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#1 User is offline   bobsyouruncle 

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Posted 31 March 2010 - 01:48 PM

A question for the experts from a novice (maiden post):

What Mac software can play mp3 files faster or slower than the original recording speed? iTunes can't, it seems. Windows Media Player can.
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Posted 02 April 2010 - 12:21 PM

QUOTE (bobsyouruncle @ Mar 31 2010, 02:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
A question for the experts from a novice (maiden post):

What Mac software can play mp3 files faster or slower than the original recording speed? iTunes can't, it seems. Windows Media Player can.


Hi there,

If you import the MP3 into GarageBand you can do some audio tweaking. Certainly in Logic / Pro Tools etc you can do all that although you wouldn't use an MP3 file.

I'm fascinated - is there are specific purpose for wanting to do it?

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Posted 02 April 2010 - 02:38 PM

QuickTime can do this.
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Posted 03 April 2010 - 11:47 AM

QUOTE (David Holloway @ Apr 2 2010, 12:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi there,

If you import the MP3 into GarageBand you can do some audio tweaking. Certainly in Logic / Pro Tools etc you can do all that although you wouldn't use an MP3 file.

I'm fascinated - is there are specific purpose for wanting to do it?

David


Hi David and thanks for the reply.

Since posting, I've found a neat, little, no-fuss app on CNET which does exactly what I was looking for. With Finetunes I can change the playback speed (without changing the pitch), set markers so that I can repeat sections at will and more. I had tried GarageBand but it couldn't do what I wanted and was too cumbersome for the purpose.

The following might satisfy your curiosity (this was the real reason for your reply, right? dry.gif ): As a spiritual hobby, I recite ancient devotional texts and have recordings which I follow. In memorising the texts and getting the recitation exactly right, I sometimes need to change the speed and pitch, repeat sections etc. of the recordings. If you want to know more, email me.

Regards

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Posted 03 April 2010 - 01:45 PM

Wow! - that's one of the more interesting reasons I've heard - great stuff and glad you found something. What you're talking about is similar to why a lot of higher end guitar tuners and pedals now allow for uploading of music that can be slowed down, in order to learn particular riffs etc more easily.
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