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create karaoke tracksI’m sure you will agree with me that there’s nothing better for the spirit than karaoke. Whether you like singing or not, once you get over the initial embarrassment and start picturing yourself standing on stage and singing with a real band, it becomes a truly uplifting experience.

Karaoke is not necessarily a group activity – what about karaoke tracks you can listen to in the car, singing along to yourself? Or even while working on your computer? There’s an endless amount of fun to be had with vocal-free tracks.

Somehow, though, it’s always hard to find the ones you really want. YouTube is full of vocal-free tracks, but it’s never the ones you really feel like singing. I’ve always wished I could create my own karaoke tracks from my own favorite songs, but it always seemed like a really complicated task. Something only real audiophiles would be up to. Turns out I was wrong. Creating your own karaoke tracks is actually easy as pie, and takes about 5 to 60 seconds to accomplish, depending on the method you choose.

The songs you create may end up sounding a little bit warped, but hey, no one’s coming to karaoke night for the quality of the music anyway.

Do It Yourself With Audacity [Windows, Mac, Linux]

I’ve been seeing this method around for quite a while, but never believed it actually worked until I tried it. This method is the more satisfying of the two, and works with any audio format you can think of (I tried Mp3 and Ogg, both worked perfectly).

To create karaoke tracks using this method, the first thing you need to do is download Audacity. Audacity is a great audio editor, and works on pretty much any OS. Once you have Audacity, launch it and load the song you want to strip of vocals (File –> Open or File –> Import –> Audio will do the trick).

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create karaoke tracks

Once your audio track is loaded, you’ll usually see two blue tracks. These are the two stereo tracks of your song. In order to get rid of the vocals, your first step would be to split these tracks into two separate audio tracks which you can edit individually. To do this, click on the small black triangle on the top left and choose “Split Stereo Track”.

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Now that you have two separate tracks, double click on one of them (doesn’t matter which) to select all of it. Click the “Effects” menu and choose “Invert”.

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This will invert the entire track, which will enable us to cancel it out. If you listen to the track now, the vocals will still be there. There’s one step left, and this is the important one: Click on the black triangle for both tracks, and change both of them to Mono.

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It’s very important that you change them both, otherwise the vocals will not be stripped. That’s it, you can now hit play and listen to your new karaoke track. You can also export it into an audio file to create your custom karaoke playlist (you’ll need the LAME Mp3 encoder if you want to export to MP3).

So how does it work? This method doesn’t work with every song, but it should work with most. Without getting too technical, most songs are recorded on two stereo channels, with some instruments balanced more to the right, and some balanced more to the left. The vocals of the song are usually in the center, therefore appearing on both tracks. When we split the tracks and invert one of them, the vocals on the inverted track cancel out the vocals on the regular track. We then switch them both to mono, and we’re left with only instruments.

If the song you chose uses reverb, you might here a slight echo of the vocals, but this shouldn’t be too much of a problem. If the song you chose is different than most, and the vocals are not dead centered, this method might not work at all. The best way to find out is to give it a try!

For Mp3s & CDs: Karaoke Anything! [Windows]

If you don’t feel like doing the actual work, you can let Karaoke Anything! do it for you. Note, however, that this app only works with audio CDs or Mp3 files, and you can’t load Mp3 playlists, only individual files.

Using Karaoke Anything is dead simple. Launch the app, choose “MP3 Player Mode” or “CD Player Mode” and you’re pretty much done. If you chose to use Mp3 files, click on File –> Open to add your song. Click play, and the song will start playing without any vocals. It’s like magic!

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You can use the “Karaoke Effect” slider to control the vocals’ volume, in case you want to be able to hear it but still sing over it without it interfering.

Which One Should You Use?

That really depends. In general, both methods give similar results, although some songs may end up better using one method than the other. If you want to create your own vocal-free files, if you want to use anything other than Mp3s or CDs, or if you’re not using Windows, Audacity is the obvious choice. Otherwise, give Karaoke Anything a try, and you might be able to kick off the party in the time it takes you to download a 2.5MB installer.

Do you know of other ways to create your own karaoke tracks? Don’t forget to tell us about them in the comments!

Image credit: Singing cat image via Shutterstock

  1. Paul
    September 29, 2016 at 12:00 am

    It worked but the reverb/echo of the vocal is too loud to make it usable.

  2. Purvi
    September 23, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Thank you!

    Audacity is working perfectly fine!!

  3. Purvi
    September 23, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Thank you!! Audacity is working perfectly fine.

    I will now look at other app too, as some of my MP3 doesn't work in audacity.

    Thank you for helping out!

  4. Dilip Pancholi
    July 30, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    It is not working.. I cant remove vocal from Song.

