Separation Movement: Audionamix Releases Professional Services Web App

Separation Movement: Audionamix Releases Professional Services Web App

Separation Movement: Audionamix Releases Professional Services Web App

Audionamix has launched its newest product, an on demand web application for automated stem separation. Available exclusively to rightsholders, the app is a game changer in the world of audio separation.

“We are proud to introduce our web app, a secure, browser-based separation interface to our most advanced technology,” said Ellie McNeil, North American manager of Audionamix. “Web access to this quality of separation – to automatically isolate dialogue from music and effects or stem specific instruments from a song – is unprecedented.”

In what would traditionally take an entire team of audio engineers and dedicated equipment to accomplish, Audionamix’s newest Professional Services web app can automatically separate stems in minutes. Using their cutting-edge AI separation technology, Audionamix’s engineers have designed the perfect solution for true immersive upmixing, removal of copyrighted songs for distribution, dubbing for market expansion, and modern revival of classics.

As demand for streaming continues to boom, film and TV post-production teams need instant, effective separation to bypass technical limitations, expensive licensing woes, and get their content out to a fast-moving global market.

For music rightsholders, the opportunities are endless. Audionamix’s web app makes monetizing your stems for sync, sampling, and remixing much simpler and eliminates the need to track down studio sessions that may no longer exist. Musicians can take previously mastered tracks, plug them into the web app, and then use the separated parts in creative new ways.

“As anyone who has worked with back-catalog content knows, tracking down stems can be difficult, if not impossible. Projects and budgets are made or broken based on the availability of these critical components,” said Stephen Oliver, Senior Engineer of the L.A. Professional Services team. “Nothing can be easier than plugging the master audio file into your web browser and in minutes having a great sounding, individualized set of stems. For audio professionals, it’s a dream come true.”

Those who qualify for access will receive their first five separations for free. Pricing starts at $10 a stem.

About Audionamix

Audionamix is the global leader in audio source separation. Built on advanced signal processing and artificial intelligence, Audionamix technology extracts specific elements from an audio file, including speech, vocals, drums and bass. Armed with this licensable technology, the Audionamix Professional Services team has worked on major motion pictures, GRAMMY-nominated albums, and hit TV shows. Through the groundbreaking Audionamix software line, studios, audio engineers and DJs across the globe can Separate to Create the previously unimaginable.

Audionamix is also currently celebrating the anniversary of their industry leading software XTRAX STEMS. Throughout the month of March, XTRAX STEMS will be 10% off the standard subscription price.

iFit: Dialogue Removal for Localization

iFit: Dialogue Removal for Localization

iFit: Dialogue Removal for Localization

iFit provides interactive personal training on home exercise equipment. Users can view trainers on screen, and their equipment settings are tailored in real-time to match what’s happening in the video. In the videos, trainers give verbal encouragement and instruction to the user. These videos were recorded using only a single microphone, which delivers the audio of both the instructor’s voice and the sound of their environment. iFit wanted to dub these videos into different languages, while retaining the natural background sound.

Audionamix used our Dialogue Removal service to strip the original speech from the iFit videos, leaving the background ambience. iFit was able to repurpose these recordings and dub them into multiple languages, keeping the original sound of the environment.

“iFit uses Audionamix’s dialogue removal service; extracting dialogue while leaving natural sound on our trainer-led outdoor and studio interactive workouts. We have been thrilled with the results, allowing us to dub the dialogue into multiple languages while maintaining natural sound, giving our foreign language customers a more robust and authentic audio experience.”

Carly Sorensen

Head of Production, iFit

About iFit

iFit pioneered interactive connected fitness and was issued its first of many patents in 1999. Founded with the belief that the majority of consumers would benefit from an interactive personal training experience at home, iFit’s trainer-led streaming workouts are now trusted by millions of consumers around the globe.

iFit offers workout options for every fitness level and interest, from bodyweight training, HIIT cardio workouts and yoga, to connected fitness workouts on NordicTrack and ProForm home equipment, and Freemotion equipment for commercial facilities. Patented interactive technology allows iFit Trainers to create highly personalized workouts for iFit members and Live Adjust™ the user’s incline, speed and resistance instantly during the workout to create the perfect workout for every fitness level. iFit interactive workouts are available on treadmills, stationary bikes, ellipticals, rowers, strength machines, and the iFit app for a range of exercise accessories.

iFit is owned by ICON Health & Fitness, the global leader in home, commercial and connected fitness and holds more than 275 fitness patents, with 138 pending. iFit workouts are available in English, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, French and German with more languages planned for 2020.

