This is for all of you who want to do your 'own' remixes/ arrangements of a Queen tracks.
First of all:
The term 'remix' differs from person to person.
Some people will say remixing is taking samples from an original track and re-arranging them into your own interpretation. Having spent the last few years hanging around 'video-game' music mixers; some of them will argue that you must include at least 50% original material.
You could argue either case until you're blue in the face. Neither is right and neither is wrong.
Again, going back to the first line in the post; it differs from person to person. Take Fatboy Slim's 'Praise You' for example. He took a song, took samples from it then added his own touches to it. Bass lines, drums samples and arrangement of the sections of the song.
This could be called a remix and/ or an arrangement.
Same goes to 'House of the Rising Sun'.
Many people will know the version by Eric Burdon and the Animals and some will know Frijid Pink and even Rolf Harris' version of it. Originally it was done done by Woody Guthrie; these artist merely 'covered' it or if your like, 'arranged' it to suit their own styles.
So people here:
The terms 'remixing', 'arranging' and 'covering' are vague at best.
Personally, I would say a cover is something that you or, you and your band has perfomed - with very few changes.
An arrangement you could class as something that should sound like the original but with your own touches and some original parts in it.
As for remixes, both of the above are and aren't remixes. As I mentioned before, remixing is loose term and could be applied to anything from adding your own parts, taking away or simply re-arranging what's already there. Again, it varies from person to person.
Having gone through all that, I strongly urge all Queen fans & musicians in general to make their won interpretations of Queen songs.
Some software you could try include:
Guitar Pro (particularly good for guitarists & bassists)
VST Instruments (more realistic soundind generally quite expensive):
Steinberg Virutal Guitar
Gerritan Personal Orchestra
MIDI is your friend. If you want to try re-arranging a Queen track in your own style but can't afford pro-gear, hammersound.net offers a lot of very good 'soundfonts' for your useage. If you've got a soundfont compatible soundcard, you can load different instruments into you default sound bank. Just experiment around!
Hope this helps some... er, people.
Any questions, just ask.