Would anyone know of visualizers or applications, that could isolate and simply visualize bass (guitar)'ish frequencies? No fancy artwork - just basic frequencies or notes.

I am asking from a learners point of view.

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    what do you mean by visualise? Any spectrum analyser will certainly display the frequencies played. – Doktor Mayhem Jun 11 '12 at 21:02
  • Like something that I can use w/ iTunes or Media player or independently while playing a song, so I can identify the bass and notes (if at all). Something that'll help me get familiar with the sound. I am only starting with bass. – user3217 Jun 11 '12 at 21:09
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    ^ @Luke - not really a shopping recommendation IMHO, guy's just looking for the right tool. – avramov Jun 11 '12 at 21:35
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    Well, if you're looking for the type of tool, Dr Mayhem just described it. If you're looking for the best brand, you're off-topic. – American Luke Jun 11 '12 at 21:37
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    Definitely off-topic here, perhaps migrate to Audio-Video Production? – neilfein Jun 15 '12 at 4:50

You're not likely to find a program that can identify the notes that the bass guitar plays in a complex musical composition. With sound editing programs (DAWs, or digital audio workstations), it can be easy to filter out high frequencies with EQ, and visualize the sound waves with some spectrum analyzer plugin. But what for?

If you need to get familiar with the sound, use your ears. Arm yourself with some patience, some loudspeakers with halfway decent bass response, and listen to all the different genres of music that prominently feature the bass guitar - ranging from jazz through rock through hip-hop through death metal. Listen to different kinds of bass players, and in different contexts - the bass can play funky slap solos, back growling grooves, or be a barely discernible frequency filler. It's an amazingly versatile instrument!

If you need to visualize notes on your fretboard, Guitar Pro has this feature. The sound quality's bad with Windows' MIDI sounds, and not much better with the "Realistic Sound Engine" packs, but there are tens of thousands of good Guitar Pro tabs on the Web. Guitar Pro is a great tool, but overrelying on it (and software, in general), especially when just starting out, can influence the way you understand music - and you might not like the result. Ask me - I'm a victim of the Guitar Pro syndrome!

It's better if you go to a lot of small local concerts where you can get close to the stage and observe the musicians - pay attention their music, their technique, their attitude.

And play. Nothing ever beats that. Try to figure out songs by ear - this is a very important skill for every musician. Someone must have created those Guitar Pro files from scratch, after all!


One thing that I do all the time to pick out the bass in songs is to throw in a DAW (such as Audacity or SoundTrack Pro) and put a low-pass filter on it. Then it is really easy to hear only the bass (and drums too, unfortunately).


Pitch up the music one octave in your DAW. Keep the speed to 100%. Add some low-pass filter. The bass lines come out an octave too high but are easy to hear. I have successfully transcribed James Jamerson this way.



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