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How to Make an Instrumental of a Song on Desktop, Mobile and Online

Remove vocals from any song to create an instrumental version on iOS, Android, Windows, macOS, and more.

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An instrumental track, also known as a backing track or a minus one, is the version of a song that features only the instrumentals, with the vocals removed. In the ever-evolving world of music production, the ability to isolate and create instrumental tracks from existing songs is highly sought after by DJs, producers, and music enthusiasts alike. Instrumental tracks have a wide range of applications. They can be used for:

  • Karaoke. Instrumental tracks are often used in karaoke, allowing singers to perform a song with the original instrumentals but without the original vocals.
  • Music practice. Musicians can use instrumental tracks to practice playing along with a song, or singers can use them to practice their vocal parts.
  • Mixing and DJing. DJs and music producers often use instrumental tracks for mixing, remixing, and creating new music.
  • Listening pleasure. Some people simply enjoy listening to the instrumental versions of songs, as it allows them to appreciate the musical arrangements and instrumentation more fully.

Instrumental Making Methods

Before we dive into step-by-step instructions, let’s go over all the ways instrumental tracks can be made. Creating instrumental tracks from songs involves removing or minimizing the vocal components without significantly affecting the quality of the underlying instrumentation. Various methods, ranging from software-based solutions to manual techniques, can be employed to achieve this. Here's a list of all possible ways to extract instrumental tracks from songs:

1. Software Solutions

Vocal remover plugins and applications. There are numerous software tools designed specifically to isolate vocals and extract instrumental tracks. Examples include Izotope RX, Audacity (using the vocal reduction and isolation effect), and various online services that offer vocal removal capabilities.

AI-powered tools. Advanced AI-based platforms like PhonicMind and LALAL.AI specialize in separating vocal tracks from instrumentals with remarkable precision. These tools use machine learning algorithms to differentiate and isolate song components.

Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs). Professional DAWs such as FL Studio, Ableton Live, and Logic Pro X offer more control and advanced features for vocal removal and instrumental extraction. Users can leverage equalization, phase cancellation, and other effects to isolate the instrumental parts manually.

2. Manual Techniques

Phase inversion method. This technique involves duplicating the song track, inverting the phase of one copy, and playing both tracks together. Since the vocals are typically centered, phase inversion can cancel them out, leaving behind the instrumental. However, this method requires a stereo track and may also remove other centered elements.

Equalization (EQ). EQ can be used to reduce or remove frequencies primarily associated with vocals. While it's challenging to completely eliminate vocals without affecting the quality of the instrumental, careful EQ adjustments can significantly reduce vocal presence.

Karaoke tracks search. For popular songs, karaoke versions (instrumental tracks with vocals removed) may already exist. Searching for these can save time, though the quality and availability will vary.

3. Hybrid Approaches

Combining software and manual techniques. Often, a combination of AI-powered tools and manual adjustments in a DAW yields the best results. For example, an AI tool can be used for initial vocal removal, followed by manual tweaks in a DAW to refine the instrumental track.

4. Collaborative and Community Resources

Online communities and forums. Music production forums and communities (e.g., Reddit's r/IsolatedVocals and r/SongStems) can be valuable resources for finding pre-made instrumentals or tips on isolating specific tracks.

5. Official Instrumental Tracks

Purchasing or licensing official instrumentals. Some artists and record labels release official instrumental versions of their tracks. These can be purchased or licensed directly through music distribution services or the artists' websites.

Each method has its advantages and limitations, and the choice largely depends on the specific requirements of the project, the quality of the original song, and the available resources. Experimenting with multiple approaches can often lead to the best outcome.

How to Make an Instrumental Version of a Song with an Online AI Tool (LALAL.AI)

One of the most accessible and straightforward ways to create an instrumental track is by using online vocal removers. These tools use advanced AI technology to separate vocals from the instrumental components of a song.

Let's go over the steps of online instrumental making using LALAL.AI as an example since it's one of the leading AI-based services that supports a wide range of formats, original quality preservation, and clean separation of tracks.

  1. Open the site in your browser. Visit LALAL.AI.
  2. Select the Vocal and Instrumental stem. It should be set by default unless you've used the service before and picked another stem.
  3. Upload your song. Click Select Files or simply drag and drop the song.
  4. Listen to the Instrumental preview. If you like what you hear, proceed to the next step. If you don't like what you hear, click Back, open settings (top right corner), and change the processing settings.
  5. Select either the free Starter pack or one of the paid options and click Process the Entire File.
  6. Listen and/or download the Instrumental stem.

How to Make an Instrumental of a Song on iOS (GarageBand)

Creating an instrumental from a song on an iOS device (such as an iPhone or iPad) can be an exciting and creative process. GarageBand is a powerful tool that can help you remove vocals and make a karaoke version of any uploaded songs. Follow the steps below to start.

