How To Find The Bpm Of A Song In Adobe Audition

BPM or beat per minute is a fairly self-explanatory term. It expresses tempo as the number of beats in a single minute – i.e. exactly what it says on the tin. For example, a 60 BPM would mean a track had precisely one beat per second, or 60 in one minute. So, clearly, for a track with a BPM of 120, the tempo would be twice as fast. 

Most modern popular songs have a BPM falling somewhere between 100 and 140 BPM. Dancing Queen has a BPM of 100, Beat It 138. 

In fact, there’s no more accurate way of describing a tempo, whether it’s slow, fast or somewhere in between. It’s used a lot where length of a musical piece has to be exact – e.g. a movie score. These values can also be applied to set digital metronomes in top-level professional recordings. (To the extent that some people use BPM and ‘metronome marking’ interchangeably.) Girls Just Wanna Have Funand Adele’s Rumour Has It both have a  BP of 120. 

How Long Is a Beat?

That will depend on the time signature of the piece of music. If a piece is in 2/4, 3/4 or 4/4, for example, every beat corresponds with a quarter note. In 3/8 or 6/8, a tempo beat is equivalent to the value of an eighth of a note. 

Using BPM to Help Set Mood

A higher BPM could be ideal where the mood is happy, exciting, intense or fast-paced. If you’re going for something romantic, dramatic or sadder, a BPM of 76 or below may be the way to go. 

Sometimes, you can even search music by BPM to find the music for your next project, as a very accurate way of finding a track that’s likely to be close to the sound you need.

Find The BPM of ANY Song

If you want to identify a track’s BPM, you can use a handy tool available in Adobe Audition. See below for our tutorial on how to do this – the good news is that it’s not hard to do. Just get in touch if you have any questions to ask us about BPM.

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