Record constantly changing bpm by tapping

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Record constantly changing bpm by tapping

Post by dudleybrooks » Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:17 am

I would put this in the Feature Request section ... except (1) I think it's extremely unlikely to be implemented, certainly not in the near future; (2) I need it for a project I am working on right now.

So I'm asking if anyone knows of existing software that can do this.

There's lots of software which lets you find bpm by tapping. But it's only for music which has a steady tempo.

I'm transcribing the latest composition of my Balinese music teacher I Nyoman Windha, considered by many to be the foremost composer in Bali. He asked me to transcribe it in Western notation for a paper he is writing.

Balinese music is mostly in the equivalent of 4/4 (although Windha's music has a few changing meters). But Balinese music by nearly *all* Balinese composers has constant and extreme changes of tempo -- not just between sections, but even inside sections -- even in the middle of phrases!

I've seen "tapping" software which displays the "current" tempo with each tap. But none of the software records these numbers -- they only show the average bpm when you finish tapping. Does anyone know of software which would record an entire sequence of metronome markings ... and possibly even make a graph of tempo changes?

(In desperation, I've even considered grabbing a video of the results when I use the "tapping" software mentioned above.)

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Re: Record constantly changing bpm by tapping

Post by andyg » Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:07 am

No point in asking for a new feature here, my friend. This is a very unofficial forum that nobody from Avid looks at. You could always ask at the official Sibelius forum.

Inputting notation in real time is tricky enough when you're trying to keep a constant tempo. The chances of any notation software being fast enough to respond to constant changes of tempo are slim.

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Re: Record constantly changing bpm by tapping

Post by bobp » Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:28 pm

First get the notes down. Then figure out tempos. Use a metronome to get close, put that in your score. Adjust as necessary. It may not be exact. I'll bet they don't do it exactly the same each time.
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