The Amazing Slow Downer

As you guys know, I love to transcribe. For many reasons. I just love playing along with solos that I like to hear and I like to study players solos. Right now I've been playing Chick's solo to 'Humpty Dumpty' with Pattituci and Weckle. It's amazing to me to peek into his mind. It seems like to me he does some amazing symmetrical things. He's got me into thinking about shapes. Now whether he's thinking that or not is not the question for me, it's what I come up with. It's stimulating me to think of approaches and things and that's my favorite part about music.

I'm a total tech guy and can usually figure out how to do something. I've been using different programs to do different things, like play a bar or 2 over and over. Or to take something very very fast and slow it down to hear it.

I always blew off the 'Amazing Slow Downer' because I thought I had plenty of tools to use for my music analysis.

I did try it out recently, fell in love with it and use it. It's a very simple program, but powerful as well. Not only can you slow things down and change the pitches of things (great for old recordings out of tune). You can also take a piece of the tune and repeat and slowly change where it starts and where it ends.

The other REALLY cool thing is you can set all the different things it does to midi events. So I took my oxygen 8 v2 and set it up to work with the software. The keyboard can be right next to me, and I can play a couple bars over and over on the vibes and then hit a key and it plays a little more on the end and I can have it grow and learn the solo that way. That was cool.

So I thought I would tell you guys about the program. I'm sure some of you guys already use it. I think for many reasons it's a great program for practicing.




Comments

Back in the 70's, I used to use a reel-to-reel deck for similar purposes. You could record stuff at double speed off albums (vinyl), then play it back a half speed and transcribe it an octave down.

We used to use an old Echoplex unit (remember that beat that Jimmy Hendrix used to use for his guitar???) to make quick and dirty loops of short passages.

We felt like we were dealing with rocket science at that time. Clearly, this is more advanced.

Thanks for the post.
Peace
randy

yes, back in the old days i used a fostex 4-track tape recorder. you could pitch the tempo down or up for better qualitiy.unfortunatley the pith changed also but for me just transcribing drum parts of vinnie colauita it did not matter.this fostex tape recorder was used really every day by me and my friend and it existited 5 years without any problems untill suddenley tho motor crashed...man it´s real simple with computers today...btw. i use transcribe which does the same...

the software allows you to save your chunks. so if you isolate 8 bars, and make a transcription you can quickly save the 8 bars. so for teaching purposes, it's really valuable.

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I have a bunch of these programs on the laptop. They came with bundle of software. I used one of them to bring down the pitch of an entire recording a few cents so that I could play along with it during the transcription process. I thought that was a useful tool. Other than that I can't get used to any of them. I still transcribe it in real time from CD and more recently from my iPod.

Gustavo

i set it to loop for a few seconds, catch that part of the solo, then tap a key and add a second on to the solo and get it like that. it's a really fun way to learn a solo i think.

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I've got Amazing Slow Downer and I used to like it until I got Transcribe. Its got a better interface and engine. Costs about the same. Does everything ASD does and more.

what's the difference?

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Not sure about the latest version of ASD....

When I switched the difference was mainly:

1. the interface - Transcribe has nice keyboard macros set up to speed up process.

2. Allowed importation of more file types and saved to more types of files

3. You can select part of the waveform and it will show you what pitches are sounding. (It won't help you on the fast licks but a couple of times it has saved me from going crazy trying to reproduce exact chord voicings from recordings.)

i can program midi events on ASD to do some cool things.

i'm happy with it. i can transcribe a solo starting with the first bar and then expand little by little. it's kind of a cool way to figure out a solo.

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Does anyone know if there is a way to do the same thing tony has described (pressing a key to add a second to the loop) in Transcribe?

James

under prefs i saw midi and that's where it was on ASD. probably similar thing if it has that feature

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This old thread popped up in the "Beginners Lessons" box. I've been using the Amazing Slow Downer for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad for a while now and it works great!

As well as iPhone.!