Metronomics HD Metronome
By John Nastos
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Meet Metronomics HD, the full-featured big brother of the popular iPhone metronome Metronomics -- the perfect practice tool for everyone from beginners to seasoned professionals needing the most complex rhythmic options.
The Metronomics apps are the only metronomes that give you complete control over how subdivisions are played -- use custom subdivisions (such as 5/7), custom samples, preset patterns, random intervals, sequenced grooves, silent measures, or anything else you can think of to help drive your practice routine.
Metronomics HD not only features a beautiful innovative interface optimized for the larger screens, but also a new set of features, including "Inspector" mode. When activated, the Metronomics Inspector listens to and records your playing (either from an audio or MIDI input) and graphs it next to the metronome output, showing you how 'in time' you are compared to the metronome. It will also analyze your playing and attempt to show you how far away you were from the beat (measurements are precise when using MIDI input and based on audio analysis when using audio input). With this feature, Metronomics HD moves beyond the normal one-dimensional metronome and becomes an even more useful practice tool, with interactive feedback on your playing. You can also choose to play back or export your practice session to listen back to what you played while watching the visual analysis from Metronomics.
Whether in Inspector mode or not, you have access to over 40 different samples for each subdivision, plus the ability to import your own WAV files to use as custom sample sounds. Use any of these samples for any type of subdivision, including common types like quarter notes or eighth note triplets, sequenced grooves like claves or ride cymbal patterns, or a "custom subdivision," such as 7/5 or 25/4. Then, save your preferences and have everything synced over iCloud, allowing you to stay in sync with Metronomics HD on iOS if you also practice with your iPad.
- Generate patterns using random or sequenced variations of different subdivisions
- Include preset patterns such as claves (including odd-meter claves)
- Choose any number of beats per measure for your time signature, including mixed meters such as (4 + 3 + 5), where the segments of the bar get accented automatically
- Choose from 40 different included samples, or import your own WAV files
- Use any type of subdivision, including custom numbers (5/7, 13/4, etc)
- Move rhythms to unusual parts of the measure with the "offset feature" -- think quarter note triplets, starting on an offbeat
- Sync your saved metronomes and presets between the iOS and OSX versions of Metronomics HD using iCloud
- Email saved metronomes back and forth with other Metronomics users
- "Inspector" feature graphs your playing alongside the Metronome, using microphone or MIDI input
- Play back or export your playing with the metronome
- Swing feel, with customizable swing amounts
Find more information, including video samples of Metronomics in action at http://metronomicsapp.com
What's New in Version 1.5.2
This is IT.
Metronomics HD is a monster. The feature set is excellent and the workflow is logical.
If you need a simple bare-bones time keeper, there are other minimalist metronomes that will do that. Metronomics excels in providing the ultimate training options for the advanced student of rhythm. There is a simple process to create very complex tuplets and offsets. In short, I can’t imagine a rhythm that Metronomics can’t do. The sequence mode lets me create specific patterns with any phrase length I need. Other features like probability sliders, and audible/inaudible settings can help you sharpen your skills and your confidence.
I would LOVE for this developer to create a step sequencer with similar rhythmic abilities, but adding MIDI output, MIDI note # and velocity per hit. That would be a dream drum machine for sure!!
Beware: Presets DO NOT sync between (iOS) on the iPhone
I have been enjoying this app for some time. Recently, I exported some of my metronome presets in "Metronome Audio” format to iCloud. I thought I would be able to import them using the Metronomics iOS iPhone app on my 6s+. This is not possible. Beware, the feature list is inaccurate in stating you can import from exported presets from iOS. You can only import from MetronomicsHD for iOS which only runs on the iPad. I still like the app, I just wish you could export/import metronome preset configurations with the iPhone app.
Buy it now ($50 value)
Subdivisions on subdivisions on subdivisions.Polyrhthms to any beat. Accents wherever you need them. You can even pick the sounds that each note make down to the 64th note at least. You can type the tempo or dial it in with the mouse. I’m amazed. Thanks guys . -drummer from Boston