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8. Phase-cancelling tricks
1 Thanks to the wonders of phase reinforcement and cancellation, we can utilise different mixes of the same song to extract important elements of the track for use in a guerilla remix. First, we’ll import a full vocal mix and instrumental of a house track onto our DAW’s timeline. Next, call up any utility plugin and add it to the instrumental channel.
2 When two identical signals are perfectly in phase and played together, they double in volume as the two signals reinforce each other. If we then flip the phase by 180 degrees, the two signals will cancel each other out, resulting in silence. To hear this in effect, hit the Phase flip button on the instrumental utility plugin.
3 With our full mix and instrumental out of phase with each other, the identical parts of each track disappear, leaving us with a completely isolated vocal take that’s an ideal starting point for a remix or bootleg of our own. This technique works equally well with any other parts of the mix you’re looking to steal – give it a try!