Mike Pyne, LRAM, ARCM, LGSM, LTCL, A.Mus.A, Dir. of Music, Australia
Audio engineers will tell you that it is impossible to do what Vogone does! It's close to black magic!!
My interest in karaoke is directly related to Vogone - which didn't exist when I started trying to remove the lead vocal or instrumental part from recordings using a $2000 hardware device called the Thompson Vocal Eliminator (I have one I'll sell you!). It was possible to eliminate the lead vocal on about 25% of the material I tried - but the quality of the audio track that I was left with was greatly inferior to what can be achieved with Vogone.
I can assure you that I have tried every hardware and and software program I could find - Thompson VE-3 hardware box, the "live" vocal elimination function on my Sony DVD player and my JVC Karaoke machine, and three other software programs - before I came to the conclusion that there is NO other program that does as good a job as Vogone with such ease of use. If you want to buy a professional audio editing prog like WaveLab, Soundforge etc and cut and paste and fiddle about for hours/days/weeks/months to get one clean track, you might be able to get a better result - but I wouldn't put money on it! And the time & effort involved is incomparable to the ease and excellent results that can be achieved with Vogone.
I just tried a Roy Orbison .mp3 (Workin for the Man) and a Sinatra (They Can't Take That Away From Me). The vocal removal is extraordinarily good! The minimal amount of lead vocal remaining would never be heard when replaced by a performer. What is also quite remarkable is just how good the remaining instrumental backing is compared to the original!! When I switch between the original track and the Vogone processed track, the Vogoned track has SO MUCH MORE LIFE & PRESENCE than the very flat sounding original!!
Garry Leslie, UK, MTU.Community Forum
I decided to upgrade to Vogone 3.004. Well I had my socks blown off! I re-did a lot of stuff where I had the vocal almost gone, most are now gone completely, and have done some new stuff, which had been a failure in the past. We all know that there are tunes impossible to delete, but if anybody has a product that is better than Vogone, they haven't put it on the market. I do a lot of obscure stuff which has never been available on karaoke discs, well it is now. Keep up the good work!
Orzelw, MTU.Community Forum
I got my Vogone 3.004 free upgrade last night and went to work on a few "mic drown-out" tracks created using the previous version. I had good success at reducing the vocals even further on several. On my "Best of Gerry and the Pacemakers" CD, a collection from various albums, the mixes are... well, mixed. On two of the tracks I had the balance adjustment halfway across the scale from center pan, and the vocals were totally eliminated! I have my work cut out for me now, going back on the troublesome tracks and running them through this new version. The new off-center panning adjustment will save me hours in the future, not having to try hit-and-miss rebalancing in a third-party audio wave editor. I still got improved vocal removal with Vogone 3.004 over the results from my rebalanced wave files.
Lynda Vanett, email received at MTU
I just upgraded from Vogone 2.210 to 3.004. Having previously used this program, I knew it was already the best out there. On some songs which were previously "Vogoned" with 2.210, I was very pleased to discover that 3.004 actually removed more vocal in spots AND retained some instruments which were previously lost! Vogone is still a far better product than its competition. Do not be fooled by web sites, cheap software, or costly equipment claiming to be "better". Get Vogone and you'll be glad you did!
Songbird, MTU.Community Forums Post
I have been using Vogone to make some of my own karaoke songs for [a School] show and it is working GREAT! I AM SO THRILLED WITH IT! I've been a professional singer for 30 years and have been wishing for something like this forever!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks again to everyone. This [MTU.Community] is the BEST help site for people like me who are fumbling around not knowing half of what we should!!!!
Doug D., United Kingdom, Professional Singer
I THOUGHT I WOULD SEND YOU THIS E-MAIL, PLEASE EXCUSE THE CAPITALS, AS I'M A SINGER NOT A TYPIST. JUST TO LET YOU KNOW THAT I HAVE VOGONE 1 AND 2, AND USE THEM ALL THE TIME MORE OR LESS DAILY. I ALSO HAVE AND USE ON A VERY REGULAR BASIS, KARAOKE PRO, AND MICROSTUDIO. I NOW WONDER HOW I EVER MANAGED BEFORE! I HAVE SEVERAL OTHER PROGRAMMES FROM OTHER SOURCES IN THE USA, BUT NONE WORK A WELL AS YOURS, SURE THERE ARE SMALL BUGS, BUT NOTHING TO EVEN THINK ABOUT, SO PLEASE LET ALL YOUR CLIENTS AND OTHERS KNOW THAT THIS IS A VERY SPECIAL TESTIMONIAL AS I NEVER WRITE LETTERS, IF I CAN HELP IT, BUT YOUR PROGRAMMES ARE REALLY WORTH IT.
mojorising92, Vogone Open Forum post
I was a Dart and Cooledit Pro 2 fan to remove vocals from Wav files. I bought Vogone 2.104 at midnight and was surprised I was able to get it in minutes. I started to work on some 60's music and Light My Fire. I had the best sound possible for Karaoke. The sound is clearer with very little distortion at all. So far Vogone 2.104 is the best vocal reducer that I ever work with it. If you looking for a program that has instrument on the same track of the vocals I was surprise I can get some of the instrument sound back without a echo effect. Clearly this is the program to get.
Lauraine G., Vogone 2.104 Beta Tester, UK
I cannot speak for the others, but when I say, for instance, 70% removal I mean that 70% of the vocal sound including reverb/echoes/whatever is gone, and that only 30% of the total lead vocal sound remains. Please Note: I am using songs from my "Difficult Folder"!
95% reduction - The First To Know (Dinah Washington)
90% reduction - Quando Quando Quando (Englebert Humperdinck) New, thumping, driving version
85% reduction - Straight Tequila (Trini Triggs)
80% reduction - I´m Gonna Knock On Your Door (Nashville Allstars)
70% reduction - Answer Me (Barbara Dickson) This is from a live recording so I may never get acceptable results. Having said that I am getting about 70% removal, which is OK for rehearsal purposes.
70% reduction - Winner (Jane McDonald)
70% reduction - You Don´t Know Me (Jane McDonald)
70% reduction - I Believe In You (Barbara Dickson)
70%/50% reduction - Cattle Call (LeAnn Rimes & Eddy Arnold) - 70% of Mr Arnold´s removed, 50% of Miss Rimes´
60% reduction - Fool Number One (the Mavericks)
60% reduction - Missing You (Chris deBurgh) This is the slow, dreamy version, not the brighter tempo hit version
50% reduction - I Need Your Love So Bad (Fleetwood Mac)
40% reduction - Stranger on the Shore (Acker Bilk)
George Luther, Arizona
Karaoke enthusiasts can expand their horizons by using Vogone to remove lead instruments from instrumentals. Why restrict yourself to vocal removal when there's a wealth of instrumentals out there that can be used for Karaoke? Who wants to compete with the alto sax? Not a problem... just run it through Vogone the same as you would a vocal. Most recording studios treat the lead instrument the same as the lead singer and record on a separate track, but seldom use reverb or echo. In most instances the lead instrument will be completely gone after processing with Vogone. If there is anything remaining, such as the echo we are used to with vocals, it will become part of the background orchestration. Try it, it works!