Remove the Vocals From a Song

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Intro: Remove the Vocals From a Song

If you need to remove the vocals or lyrics from a song in order to fix it or censor it, you've come to the right place. I'll tell you how to do just that, and I hope you like this tutorial!
The program I will be using, Audacity, can be downloaded here: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

NOTE: This does not always work for all songs, but it does for most of them.

Video:

Step 1: Open Audacity

If you haven't downloaded it already, download it. It is free. If you have, then open it up to a new project.

Step 2: Drag in the Song

Drag in the song from your desktop, or any folder. You can also drag in the song straight from iTunes.

Step 3: Split the Stereo Track

Go to the upper left of the sound track and click on the drop down arrow next to the name of the song. Click on "Split Stereo Track".

Step 4: Select the Bottom Track

To do this, double click on the blue part of the lower track. It should turn a darker shade of gray than the other track.

Step 5: Invert the Bottom Track

Go to the Effects tab and click on "Invert". This flips around the lower track.

Step 6: Set Both Tracks to Mono

Next go back to the drop down arrow next to the name of the song, and click on "Mono". Do this for both tracks. This sets it so that each audio signal is routed through a single channel.

Step 7: Export It

Lastly, click the play button to make sure that the vocals are gone. If so, go up to the File tab and click "Export". Once you do this, a box or two may pop up asking you to choose what name you want to export it as. Type in the name you want and press either Ok or Export. You should be good! If your vocals could not be removed, I apologize, but some songs have vocals that can't be removed completely. I wish you the best of luck though!

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94 Discussions

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PhạmH48

Question 2 months ago on Step 5

My "Invert" effect is enable. What should I do?

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ParthK26

Question 2 months ago on Step 7

I followed all the steps, but I can still hear the vocals playing in the background at a lower volume. But I can still hear them. I want to remove it completely. Please please help me!

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ParthK26

Question 2 months ago on Step 6

There is no mono option in the drop-down arrow. What should I do?

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NouamanA

2 months ago

does not work on Guns'n Roses rocket queen

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AnthonyGamingFX

Question 4 months ago

Why are you guys answering about the "pan" to the left or right? Every question here is asking about the damn mono and you're answering about the pan option... What's going on with you guys? The L-R is the pan which makes the sound of the song come out on either the left side or the right side of you earphones/headphones/speakers...
I'm also in need to know about the mono option, why isn't it there in the lastest version? But I know you still need to change the pan back to zero.

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AnthonyGamingFXAnthonyGamingFX

Answer 4 months ago

OKAY, I'm fine now, I was just searching for more help in google, but i found this one that helped me straight away.
So, the solution was: (Start from adding the song)
1. After adding the song, just click the arrow of your song track, select "Split Track To Mono" then, select your bottom track and 'Effects -> Invert' and you're done with removing the beats or whatever.
vvv Thanks to the solution! (the one posted by steve or someone but just scroll down)
https://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?f=48&...
Have a great day guys!

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MilanM58

1 year ago

I followed all the above instruction but failed to remove vocal. Can you please help me?

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MacStevinsMilanM58

Reply 4 months ago

Try to do all of it but instead of clicking the arrow, double click the "L-R" slider and at the text box type "0.0" and click ok.

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MacStevinsFayyadA

Reply 4 months ago

Maybe you didn't change the pan of the audio.

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JosephP189

6 months ago on Step 6

yeah i also dont get the mono option. I have FL studio, going to try there

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MacStevinsJosephP189

Reply 4 months ago

Retry audacity again but instead of clicking the arrow, double click the "L-R" slider and at the text box type "0.0" and click ok.

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MacStevinsTechno-Zeus

Answer 4 months ago

It's still the same but instead of clicking the arrow, double click the "L-R" slider and at the text box type "0.0" and click ok.

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MacStevinsFayyadA

Answer 4 months ago

It's still the same but instead of clicking the arrow, double click the "L-R" slider and at the text box type "0.0" and click ok.

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MacStevinsBhuvaHappy

Answer 4 months ago

Do this: Double clicking the "L-R" slider and at the text box type "0.0" and click Ok.