One of the first decisions you are making when starting a new song is to decide what genre you want to use. This decision can change in the process but most of the time you are starting out with the idea of “I want to make something trancy” or “Hip Hop it is”. Each genre is characterized by a lot of factors. Electronic dance music, trance, house, is very likely to use a 4/4 oompf oompf oompf oompf beat and get a lot of their energy from their bass lines. Dubstep rhythms are less likely to be that way and instead makes use of off beats and shuffles.

A strong factor is obviously the tempo of a song. You cannot make a 60 Beats per Minute song and declare it as “Gabber”. A reggae song at 200 BPM will be hardly considered as such. BPM or “beats per minutes”, just in case you don’t know this term, is the unit of measuring the tempo of a song. It’s a quarter note, or when you think of a typical straight forward trance, techno, house or even pop song, a beat is when the kick drum is hit.

In MelodyBuilder you can set the BPM in the software toolbar on top of the window.

Here are some BPM values for common music genres:

  • Acid House : 118 – 135 BPM
  • Acid Techno : 135 – 150 BPM
  • Breaks : 125 – 135 BPM
  • Deep House : 120 – 128 BPM
  • Deeptrance : 110 – 120 BPM
  • Down Tempo : 65 – 95 BPM
  • Drum and Bass : 160 – 180 BPM
  • Dubstep : 138 – 145 BPM
  • Electro : around 128 BPM
  • Electro House : 128 – 130 BPM
  • Eurodance : 110 – 160 BPM
  • Gabber : 160 – 200 BPM
  • Hard Trance : 145 – 160 BPM
  • Hardstyle : 145 – 160 BPM
  • Hip Hop : 80 – 115 BPM
  • House : 110 – 130 BPM
  • Jungle : 160 – 170 BPM
  • Minimal House : 115 – 130 BPM
  • Pop Music : around 120 BPM
  • Progressive House : 120 – 130 BPM
  • Progressive Trance : 130 – 135 BPM
  • Psytrance : 148 – 160 BPM
  • Reggae : 60 – 90 BPM
  • Schranz : around 150 BPM
  • Tech House : 120 – 130 BPM
  • Tech Trance : 134 – 145 BPM
  • Techno : 120 – 135 BPM
  • Trap : around 140 BPM
  • Triphop : 90 – 110 BPM
  • Uplifting Trance : 135 – 145 BPM
  • Vocal Trance : 134 – 142 BPM