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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 Brooklyn-based creative technologist, Contributing Editor at MAKE, and Resident Research Fellow at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.


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  1. Anonymous says:

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

  2. Ed Kramer says:

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

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

      1. 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.

      2. 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.

  3. Dave Rogge says:

    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.

  4. Dave Rogge says:

    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

  5. ジュン says:

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