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 one of the most cost effective ways to get rid of (or at least reduce) the vocal track on a CD, in a YouTube video, or a song in your iTunes library, is with software.
Here are 2 ways to create your own singalong Karaoke tracks.
Remove The Voice From Song Tracks Method 1
The first way to remove vocal tracks (and much more) is to download a copy of My Voice Karaoke Vocal Removal Software. This inexpensive software For Mac and Windows has been specifically designed to remove vocals, and has lots of other great features too.
- It simply lets you import tracks from your iTunes® library, audio CDs, video files, and/or recordings from internet radio stations. You can even create karaoke songs using any music that you find on YouTube®
- You can then suppress the lead vocal from the recordings. *
- In addition with My Voice you can automatically search the internet for lyrics to the songs, or you can add the words and synch them to the music yourself
- You can then use a microphone to sing karaoke along with your favourite recordings (use a USB Mic, a vocal mic attached via an audio interface, or even your computer’s built-in microphone)
- Plus, you can even add some great sounding reverb within the My Voice software to give your voice extra depth
- You could also show the world your vocal abilities by taking a laptop out for a live performance, or record your performance and share it
- My Voice Karaoke Software even has a feature that lets you change the pitch of the song higher or lower to fit your vocal range, to make the song easier to sing.
- Additionally, song tempos (speed) can also be changed, in case you want to create a more up-beat dance version of a track…. or slow it down to practise.
* Vocal removal technology is accurate for about 80% of the audio CDs on the market today. My Voice Karaoke cannot remove vocals from live recordings and/or very old recordings.
Remove Vocal Tracks Method 2 (this one is free)
MyVoice is the perfect software to remove vocal tracks. But it is also possible to use audio editing software and make a reasonable attempt yourself to remove the track from a wav file or mp3. And whereas you have to buy MyVoice you can download Audacity and have a go for free.
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?
The easiest way to turn your computer into a beast of a karaoke machine is with a USB microphone. Make sure you pick one that has a headphone socket … that way you can listen to what you’re doing while you sing along. A good entry level USB Microphone that comes with headphones, and can also be used as a standard mic as well is the Samson Q2U Handheld Vocal USB Mic. Or if you want to spend a bit more, consider the Rode NT-USB which is a professional studio condenser microphone.
We road-tested the best-selling USB mics available, so read our ultimate guide to USB mics so you can hear what they all sound like, and see video reviews of what they look like.