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Whether you’re an aspiring singer-songwriter or simply want to focus on an instrument in one of your favorite songs, you’ll want to remove the vocals track. Hardware and software options are available, but what if there was a quick plug-n-play solution? Charleston, South Carolina-based maker Jeffrey M. Goller stumbled upon what would become the Song Devocalizer when fiddling around with a defective pair of headphones. After doing some research, he built this simple circuit that effectively removes vocals from most audio tracks. While this project won’t work with every audio track, watch the video below to see how it works.

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We’ll be chatting with Jeffrey live today at 1pm PT/4pm ET for the fourth installment of our Weekend Projects Hangouts On Air series. Bounce back here at the scheduled hangout time to watch LIVE or join our event on Google+ to watch and ask Jeffrey any questions.

After fiddling around with a defective audio input plug, makers Jeffrey Goller and his son Nathan set about exploring the left and right channels of popular audio tracks. This led them to create this inexpensive voice-canceling – or devocalizing – enclosure box. It effectively allows you to remove any track mixed equally to both channels of stereo audio.

If you build the Song Devocalizer yourself and you find an interesting track with unique features, be sure to let us know.

Every Friday from Oct. 11 – Dec. 20 (except Nov. 29) we’ll be hanging out with makers of Weekend Projects, our beginner-friendly series of electronics builds powered by RadioShack. Join our host and 2012′s Maker Camp Director Nick Raymond, a guest MAKE Editor, and specially invited makers for these fun and informal hangouts.

Nick Normal

I’m an artist & maker. A lifelong biblioholic, and advocate for all-things geekathon. Home is Long Island City, Queens, which I consider the greatest place on Earth. 5-year former Resident of Flux Factory, co-organizer for World Maker Faire (NYC), and blogger all over the net. Howdy!


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