Vocal removal for just one beat

Per my other thread (“Can I convert a 32-second file to 30 seconds”), I’m chopping/cutting a full length song to 30 seconds. This particular song is from the 40s, and although I haven’t studied and compared right and left channels, I have to assume this song was mono to begin with, with no real post-production work done to its recent iTunes version.


There’s one beat where I’m hearing one syllable of a vocal that I have to lose–it’s killing the whole thing.

IF at all possible, and before I start running off half-cocked, which of the various methods should I first try to get this done;


Thanks for your wisdom and guidance!

Can you post an audio sample (just a few seconds in WAV format) that includes the bit that you are referring to.
Alternatively, send a link to the full 32 seconds of the original file.
See here for posting audio samples: https://forum.audacityteam.org/t/how-to-post-an-audio-sample/29851/1

Have to go to work now, but will do late tonight.
(MY tonight, anyway.)

Thanks for that link on how to post audio files.

RhythmIs-A-ForPosting.aiff (658 KB)
Here’s the short AIFF clip of the area to be worked on, if possible. It’s where he sings the word 'He’s."

Now I have to figure out how to post the full Aud file and its related folder.

Let’s see if I can post the Aud file here.

Here’s the Aud file alone. Data folder to follow.
RhythmIs-A.aup (2.46 KB)

Let’s see if I can upload the data folder here.


Guess I can’t. Have to go back and learn how to do this via dropbox or another app, to upload the entire folder stuffed.

But can you at least listen to the aiff file and see what I’m trying to do?

No need.

Back in a bit.

You can’t use “vocal removal” techniques here, but what you can do is to copy a bit from between the words “business” and “business” and use that to replace the part with the word “he’s”.

To get a good join you will need to carefully align the “patch” using the Time Shift tool so that the uke rhythm sounds right, then crossfade the ends.
(click on the image to expand it)
This is the result:

More about crossfading here: http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/creating_a_crossfade.html

Let’s see if this works.

Oh man, I’m clueless. But you know how to fix it.

Also, my PC launches iTunes, where after I heard your wonderful, corrected sample of it, it started playing the next song in my library.


So what am I supposed to learn to make this work? A time-shift concept?

The first step is to select the instrumental bit between the words “business” and “business”. Click and drag on the waveform to make the selection.
(more about selecting audio here: http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/audacity_selection.html

Then copy the selection to a new track. The easiest way to do that is with the “Duplicate” command (shortcut Ctrl+D).
More about edit commands here: http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/edit_menu.html

Then use the Time Shift tool to slide the duplicate so that it is under the word “he’s”.

Then crossfade as shown in the animated picture.
More about crossfading here: http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/creating_a_crossfade.html

I promise to work on this tomorrow, so your words aren’t wasted on me.