How to use?

 

Last update: 01.09.2012

 

This software is designed to be straightforward to use. However, nothing can substitute the fluency gained from daily use! Nevertheless, a small manual is provided below.

 

 

You can start or stop the metronome by clicking the big gray button in the middle:

 

 

You can adjust the speed on the left hand side: You may either use the horizontal scroll bar or specify a beats-per-minute value directly:

 

 

You may specify the tempo by either:

Should you wish to type in the tempo value (in Beats-Per-Minute), press Enter for the program to accept change.

 

The available tempo range is between 20 & 400 BPM in this metronome.

 

You can adjust the time signature on the right:

 

 

For example: if you need a walz tempo in 3/4, just set set 3.

 

Ticking the 'Simple metronome' gets rid of the secondary, unstressed beat:

 

 

The numbered squares represent the numbers of quarters:

 

 

For example: if you need a walz tempo in 3/4, after setting 3 in the time signature field, 3 squares will appear, as you can see above.

 

It is possible to set more difficult & special rhythms. For example, bulerias from flamenco which time signature has 12/8:

 

 

This metronome supports 16 quarters at maximum.

 

There are a massive number of sound samples built in the program:

 

 

In a separate chapter (Metronome sounds), there is a collection of available sound samples, so you can listen to them all.

 

You can choose between the two beats (stressed or unstressed) for any quarter by clicking on the squares. The arrow will change accordingly. The stressed beat is red...

 

 

...and the unstressed one is green:

 

 

And in the simple metronome...

 

 

...you can only select sound from the stressed soundlist (unstressed soundlist is disabled).

 

Alternatively, there is a 'pause' feature as well, should you need some rest:

 

 

In this case, the quarter in question will be muted in the cycle. With this option you are able to create quite sophisticated rhythm patterns. Later on I will show you some in the chapter 'Rhythm patterns'.

 

You can see a process circle beside the Play/Stop button:

 

 

It only rotates when the metronome is on. This effect is unaffected by the tempo specified.

 

And now here is a list combining classical tempo names (e.g. 'largo') & recent tempo values (bpm):