How to Remove Vocals from a WAV

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Musicians and artists produce songs that gain worldwide attention. For singers to rehearse these songs correctly, an instrumental version of the song is needed. If no instrumental version is available, it can be a problem. Singing on top of the vocals of the original song is not very comfortable. To avoid this, you can usually remove the vocals from the WAV file.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows 98 or greater
  • Stereo WAV file
  • Audacity or other software with similar features such as Knockout or Voice Trap
  • Download the latest version of Audacity from the website (see Resources) and install it by double clicking the installer in the setup file.

  • A new entry will be added to your "Start" menu. Launch Audacity and wait for the interface to load.

  • Import the WAV file into Audacity by dragging the WAV file to your Audacity window. Click the arrow found on the left of the track title (pointed downward) to see the track menu and select "Split Stereo Track."

  • Refer to the lower part of the track (labeled "Right") and select the entire wavelength area. Click the "Effect" menu item on the menu bar and select "Invert."

  • Go back to the track menu by selecting the same arrow and set it to "Mono." Do the same with the other channel.

  • Save your file by using the "Save as" dialog so you can get the desired format and preserve the original unedited file.

Tips & Warnings

  • 1. This technique works only if the vocals are in the center and the other sounds are around. In other stereo WAV files, the vocals may be in a single channel while the rest of the music is in another. You can delete the vocals by splitting the stereo track using Step 3 and then deleting the vocal channel by clicking the "X" button just left of the arrow.
  • 2. VST (Virtual Studio Technology) plug-ins like Knockout and Voice Trap can also be used to eliminate the vocals from a track. The software you use might have slightly different commands or feature names.
  • Depending on the track, other instrumentals like the bass and some faint beats may be removed along with the voice. If you do not like this, you will have to find an instrumental version of the track.

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