How to Convert Songs to Karaoke Format

by Thomas McNish ; Updated September 22, 2017

Items you will need

  • Blank CDs

  • Audacity sound editor

  • MP3 music files

  • CD-burning software

Karaoke is a fun way to bring people together and share each others' talents (or lack thereof). But karaoke machines are expensive, and the cost of purchasing CDs to play on those machines can add up quickly. Fortunately, you don't need to buy karaoke CDs anymore, because you can make karaoke tracks on your home computer for free. All you have to do is take the vocals out of your MP3 tracks, and you've got musical tracks that your friends and family can sing along to.

Download and install the Audacity sound editor (see Resources).

Open Audacity and click "File > Open" and locate the song you want to convert to a karaoke track (start by browsing through your "My Music" folder if you're not sure where your songs are stored).

Click the small, black down arrow located in the track menu, and choose "Split Stereo Track."

Left-click an empty area in the bottom track menu (which has been separated) to highlight the entire track. You should be able to tell it's highlighted because it will be a darker gray color than the top track.

Click "Effect > Invert" from the toolbar menu.

Click the small, black down arrow and select "Mono." Repeat this step with the top track.

Select "File > Export as WAV" from the toolbar menu. Save the item to your desktop and name it the title of the song. This track has now been converted to its karaoke form.

About the Author

Thomas McNish has been writing since 2005, contributing to Salon.com and other online publications. He is working toward his Associate of Science in computer information technology from Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Fla.

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