RipX DeepRemix for Musicians

In this blogpost, we’ll cover some of the most popular usages of our award-winning RipX DeepRemix for musicians, and provide a step-by-step guide on how to quickly and easily learn and practice parts to any song, plus more.

Don’t have access to the sheet music, MIDI files, multi-tracks or stems to learn instrumental or vocal parts in a song, but need to figure them out without any tedious guess work? No problem – get a free, 5-Day trial of RipX DeepRemix.

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Many musicians want to learn parts from songs to either improve their playing or singing skills, learn new techniques, perform cover versions, or find ideas or inspiration to create their own songs from. Yet a lot of the time, there’s no sheet music (on or offline), MIDI parts, multitracks or audio stems available. As a result, it can be problematic figuring out all of the correct notes from certain songs to practise and learn.

Although there are currently lots of resources to help musicians learn their instruments or sing, for ear training, music theory, practice and notation, the only way to learn parts from ‘fixed’ stereo audio files is by playing back (digitally or on vinyl/CD) by ear and either figuring out, memorizing or notating the parts (individual notes as well as intervals, scales, chords and chord progressions, keys, modes, rhythm, tone, dynamics, articulation, different kinds of techniques etc…) while listening very carefully, plus pausing, rewinding and replaying sections over and over again.

This process can obviously be very confusing and overly time-consuming, involving a lot of guesswork and invariably, mistakes. It also requires high levels of focus and patience, depending on the type and complexity of the music being learnt.

Furthermore, when trying to figure out and learn more complex parts in faster tempo music (or music containing complex time signatures), many musicians are unable to slow the tempo down digitally (i.e. in Spotify or other streaming services), or slow the tempo down without affecting the original pitch (i.e on a vinyl turntable or set of CDJs) to make learning and practice easier.

Despite the growth in audio source separation software in recent years, making it possible to split stereo audio files apart to create stems, mute parts and create backing tracks from, it hasn’t yet been possible to then view and learn actual notes, chords and other characteristics of parts – until RipX DeepRemix was released.

Better yet – RipX DeepRemix is only $99 and one of the best-value professional pieces of stem extraction software available anywhere!

How can I learn and practice any song part using RipX DeepRemix?

RipX DeepRemix is the only software that lets you rip apart any song file, isolate each part and either learn parts from within the software, or export them as MIDI files for use in DAWs or notation programmes such as Ableton Live, Logic Pro X, Cubase,  Sibelius, Finale, Dorico and many more – ridding the need for inefficient notation guesswork, and other methods.

Now, any musician can learn parts to songs in a much faster, more fun and efficient way! Purchase a song online or record it off vinyl or CD into your computer as an MP3 or WAV file. Once digitized, it is possible to rip, solo and playback individual parts, plus view and learn their notes and performance characteristics, before playing or singing over a newly created backing track from the original song file! How useful is that?

For more complex or faster songs, parts, chords or solos, you can also use RipX DeepRemix to slow down the tempo of song rips to make learning and practice easier.

You can even import video files (Mac only) consisting of audio synced with video and study filmed performances of yourself or others. A more interactive and fun way to improve your playing and band or group dynamics to entertain crowds better!

Now, any musician can learn parts to songs in a much faster, more fun and efficient way! Purchase a song online or record it off vinyl or CD into your computer as an MP3 or WAV file. Once digitized, it is possible to rip, solo and playback individual parts, plus view and learn their notes and performance characteristics, before playing or singing over a newly created backing track from the original song file! How useful is that?

For more complex or faster songs, parts, chords or solos, you can also use RipX DeepRemix to slow down the tempo of song rips to make learning and practice easier.

You can even import video files (Mac only) consisting of audio synced with video and study filmed performances of yourself or others. A more interactive and fun way to improve your playing and band or group dynamics to entertain crowds better!

After the required parts are learnt and a performance filmed on video, that video can then be ripped post-performance, and many mistakes corrected. Correct bum, out-of-tune or out-of-time notes, increase or decrease volume levels, re-EQ or re-pan any part, even insert key changes to create special edits or live versions (different to the original recordings), all in sync with video (Mac only)!

Improve or fine-tune the character of vocals and instrument performances by adding vibrato and/or formant shifting, flatten pitch and quantize pitch plus more, make a live performance mix sound more live (or bigger) by adding effects such as reverb or subtle delay to create more of a large venue or stadium feel – especially for performances recorded in ‘closed’ or dry-sounding venues or rehearsal studio environments. You can even mute or delete backing track parts to create solo vocal performance videos and more!

Let’s take a look at a typical musician workflow using RipX DeepRemix.

Step 1 – Rip a stereo mix into stems

After launching RipX DeepRemix, simply drag and drop your audio or video files (Mac only) into the clean and easy-to-navigate interface. It really is that easy to get ripping!

Rip and separate your files into vocal, instrument and percussion parts.

After ripping, your songs will show as Rips in the RipList Panel to the right. Double-clicking each Rip in the RipList will display its notes in colors that correspond to the parts to which they belong.

Step 2 – Choose a background image

To set the right mood when playing, singing, picking, strumming or drumming, you can drop your own image (PNG or JPEG) onto the background.

Step 3 – Play back, view and learn individual notes and entire parts

Hit the spacebar or play button and as the cursor moves through the notes, you will see notes for each part being highlighted on a beautifully animated piano roll at the left of the screen.

Click the individual notes to hear them played back, even those making up chords, and view the note pitch on the keyboard and printed at the bottom left.

This enables you to study compositions and performances of yourself or others. Analyze notes for transcription and view the precise volume, timing and variation in pitch of each note over time, making subtle adjustments to hear the difference.

A much more efficient and precise way of learning parts vs guessing by ear and other methods!

If you want a score that sounds as similar to an existing recording as possible, RipX DeepRemix can even expose the subtle nuances.


Step 4 – Create backing tracks to play along to

Click ‘M’ on the Layers Panel to mute vocal or instrument parts, or fade them out with the slider, keeping them just audible, as a reference to help you perform in tune.

You can also change the tempo to make practice easier, and hear fast notes and chord changes more clearly.

Step 5 – Create new versions of songs

Have fun adding new effects to parts or overall mixes under Adjust/Effects by clicking and dragging the sliders

Click Set Musical Scale, then Detect to analyze the existing key of a song and experiment with different scales. The Auto Pitch To Scale and Randomize options further enable creative experimentation.

Step 6 – Export backing tracks or MIDI parts for rehearsing

Once you’ve figured out or notated your parts, if you might want to export a backing track as an MP3, WAV, MIDI file or other formats to import into a DAW, notation software or music player to practice and perform over, make sure you mute your required parts in RipX DeepRemix, then simply choose your preferred file format from the menu before exporting. Choose MIDI Notes for notation software.

Step 7 – Practice and perform your newly learnt parts

Finally, open the files after exporting in your software/player of choice, loop your song or a required section, step back from the computer and have fun practicing. It’s really that easy!

Go pro and add-on or purchase RipX DeepAudio

Add-on the DeepAudio module to fix and clean up recordings in more depth with our award-winning Audioshop® tools, learn and adjust timbre, pitch & timing, learn and edit unpitched audio (including noise) separately from pitched sounds and work standalone or with your DAW. You can even do things like replace or swap entire instrument parts with new instruments but keep the notes and performance the same (i.e swap a guitar solo with a sax solo), swap parts with any samples such as replacing a keyboard line with sound effects like whooshes for electronic music performances – the possibilities really are endless! Create the highest-quality extracted audio, plus tweak and edit stems at unprecedented levels of detail using RipX DeepAudio.

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