How to Remove Vocals from Songs

Do you want to create some karaoke tracks? You can learn how to remove the vocal channel from songs while keeping the music. While it’s difficult to do this without muddying up the track, there are a number of tips and techniques you can try to get the best audio quality possible.

Method 1 Removing the Center Channel

1. Begin with high-quality audio files. If you load low-quality files into your editing software, it won’t sound good when you try to remove things. It is critical to begin with.wav or.flac files and work your way up. The results will be much clearer than those of a super-compressed.mp3 file.

2. Find the vocals in the mix. The instruments and vocals are spread across two separate channels in stereo tracks. Bass, guitar, and other channels are typically pushed to one side, while vocals are typically placed in the “centre channel.” This is done to sound more “centred.” You’ll split this centre channel and invert one of them to isolate them.

What is the best way to tell where the vocals are? Simply listen with high-quality headphones. If the vocals appear to be coming from both channels at the same time, they are mixed in the centre. If not, they’re to the side where the vocals are coming from.

Certain musical styles and recordings will have different channel balances. It’s much easier to remove vocals if they’re shifted to one channel or the other rather than “centred.”

Songs with a lot of effects can be challenging to separate and invert. There might be a slight echo of the vocals that is difficult to remove.

3. Import the audio into your preferred editing software. This basic procedure can be performed in any editing software that allows you to invert tracks for a specific channel. While the exact location of the tool varies slightly for each, the basic procedure is the same for the following programmes:


Pro Tools



4. Separate the channels into tracks. Most programmes allow you to split a high-quality stereo sound file into two tracks. There should be a black arrow next to the track title, which you can click to select “Split Stereo Track.” The separate channels should then be available for you to work with individually.

5. Choose one of the channels to be inverted. Choose either one because they both have vocals embedded in the tracks. If you want to remove the vocals from the entire song, double-click to select the entire track.

6. The channel should be inverted. After you’ve chosen the track, invert it by going to the “Effect” menu and selecting “Invert.” When you play the song, it may sound strange. After inverting, the track should sound as if it’s coming from the sides rather than the centre.

Don’t be concerned if you can still hear some vocals. When you bounce it back to mono, you’ll finish the effect.

7. Return the file to mono mode. Reconstruct the two stereo channels into a single channel. You should now have a single combined track with a reduced amplitude. This means that the vocals will be smoothed out and the instrumentation will be usable. There may be faint echoes of the original singer in the background.

Method 2 Using Specialty Software

1. Select a vocal eliminator programme. Vocal eliminator software packages are available for a variety of prices on the Internet. Some vocal eliminator software packages can be downloaded for free, but the majority must be purchased. Each software package includes installation instructions. Here are some examples of different packages at various price points:

Vocal Remover Pro

IPE MyVoice Karaoke

Roland R-MIX

E-Media MyVoice

WaveArts Dialog

2. Install a software package that includes an audio equaliser. Audio equaliser software packages cannot be downloaded for free and must be purchased. The package will include installation instructions. Check that the audio eliminator you’re using is compatible with your operating system and the sound files you’re using. Among the audio equalisers are:

Profound Sound CSharp

Equalizer APO

Graphic Equalizer Pro

Boom 2

3. Navigate to the song file and follow the on-screen instructions. Each software package operates differently, but will provide a tutorial specific to the software to assist you in the process. It’s quite simple, especially with software designed specifically to assist you in recording karaoke tracks. The audio tracks will be removed automatically by the software.

You’ll typically use an equaliser by opening the audio equaliser software and playing the music file you want to edit. The audio equaliser will automatically remove the audio tracks.

4. To keep the bass tones, use the audio equaliser. It’s critical to make a few adjustments to avoid losing the bass. Set the left and right channels’ signal attenuation to +5 dB at 200 Hz and below. The bass tones will be preserved as a result of this.

Method 3 Reversing Speaker Phase

1. Recognize the concept of channel phase. The movement of two sound waves up and down at the same time is referred to as being “in phase.” The waves are said to be “out of phase” when one is moving up and the other is moving down at the same time. Waves that are out of phase cancel each other out, resulting in a flat line of sound. When the phase of one speaker is flipped, the waves of the matching signal in the other speaker are cancelled.

The effectiveness of this technique is debatable. It might theoretically work, but there is no way to save a song file without vocals.

2. Locate the wires that lead into the back of one speaker. Each speaker typically has two wires connected to it, one with a positive lead and the other with a negative lead. These are typically red and white, black and red, or black and white. They can be black and black at times. Switch the two wires going into one speaker.

Connect the red wire where the black wire was connected, and move the red wire to the black wire’s terminal.

Many modern stereo systems and headphones do not permit the swapping of wires on the back of a single speaker. The wires are sometimes bundled into a single wire sleeve. Splicing or re-soldering the connector is the only way to swap the bundled wires.

3. Make use of a digital phase processor. To flip the wave inside the stereo or hi-fi, there are special digital techniques that use chips called Digital Signal Processors. The button is usually a “Karaoke” button, which flips one side of the stereo image phase.

If your stereo or app has one of these, simply press it to make the Lead Vocals very soft or disappear.

4. To compensate for the loss of vocals, adjust the levels. Background vocals are frequently mixed to the left or right, making them difficult to remove. If you want to make a karaoke track, you’ll have to sing along with them and pretend they’re your own backing choir.

The flipping phase has a significant impact on Bass waves. As a result, the Bass may be lost along with the Lead Vocals. Digital DSP Karaoke systems will correct this by reversing the phase on only the vocal frequencies. To get it to sound right, try adjusting the levels on your stereo.

You can choose which frequencies are flipped out of phase with sophisticated vocal removal systems or software.

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