music editing software

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I know nothing about this but I was wondering, is there music editing software that would allow you to remove the singer from a song so that you could just have the supporting music?
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Dave BaldwinFixer of Problems
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There are some techniques you can use to cancel part of the voice (along with any other center channel signals).  You can't simply 'remove' them though, you will still have some, sometimes a lot, of the singer's voice left.  In Karaoke CD's, they don't put the voice tracks on there to begin with.

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ok, so do you use software to cancel part of the voice?
Dave BaldwinFixer of Problems
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What we used to do is make a third track that is a 1-to-1 mix of the stereo tracks.  Then you filter it to limit it as much as you can to just the voice.  Then you invert it to make it out of phase with the original and add some of it back to the original two tracks.  The in phase and out of phase signals will cancel though imperfectly and you will lower the level of the voice.  If you have a solo voice, it might work Ok, depends on the music.  If you have a lot of voices with a lot of range like a choir it gets pretty difficult.
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that sounds good, but aren't you using some sort of software? if so, what software are you using to accomplish this?
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If I were to do that now, I'd use Audacity.  I design analog audio circuits and we used to do these things with tape recorders.

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thank you.

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