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4080Records Tribute to Bobby McFerrin

Bobby McFerrinI’m pretty sure many of you people out there know who Bobby McFerrin is, but for those of you who don’t let me just tell you that he is one of the greatest performers in the world.

One of the biggest names in acapella and vocal percussion, you probably know him best from Don’t Worry Be HappyHe’s got incredible range and is, quite frankly, probably one of the biggest inspirations for many of the best beatboxers in the world. 

This guy’s performances can be absolutely mesmerizing, and I want you to start checking out his Youtube hits soon.  He’s starting to get older, but is still killing it on stage.  And he’s won a bunch of Grammy’s, so he’s gotta be good.

I think I wanted especially to highlight Bobby because it demonstrates that the same mechanics which influence a surprising amount of hip hop.  Yet he gets Grammys, and much of hip hop is widely derided by the ‘cultural’ communities.

But it is amazing that McFerrin is able to utilize his talents in a way that enlighten people and is so well received.  Check this out for a video of his performance at a science festival.


Need to make a quick acapella? Here’s how.

The ScratchLive.net forums play host to a ton of musical knowledge and you should take full advantage of it when you can.

This post in particular is super useful. In it, he uses Adobe Audition, but any music-editing program should do the trick.

Here’s what poster D-Twizzle says:

Rip the album version and instrumental version from CD as a standard Uncompressed WAV file.
You should have 2 files which are normally the same length and size.
Open up Audition and line them up PERFECTLY. Zoom in and make sure the wave forms peak at the exact same spots. This part is KEY.
Play the tracks, they should play as normal, maybe a little loud, since you could be peaking past 0db.
INVERT either file, doesn’t matter which one, but only choose 1 file.
Now when you look in the zoomed multi-track view, the wave files should peak at the exact opposite spots.
Now play the tracks, and you should just hear the vocals/acapella. Export that to a new file and save it as your acapella.

Why does this work? Since the wave form phase for the instrumental and Original version are exact opposites, they cancel/phase out each other and you are left with the vocals.

Not sure if this works, but it may be a pretty handy little trick.