If you want some karaoke music to perform with your friends, for a party or social event, it can be hard to source karaoke versions of your favorite songs. However, there is an alternative. Using freely-available software for your Apple Mac, you can make your own karaoke versions of music that you already own. You can then burn it to a CD that will play in any computer or stereo.
Download Audacity from the site in the Resources section below. Audacity is a free audio-editing program that will allow you to remove the vocals from music tracks, among other tasks.
In Audacity, open the music track you wish to make a karaoke version of. In Audacity's Project menu, select "Import Audio." Navigate to the track you want to open and double-click it or click the "Open" button. When Audacity has imported the file, you will see two blue bars representing the song's audio waveform.
Split the track into two separate tracks. Click the triangle beside the track name to open up a drop-down menu for that track, and select "Split Stereo Track". You now have two mono tracks that each contain half the information of the original stereo track.
Highlight the lower track only and open Audacity's Effects menu. Select "Invert". When Audacity has completed this operation, change both tracks to monaural by opening each track's drop-down menu and selecting "Mono." The track will now be vocal-free and ready for karaoke performances.
Export your karaoke track to MP3. In Audacity's File menu, select "Export to MP3." Accept the settings the program suggests. Here, you can fill out the track information so it will be recognized by audio software.
Open the track in iTunes. Make a new playlist called "Karaoke." Add your karaoke track and any other tracks you want to burn to a CD. Click iTunes' "Burn Disc" button and follow the prompts to burn your karaoke CD.
Tips & Warnings
- If the track you want to work with is on a CD, you can import it to MP3 using iTunes. If you don't have iTunes, it can be downloaded from the Apple website in the Resources section.
- When burning your CD, make sure iTunes is set to burn an audio CD. This can be checked in the Advanced section of the "Preferences" window, accessible via the iTunes menu.
- Unauthorized music duplication is illegal. Make sure to only copy and alter music that you own.
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