An audio editing platform that’s a true “game changer”. I’ve honestly never used that goofy term in my life, but in this instance it’s 100% true and applicable.

Like a lot of home musicians, I’ve always wanted to play along with my favorite artists. Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Clapton, Journey, Santana… the usual suspects that we all know and love. But what I really wanted, were backing tracks of my favorite songs, with the guitar parts omitted.

And they’re painfully difficult to find – at least any backing tracks with good quality. What’s even more difficult to find (almost impossible really) are backing tracks made from the original artists themselves.

And then RipX comes along and changes everything.

Of all the music or recording related software that I’ve ever used, this is the one that gives me all the freedom I was looking for. And it’s the one I rave about the most. I highly recommend you grab a trial version and take it for a spin.

Fun fact: All of the cover songs that I record begin with RipX as the first step. Those songs all have the original audio, by the original artists, their vocals, their instruments etc… but I removed the guitars.

For decades, beatmakers and DJs have had to rely on a less-than-ideal combination of heavy-handed EQ and filtering, combined with various phase and expansion tricks to try and extract individual instruments out of existing tracks with as few artefacts as possible. This has almost always been an inexact and extremely laborious task.

Needless to say, the ability to digitally isolate, locate, and draw out specific instruments from within a busy master track (and to do so with proper accuracy and limited artefacts or spill), has been something of a holy grail for crate diggers and sample fanatics ever since the beginning of the DAW revolution – it has just taken a while for the technology to get to a point where it allows for consistently musical results. This is precisely where UK developer Hit’n’Mix and their flagship RipX software come into the equation.

For over 10 years Hit’n’Mix has been on the forefront of refining this kind of technology and it shows in the attention to detail and impressive processing power of their latest offering.

Comprised of two main components – DeepRemix, which is a broader set of tools primarily for separating audio files into individual vocal, bass, drum, and instrumental stems, and DeepAudio – which allows you to really hone in and manipulate particular elements from within your imported audio file, the RipX package may well be the most powerful and best suited tool for this kind of processing we’ve come across, I mean there is some serious voodoo going on here.

The first step is the analyzation and extraction process, which is as mysterious as it is impressive.

Using sophisticated AI algorithms and powerful DSP, the ‘ripper’ somehow manages to extract and analyze audio with an accuracy unlike anything we’ve really seen before, reverse engineering tracks regardless of source quality and providing clean, usable results on an incredibly consistent basis.

Obviously, given the complexity and detail of what we are asking RipX to do, this kind of processing does take a little bit time to analyze, so it’s probably worth making some coffee or something while you let the software do its thing.

Once extracted though, you are left with high quality stems that are the perfect starting point for loops or backtrack creation.

RipX Deep Audio

Perhaps the true beauty of RipX DeepAudio and DeepRemix is how its usefulness transcends regardless of application. For the traditional musician, you have a powerful analysis engine and transcription tool, with the ability to isolate and transpose to better help with ear training.

For remixers and beatmakers, you have the ultimate isolation tool and the perfect starting point for samples and loop work. For DJs, the ability to remix and remove troublesome midrange instruments for extended versions before exporting straight to WAV and then on into your DJ software is an optimized workflow of the highest order.

For me personally, the ability to just be able to chuck a track into RipX and pull out a passable multitrack to drink beers to is more than worth the cost of entry. I’ll go back to my corner now.