  5. Eric
    May 18, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    how do i do it?

  6. Engr. Nasir Uddin Nafis
    May 17, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Its not working , how can i make Karaoke

  7. Shawn
    April 3, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    I can't get my song to invert

  8. tsb
    March 27, 2016 at 8:39 am

    can i use this karaoke in a youtube channel anytime soon ????

  9. Ravinder S. Negi
    February 23, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    i already know about this method but thanks for 2nd one! thats awesome as audacity.

  10. Aldo
    February 4, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Dear Ladies and Gents;
    I would like to know if this software works if I download songs from the Youtube Music in MP4 format .
    Because I have been trying with the Trial Version and I still can't remove the vocals and even couldn't reduce it to the lowest echo sound.

    My Question is that " has this work for you and / or have you stripped the vocals from the MP4 formats of the Youtube music?"

    I really would like to buy the Software and pay for it too . However , if it doesn't work why should I do it?
    Please share your experiences with me.

    I really appreciate it.
    My name is Aldo and
    My e-mail address is:

    Thank you kindly and I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.



  11. yash
    January 3, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    it does not work lyrics are still there

    • sandhya
      January 8, 2016 at 5:08 am

      It didn't work for me either! :(
      How did u fix it?

      • Vivek
        February 17, 2016 at 2:38 am

        Nope it didnt work :(

  12. Mia
    December 16, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Old dusty methods, next time write ( for noobs) ...

  13. Anoop Ramesh
    October 14, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    was very helpful . thanks a ton

  14. Ravish Garg
    August 18, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    thanks :)
    it worked but is there any way to get better results?
    please reply as soon as possible.

  15. Spick
    August 11, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    If i did this and used the music for a song cover, would there be copyright?

    • Jagan Pradeep
      November 7, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      Ofcourse...if you are publishing in will be blocked and the video will be opened only in desktops and mobile devices it cannot be opened

      • caby
        December 22, 2015 at 6:54 pm

        Yeah definitely

  16. Camille Guerrier
    April 28, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Thank you for sharing this great idea about making your own vocal-free karaoke tracks. I love doing karaoke for fun and for vocal practice. It's good to know that you can do it yourself with audacity (Windows, Mac, and Linux). It's true that it is always hard to find the songs that we really want. I have also been wanting to buy accompaniment tracks to help me with vocals. Thanks!
    -Chris |

  17. jraju
    March 10, 2015 at 8:07 am

    I have a question. I read the article which is excellent.
    What about the singing lines with video. Is there any trick on that. Most probably the download of video songs is the first step and the strip the vocal is the second. because, in audio you only hear the music. But in video, there is a provision of lines appearing in the screen for you to sing exactly at the same time

  18. thakor gautam polarpur polarpur bhimnath
    February 25, 2015 at 3:54 am

    that s so cool ..

  19. MirMusic
    February 18, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    it does not work.. NEITHER one works.. the results are crappy crappy always...does not matter what song you use and which format.... I have tried over 10 and NONE works... When a song is mastered and mixed, it is almost IMPOSSIBLE to break them down to tracks they were originally recorded on as each instrument is recorded on a separate track in either stereo or mono modes (if you do not know what stereo and mono means, you should find a different hobby startiiiing RIGHT NOW)... so when it is mixed and mastered, and effects applied, it is virtually impossible to separate them - think of mixing two types of sands and now good luck separating them .. this is how song tracks are mixed...don't waste your time...

    • Katharine
      May 19, 2015 at 4:50 am

      Okay, no need to be nasty. If someone doesn't know stereo and mono they should just look it up. You weren't born knowing what they are. Yes the song is recorded on multiple tracks but the principle works because splitting a stereo track, making both tracks mono (playing equally out of both the left and right speakers), and inverting one track (if the vocals are not panned to the left or right) means that theoretically the sound waves of the vocals should be lined up but inverted which will cancel out the sound. The problem is when the vocals are not all centered and/or when certain effects are used because then the vocals bleed into frequencies they normally wouldn't.

  20. Karthik Kondri
    January 30, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Very Nice :-) It works!

    • goku
      February 7, 2016 at 1:29 pm

      explain detailly, how it works

  21. TURTLE
    January 28, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    thanks for your help

  22. Anusha
    January 21, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Wow its really amazing. Thanks a lot for sharing.

    • Karunesh
      September 10, 2016 at 8:22 am

      It is not working. I had tried so many times. so can you please explain me

    • Karunesh
      September 10, 2016 at 8:36 am

      I had Tried so many Time but it is not working. how did you do ? please suggest me.

  23. Ryuzaki
    December 31, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    I still hear the vocals. :/
    I kept doing the exact steps like 10 times already and it wouldn't work.

