Sunday, July 17, 2011

Remove Vocals from a Music Track using Audacity

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Need to remove vocals from a song? Here's a step by step tutorial to remove the vocals from most music tracks in a few simple steps. Please note that getting rid of the vocals won't work on all songs (it should work best on stereo tracks with the vocals centered), but if you just need a quick vocal removed, this method is worth a try.

1. Download and install Audacity
2. Start Audacity and load your song of choice.
3. Open the track menu (click the arrow next to the track title), and choose “Split Stereo Track.”

4. Next, click the bottom track to highlight it.
5. Choose “Invert” from the Effects menu.

6. Using the track menus, change each track to “Mono.”

Press the Play button to hear the results. If you are lucky, the voice will be gone but most of the other instruments will be unaffected, just like a karaoke track. You can then use the Export commands in the File menu to save the results.

Note : Audacity does not export MP3 files directly, but instead requires that you download a separate MP3 encoder. To know how to export MP3 files with Audacity, check this link

Thanks for Saquib and Abhishek for their inputs.


  1. great work agni........carry on..

  2. wow its working......

  3. Its not working man
    will u help me????

  4. Replies
    1. It seems the link mentioned in the "Note" section has been changed\moved. I have updated the post accordingly so that the link now points to correct address. Hope it helps :)


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