What kind of metronome do you use: mechanical or electronic? What for?
I normally use an app for Android in my smartphone, but, although my phone is new and powerful, I still miss a louder click. Using an app is the easiest thing in the world for me, and also the possibilities are infinite. With a few touches you can change the click sound, the rhythm, tempo, accents, etc...
In the other hand, I've always loved the classic wooden metronomes, like those from Wittner. They look fantastic and, although I'm not old enough to feel nostalgic about them, I can feel their "magic", beautifully made, a piece of hardware that I admire.
I'm thinking about buying one wooden metronome, probably from Wittner. The problem is, a decent one starts at about $50, and it will have much less options than any app out there. The other solution is to buy a bluetooth speaker.
I've read that a lot of people switched after months or years using a mechanical on to an electronic one, and they all say that electronic ones are way more portable and let you do more things.
Should I buy a mechanical one, or you normally get tired of them after few months?
Also, what do you normally use the metronome for?
I have good timing, and when I play with other people I sync with them pretty well. I'd use it for practicing scales slowly and may be to play passages of a piece once I play it comfortably, to ensure everything is packed well.
I like my mechanical wittner, I like the movement I can see during practise. The click is not really louder than on my smartphone though. If I need it really loud, I connect my phone to my hifiberry.
I have a selection of mechanical metronomes and a couple of electronic ones including a Dr Beat, which can count out-loud and subdivides brilliantly. However these days I mostly use an app on the iPhone.
I use an app in my smartphone, and just one Bluetooth earbud in my right ear. I'm a violinist, and of course my left ear is closer to the instrument. This system gives me a really visceral beat. It's as if the beat is right inside my head, which in fact it is. I can leave my smartphone on the table and not have to deal with a tangle of wires. It's the most effective metronome I've ever used.
There are better ones out there, but way more expensive.
I like my wittner mechanical metronome. If I use that or my phone app depends on where I'm practicing.
I use the metronome built into my digital piano. I use the metronome to prevent myself from practicing to fast (teacher recommendation) and for rhythmic practice.
I have a Sabine Zipbeat. Cheapest one I found but has the best, loudest, adjustable beat of the ones I checked out. The beat is more like a very loud mechanical metronome. It also kicks out a nice A, easy to tune to. The cost, 7 bucks- can't beat it. I do have metronomes and tuners on my smart phone but the sounds they make seem weak and too digital(if you can use that as an adjective). I have two others, a Korg and some generic cheap thing that aren't good for much more than door stops.
Bluetooth your phone to your stereo or TV sound bar and you can make it as loud as you like. Or, if your phone is not crippled by having no headphone jack, connect it by means of a 1/8" cable to the Aux input of your stereo and there will be no lag.
Question! Is the tone generation and metronome volume of the Kliq metropitch loud enough to hear easily when playing violin?
Go on, wanna read more opinions about this.
Tim, since the Bluetooth earbuds are sold as a pair, you're free to use the left or right one as you wish. It would work either way, and I agree that protecting your hearing is a smart thing to do. You can accomplish this same thing with your set of wired earbuds if you want to try the effect out. It's just a lot more convenient to get rid of the wires.
Thanks Mark. Damn, you're right, I thought they were like $80, but I see they are more than $100. Then may be I should go for a plastic finished one, since the mechanisms seems to be the same, right?
I like the apple AirPods, but they're expensive and there's a wait time to get them because the demand exceeds the supply.
For price vs volume and performance maybe the better Seiko "Quartz" Metronomes. Their two more expensive ones seem excellent, and not too pricey.
A Seiko SQ50 has two tones, one of which is more like a wooden metronome. It's also operable with one hand and plenty loud. The Matrix brand has leds that provide the pendulum visual cue. They are also very loud.
I didn't know you were practicing in a cabin. Not sure how I should have known that. Anyway, a TV is surprisingly useful. Often I practice my orchestra parts whilst listening and semi-watching a YouTube of the piece. And sometimes people buy TV sound bars even though they don't have TVs because it basically functions as a bluetooth speaker that you can mount in unobtrusive ways.
I never liked to play along to an orchestra without a conductor infront of me. I tried it a couple of times but I really disliked it.
I use two stand-alone metronomes after struggling with the iPhone app ones (too soft and those wires...).
Marc playing without the conductor is harder, yes. But if it's a string chamber orchestra you can usually hear your part and follow the pros! Definitely depends what you're trying to play. Elgar Serenade for Strings ... awesome.
I've been using Intelli IMT-301 Metronome and Tuner for years and I quite like it. Recently my husband bought me a Soundbrenner Pulse, which has the shape of a watch that I can put on my wrist or ankle. It is silent but sends out pulses via vibration. It supposes to help one to develop rock solid inner pulse. I love it and wear it a lot. Like the usual metronome though, my brain would start to ignore the pulses after wearing it for some time. So I don't keep it turned on all the time.
I have that Intelli somewhere, but can't locate it. I remember it being good for the money, many years ago when I purchased during my Conservatory years. I already had the Dr. Beat, but still bought it for its possible drone-tone possibilities (one of those things that are not really "needed" but nice to have.) It also has an humidity and weather sensor, though I wouldn't know if it really is that accurate.
whatever the type, we must see the beat coming, not wait for it.
Matrix MR600. It makes a nice tock sound, dial control (increments of 3) mimics a pendulum action with its lights and volume control. So far works great (1 month old).
I have a little electronic metronome that has been dropped a thousand times; it's amazing it's even still operational. But typically, I use the metronome on the keyboard because it's the loudest. I will stoop to a metronome app if necessary, but I really don't like them, primarily because I don't want contact with my device while practicing unless I'm going to use it to record myself.
I pretty much always use my phone. When I first started, I used a battery operated metronome, but never the wind up ones.
I use a Dr. Beat (it's loud enough to be heard over a quartet, and it can be hooked up to speakers if you need even more volume, and it has a million useful features), but in a pinch, an iPhone app will do (I've got a few and don't love any of them but they get the job done).
Lydia, the Dr. Beat is simply great. It sure got me through quartet rehearsals of Bartok quartets, when no one had brought their score with them, and other metronomes weren't loud enough.
I'd recommend a mechanical "tick-tock" one like the old Maelzel I use. As Adrian pointed out, it is easy (and important) to see the beat coming.
My experience with mechanical metronomes is that they all eventually go tick.....tock.tick....tock.tick
I use the Seiko SQ50. I can hear it over my viola.
Dr. Beat is amazing. I'm jealous that Lydia has one.
I most often use a cheap Korg metronome hooked to a set of amplified Bose roommate speakers.
I use a stand alone Korg KDM-2 metronome when I use a metronome.I really like that it has different sounds, adjusts timing and downbeats with a knob on the front. Has a visual light that comes on and off with the beat, so you could use it silent.
A drum machine is much more inspiring and musical. Plenty of drum machine apps costing a dollar or so. For hardware I can vouch for the BeatBuddy at $300 or the mini at about $100. For the bigger BeatBuddy you can get virtually any style (downloadable styles and kits are available). It even sends and receives midi clock so that you can sync it to other things like a looper if yours has that capability. It's designed so that you can do everything with your feet like tap tempo, start, transition, outro, stop etc.
I use a digital one with earbuds because I can't hear both my wittner or my digital if I don't use earbuds. (Maybe my hearing is just poor)
I use an old Franz metronome that I've had forever. It produces a loud and crisp "click" and has a beacon light on the top. It's fantastic. They are no longer a company unfortunately.