  24. peter
    December 25, 2014 at 5:06 am

    can you use this to remove the vocal from youtube karaoke videos

  25. peter
    December 25, 2014 at 5:04 am

    Does this work for youtube karaoke videos which has the vocal ?

    January 14, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    hay bipul pickup your phone

  27. Jonathan
    January 13, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    I was wondering if the Karaoke Anything can change pitch and tempo as well. It appears that it claims if the Audacity can do these things. Has anyone tried and if so how is the quality?

    • Yaara Lancet
      January 13, 2013 at 5:42 pm

      As far as I recall, KaraokeAnything does only one thing, and that's stripping the vocals, but you can do these things with Audacity.

  28. AlyKat
    January 13, 2013 at 4:26 am

    My computer won't let me open Audicity. (It's an Mac) I don't know how to make it so that my preferences will let it. :(

    • Yaara Lancet
      January 13, 2013 at 6:51 am

      I haven't used a Mac since 1997, so I won't be much help, but you can try asking on MakeUseOf Answers, someone might have an idea.

  29. mohamed niyaz
    December 28, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    i can't download hindi karaeoke song lyrics

  30. Sam
    December 25, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    it took away most of the voice for my song but not all with Audacity trick..... Please help. I thought of the thing but it does the same trick so it wont work again right?

    • Yaara Lancet
      December 26, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      Removing the vocals using either Audacity or Karaoke Anything is done using pretty much the same method, which you can read about in the post. This method doesn't work perfectly for every song, and it makes sense that you got similar results with both program.

      My suggestion in this case would be to try a different song or just sing really loudly so as to drown the remaining vocals. :)

      • Sam Malanchuk
        December 26, 2012 at 9:41 pm

        The sing really loud part was what I was thinking thanks for replying

  31. Delta
    December 25, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    I guess I don't understand how Karaoke Anything works?

    Every MP3 song I installed you can hear the vocals. I slide the bar over to Max and the vocals and music disappear.? Am I doing something wrong?

    • Yaara Lancet
      December 26, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      Sounds like you're doing everything right, not sure why it's not working for you. The only thing I can think of is that you happened to find songs that don't work well with the program -- it doesn't work with every song.

  32. Tony P.
    December 18, 2012 at 1:04 am

    This is awesome! My wife asked me to create a karaoke version of her favorite song. I ususally buy the instrumental version on the internet before going into Karoke Builder to create the cdg file. But in this case there was no instrumental version for purchase. I have used Audacity many times to create ring tones. I never knew you could use it to cancel out the vocals. It worked great!

  33. Neeraj Tidke
    December 3, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    good idia for new singer ifollow it /!

  34. rebecca R.
    November 19, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    so, Voice is on what channel? and sound without vocal is on what channel ? if mono on both channel?

  35. Anonymous
    November 4, 2012 at 6:27 am

    What songs did you use? This doesn't work at all for duets or anything with multiple vocals because the vocals aren't down the middle. Other songs end up sounding underwater-ish anyway. Too bad, I had such high hopes.

    • Yaara Lancet
      November 4, 2012 at 7:13 am

      This was quite a while ago, but I believe I tried a Regina Spektor song, which worked out pretty well, and a Ben Folds Five song which worked out OK too.

      I do mention in the post that the results are not the best quality in the world, but most songs do come out in good enough shape to offer some fun times. At least in my opinion. Songs that don't have vocals smack in the middle won't work as well, that's true. Sorry you were disappointed!

  36. Harry Barnes
    October 17, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    haha this is awesome!

  37. BartyJnr
    October 7, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    I don't think it works overly well, to be honest. It just seems to make my songs jumpy and clicky, as well as tinny sounding in parts. And of course, the factor that it doesnt fully even get rid of the lyrics... >_>;

    • Yaara Lancet
      October 8, 2012 at 11:52 pm

      Sorry it didn't work well for you. Which method did you try? As mentioned in the article, there's no method that works for all songs, but it does work for most. I tried both methods on several different songs, and even when it wasn't perfect, it was still great for fun karaoke. Maybe you can try other songs!

  38. Vijaynand Mishra
    September 8, 2012 at 10:01 am I can do more radio show with background score

  39. C Dockery
    August 8, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Sounds interesting and easy. Thanks!

  40. Michael Angelo Sevilla
    August 7, 2012 at 6:13 am

    Awesome! My friend has been looking for this a while ago.. :)

  41. VS Vishnu
    August 6, 2012 at 2:43 pm


  42. Mila Kun
    August 6, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    I'm definitely going to try this!

  43. Scott
    August 5, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    I got a "malicious software" warning when I tried to download Karaoke Anything. I also could not find it on CNET, which seems like a warning sign to me that the software may be dangerous.

