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  • Program to slow down mp3s?

    Hello all,

    Do any of you folks know of a decent program that will slow down an mp3 in order to analyze the music more easily? Preferably shareware if possible. I have looked over both VLC and WMP and neither seem to do this.

    Thanks,
    S.

  • #2
    Audacity has this capability, and it is freeware. Download it at:

    http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

    and use "Change Speed" under "Effects".

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    • #3
      You can use Apple quicktime, it'll play mp3 and iPod AACs, but you can only slow it down to 50%... or speed it up 300% if you want to build some chops!

      Do a file open in the player, select your file. Go to "Window > Show A/V controls" and there's a small slider to adjust play back speed.

      I tried it with an iPod AAC and it worked fine, with an mp3 it sounded a bit wobbly.

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      • #4
        Thanks for the help guys!

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        • #5
          PCDJ can do this as well.

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          • #6
            Windows Media Player can do this also. Just look in View, Enhancements, Play Speed Settings.
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            • #7
              I'll apologize now for veering off the subject just a little bit...but this is related, I promise. I've seen these hardware trainers that let you slow down songs...TASCAM amkes the ones I've seen, but they only make them for the guitar, bass and vocals. I was wondering if any of you guys had used these before, if so, how ell do they work, and could you still use it for drum parts?

              http://www.tascam.com/catalogue;40,21.html
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              • #8
                I agree, Audicity is the best free program out there.

                I am unsure if this is something you want to do but thanks to these forums I discovered a cool program called TabTrax (http://2112design.com/). It allows you to DL drum tab you can find on the net and see it displayed but more importantly, played.

                So you can snag some tab and play back the drums. It is nice for listening to the drum parts of a song.

                You can even sync the MP3 of the song along with the tab and hear the drums being played back along with it and you can pan to hear both, more drums, less drums etc... I have not used this feature yet but it looks cool ii
                Last edited by paladin; 10-22-08, 12:05 PM.



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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Fullback32 View Post
                  I'll apologize now for veering off the subject just a little bit...but this is related, I promise. I've seen these hardware trainers that let you slow down songs...TASCAM amkes the ones I've seen, but they only make them for the guitar, bass and vocals. I was wondering if any of you guys had used these before, if so, how ell do they work, and could you still use it for drum parts?
                  I don't see why it wouldn't work for drums. In fact, why three different types?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by eric_B View Post
                    I don't see why it wouldn't work for drums. In fact, why three different types?

                    Yeah, that was my thought as well; it should work for drums. I think the three types is because it has the pitch control tailor to treble or bass frequencies, so retuning isn't necessary. That's the only thing that I can see differentiating the models. I may be looking at a new toy! Hell, they're less expensive than my iPod was.
                    Hawk snare, toms, and bass; Hart ECII crashes & ride; VH-10 Hihat; Iron Cobra double-bass.
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                    • #11
                      Tascam Mp3 Bass trainer

                      I have the Tascam MP3 bass trainer, as I dabble on bass and use it primarily as a practice/headphone amp/metronome when I am travelling. The time change function in all honesty is a bit disappointing, you control it by varying the percentage of the tempo, and it works but go beyond 20% up or down then it is not so hot. Would say that for an electronic drummer it is of limited use but I think it is great as a Bass training tool. The biggest issue is the very cludgy user interface.
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                      • #12
                        Welcome to the forum bigf42!

                        I reckon we've enough bass players on here now to get our own sub forum

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                        • #13
                          Thanks for the review bigf42!
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by suedehead View Post
                            Hello all,

                            Do any of you folks know of a decent program that will slow down an mp3...
                            Windows Vista?

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                            • #15
                              Amazing Slow Downer

                              I use this:

                              http://www.ronimusic.com/



                              Originally posted by suedehead View Post
                              Hello all,

                              Do any of you folks know of a decent program that will slow down an mp3 in order to analyze the music more easily? Preferably shareware if possible. I have looked over both VLC and WMP and neither seem to do this.

                              Thanks,
                              S.
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