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Subject:determine bpm+Key
Posted by: JHendrix
Date:6/1/2005 1:08:42 AM

how to determine bpm+Key for 9 songs on a record

Subject:RE: determine bpm+Key
Reply by: JohnnyRoy
Date:6/1/2005 7:12:22 AM

You can use the Beatmapper to determine the BPM just by mapping one measure. It does the rest. If you want to do this outside of ACID, just tap your foot in time to the music for one minute and count how many taps. ;-) Of course you can also tap your foot for 5 seconds and multiple that number by 12. BPM literally means how many beats in one minute.

As for the key, you will need to have a musical instrument and a musical ear. Figure out the bass part. Bass players will usually play a scale in the key of the song. Then just figure out what scale they played. Many songs start on the root chord which will be the key of the song. You could also cheat and buy the sheet music and look at the key signature.


Subject:RE: determine bpm+Key
Reply by: djriko
Date:6/1/2005 2:16:18 PM

you could head over to and see if the songs are in the database there. if so, you'll get the tempo and key. if not, click on the "dj software" link on the right-hand side and download the free programs he has links to. the toNaRt program does a good job of detecting the key automatically.

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