Top 30 BPM Detection Tools for Audio Production

BPM Checkers

Club DJs are no strangers to BPM (Beats Per Minute). BPM is actually a unit used to measure music tempo? Sounds geeky? In the radio production world, BPM is important, especially when you’re producing a beatmix.

In order for you to pull off a snappy beatmix like that, you need to work with songs with similar or closer BPMs, otherwise, you’ll end up getting the vocals to sound like Tweety. For example, songs like DJ Got Us Fallin In Love by Usher, Your Love Is My Drug by Ke$ha and Dynamite by Taio Cruz are great songs to beatmix since they have relatively the same BPM. If you notice, producing a beatmix is pretty much like mixing songs in a club.

But how do you detect the BPM of a song? There’s actually a manual way to calculate beats per minute, but unless you’re a seasoned DJ or producer, it might take you some time to get the hang of it. So I’ve compiled the Top 25 BPM detection tools you can use for audio production. In no particular order


AbyssMedia BPM Counter
Fast and accurate beats per minute detector for MP3 music

Cadence App for iPhone
Easily playback all your music that matches the BPM you select.

MixMeister BPM Analyzer
Calculate extremely accurate BPM counts for any song

Tangerine for iTunes
It works by analyzing the BPM and the beat intensity of your music.

beaTunes 2.1 for iTunes
Automatically determine BPM and store the result in iTunes

BPM ProScan
Detects BPM and write them to the MP3 ID3V2 tag

BPM Detector Pro
digital DJ-oriented automatic Beat Per Minute detecting software

Beat Counter Program
Free Beats Per Minute Calculator

Completely automatic, no need to tap

Plugin for Winamp Players by TonioWare

DJ Helper
Designed for Winamp DJs

Open-source automatic beat-finding software

Final Scratch Record Box Editor
Super-fast metronome measurement tool

Alcatech BPM Studio
Mulitple software for professional DJs

Software for beat freaks

DJ Mix Lite
Automatic mixing mp3 player for Windows

Ask The DJ
You choose the music, Ask the DJ mixes it!

Traktor Pro
Busts out a power-packed array of tools

For beginners and professional DJs
Free and open-source DJ Software

Teuf Player Version 2.0
Has a plugin and a separate player

MP3 Tools
Free Although Designed for Beginners

Advanced harmonic music library tool

Virtual DJ
The Most Popular Digital Mixing Software

DJAY Software
For Mac, iPhone, and iPod Touch

Scratch Live
Built for the professional mixers

Open Source BPM DJ
Open source code for developers

BPM Detection Library
Useful for developers who want to create plugins

Supports ogg, mp3 and wav

iTunes BPM Inspector
Free license plugin for iTunes

Other tools to check out:

Online Beat Calculator
You can tap the beats online

Beat Scanner
Why not detect while on a workout

BPM Checker
Determine the tempo of a song

Beat Match City
A blog about the latest tunes with BPM

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One Response to Top 30 BPM Detection Tools for Audio Production

  1. Sven says:

    Please consider adding the new beats-per-minute detection tool for iPhone that was released a few days ago:…

    I doubt you will find a tool that is more precise than this.

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