Is it possible to remove vocals from a mp3 song?

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The problem with MP3's and other complete song formats is the fact that every track has been combine together to form a single track. The only way to truly remove vocals is to get the original multi-track (not. easy.) and remove the vocal tracks from it.

Otherwise Audacity's vocal removal option is about as good as it gets. It won't work on every song either. The vocals tend to be center panned (both left and right channels) in music after is has been combined, so Audacity does the best job it can removing what is there without mutilating the track.

The vocals will always be there a little, but if you intend to use it as a karaoke track or to put it over something that has sound of its own, it should work.

Most vocal removal will...

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@jelmew: How do you think they translate songs in translated animes for example? :P They have to take out the vocals and put new ones in.
You can find lots of software to do this.
If you're looking for something REALLY professional (like music production professional) then use FLS9
 

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They probably get the original music tracks along with the video for translation.
You can never completely remove vocals from an mp3 because the compression messes with the samples. You can have limited success by inverting the left channel over the right one, this works because inverting a sample over itself with cancel out the sound, the vocals in a song are usually recorded mono, so they will be the same through each channel, but the music will be in full stereo, so slightly different and wont be cancelled out.
 

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The problem with MP3's and other complete song formats is the fact that every track has been combine together to form a single track. The only way to truly remove vocals is to get the original multi-track (not. easy.) and remove the vocal tracks from it.

Otherwise Audacity's vocal removal option is about as good as it gets. It won't work on every song either. The vocals tend to be center panned (both left and right channels) in music after is has been combined, so Audacity does the best job it can removing what is there without mutilating the track.

The vocals will always be there a little, but if you intend to use it as a karaoke track or to put it over something that has sound of its own, it should work.

Most vocal removal will lower the quality of the track though to a point that you won't be happy with it. I've experimented many different ways with no success. Vocal removal in programs won't always work either depending on if the vocal track was mixed in in a special way.

I used Audacity as my prime example, as it's free, and it comes with the basic vocal removal option for a good example. Plus, I've used it myself.

http://wiki.audacityteam.org/index.php?title=Vocal_Removal
 
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