Favorite BPM and Song Duration?

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Post by thediscoking » Mon Jul 23, 2007 11:05 am

I'm not too sure about BPM because I don't sequence anything... If I had to guess, I'd say 90-100. The average length of my songs is around 2:30. Get in, do the thing, get out!

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Post by supermel74 » Sun Jul 29, 2007 4:00 pm

Usually 80-140, anything else is really too extreme for my tastes. I could probably even narrow that down to between 100-120 most of the time. As far as duration, I think the pop world got it right at about 3 minutes give or take 30 seconds. Anything shorter seems unfinished and anything longer seems to drag on. Of course there are always exceptions.

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Post by JSRockit » Sun Jul 29, 2007 5:47 pm

I work around 90bpms most of the time and like to have my songs end after 2 minutes.
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Post by energetik » Sun Jul 29, 2007 7:02 pm

140bpm almost exclusively, and song length is between 5-10 minutes. I'm writing Psy and Goa trance.
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Post by zielvis » Tue Aug 28, 2007 10:00 am

Brilliant in its simplicity! Topic, I mean.

Once I noted my songs' tempos and it turned out that I use 101 more often than anything. Maybe it has something to do with subconsious (not sub- anymore if I wrote it) wish to be a kid again and watch Disney cartoons more often...

Before I started making sequenced music, I listened mainly to blues (also before knowing that rock'n'roll/rockabilly is the best :wink:) Back then I was able to judge the song by looking at its duration: I liked most which were about 3 minutes long and didn't the ones longer than 5.

My own songs are usually between 4 and 5:30 minutes long. I want them to be shorter, recently I treated one with brutal editing resulting in 3:05 and I like it a lot. It's too easy to loop everything infinitely, we need to fight it :!:
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Post by Soundwave » Tue Aug 28, 2007 5:24 pm

I kinda like 150bpm at the mo as it sits between techno (135-145) and Drum n bass (160+) so its an area that hasn’t really been overdone yet.

Duration is for as long as it keeps interesting or when its time to skin up or take a piss. :)

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Post by MrHope » Wed Aug 29, 2007 5:49 am

70-96 BPM (sometimes with enough 16ths and 32nds to be double the BPM).
3-5 minutes long.

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Post by Zamise » Fri Aug 31, 2007 3:16 am

120, its a common default setting for most my gear anyway. Will bump it around occasionally, but the average is probably still somewhere around 120, maybe a little less. 3 minute songs seem best for song length. When I've submitted songs to difrent folks one of their requirements often seems to be not to make it over that amount of time. I'll time the sucker down to 2:59.59 maybe minus a tenth of a second or two sometimes. I've been told it might be good to vary my tempos a little more too, I need to work at that, easy to be lazy on the tempo and just leave it at default, and then spend all that extra time I gain by editing canned patches.
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Post by cartesia » Fri Aug 31, 2007 3:40 am

Soundwave wrote:I kinda like 150bpm at the mo as it sits between techno (135-145) and Drum n bass (160+) so its an area that hasn’t really been overdone yet.
hard house/nrg?
original hardcore/rave?

each of these sit in that spot

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Post by CloudOnAFly » Fri Aug 31, 2007 10:07 am

I usually leave the bpm up to my fingers...

they used to tap at about 120...
they they would tap at 140....
lately they've been tapping 175...it's weird....

because whenever i think about it ...i don't think i'm tapping any faster (tap temp on my es-1)..

i usually just tap to sync up with the glitchy sounds the metasonix gear is making, then just run with it...


and the length ..is usually till i get bored with hearing what i've written...

ranging from ...2 minutes to 8 minutes...
...simply put..


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Post by konvert » Fri Aug 31, 2007 10:58 am

At the moment I fancy slowish (100-115bpm) tempo and long(ish) duration (> 5 min.)
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Post by Soundwave » Sun Sep 02, 2007 9:59 pm

cartesia wrote:
Soundwave wrote:I kinda like 150bpm at the mo as it sits between techno (135-145) and Drum n bass (160+) so its an area that hasn’t really been overdone yet.
hard house/nrg?
original hardcore/rave?

each of these sit in that spot
Yeah but both died a death many years ago and were more 145bmpish in my experience. I'm thinking more Analord styli! :wink:

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Post by cartesia » Mon Sep 03, 2007 1:04 am

Yeah but both died a death many years ago
Each are going strong. .

in fact rave / the 'proper' hardcore is rather on the resurgence at the moment under the name Hardcore Breaks.. loads of new labels starting up & some old ones reopening their doors. (no relation to the modern trancey sounding sped up hardcore)

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Post by Syn303 » Mon Sep 03, 2007 2:42 pm

Acid = 120-132bpm. Duration = 6mins - 12mins
Minimal = 100-120bpm. Duration = 5mins - 10mins
Techno = 128-140bpm. Duration = 5mins - 13mins
70's Sequencer Based = 68-82bpm. Duration = 12mins - 50mins
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Post by crystalmsc » Tue Sep 04, 2007 11:32 am

80-140 bpm
3-5 minutes
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