A few days ago I was told by a friend who has a career in music about multitracks. In this definition they are tracks from studio recordings of each instrument before it is mastered. For example there are tracks for the bass, vocals, guitar, snare, hi-hats, cymbals, bass drum, etc. but they are independent of each other. So one of the files contains just the bass in the song while the other tracks contain different parts. These tracks are also generally not mastered so they have no been eq’d or had effects added to them yet.
When I first heard about them the first one I downloaded was Marvin Gaye‘s “What’s Going On?” and I only downloaded the bass line. The reason for only downloading the bass line is that I love the bass in soul music and especially bass lines by James Jamerson.
This allows for people to look at and isolate certain instruments in a song which you cannot do with a finished recording. It also allows for one to mess around with the songs in terms of mastering it and coming up with a recording different than the studio version. Also there are some classic tracks floating around that are available as multitracks such as Queen‘s “Bohemian Rhapsody”, Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard it through the Grapevine” and The Doobie Brothers “Long Train Running”.
I have pretty much no clue when it comes to mastering but I am interested in music and love messing around. Here’s a link to my attempt at doing this with Bob Marley‘s “No Woman No Cry” [Rapid Share Link]. There are a lot of things I want to try and fix within it in terms of eq’ing and where each part sits in the mix. It’s a first try though.