    • Yaara Lancet
      August 6, 2012 at 3:02 am

      Hi Scott,

      Sometimes anti-virus apps don't like something even when it's harmless. My anti-virus gave it a clean bill of health, and you can also download it from Softpedia, which to me says it's not harmful in any way.

      • Johnny
        August 25, 2012 at 1:02 am

        The alarm may go up if you have a good protection software
        What anti-virus do you use ? (maybe the file was really malicious and your software didn't detect it)
        look here for scores on all anti-virus products

        It's a test to determine which of them would be best.
        They have attributed grades to each of them based on usability/repair and protection

        I use Kaspersky Internet security 2012

        • Yaara Lancet
          August 26, 2012 at 1:57 pm

          Thanks Johnny! I still don't think this app is malicious in any way, although I do agree antiviruses can sometimes miss things.

  44. Ashwin Ramesh
    August 5, 2012 at 4:05 am

    I use Audacity and that's the best I feel.

  45. Jon Smith
    August 4, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Hmmm, I thought most people sing with the vocals during karoke

  46. Kurt Decker
    August 4, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    This is great! I get people all the time all the time who ask me about this! Thanks for putting this out.

  47. LeviTashun
    August 3, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Well, time to learn how to use Audacity... thanks for the tutoial!

  48. Alex Livingstone
    August 3, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Audacity vocal tracks sound terrible depending on the mic you're using. And your editing skills i suppose.

  49. Karen Ang
    August 3, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    I wish there's a Mac version for Karaoke Anything :(

    • Yaara Lancet
      August 4, 2012 at 3:28 am

      Well, the Audacity trick is really easy to do, and works on Mac as well. You should try it!

  50. echantrea
    August 3, 2012 at 10:47 am

    nice trick

  51. Charlie Player
    August 2, 2012 at 6:14 am

    amazing..going to try

  52. Nguyen Tran
    August 2, 2012 at 3:13 am

    It didn't work for me :(

    • Yaara Lancet
      August 3, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      Which one didn't work?

      • Jess
        December 10, 2012 at 10:59 am

        It didnt work for me too, theaudicity one :( pls, because the other one is easy but still can hear the actual voice :( help pls :(

        • Yaara Lancet
          December 12, 2012 at 7:30 am

          You are not supposed to hear the actual voice, that's the whole point... what exactly is the problem you encountered?

  53. Muhannad Agha
    August 1, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Thanks that's useful

  54. Eric
    August 1, 2012 at 11:32 am

    It's a lot easier with GoldWave. Two clicks.

    • Yaara Lancet
      August 1, 2012 at 11:05 pm

      Cool, thanks! It's even less than that with Karaoke Anything. :)

  55. Anandu B Ajith
    August 1, 2012 at 10:31 am

    What is karokr

    • Ram
      March 14, 2015 at 6:53 am

      Sorry mate, it totally did not work, I did hear the actual song as it is.

  56. Susman Bhavsar
    August 1, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Download Audacity. It is freely available software no need to purchase.
    Download this LADSPA plugin. It will give you lots of plugin including one of them is Karaoke plugin.
    How to remove vocals from an audio file using audacity? Watch this video carefully to follow the steps how to make your own songs Karaoke.
    How to remove vocals from any song 100% works. Watch this video carefully.
    Remember one thing, the song must be MP3 and must have 2 Channels to show – Left and Right.
    I had the troubles initially to understand Karaoke, but now I get the correct meaning. You can play song and record your voice at same time, also it is a very helpful tool, suppose you sing a stanza wrong, you can record this stanza and replace it with your recording. You won’t have to sing the whle song again and again.
    So, I think it can be helpful to beginner members here. If anyone has more suggestions and ideas to use this properly, please let us know as knowledge increased by sharing between you and me.

    Special Thank to The Ultimate, he provides me all links and explain me how to make Karaoke.

    Thank You all!

  57. John Loot
    August 1, 2012 at 5:43 am

    I have Audacity already, so will surely give it a try.

  58. Trey Mahon
    August 1, 2012 at 4:10 am

    I've used Audacity for years but this has got to be the coolest trick I've heard of. I'm gonna be busy for a while :-)

  59. Shakirah Faleh Lai
    August 1, 2012 at 3:09 am

    I chose Audicity rather than Karaoke Anything!

  60. Lambvolution
    August 1, 2012 at 2:52 am

    great article..thank for sharing

  61. Ian H.
    August 1, 2012 at 1:39 am

    There's also a plugin for audacity called center pan remover that does all of what you described in the audacity section in one easy step:

    • Yaara Lancet
      August 1, 2012 at 11:04 pm

      Cool, thanks! I think I read about it but was curious to see the DIY method really worked.

  62. Igor Rizvi?
    August 1, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Great,my neibhour asked me for this same thing yesterday.Tomorrow Im gonna set him up,thanks alot!:)

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