How To Extract Acapella From a Song in Ableton

One of the biggest questions is get from DJ’s producers & remixers is:

“How do I get the vocals out of an original track”

The typical answer I give is “you can’t”. The reason for this is that it takes a very precise process that often runs the risk of shoddy results. However, when stars align, this technique can be magic.

The process is as follows:

1. Have your original song with vocals

2. Get an exact copy in instrumental form. Sample length, same tempo, same mix, same quality of file.

3. If you meet the criteria above, drag both songs onto separate tracks in your arrangement window.

4. on 1 track, and only 1 track, drag the “invert” preset or your utility audio effect.

5. Turn off the grid by hitting Command + 4 (Control on a pc)

6. Line up the waves on both songs getting them as close as you can. sometimes you’ll need to make edits in the instrumental song if the waves start getting off, but if you’re lucky they will sync up without a problem.

7. Play both songs together & listen for the results. You will get slightly different results with the slightest of nudges, so try a few positions for find what works best.

8. export to a new audio track

Although this method isn’t perfect, it’s definitely good enough to make a great remix or have to DJ the acapella over other songs.

Here’s the process by video below:

Happy DJing & music making!

Jason

 

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