I’m trying to learn to play guitar and I’ve run into a few problems. My ear is slow. I use Garageband and guitar lessons, but no matter how many times I rewind music, it’s still difficult to pick up all the chords.
So, I’ve been searching for other tools to help an old dog learn a new trick. One that caught my ear (and scared the daylights out of my credit card balance) is the Amazing Slow Downer. If you’re attempting to learn music or a new instrument, slowing down music without changing the pitch is a good way to improve.
That’s Amazing Slow Downer.
In real time, ASD will play music from MP3s, AIFFs, AACs and give you a bucket full of options to change the speed and the pitch.
Maybe the name Amazing Slow Downer is wrong. It slows down, yes, but it also speeds up songs to double speed– all without changing pitch. Unless you want to.
Pitch can even be adjusted to match your instrument (and, ostensibly, your ear).
All these speed changes are handled in realtime. Pop in a CD and ASD reads the songs and gives you controls which can be adjusted in real time.
Therein lies the problem. There are controls aplenty. Select a song from the list, adjust the volume and equalizer, and select from preset slow down types. Or, manually adjust speed, pitch, and channel mix.
Controls are simple enough and it won’t take but a few minutes to get a song slowed down to a point where you can follow along.
Amazing Slow Downer is nicely done. It’s not for everyone who’s learning an instrument, but it’s especially for those with some extra money at the end of the month.