Software to slow down music cd’s

Carin said: May 16, 2012
 Violin
9 posts

I have just previewed this software to slow down music cd’s (amazing slow downer) which does not affect the pitch. And I was wondering if any moms or dads are using this with their childrens practice. And if so how do you use it.

My son speeds up and slows down his songs, so this sounds like a good idea. But before I spend the $ would love to hear from someone who has used this type of program.

Thank you.

Melissa Hullman said: May 16, 2012
 1 posts

I have used both the Amazing Slow Downer and another free program called Audacity for practice. Both programs can slow down a recording and keep it at pitch. The ease of use for looping a segment of a piece with the Amazing Slow Downer makes it a great tool for the practice room and cuts down on the amount of time it will take to get your technological ducks in a row before practicing can begin. Audacity is meant to be used as editing software, so while it can do more, it’s also more complicated and if you don’t have experience editing recordings you may find it’s too cumbersome.

Barb said: May 16, 2012
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
678 posts

I have not used programs on my computer, but I have downloaded the free app Slow Down Music Player to my iPod touch which is incredibly simple to use with anything I have in my iPod library. It also has looping and count in features, which is nice.

Barb
Music Teachers Helper—for individual teachers
Studio Helper—for entire music studios or schools

Rachel Handlin said: Aug 25, 2012
Rachel Handlin
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
2 posts

I have had families where this program really made a difference, especially if the kid is not too particular about quality of playing/intonation and the parent can’t hear pitches well. It also helps students figure out the pieces by ear without as much frustration, and allows some quality independent practice too. Slowing the piece down does affect the sound quality but not the pitch FYI.

Helen Butterworth said: Aug 26, 2012
 Violin
8 posts

Speedshifter from www.abrsm.org is free and widely used by my families.

Barb said: Aug 26, 2012
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
678 posts

Thanks, Helen. The link didn’t work for me, so I did a search on the site and found it HERE.

Barb
Music Teachers Helper—for individual teachers
Studio Helper—for entire music studios or schools

Helen Butterworth said: Aug 26, 2012
 Violin
8 posts

That’s good! I’m glad you found it. Let us know how you get on with it and if it does what you want.

Artem Vovk said: Oct 24, 2012
Artem VovkGuitar
Boulder, CO
6 posts

Maybe this could help folks with Audacity: Tutorial

-Artem Vovk
artemvovkguitar.com

Anita said: Oct 25, 2012
 38 posts

We use Speedshifter, mostly to slow down fiddle music they want to learn to play by ear. :-)

AMB

Jon Cook said: Oct 3, 2015
Jon Cook1 posts

Hi—I hope this will be taken in the spirit that it’s intended—i.e. as a option for you to consider, rather than just a shameless plug.

My company has a product called Musician’s Practice Edge
It’s branded towards guitarists, but no reason why it can’t be useful to all musicians.
It does audio slowdown whilst retaining pitch—for free.
It also does video slowdown and zoom—free for first 7 days, and $29.99 one-off payment after that.

It has many other features aimed at helping musicians practice—these are described on the website.

One limitation: it’s (currently) Windows only.

We’re busy creating new products aimed at assisting practicing musicians and are very open to new ideas—feel free to drop me a line at [javascript protected email address]

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