By Patrick Q. Kelly
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A visual (as well as audio) metronome that inspires musical expression rather than mechanical execution.
Maestro is the perfect 'silent' metronome. Be able to practice without the annoying tick, while keeping to a strict tempo.
- Always know where you are inside the beat with the traditional musical beat patterns developed over ages of musical performance practice. These patterns are based on Max Rudolf's "Grammar of Conducting" as well as my own professional conducting experience of 20+ years.
This metronome is an invaluable learning tool for conductors when using the Conductor's Point of View mode.
• Resize the pattern to fit into the corner or cover the entire screen. Drag the pattern anywhere you want.
• Customizable colors and transparencies of the baton, beat pattern and background. Make the pattern disappear completely! Make the baton translucent so moving over the music is less distracting and more musically guiding. Make the background a solid color to isolate the pattern from other applications.
• Adjust the tempo on the fly with the slider or up and down arrow keys. Tempos range from 10 to 300 bpm.
• Select the number of beats per measure from the popup menu, 31 different beat patterns: 1 through 12(3+3+3+3).
• Staccato, Non-espressivo, Legato, and Reduced* styles of each beat pattern.
• Performer's view and Conductor's view of the beat pattern.
• Set 0, 1, or 2 'pick-up' beats. (Start playing at the beginning of the measure quicker when practicing.)
• Show or hide the beat numbers as it conducts.
• Customizable sounds (18 pairs of 'tock' and accented 'tick' for first beat of the pattern).
A note about pattern variations and reductions:
A 5/4 bar can be divided either 3+2 or 2+3 depending on the music.
*The 'Reduced' style is used when the (fast) tempo demands the conducting pattern reduce the numbers of ictuses. Checking the 'reduced pattern' box reduces the current pattern. For example; the 3 pattern turns into a one pattern while still clicking the three beats. A 6(2+2+2) turns into a 3 pattern while a 6(3+3) turns into a 2 pattern while still clicking 6 beats.
Conductor's mode - automatically flips the beat pattern for conductors to learn and practice the patterns. This mode shows you the path the tip of your baton should take while conducting.
Start/Stop conducting - Spacebar
Increase or Decrease tempo - Up and Down Arrow keys
Select Performer's view - Left Arrow key
Select Conductor's view - Right Arrow key
Turn Sound On/Off - ⌘S (Command-S)
Select the Click Sounds menu - C
Move to menu items in the Click Sounds menu - Up and Down Arrow keys
Jump to a menu item in the Click Sounds menu - Type the menu item’s name
Select a menu item in the Click Sounds menu - Return or Spacebar
Select the Staccato style - S
Select the Non-espressivo style - N
Select the Legato style - L
Select the Reduced Pattern form - R
Select the number of Pickup Beats - 0 (zero), 1 or 2
Show/Hide the Beat Numbers display - B
If you are experiencing issues with some of the Key Controls not working or working differently than expected, check your system settings for the keyboard shortcuts.
System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts
At the bottom of the window, 'Full Keyboard Access: In windows and dialogs, press Tab to move keyboard focus between:' make sure the default setting of 'Text boxes and lists only' is selected.
What's New in Version 1.1
Added ability to show / hide control panel without leaving Maestro.
Added Key controls.
additional minor changes.