Go on. Admit it. You want to let rip with a microphone … or hairbrush. And sing along to your favourite songs. But you don’t wanna share the stage. You want to remove the vocals from your favourite song tracks so that you can be the star. You can buy Karaoke versions of songs, but it is possible to get rid of (or at least reduce) the vocal track on a CD or MP3 with software. And what’s more you can do this for free. You just need to learn how to remove vocals from a song track!
How To Remove Vocal Tracks with Audacity
There are two ways of removing the voice from your song files. You need to make sure they are in a format that Audacity can read (*.wav, *.mp3, *.aiff are common formats) and then import. is quite straightforward, and the results are pretty good for most CDs, although if your recording is very old, or a live recording you will find the results are much less satisfactory, for most standard recordings you can remove the vocal track and become the star performer yourself. Also be aware this is not an exact science!
However, if you download and install the latest version of Audacity you will find that one of the processes in there is Vocal Removal. So import your track and just use the tool. There is a fuller explanation of how it works in their tutorial section. If you want more control, it is also possible to remove vocals (or considerably reduce their volume) by splitting the stereo track into two mono tracks and inverting one of the tracks. This video is a great step-by-step tutorial on how to do this.
So Now You’ve Removed The Vocals, What Else Do You Need?
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