Metronome Beats and Metronome Beats Pro User Guide

This user guide explains how to use the Metronome Beats Android app developed by Stonekick. It starts by covering the features which are common to both the free and pro versions of the app. To read about the extra features in Metronome Beats Pro skip to the last section.

Metronome Beats works like a traditional metronome marking each beat in time to a given tempo. You can set to either hear each beat or mute the sound and use the visual cues. Tempo is measured in terms of Beats Per Minute.

You can choose to keep the metronome beat playing when you exit the app allowing you to open other apps such as a piece of music or score at the same time.

Although Metronome Beats has primarily been designed to help musicians keep time when practising and playing, you can also use it for other activities including:

Main Screen

The majority of Metronome Beats features can be accessed from the main screen which loads when you open the app.

You can press and hold on any control/icon within the app to see a description of what it does.

Tempo controls

Use the tempo controls to set your required BPM. You can also tap on the "tap tempo" area to set the BPM to a piece of music.

Press on the numbers under "beats per bar" and "clicks per beat" to set these. You can find advice on the best settings to use in the blog article Metronome Beats - inputting the correct time signature/beat combinations.

Metronome Settings Screen

Beat Emphasis

The top of the screen has visual cues. There is a light representing each beat in the bar and an animation of each beat. You can tap on any of these lights to emphasise a particular beat.

Other settings

You will find icons on the main screen to toggle on/off the following settings:

Metronome Beats Settings Screen Icons

Once you press play the beat and bar settings are replaced with % buttons which allow you to set the tempo to a % of its original speed. This is useful for practising harder sections of music where you might want to slow the tempo. You can also swipe left or right to toggle between the beat/bar settings and % buttons.

Metronome Beats Practice Screen

Peferences Menu

The preferences menu has the following options

Additional features in Metronome Beats Pro

Bar and Beat Counter settings

These can be accessed from the preferences menu. Use them to set counters showing which beat of the bar you are on and how many bars you have played through. You can choose to reset the bar counter after a set number of bars.

Presets, Setlists, and Songs

Metronome Beats Pro allows you to save your settings as presets for later use. You can then combine presets together to form songs or organise them into setlists which play one preset/song after another. On smaller devices use the icons on the main screen to save and load your presets, setlists, and songs. On larger devices the setlists panel will automatically appear on the main screen.

Metronome Beats Presets

Setlists and songs screen/Panel

On smaller devices access your setlists and songs by pressing the load icon. On larger devices the Setlist Panel will automatically appear on the main screen.

Metronome Beats Setlists

Songs

In the songs tab you can combine presets together. When you click to edit a song you choose presets to include, how long they will play for, and in which order. For example you might set 4 bars at 60BPM, then 8 bars at 120BPM.

Setlists

When you click to edit a setlist you can choose presets/songs to include, and how to order them in the setlist. To open a setlist in "Live Mode" click on its name.

Live Mode

In Live Mode you can step through the songs in your setlist one by one using the back and forward buttons. This is ideal for group practice sessions or playing live on stage.

Metronome Beats Live Mode

Sharing Setlists and Presets

You can export any setlists and presets you have created in Metronome Beats Pro and send them to another device.

This is done by clicking on "Export" in the main app menu. You then select the items you want to share, click "Export" and choose an option for sending them.

For more information on the options available see Exporting setlists and presets

FAQs

The metronome only plays 4 bars and then stops. Is this a bug?

You have probably turned on the metronome timer. To access the controls for this press on the icon towards the bottom of the screen which looks like an hourglass.

Can you input 6/8 time into the metronome?

You can input almost any time signature into the metronome. See the following blog article for advice on this - Metronome Beats - inputting the correct time signature/beat combinations.

When I change from 2 to 4 beats per bar the visuals change but the rhythm isn't any different. Why is this?

The rhythm won't change unless you alter the tempo (the number of beats per minute) or you change the number of beat subdivisions (to have a different number of clicks per beat). You will only notice the difference when you change the beats per bar if you have first beat emphasis turned on.

Can I request a new feature?

Definitely. we keep a log of all requests and try to implement them where we can. If you have a request please get in contact with us at info@stonekick.com..