Introduction: Remove the Lyrics From MOST Songs

This will teach you how to remove the vocals from almost any song.
This is great for making your own Karaoke song

Now before i start i want you to know this won't completely remove the singer, but it will do a pretty good job of it so its worth a try.

Step 1: Download Audacity

You need to download Audacity, a free audio editing program.
First you need to go to google.com and search Audacity.
Then click on the first result which brings you to there homepage and has a download like right there.
I use the beta version but it makes no difference for this.

Step 2: Open a Song

First you need to open a song so click File the open and find your song.
For this process you need to make sure it is stereo or has two blue bars or else this won't work.

Step 3: Split the Stereo Track

You need to split the song from one stereo audio track to two separate left and right tracks.

Step 4: Invert Right Audio

For this step you need to invert the audio in the right bar.
To do this you need to click somewhere on the gray part of this bar,
then go to the Effects menu and select invert. (be sure the song is not playing when you try to do this)
The right track should look only a little different.

Step 5: Change to Mono

Change both the right and left tracks to mono.

Step 6: Play the Song

You're done, thats all there is to it!!!!!
Just click play and there you go!!!!
You can now save it as an .wav .mp3(if you download the "LAME MP3 encoder" plug-in from their site) or a few other files !!



Thats it.

Comments

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MadhavS11 (author)2017-02-15

din work :(

please make a karaoke for me

- sanam puri Main Hoon THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN 2

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AshwinC6 (author)2017-01-28

I made it. Works well with well separated channels with only singer's voice equal in both channels. Thanks dude!

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CoolGuy7G (author)2016-10-30

it didn't work...

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AwesomeD6 (author)CoolGuy7G2017-01-20

same

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AwesomeD6 (author)2017-01-20

didnt work

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Dragon940C (author)2017-01-13

I tried this and it worked at about 95% success, so thanks Dancerboi.

For those who it didn't work for and are complaining... take it easy. This cost you NOTHING but about 30 seconds of your life. You have to remember not all songs are created equal, so it's impossible to give you one instructable to service all songs.

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JacobRoan (author)2013-02-22

If anyone's wondering how this works, what happens when you invert a track is the same if you invert an image, it becomes the exact opposite. If you were to layer these two over each other and they were both identical (mono) you would hear nothing because they would cancel each other out. The same thing would happen with the original image and the inverted one if you layered them with 50% opacity. Now the reason this cancels the vocals and not most of the other audio is because vocals are always recorded in mono, while most other instruments are recorded in stereo, giving them minute differences that stand out when the tracks are flipped.

So for an example of complete inversion cancellation you can split the stereo track in Audacity then change it from left or right to mono, duplicate it, and invert one of them. You should here nothing at all, pretty cool right?!

Well anyways, this doesn't really work to well, because some instruments are mono recorded, and you lose A LOT of sound quality with this technique, and the biggest problem is that there is a lot of added stereo reverb and effects added to vocals today.

Well I hope you enjoyed my little audio lesson today. :)

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vasacordar5 (author)JacobRoan2017-01-05

i have problem with playback soun, how to remove it?

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cdbattags (author)JacobRoan2014-03-07

Thank you for this!

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CoolGuy7G (author)2016-11-08

this screwed up my song how I fix it

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swathil (author)2015-11-26

Thank you....

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ShubhamD46 (author)swathil2016-07-17

thansk???? jaise tera to ho hi gya ho.. Huh Jhut ki bhi had hoti hai

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drewdozier123 (author)2016-07-16

i did every thing correctly but the audio sounds horrible, like its compressed, is there a way to fix that?

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ShubhamD46 (author)drewdozier1232016-07-17

Right :) These are making money only !!

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ToddM52 (author)2016-03-20

You LEFT OUT ONE IMPORTANT STEP! Step 7, You must delete the top track and save the bottom.

This is the only way it will work.

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BenjaminM115 (author)ToddM522016-07-06

Deleting the top track just makes it a mono track still with lyrics

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BryanR71 (author)ToddM522016-06-08

Can I just do the opposite of this to isolate the lyrics

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sengs (author)2016-03-18

STALDER SCHOOL OF DANE-COME DANCE WITH ME

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Splortched (author)2016-02-17

Well I tried this first with no success to Mushroomheads Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children, didn't work so great. Then I tried Cradle of Filth's Thornography and now I'm sitting here listening to a very disturbing Rise of The Pentagram.

