How to make an acapella on a music editor

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How to make an acapella on a music editor
Create your own acapellas using music software. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

When creating an acapella song on a music editor, you must set the stereo settings the proper way. Acapella, which is a song without an instrumental background, can be created by deleting background instruments within a song. Music editors such as Audacity, Sonar and FL Studio make it easy for you to create acapella songs from MP3 files. By splitting the stereo music track or using a vocal removal plugin, you have the option of creating an acapella music file.

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Things you need

  • MP3 song

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    Using Audacity Software

  1. 1

    Open Audacity and select "File" and "Import" from the top menu. Select and open the file, in MP3 format, that you wish to import. Wait for the file to import into the software.

  2. 2

    Click the down arrow, located on the "Track Pane" window to the left of the song. Select the "Split Stereo Track" option from the drop down list. Another track titled "R" will be listed below the original track.

  3. 3

    Highlight the "R" track and click "Effects" from the top menu. Select the "Invert" option from the drop down menu. Mute both of the tracks by selecting the "Mute" option from each "Track Pane" window.

  4. 4

    Click the "Play" button to preview the acapella track.

    Using Sonar Software

  1. 1

    Open Sonar and click "File" and "Import File" from the top menu. Select the location of the file and click the "OK" button at the bottom of the window. Wait as the song loads.

  2. 2

    Right click the song and select the "Split Stereo Track" option from the side menu. There will be a track titled "R" below the original song.

  3. 3

    Right-click the "R" track and select "Effects" from the side pop up menu. Select the "Invert" option and wait as the effect is applied. Click the "Play" button from the "Transport" window at the top of the screen to preview the acapella track.

Tips and warnings

  • VST vocal removal effects can be applied by selecting from the effects tab.
  • No software can fully remove vocals or instruments from a song.

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