Vuvuzela removal

We’re hearing complaints everywhere about the noisemakers called Vuvuzelas during the world cup. Whether you are a fan of the sport or not, you can appreciate when a fellow hacker gets annoyed and start hacking. [Tube] has created a software filter that manages to remove the sound of the Vuvuzela from the videos. He shares the process of how it was all created, using Logic Express and a Mac mini (Google translation). Maybe this will also provide some relief from the constant stream of Vuvuzela whining as well.

[via DVice]

Comments

  1. Brad Hein says:

    Can you please make one that filters out bass heads driving down the street or stopped at a light with their music excessively loud? ;-)

  2. oliverstokes says:

    i cant believe they havent been banned yet. Blow them during goals etc, but not for the whole 90 minutes. /facepalm

  3. luke says:

    Can you please make one that filters out bass heads driving down the street or stopped at a light with their music excessively loud? ;-)

    just delete the audio and dub in the traffic sounds or re record your voice if you where talking. hard but eaiser than makin a program

  4. Imanoss says:

    Apparently the experts say its impossible to block out the vuvuzelas without damaging the quality of the commentary

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/8738604.stm

  5. Imanoss says:

    Apparently the experts say its impossible to block out the vuvuzelas without damaging the quality of the commentary

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/8738604.stm

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment_and_arts/10317767.stm

  6. saihenjin says:

    i think he meant in real time. ;)

  7. davo1111@work says:

    @Imanoss

    I don’t understand that, if the commentary are recording in a glass box, why can’t they edit the stream, then dub their sound over the top?

  8. osgeld says:

    man those things are annoying, and should be banned from the events

  9. Elias says:

    They are giving those things for free with all sorts of crap here in NL.
    And the kids like to blow them while playing outside…
    Oh joy.

  10. genome says:

    @davo1111

    The real issue is the vuvuzela encroaches on the same frequency as human speech. I don’t see any reason why they cant do this, since they already do this with their alternative commentary service.

    I imagine they want viewers to be able to hear football players on the pitch and running such a filter would cut out too much information.

    Personally I like the vuvuzelas, they have a soothing tone to them en masse.

  11. mowcius says:

    Oh I like that very much.

    The example audio provided sounds very good. Now they need to create some kind of firefox plugin so you can do it on any online video you watch.

    I haven’t honestly being watching the football. I don’t care for it myself but this sounds good anyway.

    Mowcius

  12. bADiTCH says:

    They drove me nut’s watching the US game on Saturday. Maybe they would not be so bad if they were not being blown all the freakin’ time!

  13. Karl says:

    I was just thinking about this last night. It’d be very cool if someone made a real-time filter.

  14. Brennan says:

    “Personally I like the vuvuzelas, they have a soothing tone to them en masse.”

    not sure if serious.

  15. Erik J says:
    mplayer -af
    pan=1:0.5:0.5,sinesuppress=233:0.01,sinesuppress=466:0.01,sinesuppress=932:0.01,
    sinesuppress=1864:0.01,sinesuppress=232:0.01,sinesuppress=465:0.01,
    sinesuppress=931:0.01,sinesuppress=1863:0.01,sinesuppress=234:0.01,
    sinesuppress=467:0.01,sinesuppress=933:0.01,sinesuppress=1865:0.01
    
  16. davo1111@work says:

    lol yeah, i hope its a troll. I dont mind them when they score a goal / full time etc, but for the whole 90 minutes… :/

  17. Dan says:

    There are a few issues with Surfpoeten’s solution:

    1. It requires LogicPro. If you’re not an audio pro, you’ll probably not own it and it is not really cheap.

    2. They don’t block all of the harmonics of the Vuvuzela.

    I created my own filter using GarageBand–check it out at http://imrich.net/2010/06/vuvuzelas-filtern-mit-garageband/2/

  18. Itwork4me says:

    This ain’t a hack! I wanna see a solar power cooler with a compressor in it driving thirty or more of the vuvuzella. That way I don’t have to use my own air.

  19. Brennan says:

    @Itwork4me Yeah! And make sure you include an automatic-trigger-puller mechanism that shoots the user in the face just before the sound starts!

  20. hobby16 says:

    Vuvuzelas, ah, that marvelous self-inflicted torture.
    If you invest in SA in next decades, think of the hearing aid sector.

