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BPM Counter

By AbyssMedia Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Aug 19, 2012

DJs have always used "digital technology" to time the beats per minute (BPM) of a song; they tapped it out with their fingers on the desktop while timing the beat with a stopwatch or wristwatch or by saying, "One one thousand, two one thousand, three one thousand." Was there a better way? Sure, but it cost thousands of dollars. Today, better tools are available, and they're free. One such tool is AbyssMedia's BPM Counter. It detects, counts, and displays the beats per minute of your MP3s and WAVs. It can analyze single tunes or whole collections. It avoids the mistakes common to other BPM counters, such as inaccurately decoding MP3s, which can drastically alter the count. BMP Counter is useful for studio mixing and sampling as well as DJ work.

BPM Counter's simple, clean interface is based on a tree view in its left sidebar and a gridded main view. The toolbar handles basic functions: Recording, Convert, Edit Audio, and Tempo. The Tools menu also contains a CD burner and MIDI converter. BPM Counter is easy to use, front to back, but it has a pretty good Help file, too, if you need it. We started by loading an MP3. You don't need to play an MP3 for BPM Counter to dissect its beats; the program scanned our tune as soon as we loaded it, displaying its file name and BMP (75.36, a driving beat, yet sultry) as well as Title, Artist, and Duration. Next we tried a batch of tunes. BPM Counter processed them quickly and displayed the results. But there doesn't seem to be a way to save or print the results, at least not in the freeware, which is more nuisance than inducement to upgrade, frankly.

The Audio Recorder, Audio Converter, Tempo Changer, and Audio Editor are unavailable in the freeware, and you must visit the program's site and download the paid updates to use them. That's not so bad since the tools BPM Counter's free version omits are commonly available as freeware, and its main feature, the beats-per-minute counter, is what most users need BPM Counter for in any case.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.3.0

Updated audio decoder and tag writer.

General

Release April 1, 2019
Date Added April 1, 2019
Version 3.3.0

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 10, Windows 2003, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

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Total Downloads 16,611
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Developer's Description

BPM Counter is a fast and accurate beats per minute detector for MP3 music. It may be helpful for DJs who need to get information about entire music collection quickly and for any kind of remixing/sampling stuff. Don't waste your time for manual tapping, just navigate to any folder with music and BPM Counter will show all compatible audio files (MP3 and WAV) and start BPM detection automatically. A common mistake with other BPM detectors is they may halve or double the actual BPM rate because decoder MP3 files partialy with lower quality. We use high-quality audio decoders from Audio Converter Plus to guarantee balance between performance and accuracy.