September 5, 2023

Understanding BPM

What is BPM anyway?! How will understanding BPM help you create better tracks to suit different projects? How can you use Splash Pro to make songs with specific BPMs? Read on to find out!

We made a great video this week on understanding BPM. Watch it below, or scroll further down for a text explanation.

What is BPM?

BPM stands for “Beats Per Minute”. Simply put, a high BPM means a faster pace of music and a low BPM means a slower pace of music. Another term for this is “tempo”.

Hear the difference

As you can imagine, the pace of a piece of music makes a big difference. I’ve used Splash Pro to create a slow track, perfect for reading a book on a rainy day.

PROMPT: "A song to read a book to on a rainy day. --bpm 75"

If you want to create a track to motivate you on your run, you’ll want to push the BPM up.

PROMPT: "A high energy house track with a fun beat --bpm 140"

Why is BPM important?

BPM is one of many song characteristics (along with genre, instrumentation, lyrics, and vocals) that contributes to the mood of a track. Understanding mood is crucial for finding the perfect sound for your project.

BPM Cheatsheet

Here’s a handy cheatsheet to guide you on the BPM ranges that generally suit various popular genres. Watch our full video on Understanding BPM for a more in-depth look at how to use BPM to create music in Splash Pro!

Splash Pro & BPM

Watch our full video on BPM for more info on how to create the perfect track for your project with Splash Pro using our BPM feature.

Hint: you can access it on the Splash Pro home page, in the text box where you type in your prompt!

Happy creating!