The software we are going to use for this purpose is ‘Audacity’. It is a very simple software to serve this very purpose. Although there are other software/programs that are more complicated and sophisticated and capable of making a better karaoke, but still we shall be using Audacity to do that at this preliminary stage. May be later we will publish another tutorial on those sophisticated programs. (This article is on how to remove vocal from a song.) This is how the interface of audacity looks on my computer, it should do the same on yours.
First of all import the song into audacity that you want to remove the vocal from. You can do that in two ways: (1) go to File menu and then click ‘Import’ and ‘Audio’ and then locate the song in your PC (2) drag the song into the big grey space of audacity. Here’s a small video on how to do the drag from desktop. (This article is on how to remove vocal from a song.)
I personally like the ‘drag’ thing rather than the ‘import’ thing. However, there are three ways to remove the vocal from a song. I’m going to show the best way first. Now that the song is imported into audacity we will see blue waveform for the song. There will be a bar where the name of the song will be written. In my case the song name is ‘zindagi ban gayi’, in your case it could be different. To identify that bar more correctly, remember that the bar has a cross button to its left and a drop-down sign to its right. Now click on that bar and then click on ‘Split Stereo Track’. Here’s a short video on how to do that: (This article is on how to remove vocal from a song.)
From one bar two bars will be created. Select the upper bar and then click on ‘Effect’ menu of audacity and then on ‘Equalization’. At this stage you should see a flattened equalization (if you didn’t change the equalization before). Now make it look like following:
That means up to 100 Hz, it would be nil, then it will steadily rise (in a straight line) from 100 Hz to 200 Hz and then from 200 Hz on wards it will be horizontal. Here’s a short video on how to do that: (This article is on how to remove vocal from a song.)
Now select the lower bar and then go to ‘Effect’ menu to click on ‘Invert’ option. With that been done, it’s time for you to individually left-click on each bar to open a drop-down menu and then select ‘Mono’. Here’s a short video on how to do that:
Now assume that your work is pretty much done. It’s time to export the file. In order to do that go to File menu and click ‘Export Audio’. There might be a certain warning sign, simply ignore that. Later use YTD to convert the wav file into an mp3 one, in case you needed that in mp3 format. (This article is on how to remove vocal from a song.)
Things to be noted here that every song can not be processed in this method. Also the karaoke that you get through this procedure might have a little bit of voice left; when you put your own voice, it won’t be a problem anymore.
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