Extracting Vocals: Mastering UVR5 for Any Song

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘How to extract vocals from ANY song with Ultimate Vocal Remover (UVR 5)’ by soundlearn

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How does it work?
Ultimate Vocal Remover 5 is a free and open-source program that separates vocals from instrumentals, supported on multiple platforms, providing various processing methods and models for customized results, including GPU conversion, with good output quality and supportive community.

Key Insights

  • Ultimate Vocal Remover 5 is a free and open-source algorithm for separating vocals from an instrumental in audio files.
  • The program works on Windows, Mac, and Linux.
  • The process of installing and using the program is explained but may require some technical knowledge.
  • The program uses trained models for vocal and instrumental separation, which are combined to achieve the best results.
  • Different processing methods and models can be chosen to achieve specific results, such as vocal only, instrumental only, or specific instrument isolation.
  • Additional models can be downloaded to improve the results.
  • The program offers options for GPU conversion to speed up the process.
  • The output files, including instrumental and vocal tracks, are saved in an Ensemble Outputs folder.
  • The program produces good results with minimal artifacts, especially for songs without heavy reverb.
  • There is a discussion page and forums available for further exploration and optimization of the program.
  • The overall impression is positive, with the program being highly recommended.

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Ultimate Vocal Remover 5 is probably the best algorithm that I’ve heard for separating vocals from an instrumental and getting them as separate files. And the craziest part is that it’s absolutely free and open source. Works on Windows, Mac, Linux, it’s kind of hard to believe. So what’s the catch?

So I came across this on Reddit a little while ago and I was learning how to use it and now I’m finally making a video about it. It’s pretty self-explanatory. The name of the program is Ultimate Vocal Remover. Right now they’re at version 5 and it is open source. So it’s constantly updating. And on top of all of that, this is probably by far the best vocal remover that I’ve tried. And I’ve used a lot of different stuff. I’ve used the paid stuff, iZotope RX, and honestly, nothing really seems to come close. And I’ll explain why.

So I won’t get too in-depth into how to install this. It’s pretty self-explanatory. Head over to ultimatevocalremover.com, you go to download UVR, it takes you to the GitHub page. If you don’t know what GitHub is, it’s basically a place where developers in general host their applications. In this case, this is created by a developer named Anjok07. Shout out to Anjok07. And when you land on this page, you’re going to see a bunch of stuff that probably looks a little bit overwhelming. You’re just going to go over here to the place where it says main download link, you’re going to click that.

So you just launch it. It’s a nice clean interface, but I will admit it’s a little bit confusing. So what we’re going to do is go through how it actually works, what it’s doing, and I’ll explain a little bit of the intricacies it has because it’s not the most user-friendly. They’re trying, but by the nature of how it works, it’s not really that simple yet.

All it’s really doing is using a bunch of trained models to grab information from, and it’s learning how to separate those two things. I don’t know how it works. I’m not that smart. I just know that it works and I understand how to make it work. So that’s what I’m going to get you to. I’m not going to even try to attempt to explain how it’s actually working.

In any case, the results are spectacular because it uses so many different models and you can combine those models to get an average result. This is probably going over your head and you’re probably just like, just show me how it works. Relax. I need to explain this because it’s a little complicated, but remember free open source, great quality. You know, there had to be a catch to start.

It’s really simple. You just put select input. I’m just using a song that I wrote with my friend and that’s obviously because I don’t want to get a copyright strike, but you can use whatever you want. I won’t tell. I didn’t say that you should be doing anything like that, but do whatever you want. I’m not going to stop you.

Anyways, you throw in your song, you select the output. I’m just putting the desktop in this case, and here’s where it gets a little confusing, but I’ll explain it. I’ll explain how it all works. You’re going to choose your processing method and there’s a couple of different ones. Of course, VR architecture, MDX net, DMUX, ensemble mode, audio tools. This means nothing to you. All these are, are different processing methods for different models and so these were all trained separately and differently and that’s kind of where I get lost if I’m being honest, but the big one here is ensemble mode. You want to click that one. Why? Because that’s going to take all of the models and combine them to give you the best result you can get. If you want to, you can dive in and just do a specific model, but that’s for you and your own time and your own research.

Next thing you’re going to want to do is put main stem pair. You can choose a stem pair. You can do vocals slash instrumental, which is the most common one. You’re basically going to get an acapella and an instrumental. You can experiment with all of these. They’re pretty self-explanatory. Drums, no drums means you’re going to get drums only track and then an instrumental with no drums. Pretty straightforward. Remember, this is great to be able to just create something you could practice long to. Same thing with bass, vocals, et cetera, blah, blah, blah. But the point is, is you probably want to use vocals slash instrumental.

Ensemble algorithm, you’re going to see that by default, it’s max spec, min spec. Just so you understand what’s actually going on here. This is where you’re telling how intense the algorithm should go in terms of, you know, really doing its magic. Max spec

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘How to extract vocals from ANY song with Ultimate Vocal Remover (UVR 5)’ by soundlearn