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metronome and mp3 players capable of slowing down songs?

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joliver  
5 Mar 2007 17:25 | Quote
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Hey. I'm looking for a good value for a metronome to practice playing faster, and just overall for all playing. I want a metronome that will be loud (volume adjustable), high quality but cheap, has a (led) light to use instead of sound, and has a wide range of bpms. I was thinking about the Yamaha QT-1 Metronome, but I really don't like how it looks. I could definitely deal with this if there aren't any better options, but does anyone know of any others?
Also, I've been wanting to buy an mp3 player for a long time now that has a slow-down song playback capability. I know ipods don't have this, but possibly creative and some others?? Thanks
blackholesun  
6 Mar 2007 11:06 | Quote
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There's something you can buy that slows songs down so you can learn them easily. I can't remember what it's called, but Dave Mustaine is in the advert. I'll get back to you if I find it.

As for the metronome, its probably best if it does make a noise, rather than just flash. You'll be watching your left hand whilst you play, so having to watch an LED flash as well will just slow the learning process down, and if the beeps are out of time with your playing, then its easier to hear. You can get quite a few types that have drum rhythms instead of just a beep. I have a multi FX pedal that has quite a few (about 20) built in rhythms with adjustable tempo and volume levels. it's the Digitech 200A, but now it's been discontinued, but i'm pretty sure all digitech multi FX pedals have the same feature, best place to look is on www.digitech.com. There is a link to a metronome in 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4 at the top of this page as well.
blackholesun  
6 Mar 2007 11:42 | Quote
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The Dave Mustaine thing is the Tascam CDGT1mkII portable CD guitar trainer.

http://www.zzounds.com/item--TASCDGT1MKII

It's not too expensive - an mp3 player that could do that would probably cost a lot more, plus it has a metronome built in and 15 guitar FX but ive never used it so I duno what it's like.

I looked on ebay for the RP200a, and there's quite a few there, some new, some older, but judging by the solid metal construction of it, it would probably do more damage to the floor than the pedal if you were to drop it! the guitar FX are also really good, and there are a good range of them, although its not easy switching between FX patches during a song. I use it for my distortion/amp modelling, pickup simulator, compression, reverb and a noise gate (as you probably wouldnt have to change these settings mid song, except for distortion but I use the expression pedal to choose the amount of gain), and sometimes modulation FX, but I use a seperate wah pedal as you can't turn wah off without changing the patch (the expression pedal goes from toe up to toe down, with no off setting without fiddling with the settings by hand). That's is something I would change about it. They may have altered the expression pedal since the RP200a was released (so it has a toe down-off setting), digitech's website is the best place to find info. I am looking to buy a delay pedal some time soon, probably a BOSS DD-6, because, again, you can't turn on/off the delay without changing the FX patch or changing the settings on the pedal.
joliver  
7 Mar 2007 22:47 | Quote
United States
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Hey. Thanks a Ton for the advice. I looked at the Tascam CDGT1mkII portable CD guitar trainer. I actually looked at this before when I was looking for stuff to slow down songs. This is quite too pricey for me...and actually my friend has an older creative mp3 player that can slow down songs. The mp3 player has a lot of memory and it had the function and was under 200, so i figure i could knock out two things (mp3 player and slow playback) for a low price. I just wanted to know if there were any other mp3 player brands that did that as well. As for the metronome, I just want a really basic one thats from 20-50$. So again a little out of my range, but all the stuff you mentioned looked really awesome, but I'm too poor to buy it lol. So thanks again for the help! and if you come across anything cheaper just lemme know. Lata gata.
annalisa  
17 Apr 2007 00:24 | Quote
United States
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You can download a software called Riffster Lite that slows the music down quite well and its free! here's the link: http://www.novadsp.com/index.htm

Enjoy! :)


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