  1. Install the GarageBand app on your iOS device.
  2. Start a new project by selecting the Audio Recorder option.
  3. Tap the Track View icon (looks like a series of horizontal lines) located in the top left corner to switch to the multi-track view.
  4. Tap the Loop Browser icon (looks like a loop) in the top right corner.
    Choose the Music tab to access songs from your music library.
  5. Find and select the song you want to make an instrumental of. Drag and drop the song onto an empty track in your project.
  6. Tap on the newly imported song track to select it, then tap it again to open the options menu. Choose Duplicate to create an exact copy of the track.
  7. Select one of the duplicated tracks and open the Plug-ins and EQ section by tapping on the mixer icon (looks like knobs) in the top left corner.
  8. Add a new effect by tapping on one of the empty effect slots, and choose AU Phase Inversion from the Audio Unit Extensions. This step will invert the phase of one track, which can help cancel out centered mono signals, like vocals, when played together with the non-inverted track.
  9. Adjust the EQ. Use the Visual EQ or add an EQ effect to both tracks to further reduce vocal frequencies. You might want to cut frequencies in the mid-range where vocals typically lie, but be careful not to remove too much, as it can affect the quality of the instrumental.
  10. Experiment with the volume faders and panning (left-right balance) for both tracks to find the best blend where the vocals are least prominent and the instrumental parts are highlighted.
  11. Once you're satisfied with the instrumental version, tap the downward arrow in the top-left corner and select My Songs; this will save your project.

How to Make an Instrumental of a Song on Android (Moises)

The Moises app is a convenient and user-friendly tool for creating instrumental tracks on Android devices, making it accessible for anyone to experiment with music production and arrangement. Repeat the following steps to remove vocals from a song and create its instrumental version.

  1. Install the Moises app on your Android device.
  2. Sign up or log in using your email address or social media account.
  3. Upload your song. Tap on the + icon to add an audio file.
  4. Once the song is uploaded, you'll be presented with different separation options. For creating an instrumental, select the option that removes vocals, such as Instrumental 2 stems (for separating just vocals and instruments) or another relevant option.
  5. Confirm your choice and start the separation process.
  6. After the processing is complete, listen to the instrumental version.
  7. If you're satisfied with the result, look for the download option to save the instrumental track to your device. Depending on the app's version or your subscription plan, you might have different quality options for the download.

How to Make an Instrumental of a Song on Windows, macOS, and Linux (UVR & LALAL.AI)

While you can find a plethora of online and mobile instrumental makers, there are very few native desktop cross-platform applications for vocal removal. Ultimate Vocal Remover and LALAL.AI are the most widely used and praised of the few. Below you can find instructions on how to make instrumental versions of songs using both of the apps.


  1. Download the app. Open the LALAL.AI's Tools and API page and select the version for your OS within the Desktop app section.
  2. Once you downloaded the app, install it on your Windows, macOS, or Linux.
  3. Sign in. Enter your email address, then paste the one-time code you received via email into the app.
  4. If you want to hear a preview before processing the entire song, make sure to enable the Create Preview feature (located to the right of the Split Files button).
  5. Сlick the Split Files button and select Vocal and Instrumental from the drop-down list.
  6. Once you select the stem, you will be prompted to upload a file. Select the song you want to make an instrumental of.
  7. Get the instrumental. After the track is extracted, it will automatically appear in the application window. Hover the cursor over the stem and click the folder icon to find the instrumental file on your computer.

Ultimate Vocal Remover

1. Download the Ultimate Vocal Remover app. If you're on Windows or macOS, visit the GitHub page and download the latest version. If you're a Linux user, download the repository zip.

2. Install the tool. Windows and macOS users may simply follow the provided instructions. If you're on Linux, do the following:

Install the dependencies. For Debian/Ubuntu/Linux Mint, use sudo apt update && sudo apt install ffmpeg python3-pip python3-tk git. Adjust the command according to your Linux distribution.

Clone the repository with git clone

Access the directory with cd ultimatevocalremovergui and install the required Python packages with pip3 install -r requirements.txt. Then launch the tool by executing python3

3. Open Ultimate Vocal Remover and click Select Input to import the song. Verify the input by clicking Verify Inputs.

4. Choose Select Output to specify a destination folder for the instrumental track. Below, select the desired output format (e.g., WAV, FLAC, or MP3).

5. Select the process method and model. This selection is crucial for determining how the vocals and instruments will be separated.

6. After setting up the input, output, and process method, start the vocal removal process. The app will use AI to separate the vocals from the instruments in the audio track.

7. Once the processing is complete, you can listen to the instrumental within the app to verify the quality. If satisfied, download the instrumental version in your chosen format.

Tips for Creating High-Quality Instrumentals

  • Choose high-quality audio files. The quality of the instrumental track will depend mainly on the quality of the original audio file. Use high-quality audio files whenever possible.
  • Experiment with different settings. Most vocal removers and DAWs offer a variety of settings and options. Experiment with these to find what works best for the specific song you're working with.
  • Practice and patience. Creating high-quality instrumental tracks can take time and practice. Keep going even if your first few attempts aren't perfect.

Creating an instrumental version of a song can be a fun and rewarding process. Whether you're a beginner just getting started or a seasoned professional, there are tools and methods available to suit your needs. With practice and patience, you can create high-quality instrumental tracks from your favorite songs.