How to Remove Percussion From a Song

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Removing percussion from a song is something you can do to help make the mixing process easier. Remove percussion from a song with help from an experienced audio producer in this free video clip.

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Hey, this is Aaron Wolpin At The Track Studio in Dallas, Texas, and I'm going to show you how to remove percussion from a song. What I have here is a full mix of some country and we're going to try to take some percussion out of there, the drums out just using some EQ. I'll play it here. The first thing we can do is take out some of the kick by taking out some of the low end. So there, that back kick just went right away. We're going to move over, try to get rid of that snare. That's around 1,000 hertz, 1,500. Let me widen the Q a little bit, very nice. Now pretty much all we have is the hi hat still going well, take out some of the high end there. So it's not as big of a difference as we'd like but because it's already been mixed together, there's always going to be a little bit there. So this is something to keep in mind. You don't want to do this if you are trying to give the final mix to somebody. This is just something to do if you are in a pinch and you want to use it for karaoke or whatever but it's a pretty big difference. Let's listen again without and let's listen with the EQ changes that we did. Listen to how the drums kind of fade away. So it's still there a little but it's a big dramatic difference. I hope this helps. My name is Aaron Wolpin, thank you for watching.


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