Frequently Asked Questions
What is SlowGold?
SlowGold is a Windows program designed to
help musicians at all levels learn music from recordings. It features a remarkably
high-fidelity "slowdown algorithm" that slows down any music to a manageable
speed without changing its pitch. It also offers a host of interface and database features
designed to make the entire process of learning from and playing along with recordings
convenient, easy and fun.
What is SlowBlast?
SlowBlast is our introductory slowdown program. It is small and sleek and very fast to get started with but has many less features than SlowGold. See our Products Page for a comparison of the features of SlowBlast and SlowGold.
Does SlowGold work with any recording (including CDs, LPs, tapes, and MP3 files)?
SlowGold works with all audio CD's and also all Windows wave files (files with a .wav extension). SlowGold v7.x also works with MP3 files. You can use your sound card and the Windows Sound Recorder (a part of Windows that you already have) to record any LP or tape to a wave file, which you can then use with SlowGold. You can use the built-in utility (under the File menu in SlowGold) to convert MP3 files to wave files.
I've tried slowdown products before, and they have all sounded pretty bad. Is yours different?
Like night and day. Download SlowGold and hear for yourself
What are the system requirements?
SlowGold Version 7.7 is the current version and includes support for up to WinXP. Although we do not have a version specifically for Vista, most of our customers do run SlowGold on it successfully. Please see our Vista topic for instructions on how to install under Vista, and write us for more information if you have trouble running on Vista. You must be running the current version to attempt to run it on Vista, or to receive assistance from us. Check the Help>About window in SlowGold and if you are running below v7.7 you should download and install the latest version (always make sure all programs, including CD Player, etc. are closed before installing, and that you read and follow the Vista instructions).
SlowBlast! will run on any of the Windows operating systems that support analog recording. Vista does not support analog recording and if you are running Vista you should try SlowGold instead.
As far as hard disk space goes: SlowGold itself requires about 12 MB for all files. Typically, 1-4MB of additional temporary disk space is required for slowdown operations. Slowing down longer audio sections (like an entire 3 minute song) requires enough space to record the song to hard disk, and enough space remaining to hold the slowed-down song. Slowing down such long passages is not something that is commonly done, but if you have the space you can do it.
How can I evaluate the program for myself?
Click here to download SlowGold and experiment with tracks 1 or 2 of any audio CD.
I'm a registered SlowGold user. What is the upgrade policy?
How do I download the program?
Step 1. Click the "Downloads" Link at the top of this page and Download the full program file (save it to your hard drive).
Step 2. Run the downloaded file to install the latest version of SlowGold.
Do I need to purchase the eDS along with the Download Version/How do I redownload if I need to reinstall?
The Demo download versions will turn into the full version
once registered with a serial name and serial number/auth code that you will
receive in your email order confirmation. If you need to reinstall the program
at a later date, simply download the demo version again from our website and
register with a new serial number/auth code (obtained by entering the email
address we have on file for you into the Auth Code generator that is available
from the Support page of our web site).
How do I purchase?