How to do vocal removal nicely with Adobe Audition

Today one of my friends asked me how to do vocal removal nicely. He told me that he had tried some other softwares like Audacity and the result wasn’t good. I think many people may have these kind of problems too so I should help others.

In this article, I’ll use an audio editing software called Adobe Audition. (Beware: It’s not a freeware and you can get a trial version from Adobe easily.)

P.S. I’m using Adobe Audition CS6 but the method I mentioned here also works in the previous versions.

First, open Audition and load the audio file in.

Audition startup

Audition user interface

Then, click [Favorites -> Remove Vocals].

Favorites -> Remove Vocals

Removing Vocals

After the processing, it is basically finished. However, if you want to remove the vocals even further, you can follow the steps below:

Click [Effects -> Special -> Vocal Enhancer].

Click [Effects -> Special -> Vocal Enhancer]

Then click [Music -> Apply]. The music will get enhanced and the vocal will be further suppressed.

Vocal Enhancer

Finally, save the file and you’re finished!

Do `Harlem Shake` on any websites!

These days you can see many dancing videos on YouTube and those dances are called Harlem Shake. I wonder if there’s others things that can dance the Harlem Shake.

Based on the idea of Vir Ascabano, He has created a little script that can do the Harlem Shake on websites! However, it’s not very perfect, so I create another one which is better in some circumstances.

Here’s the script:

(function(c){var b=c.getElementsByTagName("head")[0];a=c.createElement("script");a.type="text/javascript";a.src=unescape("%2F%2Fdl.dropboxusercontent.com%2Fs%2F82526m7wt4vpesr%2Fharlem-shake.js");a.async=true;b.appendChild(a);})(document);

It’s been reported that this doesn’t work on Facebook. It’s because Facebook limits what scripts can be loaded by using the Content Security Policy headers. To make it work on Facebook, we need to use the long script below instead of the one above.

(function(){function l(a){var c=a.offsetHeight;a=a.offsetWidth;return c>q&&c<r&&a>s&&a<t}function m(){for(var a=document.getElementsByClassName(f),c=RegExp("\\b"+f+"\\b");0<a.length;)a[0].className=a[0].className.replace(c,"")}var q=10,s=10,r=1E3,t=1E3,f="mw-harlem_shake_me",n=["im_drunk","im_baked","im_trippin","im_blown","im_hanging"],p,b=document.documentElement;p=window.innerWidth?window.innerHeight:b&&!isNaN(b.clientHeight)?b.clientHeight:0;var g;g=window.pageYOffset?window.pageYOffset:Math.max(document.documentElement.scrollTop,document.body.scrollTop);for(var b=document.getElementsByTagName("*"),h=null,e=0;e<b.length;e++){var a=b[e];if(l(a)){var d;d=a;for(var j=0;d;)j+=d.offsetTop,d=d.offsetParent;d=j;if(d>=g&&d<=p+g){h=a;break}}}if(null===a)a=b;else{a=document.createElement("link");a.setAttribute("type","text/css");a.setAttribute("rel","stylesheet");a.setAttribute("href","//dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/nt5iljw2e0iac44/harlem-shake.css");a.setAttribute("class","mw_added_css");document.body.appendChild(a);a=document.createElement("audio");a.setAttribute("class","mw_added_css");a.src="//dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/vyk1ctygfanj78p/harlem-shake.mp3";a.loop=!1;a.addEventListener("canplay",function(){setTimeout(function(){h.className+=" "+f+" im_first"},500);setTimeout(function(){m();var a=document.createElement("div");a.setAttribute("class","mw-strobe_light");document.body.appendChild(a);setTimeout(function(){document.body.removeChild(a)},100);for(var c=0;c<k.length;c++){var b=k[c];b.className+=" "+f+" "+n[Math.floor(Math.random()*n.length)]}},15500)},!0);a.addEventListener("ended",function(){m();for(var a=document.getElementsByClassName("mw_added_css"),b=0;b<a.length;b++)document.body.removeChild(a[b])},!0);a.innerHTML=" <p>If you are reading this, it is because your browser does not support the audio element. We recommend that you get a new browser.</p> <p>";document.body.appendChild(a);a.play();for(var k=[],e=0;e<b.length;e++)a=b[e],l(a)&&k.push(a)}})();

How to use?

  1. First, press F12 -> Console
  2. Then, copy-and-paste the code above and click enter.
  3. You should see the effect afterwards.

This effect works in Chrome, Firefox, IE10+, Safari and Opera.