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I'd like to transcribe a song that I couldn't find a proper version of on the Internet. Transcribing the guitar and drums (I'm a guitarist and beginner bassist) was not really difficult but I find that working on the bass line is quite complicated, especially for metal songs where drum kick is used A LOT, and instruments are tuned quite low.

I'm already using some tools to slow the tempo (Reaper), but it doesn't really help much if I can't hear the bass guitar properly. I tried to EQ it but the drums are always in the way.

So I'm looking for specific tips or tools that could help me hear the bass and help me transcribe it.

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If you can't hear what note it is in the original, does it matter which note you transcribe? ;) –  slim Nov 20 '12 at 9:55
Then I would have to get some bass composing skills so that it sounds correctly :) –  Julien N Nov 20 '12 at 15:09

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I haven't used it but I've heard that the software 'Transcribe!' can be used to pitch a song up by an octave and thusly make it easier to hear the bass notes.

For slowing down there is also the 'Amazing Slow Downer'. I haven't used that either.

Besides technical aids, the more you transcribe the better you will become at not only transcribing but also at musical hearing in general.

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Almost exactly what I was about to post- get it up into an easier frequency range and slow it down at the same time. –  Dr Mayhem Nov 19 '12 at 17:49
Oh, changing the pitch is a very good idea ! –  Julien N Nov 20 '12 at 15:08
I've used 'Transcribe!' quite a bit, and can totally vouch for it's awesomeness. Super useful bit of software. –  Kitchi Nov 23 '12 at 13:43

I like using a software called “song surgeon”. It's super helpful if you turn the bass up on your stereo system and turn down the treble. That will help a lot with your bass transcriptions.

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