Kubrick by Kubrick: Dialogue Isolation and Restoration

Kubrick by Kubrick: Dialogue Isolation and Restoration

Kubrick by Kubrick: Dialogue Isolation and Restoration

The documentary “Kubrick by Kubrick” reveals previously unheard conversations between Stanley Kubrick and Michel Ciment, a French film critic who recorded their discussions over the course of 20 years.
Because these recordings were made in varying locations, they had differing background noise, quality, and reverberation. In some, they were in a restaurant with clanking silverware and glasses; in others, the voices were distant or distorted.

As these sonic differences distracted from the content, production company Temps Noir asked Audionamix to help make the recordings sound as similar as possible.

Audionamix used our advanced dialogue isolation technology to separate the speech from the background noise and reduce roominess. Then our engineers carefully adjusted the sound of each clip to create a more consistent sonic experience for the viewer.

FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE: Composer Mitsuto Suzuki and XTRAX STEMS

FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE: Composer Mitsuto Suzuki and XTRAX STEMS

FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE: Composer Mitsuto Suzuki and XTRAX STEMS

While excellent for DJs and remixers, XTRAX STEMS can also be a powerful tool for composers and sound designers looking to isolate audio elements for creative reuse. Recently XTRAX STEMS was used by the composer of the FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE. 

“FINAL FANTASY VII” has been a legendary video game since its release in 1997. It’s now been entirely remade and was released in Spring 2020 as “FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE”. While the game offers a new experience for users with updated graphics and gameplay, its music has also evolved by leaps and bounds due to Mitsuto Suzuki, the game’s composer.

Mitsuto used Audionamix’s XTRAX STEMS to separate audio elements for the ‘Honeybee Inn’ scene in the game, and spoke about the project in an exclusive interview with Sonicwire.

Mitsuto states, “This is a tool & software that can separate a two-mix into separate stems and export them. I used it to extract the material for the story when I incorporated the vocal material of ‘Honeybee Inn’. I can easily adjust the spectral balance of vocals, music and drums that I wanted to extract. For example, when you want to extract the rhythms only for breakbeats, it is fun to use and see how easily those materials are extracted using the tool. It’s super convenient!”  

Read the full interview with Mitsuto Suzuki on Sonicwire.

XTRAX STEMS Remix Challenge Winner: Steve Fulton

XTRAX STEMS Remix Challenge Winner: Steve Fulton

In April, we launched the first ever XTRAX STEMS Remix Challenge. Participants were sent the song “You and Your Ways” by The Beautiful Fragile with instructions to separate the track using XTRAX STEMS, and use the resulting stems as part of an original remix. After listening to dozens of great submissions, we crowned the winner, Steve Fulton, who won a Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 Audio Interface. We caught up with Steve to learn how his remix came to fruition and about his creative process in the studio.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your musical background?

I have been an active performing musician for almost 4 decades now YIKES! haha, and I have owned an operated a commercial recording studio for 28 years. I write, produce and engineer music on a daily basis.

How long have you been using XTRAX STEMS?

I starting using XTRAX v1 in late 2018.

How did you use XTRAX STEMS for the Remix Challenge?

I imported the stereo mix you sent into XTRAX and extracted it into three stems: Music, Percussion and Vocals. Then I imported those tracks into my first DAW.

How do you use XTRAX STEMS in your creative process?

I have now used XTRAX about a dozen times on some stereo tracks where there were no attainable multitracks. Usually it’s an older archived recording that I then ‘remix’ and augment to get a much better balance in presence.

How did you create the drums?  

I used the existing drums to create MIDI notes to augment in DAW #1 and also added an additional drummer groove over the top of the existing drums to drive the song along a little. Then I exported everything out in individual audio tracks into my 2nd DAW.

Which DAWs did you use?

I imported the original XTRAX STEMS into Logic Pro X first, then I exported all the multitrack audio from Logic to Pro Tools 10 HD and overdubbed the real instruments and synth and then mixed. I used Gavin Lurssen’s Mastering plug-in and iZotope Ozone 9 for mastering.

How did you create the guitar?

I played an Epiphone Casino for the ambient guitar part and ambient synth part (I think it was just an Xpand synth) and an electric bass part.

Did you use any samples?

No samples, just software instruments.

Do you have specific artists or genres that inspire you?

I truly love almost all music; if it is done with conviction, I am into it. Genre really doesn’t drive me. I have the music I write and perform and that is all over the map, and all the different genres and styles I produce…all over the map again.

What is Audio Lab Boise?

Audio Lab Boise my studio. I have owned and operated this studio for 28 years.

Is there anything else you’d like readers to know about you?

