I want to slow down leads to learn them note for note. What Mac software???

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  1. Yossi

    Yossi Member

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    I have Garageband on a MacBook. I am wondering if that will work to slow down a loop for learning. If not, I have a friend with Sound Forge on a PC. Before I get that for a MAC I wanted to find out what else is out there and get some feedback.
    Thanks.
     
  2. Tom CT

    Tom CT Old Supporting Member Gold Supporting Member

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    "The Amazing Slow Downer" from RoniMusic.com is a highly regarded program that does just what you're looking for. Though rather pricey at $49.95, it seems to do the clearest job (fewest artifacts) of changing speed without altering pitch.

    http://www.ronimusic.com/
     
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    QT pro can slow down an mp3..i like using guitar pro,as i can visually see the music notation and tabs in addition to the audio...
     
  4. Yossi

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    Thanks. That looks like an amazing program.
     
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    Transcribe! is another great option. I'm on that all day......
     
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    Although I think SlowDowner and Transcribe are great products, I just discovered a 'plug in' for WinAmp that works not only in WinAmp but also Media Monkey and Microsoft Media Player. It's called: Take It Easy. It can lower the speed without lowering the pitch but you can also lower the pitch too for those times when you want to learn a tune that was recording in Eb or some other odd key to fit a particular vocalist. Best part: It's free. If you are looking for something simple, this is a good find.

    Then I got to looking further and there are several other 'plug in's for WinAmp that are similiar. Some are a little more sophisticated (?) and may carry a small charge (?)

    You can find it at WinAmp under plug ins/add ons....


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    Transcribe is excellent. If you have a pod just download gearbox. There is a program in there, for free even!
     
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    This software is great. Very transparent slower-downering.
     
  9. Yossi

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    That looks amazing. It even will slow down videos, change keys, guess the key the song is in. Am I ever glad that I asked the question.

    Both programs have free trials/

    Thanks again.
     
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    I'm using an old version.

    I change speeds 1/2 for tricky stuff, 70-90% for students to play along with recording. The selection loop is a valuable feature.
     
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    AUDACITY.

    It works great and is FREE!
     
  12. Yossi

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    Just downloaded the Transcribe! software tonight, on a 30 day free trial.
    Very easy to use. I was off and running in minutes and learning some Mike Bloomfield licks from the Super Sessions CD. It is just what I was looking for. I went with Transcribe! because it looked like the best and had the best reviews. Thanks again for the tip. I'll be learning a lot more now.
    The way the economy is, I had better spend more time playing my gear than buying gear. This software will help me do just that.
     
  13. mrMix

    mrMix Silver Supporting Member

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    I have it and love it.
     
  14. Deaj

    Deaj Silver Supporting Member

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    Great software, perfect for the OP's application, and definitely worth the coin!
     
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    +50 for Transcribe! I think its the best one...I used to do lots of Charlie Parker transcriptions, etc. for Jazz Improv magazine and it REALLY helped me!! haha
     

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