Karaoke Time!!

This is a step guided tutorial on how to remove vocals from a song using adobe audition.  With the song of your choice selected and open in audition, click on effects racks/stereo imagery/center channel extractor.

Also make sure that you select the range with in the track that you would like the vocals to be removed from.  With that being said refer to the image below.(Click to enlarge the image)

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Next we will proceed with removing the vocals from this particular track.  There will be a mini box that should open up and at the top right corner, you should see presets and it should be defaulted to custom.  This needs to be changed, so click here and you should get a menu box, scroll down and click vocal remove. (refer to the image below)

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One of the things I find great about this version of adobe audition is its ability to keep the bass of the track after striping away the vocals.  In any older version of audition, removing the vocals from a track will slightly distort the sound and remove the bass from the range of area selected, in addition this will require more editing to fix.  This saves more time and trouble trying to add the bass back.

But anyway, proceed by applying these effects.  To apply the effects made click apply at the bottom left side of the program.  Please view the image below for reference.

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After removing the vocals and applying the effects, you may want to play the track and hear the changes made.

Now if you would like to export this as an mp3 or other source to listen to on a portal device etc.  On the top there will be a toolbar click “File” then “Export” and finally “File”.  Refer to the image below.  A mini box should open, from here you may save this file as an mp3 to whichever destination you would like on your computer, for example the desktop.

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Here’s a youtube video for more information.

Let’s get technical!

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I chose to take a trip to one of the most popular music venue in Greenwich Village called Cafe Wha. Also, this is where I work over the weekends. While I was training to be a manager, I remember them teaching me about all the different task I had to do; one of the task that I had to do that I thought was so hard and took a couple messing up to get, is turning everything on in the sound booth. Here is a video of me going through everything in the booth. In the video you will see me pointing to something called the Rack, the tall thing, which is the main power for everything. It turns on the mixing board, speakers, amps and everything else on stage. Also, you will see the guitar players amps on stage. These amps are located right behind them while they are performing.

While in the booth the sound-man and I spoke about a couple things. The first thing he said to me was that sound is all about signal flow. Audio Signal Flow is the path an audio signal takes from the source to the output. Also, during this path it includes all the processes involved in generating audible sound from electronic impulses or recorded media. The next thing we spoke about is the Analog Console, also known as the Mixing Board. This is where the audio signals are sent into various outputs. The board allows the audio signals to be controlled, split and filtered. This is the central piece of equipment in a recording studio or live sound venue like in this case. In the process of the Signal Flow Chain there has to be a microphone line. This line is directly where the audible sound is sent to the Mixing Board. Microphones as we know from sound class, work as a transducer and converts the audio into an electrical current.

While in the sound-booth I heard one of the guitar players say into the mic, “Chris more reverb!”. Then I saw Chris hand reach for the Aux section on the mixer and began turning knobs. The Auxiliary Send provides a space for plug-ins to be activated. The plug-ins send the audio signals here and this is where he is able to do special effects on the singers voice such as reverb, delay or a loud distortion on the lead guitar’s riff. Moving down the mixing board he also showed me the Fader, this is where you see knobs going from the left to the right of the board. This is where the sound-man plays around with the volume of all the instruments until there is satisfaction with how each performer is heard.

I was a little confused about the Sub buttons and what they are for but I did a little research and what I have learned is that sub groups are assigned, this is a way to adjust sound levels easier, and to explain more on this, a group of microphone lines can be synchronized together so that only one knob controls them all. For example, the drums has microphones that are close to every drum and can be very hard to adjust each drum head individually. Also, in my video above, I showed the guitar-players amps on stage which also had microphones set up in front of them. This helps make the sound clearer and easier for the sound-man to manage sound levels from the booth.

Here is a video that I thought was helpful. This makes you see a mixing board in a simple way. Also, helps explain somethings you might of wanted to learn more about. The second video goes into detail about how equipments are connected and explains how the audio signal is being sent to the mixing board.

Overall, this trip was very helpful for me to have an idea of the Job of a sound engineer. It is truly a tough job because you have to understand everything on the mixing board to be able to make sure that the musicians are satisfied and the sound is perfect for the show. One thing about live music is when there is a mess-up its happening right in front of the audience and its the sound-man’s responsibility to fix it. Other responsibilities are having to make sure all the XLR cords are connected into the right inputs to make sure signals don’t get messed up. Moreover, labeling is very helpful so that the sound-man could remember which knob is for what. Finally, this job also has to deal with keen hearing or should I say close listening; have to be able to hear feedback during performances and getting rid of it. Also,  know when to use special effects on singers voices or guitar riffs.

