How to Remove Lyrics From Songs

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How to Remove Lyrics From Songs
You can remove the lyrics from a song to make it a karaoke track. (Singing girl image by Kvitchenko Lev from

Removing the lyric track from a song is a difficult process. Because producers pre-mix and master tracks in the studio, the songs are released as singular, unchangeable items. However, nearly all songs record the vocals in a channel that can be removed by reversing the song's output from stereo to mono.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Computer
  • Audio editing software

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    Removing Song Lyrics

  1. 1

    Open the music file you want to change with any audio editing software that you have. If you don't have any software, there are plenty of free programs available on the internet. Audacity is the most usable and gives the best results.

  2. 2

    Make sure that the track you open has been recorded in stereo sound. You easily can tell if a track has been recorded in stereo by looking at the audio waves of the recording. If there are two lines of waves, then the song is in stereo. If there is only one line of audio waves, the song is in mono, and the lyrics cannot be removed.

  3. 3

    Select the whole right side of the stereo track. With all music editing programs, the right stereo channel is the bottom line of waves, and the left stereo channel is always the top line of waves. To select the whole right channel, click and drag from the beginning of the track to the end.

  4. 4

    Inverse the right stereo channel. Most audio editing programs hide this option in the "Effects" or "Edit" menus. With Audacity, select "Effects" and "Invert." The right stereo channel changes slightly, so don't be worried if the waves don't change significantly.

  5. 5

    Convert both stereo channels into a mono output. Some audio programs store this option in the "Edit" menu, others hide the option in the "Properties" menu. If you are unsure, consult the product manual.

  6. 6

    Save your new instrumental music file. Ensure that you don't overwrite your original file so that you have both versions of the song.

Tips and warnings

  • In special cases, the vocals of a song have been recorded unconventionally. As such, the track will still have audible vocals after the song has been edited. With these songs, you cannot remove the vocals.
  • Inverting and converting a stereo set-up into a mono sound sometimes can significantly reduce the quality of the song.

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