# Separate tempos?

hello, looks like a great machine.
please can u tell us if it will run each sequence/track at its own separate/individual tempo at the same time (tempo as opposed to time sig)?
thankewe, peace

not individual tempo per track . Tempo is global.
only individual length per track

peace

While there is not a way to manually specify several unique bpms beyond the global one, polyrhythm allows you to have a sort of independent tempo per track/pattern which is actually rhythmically useful - the sig in polyrhythm mode is more than just a time signature!

If your BPM is 100 and youâ€™re using a 4:4 track, a track in 3:4 beside it will be at 75bpm - 5:4 would be at 125, and so on - these relationships get more complex if youâ€™re higher up - for example, if bpm is 50bpm and youâ€™re first track is 16:4 (200bpm), put beside that 15:4 (187.5bpm) and theyâ€™ll be quite unique tempo-wise, but still sync up if you want them too. Add in a track with 11:2 (118.75bpm) and things just get silly (but again, they can be in sync if youâ€™d like or phase if youâ€™d prefer it, so you end up with a good amount of control).

Actual manual bpm unique for each track would just be crazy to try and manage/sequence independently while keeping any sort of coherence, so polyrhythms create a happy medium since theyâ€™re still rhythmically connected.

The math to get the â€śactual bpmâ€ť out of the polyrhythm sig, btw, is:

`Track BPM = Global BPM * ( (sig upper number / 4) * (sig lower number / 4) )`

(assuming zoom x4 of course, otherwise the 4 divisor would change - this allows even finer control over things, btw, since zoom is also track independent)

If youâ€™re truly set on completely independent time signatures, you may want to try the polymetric looper - itâ€™s not very exact, but you can create loops of any length to phase against each other using the looper, and if youâ€™re not one for live recording, you can just delete the content after defining the loop length and write in whatever youâ€™d like - far from perfect, but if youâ€™re really set on totally independent tempos, thatâ€™s another option.

Hope this helps!

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