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Label as: - DROP LIST - Choose how to label the beats - as beat numbers, beats with subdivisions, and various other options such as fractional position in the bar...Counting system for beat subdivisions - DROP LIST - Select how you want to count the sub-beats.Tool tip help - F1Organise Windows - F2Fractal Tunes Dialog Star - Tip of the day - Fractal Tunes category - right click for neighbouring windows...PLAY Sound - Play rhythm or stop play - SHORTCUT: RETURN KEY - May need to ADJUST SYNC. of bounce with sound...Pause - Pause playback, or continue playVolume - Set master volume for Bounce Metronome. Other controls also affect the volume...Play bouncing Balls - Animate the bouncing balls or stop the animation...Play bouncing Balls - Enter all the syllables for each number of subdivisions, space between syllables, comma separtes each list from the next...Start at number of beats in bar, e.g. 12, 1, 2, 3 for Flamenco "Clock" - This is used to start the count in the Flamenco "clock" at 12 so you count 12, 1, 2, 3, ... - like the hours on a clock face, instead of 1, 2, 3, ... as you do with other rhythm patterns....Only do this for "Clock" like rhythms with 12 beats - Leave switched ON to use the "clock like" style of counting for 12 beats per measures only....For fractional beats per bar - continue count until beats next hit bar beat - (no tooltip help yet)Set custom syllables for beats, e.g. for custom counting system - or for beatboxing - (no tooltip help yet)Set custom syllables for beats, e.g. for custom counting system - or for beatboxing - Syllables for Count or Beatboxing - enter all the syllables to use for the beats - OVERRIDES all the other options - used for PART 1 or for your speified partsJust subdivisions without numbers - (no tooltip help yet)Just subdivisions without numbers - Beatboxing Translation Table with each line as: syllable = Instrument Name ! CommentMake Beatbox Sounds for Rhythm - Sets up Part 1 to play all the instruments for the beat boxing syllables. If "Make rhythm as well" is switched on, also changes the rhythm.Make rhythm as well - (no tooltip help yet)Set up Beatboxing Example - (no tooltip help yet)More » - Shows this window with either more space, more options, or alternative layoutCount using subdivisions of largest available beat unit - If you want to use the same counting system for e.g. quarter and quavers leave this switched on...
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Label as: - DROP LIST - Choose how to label the beats - as beat numbers, beats with subdivisions, and various other options such as fractional position in the bar...Sync. with bouncing numbers - This makes sure bouncing beat numbers or beat number words use the same counting system as the labels...Counting system for beat subdivisions - DROP LIST - Select how you want to count the sub-beats.Tool tip help - F1Organise Windows - F2Fractal Tunes Dialog Star - Tip of the day - Fractal Tunes category - right click for neighbouring windows...PLAY Sound - Play rhythm or stop play - SHORTCUT: RETURN KEY - May need to ADJUST SYNC. of bounce with sound...Pause - Pause playback, or continue playVolume - Set master volume for Bounce Metronome. Other controls also affect the volume...Play bouncing Balls - Animate the bouncing balls or stop the animation...Play bouncing Balls - Enter all the syllables for each number of subdivisions, space between syllables, comma separtes each list from the next...Start at number of beats in bar, e.g. 12, 1, 2, 3 for Flamenco "Clock" - This is used to start the count in the Flamenco "clock" at 12 so you count 12, 1, 2, 3, ... - like the hours on a clock face, instead of 1, 2, 3, ... as you do with other rhythm patterns....Only do this for "Clock" like rhythms with 12 beats - Leave switched ON to use the "clock like" style of counting for 12 beats per measures only....Use auto set varying pulse for subdivisions - (no tooltip help yet)Use user set pulse for subdivisions - (no tooltip help yet)For mixed meters done as a single bar, count starts anew for each meter - (no tooltip help yet)For fractional beats per bar - continue count until beats next hit bar beat - (no tooltip help yet)Set custom syllables for beats, e.g. for custom counting system - or for beatboxing - (no tooltip help yet)Count Normally - Gets you back to the usual settings...Count Starts at 0 - This is useful for rhythms like golden ratio / 4 ...- useful for rhythms like golden ratio / 4 - Syllables for Count or Beatboxing - enter all the syllables to use for the beats - OVERRIDES all the other options - used for PART 1 or for your speified partsJust subdivisions without numbers - (no tooltip help yet)Count using subdivisions of largest beat unit - If you want to use the same counting system for e.g. quarter and quavers leave this switched on...Ignore / - Switch on to ignore the / character so that it doesn't get displayed in the boucing syllables at all - this character iss used to mark out the measures in standard beat boxing notationIgnore / - Beatboxing Translation Table with each line as: syllable = Instrument Name ! CommentMake Beatbox Sounds for Rhythm - Sets up Part 1 to play all the instruments for the beat boxing syllables. If "Make rhythm as well" is switched on, also changes the rhythm.Make rhythm as well - (no tooltip help yet)Merge / - Merges the / character with the previous custom syllable so they get shown together in the bouncing words. The / is used to mark out the measures in standard beat boxing notation...Set up Beatboxing Example - (no tooltip help yet)Auto remake when edited - (no tooltip help yet)Less « - Shows this window with either less space, less options, or alternative layout
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This is what you get in the More version of this window (you use the More button to show it).

