As a guitar player, I’ve often tried to figure out how to play songs, and quite often I’ve run into the problem of simply not being able to tell exactly what the band is playing, because it goes too quickly in real time. I needed to be able to slow down music.
Well, Riffmaster Pro solves that problem very handily indeed.
The video is only a few minutes long, but demonstrates the power of Riffmaster Pro quite well.
Slow Down Music With Ease
As you can see from the video, Riffmaster Pro is highly capable of slowing down music, or even speeding it up for that matter. As a guitar player, one of the best tricks you can use to improve your playing is to record yourself playing a song, and then listen to it. You’ll be amazed at the things you suddenly start noticing about your playing that you never before thought existed. Instant self-critique! Now, if you are able to slow the song down, you will notice things even more. All of a sudden you can hear just how accurate you really are as a player.
On a different note entirely, you can use Riffmaster Pro to slow down other people’s music, thus allowing you to figure out what in the world they’re playing! This is probably the most common use for guitar software like Riffmaster Pro; however there are other cool things you can do with it.
Changing The Pitch
You can also change the pitch with ease. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to jam along with a song, only to find out they’re tuned to E flat or something else, thus requiring a complete re-tuning before I can play along! That’s no fun. Even worse, with older recordings, they often end up slipping off pitch due to the hardware and the recording process, so they could be way off proper tuning.
All these problems are now behind you… simply run the song through Riffmaster Pro and you’ll be able to adjust the pitch so that it is equivalent to standard tuning (should you desire to do so). This means you can effectively work with many different songs in different pitches, all without ever having to re-tune your guitar.
Work Within Loops
Definitely one of the best features of Riffmaster Pro, in my opinion (of course apart from the whole being able to slow down music thing!) is the fact that it lets you define and work with a small part of the music file you’re working on. What’s the benefit of this? Well, now you can load an mp3 file of your favorite band playing a song, and work with it in Riffmaster Pro – but chances are, the part you need to work on is only a few seconds long – not the whole track! How annoying would it be to have to hit rewind again each time to listen to that part? The looping function lets you very easily set a start point and end point, and then Riffmaster Pro simply loops around and around through that part of the song until you tell it to stop.
So you can isolate the 4 or 5 second increment that has absolutely been defeating you all this time, and work on just that spot, over and over again. Better yet, slow it down 40% to make sure you can really hear it well.
The best way to practice guitar is to work on the things that you find hard – that way you’re always making strong progress. If you work on just the easy stuff, you never master the hard stuff… and that is precisely what Riffmaster Pro enables you to do by letting you loop and slow down music at will.
Easy To Use Interface
Another thing I like about Riffmaster Pro is that you don’t need to be some kind of a computer whiz-kid in order to make it work. It has a simple, intuitive interface that gets the job done. I was able to figure it all out in only a couple minutes, and I didn’t even take the time to read the directions! (I know most of you guys out there are going to do exactly the same thing… =).
Many Supported File Types
With Riffmaster Pro you can slow down music from the following file types:
- Ogg Vorbis
- Or even directly from a CD!
Overall Result? Highly Recommended
Considering the huge value this little software package delivers, this is pretty much a no-brainer decision if you’re the kind of guitar player that is frequently trying to figure out new songs. The time you will save, not to mention the sheer advantage you’ll gain, is priceless. Definitely recommended.