How to Slow Down Music in Logic Pro X: Logic Pro X is a leading music production software that allows you to make all sorts of useful changes and edits to your songs. However, its wide range of capabilities can make it confusing when you want to perform something simple such as slowing down a track.
If you’re new to using Logic Pro X, our guide should be useful for you. Here is how to slow down music on Logic Pro X.
Before we get to the steps for slowing down a song in Logic Pro X, it is worth examining the many reasons why a musician or producer would want to do so. You may need to slow down a track if you wish to:
- Learn how to play it
- Match the tempo of another song you intend to remix it with
- Alter its feel or mood
Learning How to Play
Guitarists or pianists often slow down fast songs when they are attempting to learn how to play them properly. This is especially useful for dense compositions that feature a rapid series of notes that are difficult to discern or play along with.
Matching the Tempo of Another Song
DJs and producers frequently need to match the tempo of two tracks or samples when attempting to combine them with other tracks or samples. They may need to speed up or slow the track to achieve this.
Altering a Song’s Feel
Slowing down a song can greatly alter how it feels. An upbeat and energetic track may take on a more mellow and intimate feel once it is slowed down. This makes altering tempo great for generating ideas during the composition process.
If you intend to slow down a song in Logic Pro X, you will be glad to know that there are multiple ways to do this. Let’s look at the easiest methods and how they work.
Tape Stop Method
- Start by placing your mouse cursor over the top right portion of the audio clip in the sequencer.
- Use the left-click and hold it down as you drag the cursor to the right. This creates a fade out of your desired length.
- Move the cursor over the faded area and hold down CTRL while left-clicking on the mouse
- A menu will appear showing different options. Click “Slow Down”
The above method slows down your track as it approaches its end. This method is useful if you want your song to take on a sluggish or mellow feel before it comes to a halt.
Time Stretch Method
The time-stretch method is useful if you want to slow down your entire track. It works by extending the track’s length and compensating by reducing the tempo. The steps for the time stretch method are outlined below:
- Place your mouse cursor over the bottom right portion of your audio clip.
- Press and hold the ALT key
- Your mouse cursor should then become a “time-stretch” icon that resembles a square bracket inside a waveform.
- Left-click the track and drag your clip to the right.
- Let go of the mouse button once your track’s end position is at your desired length.
- Play back the track and check whether it is at your desired tempo.
Using the time stretch function to slow down a track may reduce its pitch in some audio editing programs. This results in the track sounding deeper and more rumbly. The good news is that this does not occur in Logic Pro X. Therefore, you can speed up or slow down a track as you please without having to worry about correcting the pitch later on.
There is no magic method for finding the perfect speed for your song. Many DJs and producers slow down tracks gradually until they find a sweet spot that suits them. This could be the speed at which the song takes on a more comfortable pace. Similarly, it could be the speed at which the drums match the tempo of another track you are attempting to combine the song with.
So consider playing around with the speed-changing functions on Logic Pro X if you want to test out your musical capabilities in your home studio.