In order to know how to make a karaoke cover song first of all, you gotta have the karaoke of the song. Make a search for it in the internet, specially YouTube. If you found it, well and good. Otherwise you may have to make the cover song in simple plain voice. We recently made a tutorial showing how to reduce the vocal in a particular song and thus turn it into a karaoke, just click on the following link to check that out.
We assume that you have found your desired karaoke and are all set to make the cover song. See to it that the karaoke video has lyrics in it so that you can read and sing the lyrics while listening to the music of the karaoke. If the karaoke doesn’t come with lyrics but is a good one with quality music composition, then you can use it while having the lyrics from a search engine as Google. I personally prefer VLC to play any video. You can use the same program or a different one. And for recording purpose you could be using Hi-Q mp3 app found in android market. I suggest the same for you. (This tutorial is on How to Make a Karaoke Cover Song.)
Now start recording in the Hi-Q app by using your smartphone (keep it close to your mouth and wear the headphone connected to your PC) and at the same time play the karaoke in VLC. Keep the volume level of the karaoke moderate so you don’t have to shout while singing. When the recording is finished, transfer the file to your PC desktop. Convert the karaoke file into an mp3 one by using any online or offline software you like.
Also put the karaoke mp3 file on desktop. Now import both the mp3 files (the recording and the karaoke) in audacity. Play the composition to find if or not the recording is synced with the karaoke. If not, then can you use the ‘Time Shift Tool’ on audacity to make a little bit of time-shift for the recording file so that the two files match perfectly in real-timing. (This tutorial is on How to Make a Karaoke Cover Song.)
Here’s a short video on how to do the time-shifting:
Now is the time to eliminate some noise in the recording file. You know during the singing and recording period many-a-times you have to remain silent while the instrumental music is going on. At these times some noise from the surroundings may be introduced in the recording itself. Although there is a ‘Noise reduction’ tool in audacity, but I personally prefer to use the ‘Silence Audio’ tool. I like to ‘silence’ the portions of the recording file where I didn’t sing (didn’t make any expected/preplanned sound). (This tutorial is on How to Make a Karaoke Cover Song.)
Finally you can play the mixed composition one last time to check if everything is okay. If you are satisfied with it, then you can export the output audio file in wav format, later you can convert it into mp3 by using YTD. Before you try to make a karaoke cover song with audacity, our suggestion is that you go through the following article by reading which you will come to know a lot of things about the software ‘audacity’ itself:
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