Audio Manipulation, Editing

How to Remove Vocals from Songs & Recordings (for Any DAW)

Written By : Andrew Siemon

Music production is getting more and more advanced all the time, especially with AI. In fact, I found the coolest FREE tool the other day that uses AI to remove vocals from recordings.

To remove vocals from any recording, you can import your song of choice into vocalremover.org, a website that uses AI to eliminate either the vocals or the music from a track. It’s an imperfect tool but it works incredibly well considering it’s free, and there is no catch for using it.

How to Use Vocal Remover to Eliminate Vocal Tracks

1) Put Your Song on Your Desktop

1) Put Your Song on Your Desktop - Vocal Removal
The first thing I do when I’m manipulating any audio file is I put it directly on my desktop.

This way, it’s easy to find, and I have no issues on that front.

Nothing is more annoying than having to search through all your files to find something, as it takes up a lot of time unnecessarily.

2) Go to VocalRemover.org

2) Go to VocalRemover.org - Vocal Remover
Next, go to VocalRemoval.org and you’ll arrive on this web page.

It’s important to note there are no fees, hidden costs, or email sign-ups required.

This tool just works the exact way it’s supposed to and it doesn’t require anything from you at all.

3) Choose “Browse My Files,” and Select Your Song

3) Choose Browse My Files, and Select Your Song - Vocal Remover
Use ‘Browse My Files’ to go through all your files. This is where it comes in handy to have your file on your desktop.
3) A) Choose Browse My Files, and Select Your Song - Vocal Remover
Choose your song like so.

Now you’ll have to wait for a bit for the tool to process your track.

In my experience, it typically takes around 10-15 seconds for the process to complete, but this also depends on the length of the recording.

4) Increase “Music” to Max and Vocals to “15”

4) Increase Music to Max and Vocals to 15 - Vocal Removal
Set your “Music” setting to maximum and your “Vocal” to around 15 approximately.

In my experience, if you set the ‘Vocal’ all the way down to 0, it produces a weird ‘garbled’ sound. It’s not a great vibe.

If you choose a lower number, however, and listen closely, you’ll notice the transients from the removal of the vocal recording won’t be as pronounced and the “garbled” sound will be significantly reduced.

Go through trial and error to get the appropriate amount. I’d recommend using some solid headphones so you can listen as closely as possible.

5) Choose “Save” then Select “Music + “Vocal”

5) Choose Save then Select Music + Vocal - Vocal Removal
Once you’re done, choose “Save.”

You can also select your file type. I usually choose MP3, but WAV is probably the best.

The reason is WAVE files are just way more versatile and can be modified or used by almost any operating system.

5) A
Select “Music + Vocal” and then click Save.

From there, the web application will send the file to your desktop, and it’ll be ready to use in any way you see fit.

That’s it for this process. The YouTube video I shared at the beginning of the article will show you the end result.

You’ll find that it actually does a pretty good job and it doesn’t cost a thing – which is amazing.

I can only imagine how well a professional tool works for this nowadays.

Do you have any questions, comments, or concerns? You can let me know what you think in the comment section below.

I’m also curious to hear about any other tools that can do the same thing, for free, and perhaps even better.

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Andrew Siemon is the principal creator of ProducerSociety.com, a website dedicated to all things music, including music production, music theory, recording, and how to use the most popular DAWs. Starting out as a metal guitarist, Andrew has since moved into other areas of music production including hip-hop and fusion

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