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Remove The Lyrics From MOST Songs

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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.
 
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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.
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gangsan19963 years ago
i used this on Friday by RB
geez... please dont remind me of that song!
im not trying to me mean or rude or anything but i absolutely DESPISE that song! it makes my ears bleed!

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.

JacobRoan1 year ago
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. :)

Thank you for this!

power0008 months ago
I did it!!! wonderfull
power0008 months ago
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?
dvitale21 year ago
I really like this because I can discern the harmonies easier. Thanks a lot man!
Tested it on two songs
The Decemberists - Calamity Song: Muted the vocals, still half-audible in the background.
Ellie Goulding - Lights: Removed all vocals except echo effects and chorus.
ace_gatling2 years ago
When recording a music, sometimes the sound table controller selects Left channel for Voice and Right channel for guitar, bass and drums (or the opposite).

What I am saying is they SOMETIMES separate Voice for a exclusive channel. However, today, it's rare to see that; check out The Who songs, especially "Eminence Front"; without the Left channel you cant hear the singer except in the Chorus...

Left, Right Channels --> Search for Stereo Audio
This did absolutely nothing for me, did not work. I thought you were supposed to take pride in your work on this site.
DancerBoi (author)  Little John J132 years ago
... Okay, this has worked for me many times with legitimate songs i have bought. The song you tried to use it on was most likely either recorded in mono or dual mono (meaning it's the same on the left and the right track) this would cause this method ineffective.

I posted this as a guide for others to try to accomplish a task i already know how to do, this was for you to enjoy, and i'm sorry it didn't live up to your expectations. Much apologies.
tpennells2 years ago
nice, remove the whole song as well as the vocals. I thought you were gonna go for some EQ or something, would have been much more effective
DancerBoi (author)  tpennells2 years ago
Feel free to post your own instuctable on how you would do it, this is just one way I learned to and thought I would share it with all of you.
deiriz3 years ago
this technique will only render the song out of phase. it will remove alot of frequencies and the song will sound empty it is not the correct way to remove frequencies.
DancerBoi (author)  deiriz3 years ago
Wow. This was just one way to accomplish the task. If you have a better way to do this for free, then feel free to post it, but saying what's wrong with the way i do it is not helpful. At all. Thank you.
it didnt work for me at all
Krayzi992 years ago
tried Awake and alive, didnt really work
you can kind of hear the lyrics
casey112 years ago
i downloaded it but when i click on it a bunch of coding crap comes up. how do i open it?
kratos4042 years ago
I made it, It Works, try to make one to Mute the Lyrics :D
it worked for me. I tried The Wild Swans' song Liquid Mercury. and it worked good, and of course the accompanying sound did somewhat changed a bit. But it's good.. thanks!!
DancerBoi (author)  ryanavellanosa2 years ago
Glad i could help =]
theudsingh3 years ago
i didnot get you.. i download it but its not working.. :( please help me anyone.. :( upindersinghht@gmail.com
Terry20304 years ago
Hey Dancerboi,   I seem to be having a problem with step # 4.  Invert right audio.  I click in the grey area of the right bar, go click on effect the items in the drop down box are not operating.  They are all grey.  As I go down to invert it is high lighted but nothing happens when I click on it.  None of the steps after that work either.  Any suggestions ?  I have tried several songs but the same thing happens.  This a good instructable.  I think you did a good job.  I just think I am doing something wrong. 
Thanks
you need to actually press the Stop button. the big yellow square in your transport. (top left corner)
DancerBoi (author)  Terry20303 years ago
Progenic is right, you must stop the song before you can apply any effects to the track.
nbagf Terry20304 years ago
 you are doing nothing wrong just click where it says then use your mose to highlight the song.


p.s. the lyrics didn't go away for me



Since im not familiar with audacity in any way im just guessing here but i would say that your problem might be caused by your attempt to change/edit the audio file during playback.
You should check this, because what you're describing does sound very similar to what happens in most of the common audio editors when trying to add an effect or adjust/edit the audio signal in any other way during its playback.

If the same problem occurs when processing the audiofile while it is not playing, i can only say good luck...

foobear3 years ago
This is interesting. It would be cool if the instructable had a before and after play button for a song that this worked on.
sgaudreau894 years ago
 I am unable to get this to work, i've tried 3 or 4 different songs and none of them work. any explanation? they're all dragged and dropped from itunes into audacity and i'd expect they're relatively high quality encodings.
import the actual file
itunes probably converted it
:{ [does it look like a man with a mustach

Audacity only takes Mp3...etc. Itunes uses MPEG4.

aram.bv4 years ago
 this will only work if the song has a good quality, means it is recorded in a studio and not reconverted after, because most of the songs you can find from internet don't have that quality, so they don't really have lyrics in one side and music in the other, and it makes it impossible to remove them in this way, but instead Audacity has another feature called Vocal Remover, I don't really know how it works for this type of files with bad quality but it's made for that :)
MCzone aram.bv3 years ago
i am sorry i ment bad quality not bab
MCzone aram.bv3 years ago
the bab quality vocal remover did not work for me
I did me against the world by 2pac
i love the rattling at the begining
macmilli3 years ago
I have the same problem with step 4. I have the part selected but all the effects are grey. why does this not work?
DancerBoi (author)  macmilli3 years ago
this happened because you tried to apply an effect while the song was playing or paused, you must stop the song to apply any effects.
RyanxRAGE3 years ago
I did it to "You Know My Name" by Chris Cornell and parts of the song came out garbled. Is this to be expected or is it just the song?
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