Slow hand

Listen to your favorite songs at a speed you can play along with.

We remember trying to play along with our favorite songs when we were learning to play bass guitar and struggling, because the songs moved faster than our neophyte fingers could. We wish we'd had Amazing Slow Downer for Windows then. This innovative tool allows users to change the speed of audio playback using a simple slider, and it's a great tool for anyone trying to learn to play along with their favorite songs.

The program's interface is plain, but it's well organized and intuitive. Amazing Slow Downer's controls are represented by a series of sliders and drop-down menus. We liked that the Amazing Slow Downer could handle digital audio files and CDs; we tried it with both and it worked fine. The application has multiple useful features, including the option to set start and end points for looping; this allows users to listen to the most challenging part of a song over and over again until they master it. The speed slider has quite a large range, and allows users to increase speed above normal if desired. The program also has an equalizer and a karaoke option that reduces (but does not entirely eliminate) the vocal track. The program's built-in Help file is well written. Overall, we found Amazing Slow Downer for Windows to be quite fun and easy to use, and we think it's a great choice for anyone who's learning an instrument.

Amazing Slow Downer for Windows is free to try, but the trial version will only play the first two tracks of a CD and the first quarter of an audio file. The program installs politely but leaves a folder behind upon removal. We recommend this program to all users.

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