I’m an audio engineer who specializes in making karaoke and/or a cappella tracks out of full songs. Need a special karaoke track for your party? Need a vocal isolated from a song to use in your next production? I'm your guy.
I’m an audio engineer who specializes in making karaoke and/or a cappella tracks out of full songs. I use ProTools and a range of special plugins to accomplish this.
Note that while it’s not always possible to get a 100% clean instrumental or a cappella track from a full song (especially if there’s a lot of reverb on the vocals), typically I can get you at least 95% of the way there. But to make sure you’re satisfied, here’s how I work:
1) You send me the full song you’d like me to work on.
2) I send you a 30 second demo of the instrumental or vocal track.
3) You judge if the demo is of high enough quality for you to use. If it isn't, the process ends here. But if it is, you hire me on SoundBetter.
4) I send you the full length track.
5) The job is complete!
Send me a message including the song(s) you’d like to hear me work on and we can get started!
Send me a note through the contact button above.
Interview with The Karaoke + A Cappella Guy
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most often I create a cappella (vocal-only) versions of tracks for clients are producers themselves, and want to sample or otherwise use vocals in their tracks. I also make instrumental-only versions of songs for clients for the same purpose, or for covers / karaoke.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm inspired by the best songwriters in pop right now...Max Martin, Charli XCX, Drake, etc...
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work off of a custom PC setup that I built. I have a high end analog vocal chain (Neve preamp, 1076 and LA2A style compressors) and Adam A7X monitors. But most of the magic is going on in the box -- my work is about the judicious use of digital processing.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: A client sends me a song they want to extract vocals and/or instruments from, I reply with a 30 second demo, and if they like how it sounds, they hire me and I go to work on the full track.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: The ability to extract elements from a full mix at a level that's very difficult to achieve.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Extracting vocals and instrumentals from a full mix.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, R&B and EDM/dance music.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: When compressing, you can often get cleaner by compressing lightly with multiple compressors, rather than slamming a track with a single one (though that has its place, too).
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to bring my vocal-extraction services to a producer like Burial, who does interesting things with pop a cappella tracks.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Vocal-focused modern pop.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been producing music for 10 years, and focusing on the vocal/instrumental extraction process for 3.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop, RME audio interface, Prophet X synthesizer, Roland TR-8S drum machine, Sony C800G microphone.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Send the song over so I can provide you a demo before you hire me!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How are you going to be using the instrumental or vocal track I'll be extracting?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That there's a single simple way to extract vocals from a track. Try it!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital for me. While I love recording with analog gear, the process of extracting vocals cleanly is inherently digital.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Working on my own pop songwriting and production!