Application for slowing down music?

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  1. teddy_baca

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    Sorry if this isn't posted in the right place.

    I have been trying to learn a couple Polyphia songs lately and a lot of the parts are too fast for me. So I have been using VLC Player and changing the playback speed to play along. However, VLC doesn't offer many playback time options and I can't figure out how set a loop with it.
    Does anyone know of a Windows audio program that allows you to set a loop in a song and slow the tempo of the song, without changing the pitch of the audio? Preferably a free software..
    Thanks!
     
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    Audacity for normal speeds; paulstretch for ridonkulous (8x+) slowdowns.
     
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    Thanks for the help!
    Any idea if you can set a loop in Audacity?
     
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    I use Transcribe! from Seventh String Software - the home of Transcribe! -- it isn't free, but it is pretty cheap, and works very nicely. It allows you to loop various bits, change the speed, and put left/right channels out of phase (which is super handy for figuring out panned guitars).

    It has nice labeling for sections as well. I find it very useful when transcribing.
     
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    Plus one for Transcribe, used it for 10 years and it's perfect at what it does.
     
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    You can't set a loop in audacity in terms of "clickclickdone" but you can clip the track so its just the parts you want, and then paste it a ton after itself, essentially making it loop for ages

    And actually, audacity does have a Paul Stretch function - works amazing
     
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    Why not just reaper? It does almost anything transcribe does and it costs less.
     
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    Audio Pitch And Shift is a very easy software to use. You can change the pitch and/or tempo exclusively. It also has volume/gain controls, looping etc. Very small freeware and easy to use.

    Audio Pitch & Shift - Home

    (I wish it also included a metronome with incremental speed increase - that way it would be a one stop application)
     
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    Re: Loop in Audacity, I thought you could. I'll start it up later and figure it out.

    Re: paulstretch in audacity -- yeah, it's there, but it's limited. Might be enough, though. But I don't know if it's so useful, since it "blurs" the beginnings of the notes. I know you can reduce the blurring in the standalone program.
     
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    Celemony Melodyne DNA. Not only it can change the tempo of the music, it can analyse and show you all individual notes, be them in a solo or a chord. Awesome stuff, has saved me days fixing bad takes.
     
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    Thanks for all the advice guys! I will definitely look into it some more and mess around with some of the DAWs I have to see what I can do in them as well.
     
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    If you have a capable DAW, learn how to beatmap. Im sure there are videos on YouTube to explain
     
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    I use the free guitar rig player to slow down and loop parts.
     
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    I still use adobe audition
     
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    So I just checked. In Audacity, it's:

    - file->import .wave or whatever file
    - select endpoints
    - effect-> change tempo-> slide slider to left
    - transport -> loop play

    It's free, worth giving a try, the extremities might be too inconsequential to be useful.
     
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    I've been using Transcribe as well. It's really cool program, especially if you dive a bit deeper and maybe read the manual. some cool features.
     
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    +1 for reaper for slowing down and looping as needed. Additionally, if the guitar is tuned differently, I use reaPitch to change the track to my guitar'a tuning. That is massively helpful!
     
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    I use BPMinus, in addition to Reaper. The cool thing is that it lets you save playlists, loops, analyzes a songs tempo before and after you stretch it, and it's all free.

    BPMinus - Download
     
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    Use Anytune! It controls speed and pitch, and has equalisers so that you can hear the part you're trying to learn distinctly!
     

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