The magic of sox

April 18th, 2011

I've been trying to fiddle about with a 6 channel audio track, trying to get a movie soundtrack without the dialogue. The basic principle is that most of the dialogue is in the centre channel, so inverting left and adding that to right strips the dialogue, but keeps the music (and sound effects). I was using audacity, but the size of the files meant it brought my computer to its knees (because of hard drive access and a stupidly large paging file).

After some searching I found vox, which is a command line tool. It's pretty much like piping text from one tool to another, but with audio 😀 yummm!