How to Make a Song Instrumental With Software

By Joanne Cichetti

Updated September 22, 2017

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If you want to remove vocals from a song, you will need to download and install a software application, preferably an audio editing tool that can remove vocals. Whichever application you use, make sure that the song is stereo and not mono. There is no magical way of removing the vocals completely to make a song instrumental; rather, you have to decrease the frequency manually. Also, keep in mind that the song quality will be affected after decreasing the vocals' frequency to make it instrumental.

Using Audacity Software

Download Audacity from the link in the Resource section.

Run the downloaded file and follow the installation instructions.

Navigate to the folder that contains the song you want to make instrumental. Right-click on the specific song and select “Open with” > “Audacity.”

Click on the arrow that points downward, in the left gray box next to the time line. This will display a menu with several options.

Select the option “Split Stereo Track.” The track will then be split into two sections with individual gray box menus.

Go to “Effect” and click on “Invert.”

Click the triangular arrow to show the menu of the first box. Select “Mono” from the list.

Follow Step 7 for the second gray box as well.

Go to “File” from the menu and click on “Export to MP3.” You can save this instrumental file in any folder.

Using Karaoke Anything Software

Download Karaoke Anything (find the link in the Resource section).

Double-click the setup file and run through the installation instructions to set the application on your system. Launch Karaoke Anything after installation.

Click the button “MP3 Player Mode.”

Click “Source.” Now locate and load the song that you want to make instrumental from the computer.

Hit the “Play” button on the application’s window. As the song plays, you have to move the slider along the “Karaoke Effect” bar at the bottom of the window. You will find that moving the slider backwards reduces the vocals' frequency. You will be able to hear the changes as you go. You can stop adjusting when you find the song reasonably instrumental.

Using Wavosaur Software

Download Wavosaur from the link in the Resource section. Double-click the downloaded file and go through the installation steps to set up the application.

Go to “File” and select “Open.” Now load the track that you want to make instrumental.

Go to “Edit” from the menu and click on “Select All.”

Go to “Processes” and select “Vocal Remover.”

Hit the “Play” button for playing your music file without vocals. You can save it by going to “File” > “Save As.”