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Using beat detective to create bpm
Old 26th June 2009
Gear Head

Using beat detective to create bpm

Hey all
I got a song that was recorded years ago with no click track. the playing is pretty spot-on, but the "drums" were actually a drum machine that was played by hand.

What would be the procedure for finding the BPM for this whole track using Beat Detective. I know it's probably a stupid and easy question to answer.

Old 27th June 2009
Gear Nut

you can be your own beat detective by counting the number of beats in a 30 second period and multiplying by two
Old 27th June 2009
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sleeper1400's Avatar

hey there,

ive never had too much luck with beat detective.

what i do is

1. CTRL+1 to show the transport
(make sure your transport is showing 'midi expanded view')

2. click on the conductor icon to turn him off, then click into the tempo box to high light the numbers green.

3. SPACEBAR to play the song

4. tap 't' on the keyboard along with the beat for a few measures, the temp box should give you a fairly accurate BPM of the song.

hope that helps.
Old 27th June 2009
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Mike Brown's Avatar

The easiest way to do this is Identify beat.

Select 1 or 2 or however many bars of audio (using tab to transient)... then press CMD-I and then tell protools what bar numbers it should be.
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