How fast are your tracks?

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Re: How fast are your tracks?

Post by hyphen nation » Mon May 04, 2009 4:43 am

I've been enjoying while I often start at the 120+ range...the last month or so I have been anywhere from 80-100....but I've been experimenting with adding in guitar, and I sound like s**t playing @ 130bpm...

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Re: How fast are your tracks?

Post by divineaudio » Mon May 04, 2009 5:34 am

my tempos are all over the place and i generally don't give a s**t what dj's want. just use what works best for the song and find dj's who are into your style, however few and far between they may be.

79, 88 and 140 have been my favorites lately. especially 140 - i have three or four half done tracks at this tempo right now. previous favorites have included 70, 85, 100, 131 and 151.

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Re: How fast are your tracks?

Post by blitzdj86 » Mon May 04, 2009 10:17 am

currently im sitting round 125..

used to go for like 165+

I'm starting to get the urge to move up to perhaps 135. . I'm alot fatter and more laid back than I used to be though :lol:

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Re: How fast are your tracks?

Post by dr.sine » Fri May 08, 2009 4:46 am

my music is just as guitar driven as it is synth driven. i was never good at the "all-night-disco" club stuff(trance, DnB ect..). though i have alot of stuff that is upbeat and that one could move around to quite a little bit. iv not been told this but ill bet one could tell that during initiation into the synth world i was listening to alot of Sneaker Pimps, Dntel, Portishead, Radiohead, Depeche Mode.

therefor i rarely get higher than the 115-120 range, if ever.

but when i come up with an idea ill try it out with many different BPM's until i find a place that feels right.

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Re: How fast are your tracks?

Post by shaft9000 » Fri May 08, 2009 6:11 am

blitzdj86 wrote: BTW Shaft9000, music doesn't have to be funky. Ever seen how big trance parties are in europe? tens of thousands of people dancing all night to something with no funk factor at all.
Funk? ...i was talking about tempo and swing.
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Re: How fast are your tracks?

Post by cornutt » Fri May 08, 2009 3:22 pm

I'm just starting to get into trying to do some dance tracks, and most of my stuff seems to be grooving best at around 115. Maybe I'm just getting old. :lol:
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Re: How fast are your tracks?

Post by mono/noise » Fri May 08, 2009 4:25 pm

cornutt wrote:I'm just starting to get into trying to do some dance tracks, and most of my stuff seems to be grooving best at around 115. Maybe I'm just getting old. :lol:
Nah don't think so, IMO if you want something to be groovy and dance friendly at the same time it's best to stick with the 105 - 125 BPM range. Then again I'm mostly into electro, italo and minimal techno......today the norm seems to be around 130 BPM but I never heard a groovy progressive house song 8)
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Re: How fast are your tracks?

Post by th0mas » Fri May 08, 2009 4:50 pm

Anywhere from 100-175bpm with my band, electrovillain. I asked a rock radio station DJ about it and he said just do what feels right. If you're trying to appease dance dj's playing the style of the minute though there is definitely more hoops to jump through, they're more fickle.

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Re: How fast are your tracks?

Post by balma » Tue May 19, 2009 6:50 pm

128-130 is the perfect BPM. You can be agressive at those speeds without losing sound appreciation. I always move on that range, lower than it, it's too slow for my taste.

But I have a few trance tracks at 140 bpm.
I even produced a couple of those at 145...
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Re: How fast are your tracks?

Post by JSRockit » Tue May 19, 2009 7:24 pm

Always between 90-95 BPMs which suits my rapping style. I'm going to try some slower stuff soon though.
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Re: How fast are your tracks?

Post by schmidtc » Tue May 19, 2009 9:07 pm

A lot of techno jocks say around 133 bpm get the most people dancing, Dave Clarke among them. I like things a bit faster, but in my experience it's easy to lose a significant fraction of the crowd if you push by 140.

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Re: How fast are your tracks?

Post by Shreddie » Wed May 20, 2009 9:12 am

Most of mine are in the 80-110 bpm range, some are as low as about 50-55, others as high as 180-190.

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Re: How fast are your tracks?

Post by pflosi » Wed May 20, 2009 9:55 am

i usually have bpm ranging from 100-130. mostly it's 118.846573 bpm :)

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Re: How fast are your tracks?

Post by TrondC » Wed May 20, 2009 10:31 am

hm, it seems I'm between popoular tempos, currently my liveset runs at 145 BPM with two tracks at 150 BPM. My breakbeat stuff looks to run best at 161 (something feels wrong even at just one beat less, 160 is too slow...)

in the end, I just stay at my tempo, as I'm not in it to make people dance, tho there are parts where you may want to move a bit.. hm..

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