Die 9 besten kostenlosen AI Stem Splitters und Vocal Removers

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AI Stem Splitters und Vocal Removers bieten viel Potenzial als kreative Tools.

Obwohl es viele zur Auswahl gibt, ist ein großer Teil davon kostenlos. Das Ausprobieren lohnt sich also.

Um Ihnen die Auswahl ein wenig zu erleichtern, haben wir mehrere AI Stem Splitters und Vocal Removers getestet und uns auf solche konzentriert, die entweder kostenlos sind oder kostenlose Versionen mit Einschränkungen haben (wie in unseren Tabellen angegeben).

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AI stem splitters are a domain of audio that is rapidly changing. If you're interested in staying up to date, we recommend you bookmark this page and come back to it on occasion to see what new tools have emerged.

What are AI stem splitters and vocal removers?

AI stem splitters (or stem separators) are software tools that can split a fully-mixed song file into individual sound files for each instrument layer. These layers are called stems. Vocal removers are specialized for isolating vocals, while other stem splitters can separate into more stems, such as bass, drums, and “other instruments.”

The most common uses for stem splitters are for creating remixes, mashups, DJ edits, and karaoke instrumentals. 

These tools use machine learning algorithms that are trained to recognize the frequency material of specific sounds and isolate them automatically (hence the “AI”).

Many AI stem splitters and vocal removers use the same open-source algorithms, which are packaged in different wrappers.

The two major open-source stem splitting algorithms are Spleeter (developed by Deezer’s audio research team) and Demucs (developed by Meta’s AI research lab in Paris).

We’ve compared multiple options even when they use the same algorithm, as there are differences in usability and features.

Without further ado, let’s get to it!

The 9 best free AI stem splitters and vocal removers

1. Ultimate Vocal Remover 5

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Overview of Ultimate Vocal Remover 5

Type:Standalone
Operating System:macOS, Windows, Linux
Limitations:None

For those who pay close attention to audio separation technology, UVR5 is known as an essential AI stem splitter and vocal remover—and it’s totally free.

Not only can you select between algorithms, you can even use an “Ensemble” mode that uses multiple algorithms simultaneously to give you the instrument-specific benefits of each.

We set it to the Demucs v4 model, and it took about six minutes to separate a six-minute song into four stems (vocals, bass, drums, and “other”).

The results were high in quality overall, though we didn’t test every single algorithm with every single musical layer. Your results may vary depending on your use case and settings.

We also had it give us an instrumental version of our test song by doing what it says on the tin — removing vocals. The quality of the instrumental was excellent.

The parameters may seem a little intimidating at first to some, but it’s easy to learn, especially with a guide like this one.

Its overall usability as an application is great, and we think it’s a no-brainer for anyone wanting to do vocal removal or instrument separation.

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2. Gaudio Studio

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Overview of Gaudio Studio

Type:Browser-based
Operating System:Any system with an up-to-date browser
Limitations:10-minute song length maximum

There are a lot of browser-based AI stem splitters and vocal removers out there. 

These are likely running your separations on their dedicated processors rather than the local one on your computer, which can sometimes mean better results.

Many of them are not free, but Gaudio Studio is a notable exception. It just requires you to login with a Google account.

Once you do that, it’s very easy to upload the song you want to split, select the instrument layers you want to isolate, and submit your song to the queue.

It took about five minutes for Gaudio Studio to separate our six-minute test song into vocal, bass, drum, and “other” stems. 

The quality was pretty stunning — even compared to our UVR5 test, the clarity of the stems was high all around.

As of April 2024, it’s currently in beta and will be upgraded to a new version in May. The site doesn’t explain what this update entails, so we’re hoping it doesn’t mean they’re planning to monetize it any time soon.

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3. MVSEP

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If you're using stem splitters for sampling, it might be better to stock up on professional, high-quality material. LANDR Samples has an excellent library of vocal, bass, drum and instrument sounds to explore.
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Overview of MVSEP

Type:Browser-based
Operating System:Any system with an up-to-date browser
Limitations:File format/size/length and other factors depend on subscription

This stem splitter is a bit like UVR5, but is browser-based instead of standalone. 

It allows you to choose between several different models, quality levels, and output formats.

However, the number of settings and other advantages you have access to will depend on what service tier you choose.

We signed up for a free account for our test and separated our six-minute test song into vocal, bass, drums, and “other” stems.

We used the Demucs v4 model to see if there was any difference in quality from UVR5. It took about five minutes, and to our ears, the quality wasn’t noticeably different. 

We’re not sure there’s an advantage to paying for MVSEP when UVR5 is free, but you can do your own comparisons to be sure.

In fact, the main advantage of the MVSEP site may actually be their documentation and resources, rather than the tool itself.

You can find a table of quality rating comparisons between different audio separation algorithms and a huge database of test results for different separation types on their site. 

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4. StemRoller

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Overview of StemRoller

Type:Stand-alone
Operating System:macOS, Windows
Limitations:None

StemRoller is another free AI stem splitter and vocal remover built with Demucs v4.

It runs standalone on your computer, but unlike UVR5, it doesn’t allow you to use different algorithms or other settings. Its feature set is far less extensive in comparison.

However, if you’re someone who gets a bit paralyzed by having too many configurations to decide between, this one might be worth trying.

All you have to do is drag your file into its window and it starts processing right away.

The results were pretty much the same in quality as running Demucs v4 in UVR5.

In addition to the usual four stems, it automatically gave us a full instrumental track that lacked all traces of vocals and sounded great.

