Press Release 3.2 August 09
From Bounce Metronome
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oxford, United Kingdom - August 11th 2009, Robert Inventor announces a new update of Bounce Metronome Pro 3.2.
exactly on the beat and in time . Try it and find out what a difference it makes!is that it uses bounces and drum stick or conductor's baton visuals to help you play
You can use this tool to practice any rhythm, up to the most elaborate rhythms, including:
- steady metronome tick
- any time signatures such as simple or compound time, and odd time signatures
- Beat sub-divisions
- rhythms with swing and rhythms
- grooves with irregular beat patterns
- drum and dance rhythms
- syncopated rhythms
- Any tempo or changing tempo
- polyrhythms (cross rhythms).
- additive rhythms and rhythm cycles
- accent or unaccent beats or skip beats with a single click
- adjust individual beat volumes and times with the mouse.
Also includes harmonic metronomes and a version of Theremin's Rhythmicon - which plays intricate pitched harmonic polyrhythms varied by the player - and was the first ever drum machine.
It's extremely user friendly. Click the preset button for the rhythm you want to play, and adjust the tempo with the handy dial.
"You can use it with the sound switched off, as a silent metronome."
You can also practice smooth and gradual tempo changes with the tempo variation feature.
The innovative gravity bounce helps you to play exactly on the beat. This is especially useful when you are learning a rhythm with irregular beat patterns.
"It's like having your own conductor to help you keep in time"
It now has a drop list of metronomes in the main window. So you can select the type of rhythm or metronome you want, e.g. swing, polyrhythm or whatever is the main interest, and the main window is set up ready to work with that particular type of rhythm. The Rhythmicon is also new and the Swing Metronome has new features.
The 3D drum stick and conductor's baton visuals are also improved in many ways with new features.
Why do these visuals work so well? It is easy and natural to anticipate the moment when a bouncing ball will hit the ground - so that you can sing, play or clap exactly in time with it.
This technique was used in the "Car tunes" movies towards the end of the silent movies era then for some of the first movies with sound. The ball bouncing on the lyrics helped the audience to sing along with the movie. Bounce Metronome now has a separate "Car Tunes" metronome. As with the original movies, the bouncing ball bounces off the words of the song. The shadow below helps to make the moment of the bounce itself easier to see.
Conductors also use the same technique - they will often bounce the baton off an "invisible plane" which makes it easy for the orchestra to anticipate the exact moment of the beat so that they can play along in time.
"The motion is like bouncing a golf ball on pavement. Your performers must be trained to play exactly at the bottom of the beat."
P 19, Brock McElheran, "Conducting Technique for beginners and professionals".
Indeed, you can use this metronome purely visually even without the tick and still play exactly on the beat even for irregular rhythms such as swing. You can switch off the sound for Bounce Metronome and use it for practice as a silent metronome.
With this innovation, the visuals become primary, and it becomes much easier to practise rhythms with swing and irregular beats as you can anticipate the exact moment of an irregular beat visually. The drum stick or conductor's baton visuals let you do this.
That's why it is so suitable for rhythms with swing and irregular beats. It is like having your own personal conductor to help you keep in time.
The new keyboard shortcuts make it easy to change the tempo and stop and start the metronome with a tap on the keyboard while you are playing a musical instrument. You use the backspace key to tap the tempo, the return key as a quick way to stop and start the metronome, and quick shortcut keys are available to silence or play any part in the rhythm.
The metronome is accessible too. It has been designed with blind musicians in mind, with its carefully thought out keyboard shortcuts, and with the silent visuals, is also an ideal metronome for a deaf musician.
You get the basic metronome for $6.99, the pro metronome for $29.99, and the complete version of Tune Smithy as well for $44.99.
The download includes a free 30 day trial with all the features completely unlocked.
If you already have the Play or Complete License for Tune Smithy, you can unlock the Pro metronome, and if you have the Midi Save license for Tune Smithy you get the basic metronome.
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