How do I remove drums from a song?

People want to remove drums from their songs for various reasons. If you’re a drummer, you might want a song without drums so you can practice playing along.

There are drumless versions of songs that you can download online. However, sometimes you may not find what you need. In that case, you’ll want to know how to remove drums from a song.

There are many ways to remove drums from a song, but the most popular methods are:

1. Using a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) with a VST Plugin

2. Use of online applications

In this article, we’ll explain how to remove drums from a song and what’s the best way to do it.

How to remove drums from a song using DAW with a VST plugin

A digital audio workstation (DAW) is an electronic system designed to record, edit and play digital audio files.

DAWs use a software interface with the sound card to perform some or all of the following tasks:

  • Load and edit audio
  • Mix and apply effects
  • Record new tracks
  • Export of finished mixtures
  • To master

VST plugins are software modules that can take the form of real-time instruments or effects or even MIDI effects.

They can be used in any application that supports VST technology, such as Steinberg Cubase, Cakewalk Sonar, Ableton Live, Sound Forge Pro and many more.

There is TTwo main ways to remove drums from a song using DAW with a VST plugin.

  1. Using an equalizer
  2. Using a compressor

Here’s how you can do it.

Use an equalizer to suppress drums

An equalizer (EQ) is an audio engineering tool that manipulates the frequency content of a music track.

Here are the instructions for removing drums from a song with EQ:

Step 1: Know the drum frequencies

If you know the frequencies of the drum elements in the song, you can minimize or remove them using an equalizer.

Typical drum cell frequencies are:

  • Kick: 80-150 Hz
  • Snare Drum: 120-250Hz
  • Cymbals: 400-500 Hz
  • Hi-Hats: 300-300Hz
  • Floor toms: 60h-110Hz
  • Tom-toms: 100-600 Hz

2nd step: Use high pass filter (LCF)

Use a multiband equalizer that includes a low pass and high pass filter. You can filter the drums with a high-pass filter or a low-cut filter (which amounts to the same thing).

Single-band or DJ EQs can also be used for the same purpose, but multi-band EQ gives you more control to precisely chop the drums. You can play around with EQ until you get the desired result.

Using a compressor to remove drums

You can use a multiband compressor to remove drums from a song. To ensure that the compressor only compresses the drum frequency ranges, do the following:

Step 1: targets two frequency ranges – from 0hz – 550Hz and 1kHz – 2kHz

2nd step: set a low threshold of -45dB

Step 3: choose a high compression ratio of 21:1

Step 4: if the hi-hats in the song are prominent, try lowering them additionally by compressing a high frequency range between 5 kHz and 20 kHz

Most audio software and DAWs include a multiband compressor, a fusion of a compressor and an equalizer. With EQs, you filter frequencies, but you compress the dynamic range of the sound with a compressor.

The compressor reduces the signals at the selected frequencies when we select the frequencies to perform downward compression. The problem you might run into is that even with all the EQ and compression work done, you might still hear the drums in the song.

Also, you may lose some sounds of other instruments in the song that have the same frequencies as the drums. Most DAWs have built-in software for removing drum tracks from songs, but there’s no guarantee that it will work with your track.

If you’re persistent, you’ll probably be able to find the right settings for removing drums from a song. If that doesn’t work, you should try using an online service.

Remove drums from a song with online apps

You can use some of the apps found online that will help you remove drums from a song in an easier way. These types of apps are easy to use, powered by the latest AI technology, which makes your job quite simple.

You can extract any instrument from the song, including drums, with just a few clicks:

  1. Download song
  2. Choose the item you want to extract/remove
  3. Save the song elements you want to use

You can download the ripped files and use them as separate audio files, which you can use and combine as you see fit. It’s also possible to further edit them with DAW, so you get the perfect balance.

Some of the web apps you can use are:

  • Spleeter
  • Moses
  • PhonicMind

Most online apps have free versions with limited functionality and paid subscriptions for the full experience. With these apps, you can remove drums from a song from any public media URL (YouTube, Soundcloud, etc.)

To conclude

Using online apps to remove drums from a song is easier and faster than using software. However, if you want to achieve a high-quality production, it can be useful to dig deeper into song editing and understand the process.

You can play around lowering certain frequencies in the song using a digital audio workstation (DAW) with a VST plugin until you get the balance of the song that works best for you. The equalizer and compressor will help you with this, but it’s not an automatic process like with AI-powered apps.

Sometimes you will find it difficult to completely remove the drums from a song, and it will depend on the song itself. Different songs require different approaches, and you may need to put more effort into the sound editing experience.

Ultimately, removing drums from a song will depend on how much time you’re willing to commit to it and what your goals are. But overall it can be an interesting and fun experience that will expand your knowledge of sound.

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