How to Reduce Vocals on a Sample in Logic Pro

June 21, 2012

Logic Pro

Gear up ‘home studio heads’!  Today we take a look at how to reduce vocals from a sample in Logic Pro.   Often times, (especially in hip hop) you’ll want to use a particular part of a song or sample, but will choose not to because of the vox laid over the top.  While there are some programs specifically designed for this sort of thing, you can still get some workable results in Logic Pro.

Getting started…

We’ll be reducing vocals on a track from Atmosphere.  If you haven’t heard of them already, you should definitely check them out – they make great hip hop music!

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Step 1 – Import your sample/song and duplicate it on another track.

Step 2 – Add a Gain processor to your duplicate track.

Highlight the Swap L/R and the Phase Invert (Left and Right) boxes.

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Step 3 – Add an EQ to your main track (not the duplicate).

Activate your hi pass band and roll off some low end around 20 – 25Hz.

Take a listen to our audio example:

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You’ll notice that we’ve reintroduced  a lot of the low end that we lost from our previous example.

Step 4 – Add an AUGraphic EQ to your master chain.

This particular EQ has a lot of bands and is ideal for boosting or reducing unwanted frequencies.

Since vocals tend to make up a lot of the mid range frequencies, we’ll want to reduce the bands in that area.

You have to tweak for best results – a lot of it has to do with how low or high pitched the voice is, but the idea is to reduce as much of the vocal while still preserving as much of the instrumental as possible.

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Wrap Up

This technique is not perfect.  We’re sure you can still hear some minor traces of the vocals and some phasing artifacts, but again, the results are workable.  Spend some time tweaking the AU Graphic EQ to maximize your results and it will go a long way.

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