How to Remove Beats From a Song


While karaoke programs can remove the vocals from a song, you may sometimes want to remove the beat, rather than the vocals. With the beats removed, you can practice drumming along to the song or use the vocals as an acapella track in a DJ set. The only way to perfectly remove the beats from a song is to alter the master multi-tracks for the recording; however, using a digital audio workstation like Audacity, GoldWave or Reaper, you can often remove much or all of the beat from a song.

  • Isolate the audio channel that doesn't contain the beats in your digital audio editing program, then duplicate this channel. Many older recordings have the drums on the right stereo channel and the vocals on the left channel, or vice versa. Removing the beats from this type of recording is easy: just copy the channel without the beats, then paste it over the channel that has the beats in it. This method preserves a great deal of the recording's original fidelity; however, you'll also lose any other instruments that are included on the drum channel.

  • Remove the beats from the song using the equalizer in your digital audio workstation. Cut out the frequencies around 60Hz; this will reduce the sound of the kick drum. Use a low-pass filter at a fairly high frequency, usually around 12kHz, to remove the hi-hats and cymbals from the recording. Removing the snare drum is tricky, as it occupies the same frequency range as many of the recording's other elements. Try lowering the EQ around 1kHz, and then again around 5kHz and 8kHz. Experiment with adjusting the gain and bandwidth on the various EQ bands until you get the best results for the particular recording you're working on.

  • Use a specialized audio plug-in to remove the beats. Voice Trap and Kn0ck0ut are freely-available Virtual Studio Technology plug-ins that can remove the beats from a song. ExtraBoy is a more powerful plug-in that lets you isolate and remove any part of a song; while it's not free, the developer offers a two-week trial version of the software. Open the song in your digital audio workstation, insert the plug-in on the same track, then adjust the EQ, phase cancellation and mixing sliders in the program until you no longer hear the beats.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always respect a recording's copyright limitations when altering it.

Related Searches


  • Photo Credit Jupiterimages/ Images
Promoted By Zergnet



You May Also Like

  • How to Isolate Drums From a Song

    Sometimes a drum beat or pattern is so good, you want to hear it by itself. Although it's not the easiest process,...

  • How to Remove Beats From Songs on Audacity

    Audacity is an open-source audio editing application available free for download. Audacity is very versatile and enables the user to edit audio...

  • How to Remove Instrumentals From a Song

    Removing instruments in a song can be a difficult process since songs and effects are mixed in so many parts. Removing vocals...

  • How to Remove Vocals From Beats

    Removing lyrics from backing beats and song tracks is a difficult process. Because producers master and mix the individual elements of a...

  • How to Remove Vocals in GoldWave

    GoldWave is a shareware audio application that lets you record and edit audio. With GoldWave you can remove or partially remove the...

  • How to Remove a Drum Track

    Budding musicians often want to play along with their favorite songs. It helps you learn what the recorded musician did and helps...

Related Searches

Check It Out

12 Tiki Essentials to Turn Your Bar Cart Into a Tropical Paradise

Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!