If the exact length of the audio is important, select the Use high quality stretching slow option. The default fast algorithm may sometimes sound echoey, especially when slowing down percussive music.
For small to moderate tempo changes, use the "high quality" option to avoid this problem. The "high quality" algorithm is only suitable for small to moderate tempo changes and the sound quality will deteriorate very badly for extreme changes.
For extreme slowing down, consider using the Paulstretch effect. From Audacity Development Manual. Use Change Tempo to change the tempo and thus the length duration of a selection , without changing its pitch. The tempo indicated by a metronome mark usually persists even if overwritten by an expression—such as Andante, Moderato etc.
You can also add further text to a plain metronome mark. Gradual tempo changes like ritardando " rit. The effect can be achieved, however, by stepping down the tempo using multiple invisible tempo markings. In this example, the tempo is decreased by 10 BPM on the first note of each measure, starting from BPM before the ritardando. Each tempo change is made invisible by unchecking the Visible checkbox in the Inspector , so that only the ritardando shows on the printed score.
A plugin has been developed to automate this process: Fermatas, available in the Articulations and Ornaments palette, have a Time stretch property that can be set via the Inspector. By default, this property is set to 1. In popular music genres such as electronic dance music , accurate knowledge of a tune's bpm is important to DJs for the purposes of beatmatching. This measure is commonly used in ballroom dance music.
In different musical contexts, different instrumental musicians, singers, conductors , bandleaders , music directors or other individuals will select the tempo of a song or piece. In a popular music or traditional music group or band, the bandleader or lead singer may select the tempo.
In popular and traditional music, whoever is setting the tempo often counts out one or two bars in tempo. In some songs or pieces in which a singer or solo instrumentalist begins the work with a solo introduction prior to the start of the full group , the tempo they set will provide the tempo for the group.
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In an orchestra or concert band, the conductor normally sets the tempo. In a marching band, the drum major may set the tempo. In a sound recording , in some cases a record producer may set the tempo for a song although this would be less likely with an experienced bandleader. In classical music it is customary to describe the tempo of a piece by one or more words, most commonly in Italian , in addition to or instead of a metronome mark in beats per minute.
Italian is typically used because it was the language of most composers during the time these descriptions became commonplace.
This practice developed during the 17th and 18th centuries, the Baroque and Classical periods. In the earlier Renaissance music , performers understood most music to flow at a tempo defined by the tactus roughly the rate of the human heartbeat. In the Baroque period, pieces would typically be given an indication, which might be a tempo marking e.
Allegro , or the name of a dance e. Allemande or Sarabande , the latter being an indication both of tempo and of metre. Any musician of the time was expected to know how to interpret these markings based on custom and experience. In some cases, however, these markings were simply omitted. For example, the first movement of Bach 's Brandenburg Concerto No.
Despite the increasing number of explicit tempo markings, musicians still observe conventions, expecting a minuet to be at a fairly stately tempo, slower than a Viennese waltz ; a perpetuum mobile quite fast, and so on.
Many tempo markings also indicate mood and expression. For example, presto and allegro both indicate a speedy execution presto being faster , but allegro also connotes joy from its original meaning in Italian. Presto , on the other hand, simply indicates speed. Additional Italian words also indicate tempo and mood. For example, the "agitato" in the Allegro agitato of the last movement of George Gershwin 's piano concerto in F has both a tempo indication undoubtedly faster than a usual Allegro and a mood indication "agitated". Often, composers or music publishers name movements of compositions after their tempo or mood marking.
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Often a particular musical form or genre implies its own tempo, so composers need place no further explanation in the score. Here follows a list of common tempo markings. The beats per minute bpm values are very rough approximations for 4 4 time. These terms have also been used inconsistently through time and in different geographical areas. One striking example is that Allegretto hastened as a tempo from the 18th to the 19th century: Common tempo markings in French are:. Erik Satie was known to write extensive tempo and character markings by defining them in a poetical and literal way, as in his Gnossiennes.
Many composers have used German tempo markings. Typical German tempo markings are:. One of the first German composers to use tempo markings in his native language was Ludwig van Beethoven. The one using the most elaborate combined tempo and mood markings was probably Gustav Mahler. For example, the second movement of his Symphony No.