentioned Audacity before when I talked about alternatives to Adobe software, and I absolutely love it.  I use it all the time to create ringtones, music clips and dance music (I happen to be a ballet/contemporary dancer).

And today I did something that made me love Audacity even more.

I found this piece of music from a soundtrack of the anime Trinity Blood (I’m also a huge anime fan!).  I absolutely love the sweeping and dramatic melody, arrangement and orchestration, and I even love the monologue done by the voice actor.  However monologue does not necessary go well as a dance music, and this song would be perfect for a dramatic piece.  I needed a way to take the monologue (vocal) audio out…

I turned to Audacity for help and I was not disappointed.

I found this step-by-step tutorial on how to take the vocal track out.  While I know this method does not work on all audio tracks — it only work on tracks that have vocal equally placed on each stereo channel — I was lucky that it totally worked for me!

So here is the result:

Original track:




(If player does not work, click here to listen/download clip – QuickTime required)

Vocal-less track:




 (If player does not work, click here to listen/download clip – QuickTime required)

Pretty neat, isn’t it?  Audacity is available for Windows, Mac OS and Linux.

p.s. If this particular method doesn’t work for your audio track, here are a few other suggestions.