Soemtimes it’s the little things. I’ve struggled for some time to find a simple metronome I can recommend. But a lot have a bunch of features I don’t really care about – and then lack some basic flexibility. So this is a welcome and unexpected arrival. It’s a free metronome app from Steinberg for iOS, and it’s really nice.
What sets it apart:
- Big bpm range (20-500 bpm, configurable)
- Simple interface – basically just what you need
- Flexible time signatures – 1-16/2,4,8,16 (with a nice radial interface for feedback)
- Steinberg Cubase click sound (if you’re into that sort of thing
- Tight timing (both on tap tempo and performance overall) – the essential bit
Now, this comes from Steinberg, so it has interface aesthetics that might be described as “hipster Romulan chic.” And you are limited to the Cubase sound, which for some could be a deal breaker. But I happen to like the Cubase metronome, and didn’t want to fiddle with a bunch of meaningless sounds. The timing for me is really everything, so I’m sold.
Memo to Steinberg: add Ableton Link support, and this thing is perfect.
This story was doubly interesting to me when it crossed my desk, because it’s also part of a training program at Steinberg. One of the big challenges facing our whole industry is developing new talent in a fairly niche area, so it’s nice to see that happening. And the pilot program itself is an interesting model: they developed this entire product and brought it to market. That’s possibly an idea worth copying. So, to my friends in HR in this industry, I present – food for thought:
(I imagine this could also be coupled with programs developing diversity.)
Got a favorite metronome app? I’ll admit, my own research here was more casual than exhaustive. Let us know – and let us know if this one wins you over, too.