  21. Tinus says:

    I’m a South African and I have to agree that the vuvuz drove me insane for a while. But you kinda get used to them and then they don’t bother you anymore. Except when your neighbour blows one at 3 am… that still sucks :(

  22. nebulous says:

    At this point I’d prefer to see Vuvuzela insertions, instead, and may perform a few myself if this keeps up.

    Dutch broadcaster now just has the noise from the pitch nearly inaudible, and I think they’re doing some simple frequency-based filtering as well.

    Watching a foreign stream meant I could hardly hear the commentators, which is just f’ing ridiculous.

  23. Jan says:

    I just did this for Ubuntu Linux 9.10:

    1) sudo apt-get install pulseaudio-equalizer
    2) In Menu > Applications > Sound & Video start PulseAudio Equalizer. End it.
    3) In /home/YOURUSERNAME/.pulse/ open file equalizerrc.
    4) Add 233, 466, 932 and 1864 to the list, at the right place. Save.
    5) Start PulseAudio Equalizer again.
    6) Move the controllers for the above four values down.
    7) Tick “EQ Enabled” and click “Apply Settings”.
    8) DONE. The Vuvuzelas are filtered.

    9) You can even save this setting by typing in a new filter name in the filter drop down list.

    Jan

    P.S.:
    Germany wins!

  24. Jeff says:

    wow that sounds good!

  25. tim says:

    here you can download an mp3 file that cancel the vuvuzela sound if played on your stereo at the same time you watch tv.

    http://www.antivuvuzelafilter.com/

    not free

  26. Osgeld says:

    yea cause that always works, sounds like a scam to me

  27. tim says:

    yes, it is a scam, brilliant scam

  28. Ho0d0o/Heatgap says:

    This has to be the most ridiculous thing ever to have to worry about…Why on Earth did they ever allow those dumb sounding horns to begin with. It’s obviously menacing and is about the same as every single person at the Super Bowl bringing in multiple Air Horns per person and blowing them constantly.

    I bet the players hated it.

  29. Ho0d0o/Heatgap says:

    Edit: in the pic above you can see a woman in the BG that looks like shes had enough of these morons blowing fart horns all game!

  30. Billco says:

    @lmanoss: You’re right, the commentary would suffer because they would be saying “Goddamn I hate these imbeciles and their vuvuzelas” and we’d be replying “What vuvuzelas?”

    Frankly I think anyone caught entering a stadium with such a toy should have it forcefully shoved up their rectum. With all the homophobia down there, I think they’d curb the behaviour pretty quick.

  31. stunmonkey says:

    I don’t get why the stations themselves aren’t doing it. It isn’t rocket surgery to remove a fucking single tone and all of the damn things run a pretty solid B flat.

    B flat. Bf3 within a few cents +/-. Notch filtering is not a hack.

  32. l says:
  33. strider_mt2k says:

    One one thing you wish WOULD back up into the mains…

  34. Xtreme says:

    Cool thing. Thanks for posting. It’s just about time that the buzzing sound be stopped.

  35. HackJoe says:
  36. bugmeister says:

    i live in israel and the wc is streamed on the internet by channel 1 (www.iba.org.il/mondial). The stream is using windows media player so if you have ffdshow installed you only need to apply an equalizer at 200 and 500 Hz down to -20dB and also use FIR filter of type bandpass, 24 taps at a freq of 450 with window type box.

    no more buzzing for me.

  37. brandonman says:

    Anybody else think those retarded things sound like a swarm of flies, locust or something? :/

  38. Timg555 says:

    I say we fight sound with sound.

  39. cornelius785 says:

    why not something like an adaptive LMS filter to cancel out the noise? i’ve seen (well… heard) one remove white-ish noise from a song before. you would never know that there was music in the noise pre-filter and then after, it was crystal clear (after the initial startup transient dies out) to MY (may not be to everyone’s) ears. getting a streaming sample of the noise that is correlated to the noise in the commentator’s speaking shouldn’t be all that hard. i’m guessing/hoping it shouldn’t be that hard to pull off with either a prerecorded sound file of the noise or just put a microphone nearby. IF a noise cancelling adpative filter works, then the wonderful droning will be gone.

  40. Albert says:

    Have any of you blowed one yet? If you haven’t please don’t voice your opinion. They are mighty fun!

  41. Steve W says:

    More Vuvuzela removal options…

    A Windows executable for Vista & Later:

    http://www.stardock.com/labs/devuvuzelator/

    VST plug-ins for Mac/Windows/Linux:

    http://isophonics.net/content/whats-all-about-vuvuzela

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