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.



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.

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