Rode manufacture some great microphones. This video accompanies the Rode NT1-A Kit recording pack and in it Peter Freedman (company CEO and owner) shows how to knock up an effective and inexpensive vocal booth.
It's fun to get your hands dirty when it's for audio's sake!
The basic technique is to put eyelets in a couple of duvet/doonas, stuffed with craft-store padding, and hang them in hooks in the corner of a room. Extra duvets/doonas can be used to complete the isolation. Simple, inexpensive but effective, just what we like to see! 4,874
Questions about how to remove vocals from music tracks is one of the most common questions we see in Looptalk (...after 'When is the next version of FL Studio coming out!', 'how do I record from a microphone' and 'do you like my hair'). With inspiration from nucleon (thanks nuc) we bring you the tutorial you have been waiting for...
Routing summary: This project has an Audio Clip (that is the original music track) routed to Mixer Track 1. Track 1's Master send is deselected. Track 1 is then routed in parallel to Track 2 (Vocal Kill) and Track 3 (Bypass).
Registered FL Studio owners can download the project used in this tutorial from Looptalk here: Gimme the project!
NOTE: All vocal removal techniques do bad things to the original backing track and this one is no exception. Generally, if you are serious about obtaining a song without the vocals it's probably better to re-make it from scratch yourself. The phase cancellation process messes with the sound in some not-so nice ways.
In this tutorial we explore three methods for de-essing vocals in FL Studio using the tools supplied.
Most good de-essers are simply band-limited compressors repackaged and labelled so they can be called a 'de-esser'. So if you have a multi-band compressor, you have a de-esser.
There are two main modes you may want to de-ess in, peaking (a narrow-band) or shelving (starting at a given frequency and upward). Both the Fruity Multiband Compressor and Maximus can operate in either mode. Use the Mid band for peaking or High band for shelving.
We use a multi-band compressor to de-ess because we want to limit the loudness of specific frequencies, usually between 4,000~12,000 Hz. This is where all the 'sibilant' sound energy lies. Further, we only want to compress the sibilant frequencies where they occur. So what's wrong with an EQ? The problem there is that you cut the same frequencies across the whole track and often make it sound dull. Compression, with the correct threshold and ratio settings, cuts the sibilants only when they exceed an acceptable level.