How to Count the Beats

Choose from standard ways of counting beats and subdivisions - or make your own custom system. You can also enter rhythms in Standard Beat Boxing notation...

Some highlights in this window to mention:

Beat Boxing

To find out how to use Bounce Metronome's beat boxing capabilities use the Set up Beatboxing Example button. This shows you how to enter rhythms in standard beat boxing notation to help with practice - and automatically make the rhythm for the notation with appropriate non melodic percussion instruments to play the beats for each of the syllables in the rhythm..

How to make your own subdivisions counting system=

If you want to count subdivisions in a way that isn't listed here, or you want to use menmonics, e.g. to count triplets as "el e phant" and pairs of subdivisions as "ra bbit", then choose from the Labels as the option Beats and subidvisions and then in the Counting System for beat subdivisions choose Custom - make up your own system.

Set custom syllables for beats - use this if you can't see how else to do it

If you can't see the option you need here, you can always use the option:

Set custom syllables for beats

This overrides all the other options, and lets you set the words, symbols or numbers to label the beats or subdivisions individually for all the parts that make up the rhythm.

Label as: - DROP LIST

Choose how to label the beats - as beat numbers, beats with subdivisions, and various other options such as fractional position in the bar...

Some of the options may do with a bit more explanation:

Individual beat sizes

Labels each beat with its duration in beats. So this will label them all as 1 if all the same duration.

But if you use swing or vary the size of individual beats e.g. in Beats volumes and times (Ctrl + 76) then this option will show the exact size of each beat.

So for example with 2/4 with quaver hard swing, will label the quavers as 1.5, 0.5, 1.5, 0.5

Position in bar as fractional beats

Position from start of bar in fractional beats. So for entire bar, counts number of beats in the bar

Example, 2/4 with quavers hard swing, will label as 0, 1.5, 2, 3.5, 4, for the quaver beats, and labels the crotchet beats as 0, 1, 2.

Position in bar

Will label as position from start of bar counting 1 for the entire bar.

Sync. with bouncing numbers

This makes sure bouncing beat numbers or beat number words use the same counting system as the labels...

So - only makes a difference if you have the bouncing balls shown as beat numbers, or beat number words in Type of Ball etc (Ctrl + 221) and you choose Beat numbers or Beat numbers & subdivisions for the labels.

If you choose beats and subdivisions here, then this option switches on Count subdivisions in Type of Ball etc (Ctrl + 221), otherwise, switches it off.

Also the other way around if you switch on Count Subdivisions in {w221}} and you have Beat numbers selected here, this option automatically selects Beats and subdivisions from the drop list here in Bouncing Balls - Visuals - Controls, Text and layout (Ctrl + 233)

Counting system for beat subdivisions - DROP LIST

Select how you want to count the sub-beats.

For the Eastman system see:

http://utminers.utep.edu/mfountai/Eastman2.htm

This is a commonly used system and easy to program.

More systems can be added + custom e.g. mnemonic words.

Please contact support@bouncemetronome.com with your suggestions or post about it on the forum if you are keen to see more options here.

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Enter all the syllables for each number of subdivisions, space between syllables, comma separtes each list from the next...

This can be used for mnemonics (i.e. a word you use to help remember the number of beats) or to make a beat counting system.

Mnemonics Example

bear, ra bbit, el e phant, arm a dill o, hipp o pot am us

with "just subdivisions without numbers" selected

This will count two subdivisions as "ra bbit" and four subdivisions as "arm a dill o".

