Remove Vocals From Song/MP3 Using Audacity

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Remove Vocals From Song/MP3 Using Audacity

Posted by Rahul Gupta
Almost all of use are bathroom singers. Lol :D, but that's the truth of our life. We all like to sing while bathing. It's comes under one of the most common thing of the world. Song people like to sing with the voice of the song while some of them with the beat. But you'll be able to sing on a karaoke track (The music is typically a well-known popular song minus the lead vocal. Lyrics are usually displayed on a video screen, along with a moving symbol, changing color, or music video images, to guide the singer) or a instrumental ring-tone only when vocals won't be present there in the song.
remove vocals from song using audacity
So today in this guide I am going to elaborate how you can remove vocals from a song/mp3 completely using open source software audacity. 

Note: - You won't be able to get rid from vocals of all songs. You can't remove vocals from each and every mp3 using this software rather if you need a quick vocal removal then it's for you. This open source tool will give best result with the stereo tracks.

What Is Audacity?

Audacity is an open source free-ware multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac and Linux operating system. 

Features Of Audacity

It has literally awesome features, some of them I have listed below. 
  • Record live audio.
  • Record computer playback on any Windows Vista or later machine.
  • Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
  • Edit WAV, AIFF, FLAC, MP2, MP3 or Ogg Vorbis sound files.
  • AC3, M4A/M4R (AAC), WMA and other formats supported using optional libraries.
  • Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.
  • Numerous effects including change speed or pitch and vocal reduction or isolation (given suitable stereo tracks).

How To Remove Vocals Using Audacity

  • Download latest version of Audacity from here if you're not having till yet.
  • Install it on your system and click on it open.
  • Now navigate to File>Open and select the desired mp3 file from which you wanna remove vocals. (You can directly drag mp3 from iTunes also)
  • It will load on its own in the audacity.
  • After that navigate to Effect> Vocal Remover (for center-panned vocals) and click on it.

audacity vocal remover

  • A new window will pop up simply click on OK button with the default settings.
  • That's it, you'll get a song with removed vocals.
  • To save your file navigate to File>Export Audio.
  • If you're facing error with Simple (entire spectrum) then simply select Remove frequency band or Retain frequency band from "Removal choice". Also you can change frequency band limit.

change removal choice audacity

So this was all about how to remove vocals from a mp3 using free-ware audacity. This was the simplest method to remove vocals. Although you can't remove voice from all the songs only so try your luck. You can get best result for stereo songs. If you've any doubt or query then feel free to leave a comment below in the comment section.


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