Pulse is a sleek, minimalist, free pro metronome app with haptics and Bluetooth syncing for iPhone and Watch to help you keep a steady tempo and beat during practice.
- Simple, intuitive interface
- Tap for BPM
- Custom colors and click sounds
- Tempo syncing across devices with Bluetooth
- Haptic vibrations
- Time signatures
- Background mode enabled
- Watch support
- Optimizations for the new iPad Pro
Ratings and Reviews
The app itself is great. 5 stars on the iPhone. I give it only 1 star however because I think the Apple Watch implementation is a great idea, however when you move your wrist down to play guitar for example, the watch screen shuts off, and the haptics stop, and as a guitar player in a band, it is better to have a quiet haptic metronome when warming up than to have to take out headphones in order to hear the metronome. The app addresses this issue by saying to go into your watch settings and go to wake screen, but there is no option to keep the watch screen from turning off, only an option to keep it from turning on when your raise your watch. This may be a development limitation, and maybe Apple needs to make a way to keep the watch screen from going dark when using a certain app, but nonetheless the app advertises that it can give you haptic feedback to give you your tempo, and it delivers, however for many instrument players, this feature is useless because many of them lower their wrist to play, thus shutting the screen off and rendering this feature useless. Hopefully there is a workaround eventually, I really like the idea of the app, but it needs to fix this critical issue before it is given a full 5 stats from me.
Developer Response ,
I’m sorry you’re frustrated that the Pulse Watch app stops when the screen turns blank. We’re upset about it, too! Unfortunately, the app will turn off when you move your wrist because Apple's WatchOS requires all non-native apps to turn the screen off and stop running in the background when you move your wrist. We’re hoping we can get around this in a future version of WatchOS. Thank you for all of your helpful feedback! - Seth
I don’t use this app very often; however, when I do, it is a very nice to use as it has a clean interface. Sometimes I need a metronome to get a beat, after that, I am okay. I like how you can sync a tempo with another device. I also like the countdown when synced with another iPhone (if this could be done even when not synced, it would be great). I do not have an Apple Watch and therefore cannot say anything about that.
ISSUES THAT I HAVE:
When you first open the app, you are asked what you will use this app for, and what instrument you play. I Don’t mind this, but I don’t understand why it matters. Also if you could change this setting later.
Also haptic feedback does not happen on iPhone 7.
If you could set a separate sound for the down and upbeats, that would be nice.
Very good and I would recommend it to someone who wants a metronome. Four not five stars because of the aforementioned issues and some other problems to insignificant to mention here.
works exactly as advertised.
i’m a beginner-intermediate guitarist. i know my pentatonics and handful of punk songs. now that you know my skill level, let’s get into the review.
this is perfect. you can set the time signature, the click sound (or haptic if you prefer that), how many clicks per beat, and the color for up- and down-beats separately. it also works seamlessly whether or not you have the app open.
i can connect my phone to my amp, start Pulse, pull up a tab in ultimate guitar, and have the metronome sound coming out of my amp speakers the whole time i’m practicing the song.
also good if you’re trying to figure out something by ear. if you tap your screen in time with the kick drum, Pulse will set the metronome to that tempo, so once you figure out the notes you have the speed reference w/o hearing the rest of the band.
bottom line: i would absolutely recommend this app.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.