Are you one among the thousands scratching your head to find out how to create karaoke songs? Then read on… I’m here to share my experience working on karaoke songs. First of all, creating karaoke songs using a computer software is literally impossible. Trust me, I’ve spend hours downloading and testing majority of the free karaoke software’s that claim to create karaoke songs. You can google for a list of free karaoke software’s. It’s the recording & mixing pattern which decides, whether or not you can remove the vocals completely.
Most of the karaoke software’s attain this by subtracting one channel from the other. This goes well with a recording where the vocals replicate on both stereo channels. This method would only work for recordings where the vocals are mixed exactly in the center. I’ll show you how to do this manually using Audacity, a free open source software. Once you download Audacity and install it, follow the steps below.
1. Import the file to Audacity.
2. Open the track menu (click the arrow next to track title) & select“Split Stereo Track.”
3. Select the lower track by clicking the area around the mute/solo buttons.
4. Choose “Invert” from the Effects menu.
5. Using the track menus, change each track to “Mono.”
Once you are done, play the file to hear the results. Export the file, if you are satisfied.
Finding it difficult to follow? Check out the video!
As stated before, this will work ONLY on recordings where the vocals are mixed exactly in the center. If the left channel vocal isn’t a replica of the right & vice-versa, you would need to use a couple of tweaks and plugins which would help you create a better sounding karaoke. One such tweak is to use a vocal remover. Look up details on vocal removal plugins. Most of the reviews about karaoke software’s or karaoke equipment’s, fail to upload a sample audio output. So here you go! I have uploaded a sample of the original song and the karaoke output from Audacity. Check it out.
Karaoke Output from Audacity
It’s hard to create a professional karaoke using a computer software. Possibly – Yes, If you have a karaoke equipment but probably, No :). Please do let me know your comments and don’t hesitate to share any tips on karaoke!