This example is based around the mnemonics some musicians and dancers use for counting polyrhythms and mixed meters such as 2 + 3 + 2 / 4 as a way to keep the time.

So for instance you could count 2 + 3 + 2 / 4 as ra bbit el e phant ra bbit.

It doesn't matter what order you enter the words, so for instance,

arm a dill o, bear, el e phant, ra bbit, hipp o pot am us

will count in the same way.

But you must leave a space between each of the syllables, and put a comma between each of the mnemonics.

Counting System Example

For a counting system type example try

&, & a, e & a,

with "just subdivisions without numbers" unselected

This will count 2 + 3 + 2 / 4 as

1 & 2 & a 3 &

Start at number of beats in bar, e.g. 12, 1, 2, 3 for Flamenco "Clock"

This is used to start the count in the Flamenco "clock" at 12 so you count 12, 1, 2, 3, ... - like the hours on a clock face, instead of 1, 2, 3, ... as you do with other rhythm patterns....

For most counting systems you should leave this unselected.

When switched on you get an option "Only do this for "Clock" like rhythms with 12 beats" which may be useful since this option is most likely to be used for 12 beat rhythms only.

Only do this for "Clock" like rhythms with 12 beats

Leave switched ON to use the "clock like" style of counting for 12 beats per measures only....

Idea is that it is most likely to be used for those rhythms. So may make it easier if you switch to / from the 12 beat Flamenco "clock" rhythms. Means you don't need to keep switching the "Clock" check box on and off.

Count Normally

Gets you back to the usual settings...

It switches various check boxes on or off, all in one go.

In Beats Counting System (Ctrl + 246)

Start at number of beats in bar OFF (except for Flamenco view which has this ON)

Only do this for "Clock" like rhythms with 12 beats ON

For fractional beats per bar - continue count until beats next hit bar beat OFF

In Bouncing Balls - Visuals - Controls, Text and layout (Ctrl + 233)

Bar beat SHOWS NUMBER OF MEASURES (instead of 1) OFF

Count Starts at 0

This is useful for rhythms like golden ratio / 4 ...

The idea is to show the numbers of beats so far in all the parts, including bar beat, and starting the count at 0, so it shows a 1 after the first beat is finished, a 2 after 2nd beat is finished and so on, in all the parts including the bar beat.

It switches various check boxes on or off, all in one go.

In Beats Counting System (Ctrl + 246)


Start at number of beats in bar ON

Only do this for "Clock" like rhythms with 12 beats OFF

For fractional beats per bar - continue count until beats next hit bar beat ON

In Bouncing Balls - Visuals - Controls, Text and layout (Ctrl + 233)

Bar beat SHOWS NUMBER OF MEASURES (instead of 1) ON

This helps when you want to see if the beat numbers are approximations to the golden ratio or PI etc.

So for instance with golden ratio, then the beats almost coincide when the beat numbers are 8 :5 or 13 : 8 or 21 : 13 (successive Fibonacci numbers approximating golden ratio)

and with PI then they almost coincide at 11:7 and multiples of that (corresponding to approximation of PI as 22/7)

For youtube videos as examples of this option in use, see:

http://bouncemetronome.com/video-resources/harmonic-polyrhythms/golden-ratio-inharmonic-polyrhythms

- useful for rhythms like golden ratio / 4

Syllables for Count or Beatboxing - enter all the syllables to use for the beats - OVERRIDES all the other options - used for PART 1 or for your speified parts

How to set the syllables individually for each part

If no part is given the syllables are used for Part 1 only.

To set a counting system for each part use e.g.

Part 1: 1 & a 2 & a

Part 2: 1 2

(the colon : after the 1 or 2 here is optional - you can leave it out. If you do include a colon, do the number and the colon all as one without any spaces - if you have a space before the : then it will be used as the first syllable).

If its' a mixed bar made up of two smaller measures e.g. to count an 8 beat bar as 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 etc, you may want to set the Beats per bar for part override in Beats Per Measure for Counting System (Ctrl + 248)

Examples

You could use beatboxing syllables

b t pf t / b b pf t

Or set a counting system that restarts in the middle of the bar, e.g. count an eight beat rhythm as:

1 2 3 1 2 1 2 3

Or use mnemonics such as the rabbits and elephants system, e.g. count 3 + 2 + 3 / 8 as:

el eph ant ra bbit el eph ant

or whatever mnemonics you use

Underlines are replaced by spaces=

Any underlines get replaced by spaces, this lets you use more than one syllable for the same beat if desired.

