Remove Vocals From Songs With These Free Programs

Listen to Music Without the Singing

Have you ever listened to a song and wished that you could eliminate the vocals? The art of removing the human voice from music tracks is notoriously difficult to do, but it can be done.

It isn’t always possible to totally remove voice from a song because of varying factors such as compression, stereo image separation, frequency spectrum, etc. However, with some experimentation, good quality audio, and a little bit of luck, you can achieve satisfactory results.

Software that can remove voice from a song can cost a lot of money. However, in this guide we take a look at some excellent free software that can be great for experimenting with your digital music library.

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Audacity
Audacity

The popular Audacity audio editor has built-in support for vocal removal.

There are different scenarios where this may be helpful. One is if the vocals are in the middle with instruments spread around them. Another is if the vocals are in one channel and everything else in another. 

You can read more about these options in the online Audacity manual.

The option for vocal removal in Audacity is through the Effect menu. One is called Vocal Remover and the other is Vocal Reduction and IsolationMore »

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Wavosaur Logo
Wavosaur

As well as being an excellent free audio editor that supports VST plugins, batch conversions, loops, recording, etc., Wavosaur can be used to remove vocals from songs.

Once you've imported an audio file into Wavosaur, you can use the Voice Remover tool to automatically process the file.

As with all voice removal software, the results you get with Wavosaur does vary. This is due to various factors such as the type of music, how compressed it is, and the quality of the audio source. More »

AnalogX Vocal Remover
Properties screen in AnalogX Vocal Remover plugin. Image © AnalogX, LLC.

If you use the Winamp media player with your music collection, then AnalogX Vocal Remover can be installed in your plugins folder to remove vocals.

Once installed, its simple interface is very easy to use. You can either use the Remove Vocals button for active processing or the bypass button to hear the song normally. There's also a useful slider bar so you can control the amount of audio processing.

Tip: To use AnalogX Vocal Remover in Winamp, find the Options > Preferences > DSP/effect menu. More »

Karaoke Anything
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Karaoke Anything is a software audio player that does a decent job of removing vocals from music tracks. It can be used for MP3 files or entire audio CDs.

The interface is very user-friendly. To work on an MP3 file, simply select that mode. The audio player side of things is very basic but does allow you to preview music before you start working on them. As you'd expect, there's a play, pause, and stop button.

A slider bar is used to control the amount of audio processing when reducing vocals. Unfortunately, Karaoke Anything isn’t capable of saving what you hear.

However, if you want a basic audio player for MP3 files and audio CDs that can filter out vocals, then Karaoke Anything is a decent tool to keep in your digital audio toolbox. More »

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Use the "Voice Cancellation" Setting in Windows

Screenshot of the Voice Cancellation option in Windows 10
Voice Cancellation Option (Windows 10).

If you'd rather not download a program to remove vocals from the music, you can use Windows itself. This works by (attempting) to cancel the voice before you hear it through the speakers.

So, if you're listening to a YouTube song or your own music through your computer, you can enable the option to reduce the sound of the vocals in real time.

To do this in Windows, find the sound icon near the clock on the taskbar, and right-click it. Choose Playback devices and then double-click Speakers/Headphones in the new window that shows. In the Speakers/Headphones Properties window that then opens, in the Enhancements tab, check the box next to Voice Cancellation.