Best Metronome App? (nominations)

We know that slow practice is good for us. We also know that like it or not, the metronome is going to play a role in our slow work at some point or another.

And whether we love practicing with a metronome or hate it with a vengeance, we all own one. Heck, I have four, including my very first metronome – an old black box with a light on top that has to be plugged in (?!) to function.

Yet nowadays, smartphones are beginning to replace our Dr. Beats, Walkman cassette recorders, and chromatic tuners. We can even carry around our entire sheet music library on an iPad – and needn’t stress out about finding a good page turner.

But with so many apps to choose from, how are we supposed to know which ones are worth paying for and which ones fall short?

App deathmatch

This is the first in a series that aims to identify the top must-have apps for musicians.

Here’s the plan:

  1. I’ll put out a post seeking nominations for the best app in a specific category
  2. Nominate your favorite app in the comments – and tell us what makes it stand apart from the rest
  3. On Wednesday, I’ll report back with the top recommendations and give you a chance to vote on which one is best

So…what’s the best metronome app?

There are more than a few dozen metronome apps currently available to smartphone users. They all do the regular metronome thing, but there are many other factors to consider, from cost to user-friendliness to features like background support and mixed meters.

So, which metronome app (either iOS or Android) is your favorite?

Let us know which one you think is the best in the comments below – just leave it at the top of your comment like VOTE: APP NAME HERE. And don’t forget to tell us what makes it stand out from the alternatives.

UPDATE: The call for nominations is closed! To see which your favorites made the top five, head over to Five Best Metronome Apps.

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42 Responses

  1. VOTE: Dr. Betotte

    Essentially reproduces the function of my Dr Beat including replication of the sounds of several DB flavors and a number of extra functions. I don’t use half of what it does, frankly. Even emulates the backlit look of newer models. I use it on iPhone and don’t know if it is available for Android.

  2. VOTE: Metron by SintraWorks. Amazing app for learning multimeter scores with tempo changes. You can customize the app to the score you are practicing.

  3. VOTE: Steady-Tick Metronome for BlackBerry PlayBook by Christopher Morran Sanford. Free! Minimalist, emulates antique mechanism. Slide the weight up or down, flick the wand to start and stop it with your finger. Nice woodgrain graphic.

  4. Vote: Tap Metronome by Dan Soper

    – Free
    – you can start with your tempo by tapping and app will show you your tempo, cool tool for a teacher to start with any new piece to students.
    – the rest of features are pretty standard compare to other apps.

  5. VOTE: mobile metronome (android)

    It has a clear and easy layout, and does all the functions needed and its easy to change the sound.

  6. Metronome+

    Best visual motion for the metronome and the cleanest UI for selecting subdivisions and time signatures.

  7. I enjoy the metronome Tempo Advance for iOS, but haven’t had the opportunity to try many others, so I’m looking forward to the results from this!

  8. Another vote for Frozen Ape’s tempo. It’s accurate, easy to use, and has a ton of features that get updated all the time. Metronome+ is way too simple compared to tempo, and that actually makes it harder to use.

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