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DADSGETNDOWN
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Audacity: Isolating/removing Guitar.

Is there a way to isolate just the Guitar or pluck it out ?
Or is the a different program anyone suggests ?
I have seen it done but not sure how, I read the tuts and things at audacity and wiki, but not a lot there.
You can hear examples of isolated guitar or vocals or whatever you want at youtube.
For instance. Panama by Van Halen, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxA4WgIZmO8&playnext=1&list=PLA06D2FE6CD7... and if you're like me and don't like links, go to youtube and search for either vanhalenstoredotcom site and there you will see some isolated stuff, or search for EVH Eddie Van Halen - Panama *GUITAR TRACK*.

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That track is way too clean

That track is way too clean to have been extracted from the final mix of the song.
Considering the huge amount of exclusive material on that person's youtube channel, it's most likely that he got his hands on an unmixed guitar track from the original studio session, or maybe got an excellent guitarist to replicate the track.

Isolating individual instruments from a song on a CD or mp3 is difficult. You are trying to isolate specific sets of frequencies from just two stereo tracks. Even if you get the right filters, you almost always hear "ghosts" of other instruments or vocals that share the same frequencies; or you end up losing a lot of quality of the guitar; probably both.

I'm curious to know where you'd seen it done. All the forums I've read say the same thing - you can isolate a clean instrument without the master track.

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one way to isolate

is to find a portion of the track where the insturment or sound is the only thing there and use that as a base. for example one could easly remoce all the insturments in Iron Butterfly's In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida due to the full lenght track having complete solos from easth insturment. i have succesfully removed camera noise from the audio track of a friends film using audacity.

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Removing noise is different from isolating an instrument.

Camera noise is fairly consistent, low level noise that does not tend to vary in frequency.
An instrumental melody varies, so it's frequencies are more likely to mix with the sounds of other instruments, making it more difficult to cleanly remove or isolate an instrument without making the remaining sound sound like gargling underwater.
However, I will give it a try with Inna Gadda Da Vida. Have you also removed instruments from that song?

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yes

it was trippy too :S 9 minutes of near silence!

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Hmm.

In the interim steps (where you had only removed some of the instruments) how clean was the remaining sound? For instance, if you removed all except the bass line, did it sound just like a lone bass player would have normally sounded, or did it sound like it was underwater, distorted or flanged?

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Isolating/Removing Guitar

I've been looking for something to do this too. I found a couple of things that claimed to be able to do it but the only 3 that seem to be able to do it are:

Jamvox - http://www.voxamps.com/jamvox/
Riffstation - http://www.riffstation.com/
R-Mix http://www.rolandconnect.com/product.php?p=r-mix

They all seem to do it pretty well but I use Riffstation since there is a free version...and it does slow down and looping too so it's really good software for learning guitar parts.

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