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Fred1599 (author)2015-12-15

Cool! I warped the song "Want You Gone"

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rokeby2014 (author)2015-12-06

does not work :((((((

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rokeby2014 made it! (author)2015-12-06

If it is not becoming dark double click on the audio u want

Doc1.docx
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rokeby2014 (author)2015-12-06

If it is not becoming dark double click on the audio u want

Doc1.docx
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DollyD (author)2015-07-28

the audio is not becoming dark grey

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CharlineCaisse (author)2015-07-15

I am not really sure if this will work properly. must give it a try, thank you

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BaBy_PaRrot (author)2015-06-14

Audacity shows me a message when i try to import a song. The message is as follows: Audacity attempted to use FFmpeg to import an audio file, but the libraries were not found.

To use FFmpeg import, go to Preferences >Libraries to download or locate the FFmpeg libraries.

I have downloaded and tried to locate the FFmpeg...but my songs still don't show up on audacity. What is the issue?

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Mat Sep (author)BaBy_PaRrot2015-07-01

Could you tell me the OS and the version of Audacity you are using?

Before getting your answer, I have already got a workaround for codec/library problems: convert format of your input files to FLAC (an open source, high quality format that doesn't need any additional libraries installed) or mp3 (an additional library is needed), and export the output into one of these formats.

Good lock!

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Kage AbodyN (author)2015-06-15

i have tried doing the same steps with that song ( Mudvayne - Goodbye ) because i really couldnt find ANY karaoke version of it online, but unfortunately, audacity didnt do anything but alter the quality of the song :/ please help me or atleast make a Karaoke version of the song for me , thanks alot in advance !!

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T0BY (author)2015-06-14

Very clever! Wish I had thought of this.

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Re_Co_Joe (author)2015-06-05

It works, only the Step 4 was incorrect: I couldn't select only one bar to invert, so I allways to inverted both bars. But I could select and copy-paste the inverted right bar to a whole new window, in which I opened the uninverted music. So I overrighted the uninverted right bar, with the inverted one. Problem: solved, yeah! ;)

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jeremy loa (author)2015-04-03

In the reff part it doesn't work but the bridge , etc it works .

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arl127 (author)2015-03-14

This method does not works. Period.

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kapil.saini.969 (author)2015-03-05

Audacity can not remove vocal at all.. thats it

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kapil.saini.969 (author)2015-03-05

Audacity can not remove vocal at all.. thats it

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raufarau (author)2015-02-01

How to save after play da song

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rosestar130 (author)2015-01-16

This is great, but it seems to do the exact opposite - the vocals are fine, but the instrumental's all wonky...

help? ehe

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E4lnf (author)2014-11-01

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3UnMKGWSrE I can't do it with this one. Can anyone help me please?

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steven.milano.18 (author)2014-10-26

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmfe-HfHG-o I tried to do it with this and got left with just vocals

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Mack2801 (author)2014-10-06

This looks and sounds great. Unfortunately, I have tried several sets of directions (all which say the same thing), and severalsongs I purchased from iTunes and NONE of them work. What am I doing wrong? Why isn't it working? Please help!!!!

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EmmoH (author)2014-10-05

Thank you! It really worked :DD

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MisMuz (author)2014-09-17

I went through the steps multiple times and the objective was not met. I can still hear the singers voice throughout the audio. Does anyone have an idea why?

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G.Ranganathan (author)2014-09-01

Sir, can you please help me with one fine.. i would b greatly thankful.. pls sir.. THANK YOU

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DancerBoi (author)G.Ranganathan2014-09-01

What song are you trying to accomplish this with?

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G.Ranganathan (author)DancerBoi2014-09-01

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAYrMDeM9PI

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DancerBoi (author)G.Ranganathan2014-09-01

This song unfortunately was recorded in a manor that is not compatible with this process. The only way this method works is if the vocals are recorded on a center track while the rest is subtly different on the Left versus Right track. that way when you inverse it and overlap it it cancels out the sound waves. This song was recorded very simply and I have no way of isolating and removing the vocals. I'm very sorry that I am unable to help, I hope you find a way to accomplish what you desire.

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G.Ranganathan (author)DancerBoi2014-09-01

Tank u sir.. ll send u d link in mail..

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Jamesthemetrixman (author)2014-05-01

on my first song, the words and the sound quality significantly decreased, with very garbled words in the background. almost as awful sounding as a ruined record. Hopefully better luck later on.

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power000 (author)2013-11-13

I did it!!! wonderfull

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power000 (author)2013-11-13

Sir i am using sound force,can you please help me ,I choose one channel i reverse it ,and what do you mean ''change to mono''. I can not find this option. You mean to make another file with the inverted channel?

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dvitale2 (author)2013-02-25

I really like this because I can discern the harmonies easier. Thanks a lot man!

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