How to use 'Identify Beat' in Pro Tools - SSR Tutorial

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SSR head of audio Martin Desai gives a tutorial on Pro Tools’ Identify Beat feature.

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  1. Audio Solutions said on July 2, 2014 9:54 pm:

    This is wrong and confusing.
    Identify Beat is not used to work out the BPM of a piece of audio. It is
    used to do exacttly what it says, to identify a point on the grid as a Bar
    or Beat position. It is a slower and more time consuming method of
    “Generate Bar Beat Markers” in Beat Detective. The byproduct of identifying
    certain points on the timeline as bar positions is that Pro Tools can work
    out the BPM. It is not a BPM calculator.

    You have different color markers, blue and yellow.
    My training showed me that the blue Bar Beat markers are used to REFLECT
    tempo changes, and the yellow Tempo Events CAUSE tempo changes on elastic
    audio or tick enabled tracks. In this case, the blue Bar Beat markers are
    showing (i.e. Identifying Bar and Beat positions) that the beginning of the
    selection is Bar 1, and the end of the selection is Bar 3 (the end of bar
    2). This should be where the lesson finishes.

    There is no need to convert the BB markers into tempo events. This is an
    advanced function where you would first take audio which has no tempo map,
    then map it (i.e. identify bar beat positions using Identify Beat or Beat
    Detective). The next step would be to put the track into Elastic Audio, in
    Ticks mode. The third step would be to convert the blue BB markers into
    yellow Tempo event markers. The fourth step woiuld be to delete all of the
    yellow tempo markers except for the first, causing the track to play at a
    constant tempo, that of the the first tempo event that wan’t deleted.
    There is zero reason to introduce it into a lesson like this, as it is an
    advanced trick, more than a normal working practice.