Remove vocals in Audacity, with an additional “secret sauce” to keep the low end strong.
Before I get too far into this, I have to make the disclaimer that I made in the video:
YOU CAN’T ENTIRELY REMOVE VOCALS FROM A MIXED PIECE OF MUSIC.
You can, however use an effect or two that will push the vocals to the “back side” of the track, enabling you to somewhat “hide” them in the mix.
But when most people remove vocals, they only take one step, which results in a very “hollow” sounding track of music. If you want to remove vocals using Audacity… and do it in a way that avoids that outcome, you came to the right place because I’m going to show you how! (Thanks for the idea from Joe Gilder over at Home Studio Corner).
Many people on MAC have had a hard time finding the plugins mentioned on this video. I’m not a MAC guy, so I don’t know how to help you other than pointing you to the guy whose email address is listed on the plugins inside Audacity.
For both the Inverter plugin and the LS Filter plugin, the creator is named Steve and can be reached here (according to the “about” section on the plugin) steve (@) plugin (dot) org (dot) uk – contact him to see if he has an OS version.
In this Audacity video tutorial you’re gonna learn how to:
- Split your stereo track into a split mono track (necessary to use the inverter properly on this one).
- Use the “Inverter” effect (you can also use the “invert” effect if you want… I cover that in this video) to push the vocals to the back of the track.
- Use a “low pass filter” effect (I give you a handful of them in this tutorial) to make a copy of your original stereo track with a beefed up low end, which returns much of the fullness of the track, minus the vocals!