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Can you recommend any free audio players (for windows) which are well suited for musicians? Some of the features I'd like to see in a player are:

  • change the pitch of a song (e.g. transpose songs in half-tone steps)
  • change the playback speed
  • loop a part of a song (A-B repeat)
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Foobar2000 had plugins to do all the above last time I used it and runs on Windows.

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I can't find any plugins (e.g. for pitch-shift, change playback speed). – M4N Sep 16 '09 at 19:18
Look harder, I've done both before on Windows. – Mike McQuaid Sep 21 '09 at 21:25

Transcribe will do everything you've mentioned as well. It's available for Windows, Linux and OSX.

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It's not free. – M4N Sep 16 '09 at 19:19
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What I'm currently using is WinAmp with the PaceMaker plugin.

The PaceMaker plugin allows to change the tempo or pitch (or both) of a song and has some other nice features (e.g. save settings for each song, remove vocals). The plugin should also work with the MediaMonkey player.

I guess there are also WinAmp plugins for repeating a part of a song (but so far I didn't need it).

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There are such plugins, if you want. – alex Sep 16 '09 at 20:09

There is a software available that does everything you require. It is called MPfm: Music Player for Musicians. It is free and open source (GPLv3). It requires the .NET Framework 4.0. Unfortunately it is only available for Windows.

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mTrax player for player for musicians . but its not free

Note: You should have some nice headphones or speakers to enjoy real effects of mTrax

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If you just want a windows mobile media player with A-B repeat function, you might want to try Rosseta Repeater.

Here is a snopshot for your review. [img]

It can be download from

I would like to see any recommends and reviews of it.


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You cannot go wrong with Sound Forge. It is an excellent tool. Intuitive and pretty straightforward.

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Not free, which was emphasised in the question. – Dentrasi Aug 21 '09 at 19:49
I guess I added the "free" part after this answer was posted. – M4N Sep 16 '09 at 19:21

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