BPM not really working

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Forrest Aldrich

23 Dec, 2010 05:50 PM

The BPM scoring is not really working very well. I'm looking at my library, and this song (among others) stands out:

Enya "Pilgrim" 203.5 BPM

Enya's music is not that hard core :-)

Should I select a different algorithm. I'm on a new Mac Pro with a quad-core Intel processor.


  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by hendrik on 23 Dec, 2010 05:59 PM

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    Please use the Rayshoot algorithm with a Bpm range of 70-140 (not automatic) and online resources turned off. This should lead to better results.

    Hope this helps,


  2. 2 Posted by Forrest Aldrich on 24 Dec, 2010 09:03 PM

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    I gave this a try and I don't think it works. For example, it rates an Ann Murray song "Danny's Song" at 144 BPM LOL! It's pretty amusing.... but, I don't think this function works very well.

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by hendrik on 24 Dec, 2010 11:45 PM

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    can you run just that file again with Rayshoot, 70-140, Replace ON, Use online resources OFF. That really shouldn't result in 144.

    Anyhow. For the algorithm BPMs like 60 and 120 or 80 and 160 look alike - that's why it is usually better to specify a range than to let it try to figure out the range automatically.


  4. 4 Posted by Bilot on 09 Jan, 2011 12:58 AM

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    Regarding BPM, if I use another app to calculate and populate the BPM tag, can Beatunes be configured to use the BPM already present without overwriting the field with its own calculations? Thanks.

  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by hendrik on 09 Jan, 2011 09:07 AM

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    In the analysis options (show up when you click analyze), you can uncheck the replace existing option. Then beaTunes will not overwrite existing values.


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