The developer warns that it can demand a lot of processing power and take up to 15 minutes to produce the results, but it only took a few minutes on our M2 MacBook Air.

Your experience will probably depend on your machine.

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5. Spleeter for Max

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If you run a Spleeter or Demucs-based stem splitter in Live, it won't be a real-time effect. It will still take time to process your source audio clip into stems, which will appear on your timeline in arrangement view.
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Overview of Spleeter for Max

Type:Plugin
Operating System:macOS (Intel), Windows
Limitations:None

We have good news for you Max for Live users out there — some kind soul has made a Spleeter-based device you can use as an AI stem splitter right in Ableton Live.

The setup process, however, may be tricky for those not familiar with command-line installations. You’ll need to follow several steps and use Terminal on macOS or CMD on Windows.

Another catch is that, since the Spleeter algorithm can’t be run locally on M1/M2/M3 Macs, neither can this device.

Nevertheless, we tested it on an older MacBook Pro with an Intel processor. We found it easy to use, and it even delivered its stems faster than the Demucs-based splitters we tested.

We found that the quality wasn’t quite as good as UVR5 or Gaudio, but the convenience of having this straight in Ableton Live might be worthwhile for some users.

So if you don’t mind going through the installation steps and you have a compatible machine, this could be a handy option.

Alternatively, if you’re willing to spend about $20, you could buy this other Max for Live stem splitter built with Demucs v4. 

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6. Vocal Remover

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Overview of Vocal Remover

Type:Browser-based
Operating System:Any system with an up-to-date browser
Limitations:Unspecified waiting period between uses

As you can probably tell from its name, this browser-based tool is specialized as an AI vocal remover.

Using it is free and the site doesn’t seem to explicitly outline any limitations.

However, when we tried to conduct more than one test, or try the full stem separation service, we were directed to either try again later to subscribe to the developer’s Patreon.

From this, we figured that the free version of Vocal Remover has an unspecified waiting period between uses, unless you opt for a paid subscription.

Our vocal removal test was quick — it only took a few minutes to give us the vocal and instrumental.

We found, however, that the vocal track had quite a lot of bleed from the instruments compared to UVR5 and Gaudio Studio.

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7. Fadr Stems

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Overview of Fadr Stems

Type:Browser-based
Operating System:Any system with an up-to-date browser
Limitations:Stem number, file format, and other parameters depend on subscription

This site offers both an AI stem splitter and automated remixing tools.

When you sign up for an account and opt for their free plan, Fadr will separate songs into four stems and allow you to download them in MP3 format. 

If you want to break things down into more than four stems, download them in WAV format, and take advantage of several other features, you’ll have to switch to their paid subscription option.

The free version doesn’t limit the number of songs you can split per month, and their generous file size limit of 200MB seems to apply to both free and paid options.

It processed our test song in under five minutes, but the results were not the highest quality we’ve seen among our contenders. 

In our opinion, as far as browser-based splitters go, Gaudio Studio reigns supreme.

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8. OpenVINO Plugins for Audacity

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Overview of OpenVINO Plugins

Type:Plugin
Operating System:Windows
Limitations:None

If you don’t already use Audacity as your go-to audio editor, you should definitely consider it.

If you do, then you might not have known that it can host an AI stem splitter plugin designed via Intel’s OpenVINO AI toolkit.

It’s unknown if they built this feature with one of the open-source models, but we were curious to see how it would perform.

Since this one is PC-only, we tested it on a Windows laptop. Installation wasn’t as straightforward as most plugins, but it wasn’t too complicated either.

Once you set it up using these instructions on the GitHub page, the plugin is very easy to use.

It took a little under ten minutes for the plugin to produce vocal, bass, drums, and “other” stems, automatically placing them on the timeline as separate tracks.

To our ears, the quality was respectable, but not better than UVR5 or Gaudio Studio. However, it could be a great option for you if you work in Audacity frequently and enjoy its workflow.

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9. The stem splitter you already have

AI stem splitters and vocal removers have actually been around for longer than you might think.

Because of this, you could find a stem splitting feature in a piece of music software that you already own.

iZotope RX has its “Music Rebalance” feature and FL Studio has a stem separation feature for Producer Edition and above.

In 2024, Apple rolled out a few AI-based features in Logic Pro 11, including a stem splitter.

It’s also become a feature in DJ software like Serato DJ, rekordbox, and VirtualDJ

However, stem separation in DJ software is usually realtime-only, so you can’t download the separated stems for other uses.

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Which AI stem splitter is really best?

For stand-alone applications, we think Ultimate Vocal Remover 5 is the best all-around tool.

As for browser-based stem splitters, Gaudio Studio is our top recommendation.

Keep in mind that different stem splitters deliver different levels of quality in their separation. There can also be even more variation depending on the instrument or sound being isolated. 

The genre of music and the quality of the source song are major factors as well.

Deciding on “the best” can therefore be case-by-case and very subjective.

Since there are plenty of free options out there, you can easily try or mix and match between several options.

Depending on the results you get for your situation (and the instrument layers that are most important to you), you can settle on the right ones.

Devon Hansen

Devon Hansen is a producer, DJ, and writer with 20 years of experience in electronic music production. Having worked under various names and in a wide range of styles, Devon has performed several editions of MUTEK Montreal and has released music with labels in North America, the UK, and Japan. When not working on creative projects or playing tunes on Montreal’s n10.as radio, Devon can be found watching movies, cooking, and reading too much about gear.

@Devon Hansen

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