ToneBytes has announced the release of GLS!, a free effect plug-in for removing vocals.
It works on the principle of the central channel subtraction, where singer’s voiсe is usually located. In addition, the plug-in is able to preserve bass and drums, which are also often located in the center of the stereo space and may suffer along with the voice.
GLS! well suited for music with a good stereo separation and a dry vocal, slightly worse for the wet vocal, and not suitable for the mono tracks. However wet vocals can also be a bit muted by narrowing the stereo before processing.
Do not expect magic. GLS! will remove not only the voice: some other musical instruments or sounds may also disappear or corrupt, and the song loses stereo. But in some cases the result is quite acceptable.
GLS! is available to download as a freeware VST effect plug-in for Windows PC.