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Create Karaoke Tracks With Audacity

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 by | Filed Under: I've Always Wanted To Know...
 
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Sometimes it’s quite difficult to find karaoke tracks for your favorite songs. Well, with an audio editing software called Audacity it is as easy as ABC to create your own karaoke tracks. Just follow these simple steps and you will have your tracks ready with the singer’s voice omitted from the actual song.

First you need to download Audacity. It is available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and other operating systems as well. As for now we will be using Audacity 1.3.2. for Windows.

Open Audacity and go to the File menu. Point to Import option and click on Audio.

audacity-file-menu

Now click on the drive where your song is located. You can find the drive list on the left side of the box. Select the song and click Open.

audacity-select-song

Click on the small black dropdown arrow on the left and click on Split Stereo Track.

audacity-split-stereo

Now double click on the bottom sound track. You can see a green outline around the lower track as you do this. Go to Effect and select Invert.

audacity-invert-seleciton

Now click on the both drop-down arrows on the left side of the window and select Mono in both the upper and lower tracks.

audacity-select-mono

After this click on File and choose Export As. Then select MP3. A dialog box pops up. Cick OK. 

audacity-export-MP3

Choose the location to save your track. In this example, we are saving in the Desktop folder. Click on the Save option.

audacity-save-MP3

Audacity will now ask you to locate a dll file called lame_enc.dll. 

You can download this dll file from http://www.dlldump.com

Just open the website and click on letter ‘L’ at the bottom. You will see a list of dll files. Search for lame dll file. Download and save to a drive.

audacity-lame-file

Select Yes in the dialog box. Select the drive, locate the dll file and click Open. Your track will be exported to the selected destination.

audacity-lame

It’s important to note that these tracks are just for home or private use. It would not be legal to use them in a bar or restaurant or any type of fund-raising event. In those case, you’ll have to use commercial karaoke tracks which have already paid royalties to the record company.

~ S. Sakar

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