Vocal Extractors: The 7 Best Tools for Extracting Acapellas and Samples
Have you ever heard a track that instantly inspired you? Maybe the vocal hook stood out and now you’re wondering how to extract an acapella vocal part and get it without the background music—turns out you need a vocal extractor or an acapella extractor!
Vocal extractors are online tools that make it super easy to separate the vocal from a track to use for your own purposes.
There’s a handful of these tools out there, but not all of them are created equal. Some work in your browser, others can be downloaded and some work as plugins in the DAW.
In this article, we’ll share our picks for the best vocal extractors out there right now and we’ll share some tips on how to get the most out of your extracted vocal.
But before we get into vocal extractors and acapella extractors it’s worth mentioning that sampling or using copyrighted material comes with some important legal considerations.
Whether you’re remixing a track or using a sample, you need clearance from the artist that ensures everyone is getting paid fairly.
Using an uncleared sample can be risky—you may not be able to monetize your track or post it on streaming platforms and you could even be hit with legal action.
So be very careful about extracting vocals—you may need to get clearance to do so!
With that out of the way, here’s the best free vocal extractor tools out there right now.
This one is pretty self-explanatory, it does what it says on the tin—and it’s free!
Supposedly, the tool uses AI algorithms to separate the vocals and create stems you can use.
When you upload a song you get one file of the extracted vocal acapella and one file with no vocals—karaoke style.
It’s hard to say how well it separates the vocals quality-wise, it likely depends on the track you upload—but the service is certainly worth a try!
Spleeter is a really good vocal extractor that uses source code hosted on Git Hub.
Our very own Anthony Albanese uses this for vocal extracting duties on the LANDR Youtube channel.
The only caveat is that it takes a bit of a learning curve to use since it’s not simply a drag-and-drop app.
Our very own Anthony Albanese uses Spleeter for vocal extracting duties on the LANDR Youtube.
Fortunately, you can follow these instructions to get yourself up and running with ease.
This is definitely a choice option if you’re planning on doing a lot of vocal extraction and require a high-quality rip.
3. Vocalign 5
While it’s not a vocal extractor per se, it’s certainly a valuable tool for aligning vocals with your track once you have your extracted vocals.
Vocalign 5 is an incredible tool from Synchro Arts that employs some powerful processing technology to align vocals to the beat of your track or remix.
Whether you’re tightening up layered vocals, aligning vocal parts to your track or even aligning various instrument takes— Vocalign will do it all.
Best of all, it comes bundled as part of LANDR Studio which gives you access to LANDR’s entire suite of tools including industry-leading instant mastering, a huge samples marketplace, digital distribution and LANDR’s new loop-based instrument plugin Chromatic.
Audacity is known to be one of the best free DAWs out there—but it’s also known as one of the better audio editors available right now.
Audacity is known to be one of the best free DAWs out there.
It has some powerful audio editing features and even can be used to extract vocals.
While it’s definitely an edge case for using Audacity, but there’s a handful of tutorials explaining how vocal extraction can be done in Audacity.
If you’re familiar with the DAW’s interface and are comfortable working with it, definitely give vocal extraction in Audacity a try!
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Here’s another browser-based drag and drop vocal extraction tool.
This one is marketed for making Karaoke versions of songs, but it also claims extract acapellas.
Of course, if you’re doing a lot of vocal extraction with this tool you’ll need to pay for the premium plan.
So give it a try and see how it sounds for your particular tracks that need extraction.
Here’s another browser-based tool that appears to be backed by some heavy AI technology and big players in the industry.
Again, this is another drag and drop tool so definitely give it a try before paying for the service.
Out of this list, this tool is the only one that can separate a track into specific stems for each instrument—vocals, drums, keys, bass, guitar, etc.
So if you need something with extended capabilities for making remixes and samples, this could be a great option.
This is another free, browser-based tool that makes it simple to drag and drop your track and get an extracted vocal.
It follows a similar interface to other acapella extractors on this list—but it’s free to use as much as you want.
Give it a try and see if the quality of these vocal extractions suit your taste!
Alex Lavoie works as a staff writer at LANDR by day and writes indie post-punk tunes in his band UTILS while moonlighting as drummer for folk-rock outfit The Painters.
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