asked Mar 23 '19 at 14:49 by audiunt (40)

Bitwig doesn't seem to detect the tempo of entire tracks. When I drop a complete track into Bitwig it detects a tempo around 90 BPM when the track is 126 or something. There is not much to be found about tempo detection.

Is Bitwig supposed to do tempo detection?

Yes, but it's very bad, definitely one of the weak points of the software if you work a lot with imported audio :/ Then again I didn't find Ableton's detection accurate enough either, I'm used to checking it out by hand,


answered Mar 30 '19 at 19:51 by Taika-Kim (126)

I know the procedure for Ableton and Rekordbox is kind of accurate. I'm new to Bitwig and some things are still confusing.

How would you do this by hand?


answered Mar 31 '19 at 17:50 by audiunt (40)

There might be a better way, but I just tweak the clip BPM until it matches the grid. Íf there's an intro or something that is not in time, I cut the clip from a beat, consolidate it (otherwise changing the BPM of the clip will move the contents), and then adjust the BPM.


answered Mar 31 '19 at 20:08 by Taika-Kim (126)

I asked Bitwig support about this question. Basically the tempo detection in Bitwig is quite limited. It sounds like it relies on two methods: 1. Auto-detection - which as mentioned above, is usually wrong. 2. BPM in the filename.

The problem with filename convention is that it requires the letters 'bpm' immediately following the number and this often doesn't happen in the real world. For example, Splice sounds only sometimes have bpm in the filename. It's more likely it says 'title_120_something.wav'. I use Mixed in Key for detection of my own files but it won't rename them with the BPM suffix.

I also specifically asked support about tempo metadata embedded in the file. It sounds like metadata is ignored.

So it seems the best option for me is to have the bpm in the filename (use a separate program to analyze for this) and then manually enter it into Bitwig if the filename doesn't have 'bpm' in it. For those who don't have other analysis software, tapping it out by hand seems the best way (Google 'bpm tapper').


answered Nov 05 '19 at 16:08 by pcourtnage (11)

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Asked: Mar 23 '19 at 14:49

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