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Slow down software for MAC

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Mingus Addict, Oct 15, 2009.

  1. I've been doing a lot of transcribing lately and I've been feeling like I'd like to try some of that slowing down the songs with out changing the pitch for some of the faster runs. I did a search and found people recommend this software called BestPractice, but I can only find it for PC. I only have a Mac. Does anyone know about any free software for Mac?

    Also, if you think I'm a wuss for wanting to use the software in the first place, maybe you can give me some tips for doing it the old fashioned way. I'm pretty good with figuring out most stuff but when it starts to get really fast I have trouble.
  2. Transcribe!

    Transcribe! is great stuff. Not only can it slow the music down but you
    can highlight a section of music and it will perform a frequency analysis
    and tell you what notes are there. Furthermore, you can add notation
    (like notes, chords, etc.) at points in the tune with a text area it provides.

    I've transcribed a number of tunes (mostly blues) with this. It is the
    best tool I have seen. Transcribing is still work but this makes it about
    as easy as it gets.

    If you get it, PM me and I'll send an example project that I did.
  3. mizmor


    May 9, 2008
  4. Cool. Thanks for the tips guys. I love this forum btw.
  5. LeonD

    LeonD Supporting Member

    +1 for the Amazing Slow Downer.

    I've been using it for years. Great piece of software.

  6. Garage band does it, and is standard on most macs.

    1. Drag your audio file (MP3, M4A, ...) in GarageBand. It's shown as an orange track.
    2. Press Ctrl+Alt+G
    3. Click the audio track. It is now blue.
    4. Check "Follow Tempo & Pitch" (this is in the wave editor section, which you get by clicking the scissors symbol next to the eye)
    5. Now change the tempo (next to the song time display)

    I copied that form another forum, but it is seriously that simple. I use it to slow down an out of town band's tracks to learn the songs before we practice.
  7. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    Audacity is a free download that will do it as well.
  8. BobaFret


    Jan 22, 2008
    This would be my advice to use as well. I love it and it's free.
  9. N.F.A.


    Jun 25, 2009
    In a blue funk
    Amazing Slow Downer is pretty good. I've had mine for years..
  10. Snarf


    Jan 23, 2005
    Glen Cove, NY
    Quicktime does it. Bam.

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