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 Units for Mac. 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 or on the full length of a 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: isolate the percussive content of a song, to find the drum parts
Drum practicing: play a 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 crafted, by removing the other instruments
- Mixing / mastering: raise or lower the volume of the drums in a mix