Metronomics

by John Nastos (@jnpdx)

Meet Metronomics and its big brother, Metronomics HD: a family of apps for iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac, and Android built for real musicians -- everyone from the absolute beginner to the seasoned professional can find features that make practice more accurate, more informative, and more productive.

If you're a beginner, you'll appreciate how easy it is to choose, display, and practice simple rhythms. Professionals can stretch the features to the limits, making use of custom subdivisions (think 5/7), sequenced grooves, and "independence" mode.

Musicians of all levels will be able to spend hours refining their time and precision with the "Inspector" feature in Metronomics HD that gives live feedback from either microphone or MIDI input. With the Metronomics HD Inspector, there's no more uncertainty about whether you're "rushing" or lagging behind in a tricky passage—the picture tells the story.

Your practice time is precious—make it count. Work with a tool created by and for real musicians.


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Metronomics for Android:
Android

Metronomics
for iPad

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Meet Metronomics HD, the full-featured practice suite big brother of the popular iPhone metronome Metronomics. It's the perfect practice tool for everyone from beginners, to seasoned professionals who need the most complex rhythmic options. Now available for iPad and Mac.

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 the "Inspector" mode. The Metronomics Inspector listens to and records your playing (either from a microphone or via MIDI input from the camera connection kit) 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 the microphone). 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 review what you played while watching the visual analysis from Metronomics.

Metronomics gives you 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 OSX if you also practice with your Mac.

  • 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
  • Metronome keeps playing while in the background
  • Use iOS multitasking remotes to control playback

Metronomics
for Mac

Mac screenshot
Download from the app store
Screenshots:
Read the manual

Meet Metronomics HD, the full-featured practice suite big brother of the popular iPhone metronome Metronomics. It's the perfect practice tool for everyone from beginners, to seasoned professionals who need the most complex rhythmic options. Now available for iPad and Mac.

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 the "Inspector" mode. The Metronomics Inspector listens to and records your playing (either from a microphone or via MIDI input from the camera connection kit) 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 the microphone). 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 review what you played while watching the visual analysis from Metronomics.

Metronomics gives you 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

Metronomics
for iPhone

iPhone screenshot
Download from the app store
Screenshots:
Read the manual

A new kind of metronome -- use Metronomics to generate random patterns, sequenced grooves, or a combination of both to help you practice with more than just your typical click track. Enough features to keep a professional busy for years or start a beginner on the right track.

The only metronome that gives you complete control over how subdivisions are played -- add up to 10 subdivisions of any type (including custom subdivisions like 5/7) and have them played all the time, at random intervals, or in a sequenced pattern.

  • Choose from 40 different samples for each subdivision, mastered for the iPhone
  • Generate patterns using random or sequenced variations of different subdivisions
  • Include preset patterns such as claves or ride cymbal patterns
  • Choose any number of beats per measure you like or practice mixed meters such as 4 + 3 + 5 where the segments of the bar get accented automatically
  • Use any type of subdivision. Common types like quarter notes, sixteenth notes, eighth triplets, etc, or create your own. 5/7, 23/4, no problem!
  • Take a rhythm and use the "offset" feature to move it to different parts of the measure to practice with.
  • Email saved metronomes back and forth with other Metronomics users
  • Track your metronome usage. App shows how much you've practiced with it that day and total (optionally turn off time tracking)
  • Train yourself with "independence" mode where you can set some bars to be inaudible -- keep the time going yourself until the click starts again
  • Variable swing feel -- choose how much each subdivision swings
  • Play in the background
  • Great battery management -- doesn't drain the battery like many other iOS metronomes
  • Use iOS multitasking remotes to control playback
  • Normalized sounds for good volume
  • Embedded manual describing how to use all the features and hints about how they might be useful

Metronomics
for Android

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After two years of being an iOS only app, in 2013, Metronomics expanded to the Android platform.

The Android version is not a simple port of the app -- it has been rewritten from the ground up in Java, making sure that the best technology for the platform is put to use.

A new kind of metronome -- use Metronomics to generate random patterns, sequenced grooves, or a combination of both to help you practice with more than just your typical click track. Enough features to keep a professional busy for years or start a beginner on the right track.

The only metronome that gives you complete control over how subdivisions are played -- add up to 10 subdivisions of any type (including custom subdivisions like 5/7) and have them played all the time, at random intervals, or in a sequenced pattern.

  • Choose from 40 different samples for each subdivision, mastered for the mobile devices
  • Generate patterns using random or sequenced variations of different subdivisions
  • Include preset patterns such as claves or ride cymbal patterns
  • Choose any number of beats per measure you like or practice mixed meters such as 4 + 3 + 5 where the segments of the bar get accented automatically
  • Use any type of subdivision. Common types like quarter notes, sixteenth notes, eighth triplets, etc, or create your own. 5/7, 23/4, no problem!
  • Take a rhythm and use the "offset" feature to move it to different parts of the measure to practice with.
  • Email saved metronomes back and forth with other Metronomics users
  • Track your metronome usage.
  • Train yourself with "independence" mode where you can set some bars to be inaudible -- keep the time going yourself until the click starts again
  • Variable swing feel -- choose how much each subdivision swings
  • Play in the background
  • Normalized sounds for good volume
  • Web-based manual describing how to use all the features and hints about how they might be useful

Metronomics Screenshot
Questions or comments? Need support? Email: info@metronomicsapp.com and follow @metronomics on Twitter and Facebook