Are you tired of doing the guesswork of which songs are in the same tempo range and mix together easily? Ever wonder how some of the songs you load in your software already have the BPM programmed in? Are you tired of having to scan each song individually or as you play them just to find out the tempo?
Last week I talked to you about finding the key of a song to help improve your mixing skills. This week we’ll talk about a free and easy tool that helps you find the BPM, or beats per minute, of any song. Some MP3s you download may already have the BPM saved inside the id3 tag but the majority you download will probably not. Here’s a straightforward method to finding the BPMs of your entire music collection!
Mixmeister BPM Analyzer – http://www.mixmeister.com/download-bpmanalyzer.php
This is my top pick for BPM detection software. Its free and very easy to use. All you have to do is enter your name and email in the fields to download the software:
Here’s a brief description of this software’s features taken directly from their website:
“MixMeister BPM Analyzer is a free program you can use to determine the exact BPM (beats per minute) of any song. BPM Analyzer allows you to:
- Calculate extremely accurate BPM counts for any song
- Drag and drop music files from Windows Explorer
- Display and sort files by Title, Artist, or BPM
- Update ID3 tags in your music files with exact BPM information
- Easily print BPM reports for your entire music collection
- Export BPM counts for use in other programs
- Free to use and distribute for non-commercial purposes”
All you would have to do is drag the folder where your music is located directly onto the application window and it will automatically update the tags for you (for example, I have a “Teknology Music” folder on my desktop). It’s that easy! You can also individually drag songs from your Finder or Explorer window. Be sure to set up your software to show the BPM tag. For example, here’s how it would look in Virtual DJ:
Make sure the “Bpm” field has a check by it. It’s that simple! You’re good to go! As with any detection software its never gonna be 100% accurate but it’ll be pretty on point most of the time. Always remember to trust your ears at the end of the day and don’t allow this software to become a crutch to you! Instead, use it as a very powerful tool as I have learned to. I hope you find this helpful!
Questions and comments are welcome as always.