Saber Wing is a song created by TAG, originating in the game Dance Dance Revolution X. It’s the most notable song in the entire franchise that doesn't use a 4/4 time signature, but is it 3/4 or 6/8? This is the song.

  • I hear it as 3/4 (or 3/8), mainly because the bassline accents every third beat equally hard, so it doesn't have that 'lilting' 6/8 feel. On the other hand, the bass drum pattern repeats every 6 beats, so there'd be an argument for 6/8. I think there's a bit of 5/4 (or 5/8?) in the middle, too.
    – user16
    Commented Apr 16, 2015 at 14:22
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    According to the DDR Wiki (and we all know Wiki's are't 100% accurate), it's 3/4. Commented Apr 16, 2015 at 14:38
  • This question is more for musicians then music fans and as such I think it would not be on topic here like identifying chords and notes.
    – Dom
    Commented Apr 16, 2015 at 23:26

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Without seeing the score it could really be either…

However, it's easier to think of it in 6/8, as at about 0:39 it transitions to 5/8 & it's just easier to switch from 6 to 5 in your head when playing, than double-time & simultaneously go from 3 to 5.

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    And of course "the score" (as written or ratified by the original composer) in many (most?) cases does not actually exist...
    – user16
    Commented Apr 16, 2015 at 17:07
  • sure - from head to DAW in one easy step - though… the DAW would have had a time signature set
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Apr 16, 2015 at 17:11
  • ...which in a sequenced track like this is often just a question of "what gives me a usable click" or "what gives me the right snap for my edits/quantisation" - if you're using those things, of course!
    – user16
    Commented Apr 16, 2015 at 17:27

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