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Looking for a program that. .

I guess this would be the right forum for this. If not, feel free to move it. Anyway, I'm looking for a program for Windows that can take a song and split it up into it's parts like the guitar tracks, vocal tracks, etc. It would be best if it was free or had a free trial because I know pretty much next to nothing about audio recording/editing so I don't want to spend a large amount of money on something that I may end up not using too much. I'd like to try and screw around with some songs to get some practice and get familiar with some of the stuff before I go after anything big.


Thomas W. Bethel Wed, 09/27/2006 - 05:11
It does not exist.


Once a song is recorded and mixed down into a two track medium there is no software that can take it and break down the song into individual instruments. Think of baking a cake. Once the cake is baked you can not go back and take out the surgar or the flour or the salt it is all there together as a finished product. The same goes for recording. There is a group in France that is working on a program that will allow you (hopefully) to sample an instrument and then remove it fromt the mix using DSP. It is still experimental and they use to offer downloads. and

Hope this helps

Thomas W. Bethel Wed, 09/27/2006 - 07:41
Sometimes record companies release CDs with different mixes on them one for radio play, one for for dance, one for club play with different EQs and mixes. They may also release CDs with no vocals on them for the karaoke trade. Once a CD is released you have no way to remove anything from the mix. Even the supposed VOCAL REMOVER software or hardware don't really do a good job and may in fact make the song sound much worse and if your vocal is not in the center of the mix it can't remove it much at all.

Kev Wed, 09/27/2006 - 15:47
musicman88 wrote: Then how do DJs and the like get a hold of the vocals of a song to make different mixes and such?

the musicians or record companies give them the tracks

try a search on NIN or Peter Gabriel
you may find some downloads of individual tracks so you can have a play

NIN was in GarageBand format ... and PT I think
I didn't look closely but what is this ?

the Peter G, Shock the Monkey was MP3 .. again ... I think
that was part of a competition to win a DSP box ... search MixBox or MixBus

!!! here it is

hueseph Wed, 09/27/2006 - 17:16
To add to what Kev said: labels are out for the money so if an "artist" wants to plaguerize....ahem... I mean remix or sample another artists tune, they will sell them rights to use the masters or at least to scam tracks from the original multitrack session. At least that way the orignal artist might "see" some of the money for his/her hard work.