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    What Is Double Time?

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    Im having a hard time wrapping my mind around double time, it would be greatly appreciated if someone could take time out of their day to try and explain this to me. I might have a general idea but i still dont completely understand. For example, if im in double time and have and 8 bar loop, would it only be equal to a 4 bar loop?

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    X . . . X . . .X . . .X . . .
    . . . . 0 . . . . . . .0 . . .

    the X represent your kick while the 0 represent your snare in a 80bpm tempo...

    to get the same Groove as the above in a much faster tempo.. you double the tempo which is 80*2=160 and arrange like below to get the same groove like its in 80..

    X . . . . . . . . . . .X . . .
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 . . .

    double tempo allows you to add more swings to the beat with your hihats and other things easily.. I hope this helps
    Last edited by southwestson; 05-19-2019 at 04:03 AM.

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    Hi Jake,

    "Regular Time" is where the back beats are on beats 2 and 4. Usually represented by the snare or clap. And the main kicks are on beats 1 and 3. (Most music)

    "Double Time" is is where the back beats (snares) are on the up beats (the "and" or &) of each beat and the kicks are on every beat. (Punk, Ska)

    "Half Time" is where the back beat (snare) is only on beat 3 and the kick is on beat 1. (Trap, DubStep, Future Bass)

    Hoped this helped. Let me know if you have any further questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jake Steezy View Post
    Im having a hard time wrapping my mind around double time, it would be greatly appreciated if someone could take time out of their day to try and explain this to me. I might have a general idea but i still dont completely understand. For example, if im in double time and have and 8 bar loop, would it only be equal to a 4 bar loop?
    Adding to the other guys: It's still 8 bars at double time, but it would take half the duration of regular time (ie in seconds) to complete. The same duration as 4 bars at regular time.
    eg 8 bars at 160bpm = 12 seconds, 8 bars at 80bpm = 24 seconds, 4 bars at 80bpm = 12 seconds

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    Double time would be twice as fast.

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