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 is available as a VST plugin (32-bit & 64-bit) for the Windows platform. It works with Cubase, Ableton Live, Reaper, FL Studio, Sound Forge, Audacity, Adobe Audition, 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. It is a handy tool in a 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: listen to the drums of a song, in solo. This is useful for drummers to practice and find drum parts of a song... or, listen to the song without drums, allowing the drummer to play on top of it
Sampling: sample drum loops or drum elements that you couldn't isolate with traditional tools! MPC users / hip hop producers may use it to find new unused sampling material
Production learning: discover how great song drum tracks are done
- Mixing: raise or lower the volume of the drums in a mix