What’s more fun than heading out to your favorite local joint on a Thursday evening to sing Karaoke? How about making your own Karaoke songs and practicing at home … before busting out a Sir Mix-A-Lot song and falling off stage!
Although several of our friends indicated they’ve been making their own Karaoke (カラオケ) tracks on the regular, we wanted to get our feet wet and share the fun with our readers here on the AudioAcrobat WordPress Weblog.
In today’s post, we will walk through the steps of using our favorite free, open-source audio editing software (Audacity) to create our very own Karaoke songs, through the application of an Invert effect, plus a tiny bit of splitting and re-joining stereo tracks. (Not to worry, it’s much easier than it sounds!)
Looking for Setup instructions? We’ve got you covered! Our recent Audacity for Mac OS X Installation Tutorial includes setting up LAME as well!
For today’s walk-through, we’ll be applying the Invert effect as well as the Split Stereo Track and Make Stereo Track functions in Audacity 2.0.0 (Unicode) for Mac OS X.
Step 1: Identify your Song
Yes, this step does seem a bit trivial, but how can you make a Karaoke song without knowing what you want to sing?
Step 2: Open in Audacity
Now that we’ve identified the song we wish to make an alternate Karaoke version of on our computer’s hard drive, we will want to open the file with Audacity. Right-click the file and choose Open With and select Audacity from the list. Don’t see it listed? Open Audacity from the Applications folder in the Dock on your Mac. Once the software has opened, choose File >> Open, selecting the audio to be edited.
Once the file opens in Audacity, our readers will see something like this:
Step 3: Split Stereo Track
In order to begin creating our Karaoke version of this classic 90’s song, we will need to split our (1) stereo track into (2) individual (L) and (R) tracks.
This is accomplished by using the triangular Track Pop-Down Menu found near the track title on the left side of our screen. After clicking the triangle, the menu appears and we’ll select Split Stereo Track.
Step 4: Highlight, Invert
After splitting our (1) stereo track into (2) individual (L) and (R) tracks, we will want to highlight either the (L) or the (R) track, but not the other. This can be done easily by clicking and dragging with our mouse cursor from one edge of the track to the other.
Here’s an example of what your waveform will look like with just one track highlighted. Notice the (L) track on top is darker than the (R) track on the bottom:
With our track highlighted and using the Effect drop-down menu, we will select Invert.
Using this effect we will see the highlighted channel flip along the horizontal axis of 0.0, which runs through the center of our track. An example of our inverted waveform can be seen below:
Step 5: Make Stereo Track
Now that one of the two channels have been inverted, we will re-join them together into a single stereo track using the triangular Track Pop-Down Menu found near the track title on the left side of our screen.
After clicking the triangle, the menu appears and we’ll select Make Stereo Track.
Now with our newly-created Karaoke version of “Under The Bridge” (or whichever song you’ve chosen), select File >> Export to save the file to your computer’s hard drive. Let the Karaoke singing commence!
Well that was quick … we’ve already walked through the process of identifying and opening our file, splitting our stereo track into individual (L) and (R) channels, applying an Invert effect, re-joining our channels to create a new stereo track and exporting the file for DIY Karaoke night … and yet it seems as though we had just begun. If you agree, go ahead and click the ‘Previous Post’ link beneath this article to continue the joyride!
Did you get stopped somewhere in the process? Make sure you have LAME correctly setup then shampoo, rinse and repeat the steps listed above. Success will be yours!
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