What is this witchcraft? DrumExtract grabs isolated drums from tracks

YellowNoiseAudio says they’ve come up with a method of removing drums from finished tracks, giving you crisp, clear drums sample, minus all the other audio. But is it too good to be true?

“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.”

“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.”

The samples they’ve put up on the website sound pretty convincing (note, they are tracks with pretty loud, dry drums and simple droning chords in the background, so that might make a difference). Check out those samples here.

I’d like to hear some user-generated samples to see if it lives up to its (albeit modest) claims in the real-world. Let us know what you think.

Available as a VST plugin (32 & 64-bit) for Windows and Mac for 49 €.

Get it here: http://www.yellownoiseaudio.com/


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