Following @TheMadman_tobyjenner post ever wanted to remove vocals from your favourite tracks I decided to give the RipX DeepRemix software module a trial run.
The RipX software is a module-based audio platform. There are two modules that can be purchased, DeepRemix and Deep Audio.
- The DeepRemix module provides the tools for separating audio files into vocal, instrumental, bass and drum stems and for creating songs from samples using a variety of effects.
- The DeepAudio includes the DeepRemix module and adds more advanced tools for manipulating the audio e.g. harmonic, amplitude and frequency levels.
Upon opening the DeepRemix Module you are presented with the following user interface.
To rip the audio you just need to drag and drop the audio file onto RipX. You are then presented with the options to select for the rip. The less options you choose the quicker the rip will be. If you only need to create stems from the audio for your DAW then you just need to select save stems only. I’ve found that rip time estimate is a bit like installing most software where it says its going to take 15 minutes but the time jumps down a lot quicker.
When you create a rip lets say for all options you are then presented with the following on the user interface (since Toby is a big Who fan I did a tral run with squeeze box):
If you don’t like the way the notes are presented you can change to straight notes.
The stems are broken down in to levels. You can mute what ever levels you don’t want to here or even delete them. The quality of the rips seemed good to my ears.
With the DeepRemix Module you can edit the pitch, rhythm, note duration, tempo and time, volume and EQ, and create loops. You can also copy and paste notes between different rips and different parts of the same rips, create mashups etc. I did like how it automatically works out the bpm of the song and lets you adjust it to whatever bpm you want to use.
You can then export in a range of audio formats, including MP3, WAV, FLAC, OGG, MIDI (containing all pitch and amplitude changes within notes) and MIDI Notes (containing just the overall pitch and amplitude for each note). Depending on the selected file format, you can then choose from a selection of bit-depths and sample rates as well as between Stereo and Mono.
First impressions, it looks like a decent bit of software. If you don’t want to sing you could easily strip the guitar and leave the vocals, drums and bass to play along with. If your learning a song you can change the BPM to slow it down. Similarly, if you’re struggling with a specific section of the song you could generate a loop of that section. It worth giving it a free try and if its something that you could see yourself using then shop around I think it is slightly cheaper to buy from Thomann than direct. Unless you were going to go deep into editing the cheaper version DeepRemix is more than adequate.