Below are pictures I took of the mixing board. I have circled areas on the board that I was talking about above, and a couple pictures of the musicians on stage.






Mix it…Cut it…Fix it.. Audition It

One of the best audio editing software programs around is Adobe Audition. It’s very user friendly and can be learned with little effort. It allows you to do anything from mixing separate tracks to changing sounds with sound effect defaults. So lets start it up. Like every other program you click to open i and after audition is done loading, it presents you with the basic structure for which you will be using. On the upper left you have the simple waveform option which is for single track editing. Next to that is the Multitrack option which is for multiple track mixing and editing. Below those options is the panel which shows the names of the audio files which are opened for use in the program.


On the center-right side of the program is the main section which displays the audio track and its waveform. Here is where you can view the whole track or zoom in to see shorter increments of the track. It allows you to adjust volume for the whole track or individually for the left or right channel. This section also has the simple play/stop and record options. Below this section is another section which displays the levels of your track. Here you can view the level of dB’s. On the left side of the program there is a panel which is below the file panel and this is the primary editing panel for sound. It allows you to add sound effects, markers, and to search for other media to include. You can choose effects such as reverb, am radio, underwater, and many other variations.

When you want to edit a sound track you simply go to file and open. Select the file and it will appear in the file tab. Then you can chose to add any sound effects to it or adjust the volume to the entire track or to the left or right channels. You can right click on the track and split the track which would allow you to separate it into parts. You can even delete parts of the track completely. When mixing multiple tracks together the room for editing drastically increases. They’re  various combinations of mixing and editing productions that can be done. After you’re done you can save the multitracks together as one and also change to output format to mp3. This is a simple tutorial of the basics for adobe audition. It holds a lot more features and details. Once you give it a try you’ll see how efficient it really is.

Audacity tutorial: Song Mash ups and exporting audio files in Mp3 format.

In this tutorial I will briefly explain how to make a song mash up using audacity.  Let’s begin by making a basic mash up that requires only two songs.

Now what we will need is an instrumental of choice as well as an acapella.  For those who don’t know, an acapella is the vocals of a song without the instrumental.  Now the idea here is to use an acapella over an instrumental. From here you may be creative, in addition, the instrumental and acapella may be of your choosing.  This does not necessarily have to be the proper instrumental of the acapella that you are choosing.

For saving finished mash up projects etc. You must follow the make sure you finalized any editing to your audio file.  To begin with, in order to save the finished audio file into an mp3.

Step: 1) Click on “file” at the top left corner of the menu tab, then scroll down and click “export selection”. (Click to enlarge the image below)

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Step: 2) Once the finder menu box comes up, refer to the screenshot below.  In addition, make sure that Mp3 files is selected.  You may also save this mp3 file to whatever destination you want, desktop, documents etc.

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Step: 3) Click save, if you saved this mp3 file to your desktop it should be there.

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I was going to tell you how to use protools but why should I show you when they are so many videos that give you a tutorial. Instead of the tutorial I might use videos that gives you the tutorial and tell you which one give you the best tutorial. Now we know there are different version of Protools, right? Well this is Protools 10.




In this video, it explains how to import audio tracks and before it gets to that it tells you how to open protools and more

Then you have this other that is showing the same thing

After watching these videos, you can obviously see the difference between these two. The first video give you all the details of how to start it and what you have unlike the second video it already as the tracks on there but it still shows you how it is done.

The first step is to download Protools. Protools use a usb call ilok or a dongle(hope it is spell right) so make sure you have one

The second step is when you click on Protools the first thing that pops up is Quick Start where you have to create a new session. When I am doing a new session: I click on create blank session, go to audio file type and click on AIFF(Audio Interchange File Format), then click on Bit Depth, click on Sample Rate and go straight to 48kHz, then I/O Settings and click on Stereo Mix. Then you create a name for your session.

Now to get started with the import audio: Before you do make sure you have a track you have downloaded in the file.

1)Click on file, scroll down to import, then click on Audio, and this is what pops up on your screen: Audio Files

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2) Click on a track to you want to convert it to the next side. After converting it you click done, then you click open and then you will see this : Audio Import Options. You will click on new track.

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3) Now your Protools should look like this, but you will probably have more like this Screen Shot 2014-04-03 at 1.00.21 PM Pro-Tools-10-104_4


This what I got from the two videos and learning it on my own. Protools is one of the best thing to use and if I must say better than Audacity. Hope this tutorial helps.


Back to Basics

This is not a project, blog, etc. I just wanted to share this informative video with everyone about sound. It covers everything we talked about in the beginning of the semester. This video might help someone that might have wanted a little more elaboration on a couples things. I know I did.