What is Karaoke?
A Karaoke track is a plain music track without any vocals that can be used by anyone to add their own vocals by singing the lyrics and recording them.
Karaoke tracks can be used by DJs at parties; Singers for vocal practice for an audition; public parties; and singing competitions. A Karaoke can either be made from an existing song by removing the vocals or by downloading pre-made Karaoke tracks available online both for free and a cost.
However, converting and using an original song as a Karaoke has the possibility of copyright issues. There will be official releases of many Karaoke versions of popular songs by the makers themselves.
But this may take a long time for popular songs to be released as a Karaoke. Hence we need a Karaoke maker.
Can We Convert A Song Into A Karaoke Track?
Everyone is attracted to mainstream songs that are popular worldwide. Although they are not professional singers, everyone will need to sing their favorite songs themselves. Hence the need for Karaoke arises.
We can convert an available mainstream song into a Karaoke by various methods. There are some free online Karaoke converters that help. Apart from online sources, there are some apps and software for Karaoke making both for free and a cost.
We can install any of these apps and start making our own Karaoke tracks and enjoy singing. Some of this available software and the process of converting a song into Karaoke are discussed in this article.
The Main Process Involved In Karaoke Making
The basic process in Karaoke making is the removal of the vocals from the original track. We cannot remove the vocals 100%, however, we can manage to make the output somewhat submerge the vocals within other sounds and effects.
This is basically done by copying the original track and inverting it in suitable Karaoke software so that the vocals which are at the center of the stereo track are not even considered. We can cut and mix the first and the last portions from the channels of the stereo which will be the track without vocals.
Converting A Song Into Karaoke Using Audacity Software
Audacity is the world’s best free audio editing software available to everyone with a passion for music. Although this software is capable of doing many audio editing processes like recording, mixing, and editing music tracks. It also helps to remove the vocals from an existing song to create a Karaoke track. The process of converting a song into Karaoke using Audacity is explained below.
To create Karaoke using Audacity you have to install the application
Audacity works great in almost all platforms like Windows, Mac, and Linux
After installing, launch the Audacity
Open the track to be converted by doing File > Open
Select the music file you need to convert
Now click on the Select button at the bottom and choose Edit > Copy
This option is to make a copy of the existing track so that inversions can be made
We can paste this copied track below the original track in the blank space available by doing Edit > Paste or just using Ctrl + V in the case of Windows
We can do this up to 3 times to create 4 groups
The track will be as a whole at first
We need to split the stereo into separate channels in order to remove the vocals
On the top left, you’ll see a small arrow
Click the arrow and select Split Stereo to Mono
Now we need to invert the copy track to cut out the vocal part from the center of the stereo
Select the copy track
Go to the Menu and select Effect > Invert
Now the vocals will be drowned and you’ll hear only the music although some vocals will be present depending upon the song you choose. This process won’t provide 100% results; however, less effort and free availability make it a popular way of creating a Karaoke version of a mainstream song. You should use Karaoke for personal use only and any type of commercial use may generate copyright issues.
More Audio Editing Software And Tools That Can Do Karaoke
There is plenty of software that can help with Karaoke making. We can either buy the paid software or we can use free tools, however, paid tools give better results. Some of the paid and free tools are listed below.
A similar tool like Audacity that helps in inverting the tracks to cancel out the vocals and make a Karaoke. Pro Tools First is free to download and the other higher versions are expensive (For both Mac and Windows).
It is a paid app exclusive for Windows that can make a Karaoke using a process called Phase Cancellation. The method is slightly different from those of Audacity and Pro Tools but easy to follow if you read the guidelines and user manual.
It is a DAW for Mac OS and makes it even simpler to convert a song into Karaoke. It is also a paid tool.
Karaoke Software For Recording Your Own Tracks (Not For Creating A Karaoke)
Apart from software and tools to create a Karaoke track, there is some software that can help you to use the Karaoke you made in practice. You can simply start the software and select a suitable Karaoke track and start singing following the lyrics shown in the software itself. Some of that software are listed below.
PC DJ Karaoki
As the name suggests, this software is the best for DJ partying. You can add your Karaoke track and start singing with the help of lyric displayed on the screen. It is a paid software.
It is a free software for Windows PC. It will be consisting of preloaded karaoke tracks which can be used for free.
A Microsoft software compatible with Windows PC that helps in recording songs for the preloaded Karaoke tracks. It allows you to add videos with the lyrics that come along with the app.
How To Make A Karaoke Track?
Numerous superior quality instrumental tracks are there and you can get them from varied platforms such as Spotify, You Tube, classic CD+G etc. But creating your own karaoke track is really satiating for the ones who want to make something new the way they like.
Designing your own karaoke tracks is not any rocket science and you need not be a tech genius for this.
Audacity- a free audio-editor which is quite trending these days has all the qualities to strip the vocals from your choicest songs. This editor actually works brilliantly as per the dreams of a budding karaoke star.
The process is simple and easy- Generally, the vocals are in a stereo track’s centre, half on the other and half on one channel. On inverting one-channel two parts are cancelled out. And with a good quality sound life, they remain pretty effective.
These karaoke songs should be used for your personal use and not public. Without getting permission from the copyright holder, one should not redistribute the resulting files.
A Few Easy Steps:
Getting the right encoder
Initially, a bit of preparation is needed. You will be needing a LAME MP3 encoder, before you finally export your finished karaoke song in an – MP3 format (does not come included in Audacity).
Firstly, download the zip archive and extract it
Double-click the exe file to install the encoder (this works out quickly)
Download And Install Audacity
After the first step comes the task of downloading and installing Audacity has to be done. You can import your favorite track by dragging it into the main window.
You can see a black downward-pointing arrow beside the track name on the left-hand side of the waveform.
Choose ‘Split stereo track’ by clicking this.
Strip vocals and export
Follow this now:
Double click the bottom track for selecting it
Then click ‘Effects > Invert’
Click the menu arrow beside each waveform track
Then click ‘File > Export Audio’
MP3 is considered to be a great format as this can be played using any media player. Sticking with the standard export settings is recommended. Select if you want to edit the track’s metadata. If you add the word ‘karaoke’ to the title, this may prove helpful.
Finally click ‘OK’.
Once you are with your karaoke track, the next requirement is choosing the right words. There are many sites publishing song lyrics, but we really appreciate Metro Lyrics due to its excellent search tool with accuracy.
The best thing about Metro Lyrics is that it compensates/put to rights the copyright holders for publishing their lyrics.
You can get some more original tracks from:
SoundCloud: All are not free but you can download some of them for sure without paying anything. For some you may need to like the FB page.
ReverbNation: This is another great source for downloading pop, hip-hop tracks etc.
JamendoMusic: You can download independent style music from this great website too.
SoundClick: This is one more good service which allows you to download tracks from the artist’s website.