Along with being a singer songwriter, I am a producer / engineer. You can check out my work on the studio site as far as music I have produced. I am also an advocate for young aspiring artists and like to do whatever I can to help the next generation of artists.

Where can listeners find your music? 

My personal music is found on all digital platforms that you find links to from my music site, www.stevefultonmusic.com

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A big thank you to Steve Fulton for chatting with us and all of the other participants in the XTRAX STEMS Remix Challenge. We love to hear how you separate to create! Keep an eye out for future opportunities on the XTRAX STEMS community page.

🔊Listen: The Beautiful Fragile – You and Your Ways (Steve Fulton Remix)

The Story of XTRAX STEMS

The Story of XTRAX STEMS

The Story of XTRAX STEMS

Audionamix has been dedicated to the science of unmixing audio for over 10 years. Our mission has been to package smart separation technology in an easy to use interface that is accessible and affordable for all. After many years of development, the new XTRAX STEMS represents the realization of that vision. So how did we get here, and what makes the new XTRAX STEMS unique? Read on to learn (and hear!) more.

2014

Audionamix’s first commercial product line, ADX TRAX, was based on advanced signal processing – identifying the fundamental melody of a voice using a pitch guide and then using filters to separate the vocal from the rest of the music. This method relied heavily on manual user work to refine the pitch guide, thus better informing the separation algorithm. As a result, the software required a complicated feature set including an integrated spectral editor, and it often took a long time to get a good result.

We received many requests from DJs, musicians, engineers, producers, and artists for a simpler, faster solution.

2017

The initial release of XTRAX STEMS 1.0 was created in response to this feedback, featuring an easy-to-use workflow balanced with value and quality. We partnered our legacy TRAX algorithms with a new machine learning AI drum separation. The result was a simple, affordable product that could separate and isolate vocals, drums, and remaining music. One song in, three stems out.

“We Shine” by Fabulous Saturdays

Original Clip

“We Shine” by Fabulous Saturdays

XTRAX STEMS v1.0 - Vocals

“We Shine” by Fabulous Saturdays

XTRAX STEMS v1.0 - Drums

2018

Remixers, DJs, and educators quickly recognized the creative potential of such a tool and at NAMM 2018, MusicRadar honored XTRAX STEMS with the Best Software Award.

June 2018 – XTRAX STEMS 1.5 further delivered on our promise to make our technology accessible; it was our first Windows- compatible product, a long-time request from patient Windows users around the world. Version 1.5 was also available in English, French, and Japanese and added export support for Native Instruments’ STEM format, streamlining workflows for DJs.

October 2018 – Since the initial release of XTRAX STEMS, our research team was working hard behind the scenes to apply their latest breakthroughs in artificial intelligence to stem creation. The fruit of this labor, XTRAX STEMS 2, featured the new machine learning-driven “Advanced” algorithm, which represented a huge leap forward both in processing speed, and the quality of the vocal and drum stems.

In an effort to allow users to tailor and improve initial separations without creating a complicated post-processing editor, we added the real-time separation balance feature. The intuitive triangle matrix allowed for even better quality stems without sacrificing usability.

In recognition of these improvements, XTRAX STEMS 2 was crowned the 2019 Best Tech Tool for Schools and was nominated for a 2020 TEC Award for Best DJ Production Technology.

Our main focus became how to maintain and deliver consistent improvements on the technological side and address community feature requests from our growing user base. Considering our regular cloud-based algorithmic updates, it followed naturally that we couple a subscription-based product that allows for consistent and reliable support with a user-facing membership community. We unveiled our vision for the new XTRAX STEMS at Amsterdam Dance Event 2019 and took home the top prize for ADETech’s Companies2Watch.

2020

The launch of the brand new XTRAX STEMS subscription product, reworked from the ground up. The new version adds a fourth bass stem, separation options tailored to specific use-cases, and a De-bleed feature on each track for post-processing control. With GPU processing and updated algorithms, the new XTRAX STEMS is faster and sounds better than ever.

“We Shine” by Fabulous Saturdays

Original Clip

“We Shine” by Fabulous Saturdays

XTRAX STEMS v 4.0 - Vocals

“We Shine” by Fabulous Saturdays

XTRAX STEMS v 4.0 - Drums

Thanks to the subscription model, our team has dedicated resources to bring you regular updates and make continuous improvements in servers and separation algorithms. Our member community includes access to exclusive resources, events, and a forum by which you can directly vote for or suggest new features that are most important to you. We’re committed to our promise to offer the best, most affordable stem separator to our growing community.

Thank you so much for being a part of our story so far. We couldn’t have made it here without you, and we can’t wait to discover what we’ll create together.