I tried a lot of way to remove the vocal from this song with audacity, but without any good results...

I'm very new to this and perhaps not doing it right, but I think it may be the case of the song instead of me doing something wrong. I tried to remove vocal from all known Haddaway song - "What is love?"

Is it possible? If it is, what kind of software I should use and I'll watch some tutorials about it.

  • Hi, and welcome. Vocal removal is a big subject here, have you tried the list to the right of thiis page? Some of the answers will help you, I'm sure.
    – n00dles
    Commented Apr 29, 2016 at 14:18

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The most common vocal removal techniques work by taking advantage of the fact that the vocal is usually dead center in the mix (it is equal on both left and right channels) whereas most other instruments are mixed off to one side or the other. (Bass is often dead center as well but occupies a lower frequency range so the cancelling algorithm or circuit can keep it from being cancelled).

So basically, songs that are mixed any other way will not cancel as well. Particularly, you may get reverb or delay of the vocal remaining although the basic vocal itself is gone. Background vocals which are mixed in stereo may remain.

I know that there are some fantastic plugins out there these days for isolating parts in already-mixed tracks using more advanced techniques.. but these are not generally available for free in a program like Audacity (great as it is.. I use it myself).

I would also suggest looking for a STEMS format version of your song. STEMS is a multitrack format for DJ's that allows easy manipulation of specific elements.. and the lead vocal would surely be on a track by itself.


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