beatgauge BPM

Back in the good old days of creating beats per minute, we’d use a stopwatch and a pen. But those days are thankfully way in the past, replaced by modern technology that accurately calculates BPM to decimal places. And while iTunes has supported a BPM field for some, there hasn’t been much in the way of auto BPM software. But BeatGauge from tagtraum industries looks to fill that gap.

Here’s the official press release:

BeatGauge – filling the iTunes BPM column with ease
Cologne, Germany May 10, 2015 in Music

Cologne based indie software shop, tagtraum industries has announced BeatGauge, a new music utility for Mac OS X. BeatGauge automatically calculates BPM (beats per minute) for songs stored in iTunes. Implemented as drag’n’drop app, BeatGauge is dead-simple to use: Simply drop songs onto the app window and watch BeatGauge do its magic. Knowing the tempo of songs is important for dancers, DJs, spinning, aerobics, running, and many other beat-oriented activities and workouts.

[prMac.com] Cologne, Germany – tagtraum industries has announced BeatGauge, a new music utility for Mac OS X. BeatGauge automatically calculates BPM (beats per minute) for songs stored in iTunes. Implemented as drag’n’drop app, BeatGauge is dead-simple to use: Simply drop songs onto the app window and watch BeatGauge do its magic. All BPM values are automatically imported into iTunes.
Knowing the tempo of songs is important for dancers, DJs, spinning (indoor cycling), aerobics, running, and many other beat-oriented activities and workouts. It helps tremendously, when creating playlists that match the desired workout intensity or pace.

Features:

  • Very simple, intuitive user interface
  • BPM values are imported into iTunes
  • Quickly finds and analyzes songs without BPM
  • Multi-threaded analysis that makes perfect use of multi-core processors
  • Supports all local, unprotected iTunes audio file formats
  • AppleScript API for power users

Notes:

  • Requires OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)
  • Music files must be locally stored in iTunes and writable
  • iCloud songs must be downloaded before analysis
  • DRM protected songs cannot be analyzed
  • State-of-the-art BPM detection is not 100% accurate – some values may be off by a factor of 2

Language support:
U.S. English, German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Korean, Japanese, Italian, Simplified Chinese

Pricing and Availability:
BeatGauge is available for $7.99 (USD) in the Apple Mac App Store.

BeatGauge Reviewers Guide:
http://www.tagtraum.com/download/BeatGauge-1-Reviewers-Guide.pdf

BeatGauge Website:
http://www.tagtraum.com/beatgauge.html

BeatGauge Mac App Store:
http://itunes.apple.com/app/id974010176

BeatGauge — a mini review

For those serious about DJing, you’ve probably already got all the BPM tools you need built into your software of choice. But for everyone else, or those using iTunes to manage playlists, BeatGauge offers a built-in and extremely quick way to make use of that unused BPM column in iTunes.

I watched the demo video and thought it had been speeded up. So I bought the app myself, threw 337 Hip Hop tracks at it, and 90 seconds later, I had a fully populated BPM column. So it’s fast, and doing it right inside iTunes.

But even the very best BPM detector is off sometimes, and usually either double or half timed, and BeatGauge is no exception. But you can “coerce” the results to be within a particular range. That said, some tracks stubbornly refused to analyse properly despite having a solid defined beat. BDP’s “Jimmy” wouldn’t analyse accurately even when coerced. Don’t worry — there’s always one that gives the assorted algorithms a headache. Serato DJ and Traktor Pro calls it wrong too, but Virtual DJ and djay pro got it right. Importantly however, only BeatGauge writes the tag back to iTunes.

Summing Up

BeatGauge does exactly what it says it does, a single track or a playlist at a time, or indeed your whole library quickly, accurately, and right within iTunes. So for me, it’s a big thumbs up.