Backbeater is the world's most advanced metronome for drummers. With the Backbeater Sensor, it knows the tempo you're playing.

Backbeater allows drummers to monitor their tempo, either freestyle, or with a reference tempo. The Backbeater metronome can be set to your rhythm. It can discreetly tell you a tempo you tap out, and it can store lists of tempos, for when you're playing live.

"Backbeater is a gift from heaven for drummers" - Neil Conti, drummer for David Bowie

"I never go on stage without it" - Leo Costa, drummer for Matisyahu, Everlast

What’s New

Version 5.0

* Fixed a bug that prevented the app from detecting the sensor on some devices
* Support for latest iPhone screen resolutions
* Other bug fixes and improvements

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
1 Rating
1 Rating
Chuck Mahenski ,

Absolute must

Superb design, durable and simple to use. Every drummer ‘should’ have this set up with their rig. It does not interfere with your existing triggers, rhythm samplers/tracks, etc…It stands alone as a ‘speedometer’ of sorts. Just a great way to check where you sit on the beat from time to time. I have seen other devices similar to this; but I must say, the quality here is far better and the price simply can’t be beat (pun intended). I actually didn’t even hook it up to the snare. I placed it on the Hi-hat cause thats where I keep my time. I don’t need to worry about all the inflections/fills/ghost notes on my snare…the hi-hat is steady. Though, if you choose, there is a toggle on the application to adjust the sensitivity for filtering out ghost notes on the snare and only track solid down beats. Well done!

Sawfaw ,

Don’t buy the sensor

If you want to use the product as just a metronome then try it out but don’t purchase the sensor. The first one I bought work for around a year(maybe) and it do work as stated however it did stop working because the wires detached inside the part that attaches to the drum. I went without for awhile and figured I give it another shot. The new sensor just arrived and it had been redesigned and looked more durable so I was pleased but then it doesn’t work at all out of the box. I’ve asked for a refund and I’m waiting on a response but beware of the sensor it is low quality.

Developer Response ,

Hi! We're sorry that the old design wasn't very durable, which is why we did release a new sensor. The issue you are describing with the newer design was in fact due to a software bug that has been fixed in the latest version of our app. We've been doing a lot of work to make Backbeater better lately, and there have been a couple of growing pains. We're back on track now though, so please give your sensor another try!

Soupman1100 ,

Very good... wish they were still making updates

I’ve used my Backbeater and iOS App for a few years. It works great and I wish more drummers would find this tool and use it. The App is good. Wish they would continue improving it and possibly update the display a little. As I said, it works but wouldn’t mind a refreshed display.


James Flynn
24 MB

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
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