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Audacity
If you’re a maker that likes to let your inner Michael Bublé or Beyoncé out, How-To Geek has a step-by-step guide to using Audacity to remove the vocal tracks from your favorite song. Here’s how it works:

Vocals are normally placed in the “center channel.” Stereo tracks have two channels, but not all of the instruments are balanced evenly. Sometimes the bass is pushed more towards the right channel, rhythm guitar might be found more towards the left, and so on. Usually the vocals are put dead center, so we can split the stereo track and invert one channel. This cancels out the vocals but leaves the rest in tact.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go start my vocal warm ups.

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Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson is a San Francisco-based creative technologist and Contributing Editor at MAKE. He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.


  • Anonymous

    Hehe.. Can we haz video of Matt singing?? :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1621555147 Ed Kramer

    All well and good but how the heck do you burn them to CD/DVD to use them?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Simone-Sacchi/1040540871 Simone Sacchi

      Once made, export track to .wav and burn it on your cd like a normal track.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ronnie-Hinton/638683893 Ronnie Hinton

        I think he meant how do you make a CD-G, I’m aware they’re done with one channel doing audio and the other lyric data, but I’ve never seen a good article on how to make them or how the lyric track is formatted.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ronnie-Hinton/638683893 Ronnie Hinton

        I think he meant how do you make a CD-G, I’m aware they’re done with one channel doing audio and the other lyric data, but I’ve never seen a good article on how to make them or how the lyric track is formatted.

  • http://profiles.google.com/roggesound Dave Rogge

    This is an ok trick and will remove most of a vocal track some of the time, but usually there’s a stereo reverb effect on the vocals, which you can’t remove in this manner.

  • http://profiles.google.com/roggesound Dave Rogge

    This is an ok method that will remove some of the vocals from some songs some of the time. The only way to know for sure is to try. Usually, though, there is a stereo reverb effect on the vocals which can’t be removed with this method

  • http://twitter.com/stmkadono ジュン

    おもしろいねhttp://yaplog.jp/stmkadono23/

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