April 27, 2010 by Ryan Ray
The metronome has been on my mind quite a bit lately. I’ve been in the studio recording with John Tibbs, and we’ve noticed how inexperienced we are with the metronome. Although I have practiced quite a bit to a metronome our tracks still aren’t perfect and it’s only a little annoying that I can’t play the drums like a machine. All through high school I practiced my rudiments, fills, and beats to a click. I’ve obviously been a little out of regular practice thanks to college consuming most of my time, which is ANNOYING. None the less, when it comes to the iPhone you can easily find a good metronome. I’ve actually found two that I am going to put up head to head today and see what you guys and gals think about each.
The first up is my favorite metronome, it goes by the name Beats. The thing is is that it’s the simplest of metronomes out there. Perhaps someday it’ll be updated with additional functionality, but I love it for now. It’s got a great tap tempo that I use quite often, and just check out that interface. It’s beautiful!! You should know by now I love a great interface. I also love this app for the click sound it has built in. You do have 4 options in the settings for sounds, but the default click is great. Not too piercing but it doesn’t get muddled up in the rest of your mix. The app also has a key selector for any major and minor key, again nothing terribly complex. This app works perfect for me on Sunday mornings at church to set my tempos. Definitely smooth and beautiful, well worth the money. Below are some shots of the beautiful, dark, interface.
The second metronome I’ve recently started experimenting with is called Metron. This is the app I would go to as a work horse. This metronome can be programmed in so many different ways, I still can’t wrap my head around all of it. The great thing is that I can save sequences for songs we may play live. This could be my metronome solution on the road. This one also has a tap tempo, the little icon in the middle in portrait orientation. Some people seem to miss that! The interface leaves me vying to go back to beats, but I reluctantly stay when I need the power of Metron. Just check it out for yourself…
Perhaps Metron will see this and get on some improvements soon! I’d love the app then, just a new paint of coat. As you can see as well the app has a pitch pipe, and the regular settings. One interesting thing I’d love to try out is the sharing tab. Apparently we can share our metron settings with others. I’d be very intrigued to test this out.
That about wraps up all I have on these two metronome apps, yes both of these cost 1.99 each but definitely worth it in their own regards. I know there are a ton of free metronome apps out there, but they probably don’t provide the same value as these. What ones do you use, and why do you like them so much? Let me know!
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