Remove the Lyrics From MOST Songs

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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.

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Wait, I wanted to remove the music, not the lyrics! I want to make a mashup, not some karaoke crap! Either way, this song I was using... Die House... why does it have to be incompatible with this trick?

din work :(

please make a karaoke for me

- sanam puri Main Hoon THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN 2

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

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.

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. :)

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

Thank you for this!