5 Free Metronome Apps for iOS
I recently found myself needing to practice staying on beat without a drummer or a bass player. Of course, the first thing I did was go to the App Store. I wound up trying out some different ones and found that they all had pros and cons.
The first metronome app I downloaded was MetroTimer. For basic practice along with good charts when you know what tempo you want it is great, but there is no tap tempo. But what it lacks without a tap option it makes up for with a pretty cool “Practice Timer”. The practice timer is basically just a set time that you select for how long you want the click to run, for instance a 5 minute scale practice. There are 4 different sounds you can use with the click that are pretty nice.
All in all, MetroTimer is one of my favorite metronome apps, but it is lacking in some features.
2. Pro Metronome
Another app, my favorite, is Pro Metronome. Definitely the best GUI in a metronome app that I’ve seen, it is also one of the most feature rich. It has a tap tempo and a very smooth wheel for changing the tempo. It also has lots of different time signatures in case you want to play in something other than 4/4. It has 7 different tones, and a silent tone that may be useful if you want it to shut up but still visually see it cycling through. You can also change the accents on each beat. Default has the first beat accented and the rest normal but by tapping on them you can change them however you want.
Overall it’s really nice for a free app. One thing that would make it great is a way to make a setlist so it could actually be used live.
3. Tap Metronome
Tap Metronome is my least favorite. Honestly, it hurts. There is only one tone and it is very sharp and annoying. Among other things a big problem that I have with it is a lack of settings. For instance, it will automatically start after you tap in a tempo.
Basically, I don’t see any reason to choose this app over any other free metronome apps.
One of the better apps is iBeat. It doesn’t have the best GUI but it defiantly has some of the coolest features. It has the basic stuff, tap tempo, various sounds, etc. but the thing I really like about it is that you can set a different sound and accent to each beat. For instance a loud kick on the 1st beat and a Hi-Hat on 2 and 3 then a crash on 4. Plus you can save your settings, so it would be practical for live use where you have to switch songs quickly. Although it is a great app, it has crashed on me before which, depending on the band, could be catastrophic for live use.
I really like this metronome app, if it only had a cooler interface it would be the best out there.
5. Steinway Metronome
Another app is Steinway’s Metronome. It is a really nice looking app, although it does not have iPad support so it is a little blurry at 2x. Not the most feature packed app but it gets the job done. Simple tap tempo or wheel to set speed, there is also a time signature setting so the downbeat is always where you want it. It only has one sound but it isn’t bad.
All the essential metronome qualities wrapped in a nice, wooden, GUI. Overall a pretty good app.
Have any free apps that you really love? Want to see a review of something you are curious about? Leave a comment below!
Rock on! – AJ