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Song Surgeon Review – Slow Down Music Easily!

Have you ever wanted to slow down music so you could actually figure out what was going on? 

Song Surgeon does exactly that for you – just like a surgeon, it allows you to slice and dice and manipulate any audio file in almost any way you want.

4 Reasons Why You'd Want To Slow Down Music Or Change Pitch

There are a few common reasons I can think of why one might want to slow down music, or alter its pitch:

To learn a new riff that’s too fast in the original.
Let’s face it, some great sounding riffs simply have to be learned at a slower pace, and then brought up to tempo through practice. It’s difficult to really decipher exactly what is being played without being able to slow things down to the point where you can identify individual changes. Song Surgeon allows you to do this – without distorting or changing the pitch of the song. This means you can play along at half the speed, or even a quarter of the speed of the original, but still in the same key.

To bring an older recording into standard pitch.
Some of the older recordings, especially those done on tape, were edited so many times that the end result was slightly sped up, or slowed down from the way things were played. Due to lack of technology at the time, this actually changed the pitch of the recording, putting it out of tune if you tried to play along with it. With Song Surgeon, you can make those adjustments to bring the song back into tune with your guitar. Some artists even sped the tapes up on purpose, just for kicks! Song Surgeon makes it easy to learn from these types of recordings.

To shift a song from Eb or another key into E standard.
Ever tried to play along with a song, only to find it is in Eb? That means you have to tune your whole guitar down a half step, which takes time. Maybe the next song you wanted to practice with is in standard tuning. Then you have to re-tune again, or, have two separate guitars. Song Surgeon allows you to simply change the pitch of the song you’re playing with to where you want it to be.

To change a song to a different key so you can sing along.
Want to sing or perform a song, but can’t do it in the same range as the original, due to your own vocal range? The easy answer is to change the key you play the song in. But which key works best? Song Surgeon let’s you quickly change keys so you can sing along to find out which one works best with your vocal range. Once you know which key you’re working with, then you can transpose the chords. Why go to all that work before you know which key you want to end up in?

I have experimented with Song Surgeon, and found it to be quite powerful and easy to use for all the above situations. I’m sure there are other uses for it as well, I just need time to find more problems to solve with this software!

What Else Can Song Surgeon Do?

  • Analyze the key, tempo, and chord changes and display all that on-screen for you. Yes, it overlays a visual chord chart on top of your song! 
  • Allows you to export the chords to a text file. 
  • Can slow the audio to as little as 10% of the original speed, all without changing the pitch so you can figure out what's being played. Audio quality is not affected at all. 
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    Can transpose the song to a different key with 1 click (this is great if you want to learn a song in a different key to match your voice better)
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    Easily create loops, so you can practice a riff or a portion of a song over and over without interruption. 

Conclusions

Song Surgeon is a powerful piece of software, there’s no doubt about it. The presets on the Tempo and Pitch sections are incredibly handy, and the layout is intuitive and easy to learn, and the sound quality is great. Creating easy-to-work-with loops is child's play. 

It’s true, there are free ways of performing some of these tasks, however for anyone that does this kind of thing on a regular basis, it makes sense to have a tool that is designed specifically for what you’re trying to accomplish.

Song Surgeon offers a free trial download, so if you’re unsure, or even just curious, I recommend downloading it and giving it a try. You don’t need a credit card or anything to get started, simply download the software to your computer, fire it up, load in a song you want to learn, and start using it. You’ll find out pretty quickly how cool it is.

Bottom line: If you learn a lot of songs or portions of songs from recordings, then this software will make your life easier. There’s no two ways about it.

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RiffMaster Pro Review

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 below 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.

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Work Within Loops

riffmaster_pro_loopingDefinitely 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… =).

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Many Supported File Types

With Riffmaster Pro you can slow down music from the following file types:

  • MP3
  • Ogg Vorbis
  • AFF
  • AIF
  • WAV
  • WMA
  • 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.

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