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separating music?

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I can hear most note from the bass in a lot of songs but cant easily pick them out. Is there a way to separate the bass from the rest of a song in order to better hear the bass? Maybe through a program or equipment?
There is no magical bass separater. If there was, i would own it. Something about too many frequecies the same. I believe Audacity works fairly well, although i have not tried it. You can even slow it down without changing tone, i think. I just use crappy computer speakers with a sub. The sub helps.
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To the degree that it can be done, it is most easily done with Transcribe!


Transcribe! is not freeware. But it is the most helpful program I have used for figuring out a bass line.

This can also be done (more or less) using Audacity, which is freeware.


There is no ‘magic bullet’ however; these programs will allow you boost the bass and cut the midrange and treble, but it still comes down to your ears telling you if you have found the correct note. (You can also slow down the playback without changing the pitch, which can be very helpful sometimes.)

Another option is to have your bass tuner listen to the song (for example, using a cable and adapter, plug your tuner into a headphone jack on your laptop).

What you are seeking is an “isolated bass track” which is exactly what it means (bass ONLY). Pending on what artist/song you are searching, there are many posted on YouTube and other sources by searching “bass track or isolated bass tack” on the Net.

If the artist you are searching is not well known, then the likelihood of finding results of a bass track will be slim to none.

If the bass in your song is distorted or altered in a way of using a combination of synth/chorus/flanger .. or any other kind of peddle… it is this kind of information that normally will not be revealed … it is up to the user/player to distinguish what is being used.

It's always a good idea to research the bassist on his/her gear. Google and or Wikipedia are pretty good reliable resources for this.

To me, the types of bass's an artist uses is for the most part irrelevant, I'm more interested about information on effects & settings.

Hoped this has helped you in some way or another…and good luck to 'ya.
if the artist you are searching is NOT well known there is a chance you can contact them and ask them how they play it… works for me a fair bit

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