DrumExtract is an audio processing tool that extracts and separates percussive content (e.g. drums) from an audio mix. Based on recent digital signal processing research, it goes far beyond traditional tools, and allows results that no EQ, compression, or other classical tool could achieve.
Audio examples (before / after):
Tame Impala - Let It Happen
Courtesy of Tame Impala, thanks to Kevin Parker.
Venetian Snares - Szamár Madár
Courtesy of Venetian Snares, thanks to Aaron Funk.
DrumExtract Version 1.1
DrumExtract is available as a VST plugin (32 & 64-bit) for Windows and as a VST and Audio Unit for Mac. It works with Cubase, Ableton Live, Reaper, FL Studio, Sound Forge, Audacity, Audition, Logic Pro X, Studio One, MPC Software, Serato, Maschine, etc.
Of course, an audio mix is like a baked cake: it is difficult (and sometimes impossible) to recover each individual part of a mix. However, even if no perfect result can be achieved, DrumExtract goes beyond traditional tools and offers state-of-the-art separation.
DrumExtract works well on songs with harmonic instruments playing chords (strings, synths, pads, piano, etc.), but doesn't work on songs with instruments with fast pitch changes, such as fast instrument solos or vocal part. Currently DrumExtract is unable to separate voice from drums.
More generally, don't expect DrumExtract to work on every song or on the full length of a song. It is an essential tool in a music producer toolbox, that works better than pure EQ to extract drum samples, but it is not a magic wand. On some songs it does miracles, on others it just doesn't work.
Discover new applications with DrumExtract:
Drum learning: isolate the percussive content of a song, to find the drum parts
Drum practicing: remove drums from a song and play it without drums, allowing the drummer to play on top of it
Remix / Sampling / Beatmaking: sample drum loops, drum elements or melodic elements that could not be isolated with usual tools. Akai MPC users and hip hop producers can use it to find new unused sampling material, and use it for new productions
Production learning: discover how great song drum tracks are crafted, by removing the other instruments
Mixing / Mastering: raise or lower the volume of the drums in a mix
- Advanced multi-layer processing: split a track into a percussive track and harmonic track, thus allowing further processing on each of them, before remixing them together