How to Change the Tempo of Audio Logic

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When recording and mixing music with Apple's Logic software, you must consider some important variables, such as the key of your song, the types of effects you want to use and the ideal tempo. In music, your tempo is your speed. An up-tempo song is fast, a down-tempo song is slow, and a mid-tempo song falls somewhere in between. Logic Pro and the Logic Express (the light version of the software) both allow you to manipulate tempo in the same way.

  • Click "File," "Open." Select a Logic song project from the navigation menu. If importing an audio file not created in Logic, click "File," "New" and drag the audio file onto the new project window.

  • Click the "Tempo" indicator at the bottom of your project window. It reads "120" by default.

  • Drag the slider up or down the vertical line. Dragging up increases the tempo; dragging down decreases it.

  • Click "Play" to hear your changes. If you hear any distortion in your recording, or if the quality suffers, click the "Tempo" indicator again and reduce the amount of change to your tempo. Undo the change entirely by clicking "Edit, "Undo." If you adjust the tempo too much, your audio quality will suffer.

Tips & Warnings

  • To change the tempo mid-song, click "View, "Global Tracks" and select "Tempo Track." The line on the grid represents the current tempo. Drag the line up or down at specific marks on the time line to change the tempo in real time.

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