So for instance with the beatboxing if you want to see the / shown immediately after the last beat in the first beat of 4, you can do it as

b t pf t_/ b b pf t

(and unselect the Ignore / option).

Or if you have beats you want to leave blank with no syllable at all, just use a single _ in place of the syllable or number.

Here I'm assuming no-one wants to use a visible underline.

The count continues through skipped beats

So for example in:

1 & a 2 & a

if the & was skipped, it would be counted as 1 ... a 2 & a with the .. for the skipped beat left out or shown as a . in the labels.

This makes sure that if you skip or reshow beats then the syllables assigned to other beats in the rhythm don't change - which is usually what you want.

When set to bouncing numbers, if the skipped beats have a different number, then the boucing number will change in the middle of the jump as it passes over the skipped beat. If you want it to remain the same throughout the skipped beat then (at present this is the only way to do it) you need to adjust the number system - in that case do it as

1 1 a 2 & a

to show the 1 through the usual & as well as through the 1.

This option is for one bounce pattern as a time

I.e. for one bar or mixed meter bar which the balls bounce across continuously.

Use Lyrics if you want a system that spans many measures

If you want a system to span several measures or long measures you need to use the lyrics instead - for that you choose Lyrics from the drop list of ways of showing the bouncing balls, and set the lyrics in Edit Lyric and Lyrics Options (Ctrl + 231).

Count using subdivisions of largest beat unit

If you want to use the same counting system for e.g. quarter and quavers leave this switched on...

Example. Say you have 4/4 with 4 subdivisions and also 2 subdivisions. With this switched on then the 2 subdivisions get counted as 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & while the 4 subdivisions get counted as (say) 1 e & a 2 e & a 3 e & a 4 e & a . (details depending on the system you use for counting subdivisions)

When switched off then the 4 subdivsions get counted as subdivisions of the 2 subdivisions so as 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 & 6 & 7 & 8 & i.e. counting quavers rather than crotchets.

So usually best to leave this switched on.

If you need some more complicated system, you can override all this using Beats Per Measure for Counting System (Ctrl + 248) to say exactly how you want to count each individual part in your rhythm.

Ignore /

Switch on to ignore the / character so that it doesn't get displayed in the boucing syllables at all - this character iss used to mark out the measures in standard beat boxing notation

Ignore /

Beatboxing Translation Table with each line as: syllable = Instrument Name ! Comment

Default value for this text

b = Bass Drum 1 ! Kick Drum

bm = Bass Drum 1 ! Kick Drum

chish = crash cymbal

p = snare

pf = snare

pff = snare

psh = snare

keh = snare

kuh = snare

t = closed hi hat

tk = hi hat

tsh = ride cymbal

ts = hi hat

tss = open hi hat

Explanation of how it works

In:

b = Bass Drum 1 ! Kick Drum

the b is the beatbox syllable.

Then after the = you have the name of the instrument to play whenever that syllable is used - here the Bass Drum 1.

The instrument name must be shown in the same way as in Non Melodic Percussion (Ctrl + 21).

Finally, optionally, you can add a comment after an !

Here I've added a comment to say that the Bass Drum 1 is the Kick Drum.

Of course some beatboxing sounds won't have any equivalent midi voice.

If you leave it out in this list then the beat is skipped (silent).

Make Beatbox Sounds for Rhythm

Sets up Part 1 to play all the instruments for the beat boxing syllables. If "Make rhythm as well" is switched on, also changes the rhythm.

Automatically converts beatbox notation - in Standard Beatbox Notation to a part playing the same percussion instruments for each beat. Also makes the rhythm for the notation as well.

If you want to keep the existing rhythm and just change the sounds, then switch off "Make rhythm as well".

How to use this

Before you use this button, switch on the option:

"Set all the beat numbers (or words, symbols or syllables) for desired parts"

Then enter the desired beatbox rhythm, e.g. b t pf t / b b pf t

Then use this button to set up the rhythm to play the instruments for each beatboxing syllable.

You can select which instruments play which syllables in the Beat Boxing instruments for syllables text field.

How it works

It assigns a suitable instrument to each beat. You can also do this manually - right click at bottom right of the beat in the Bouncing Balls windows and you will find an option to select the instrument to play for that beat.

Merge /

Merges the / character with the previous custom syllable so they get shown together in the bouncing words. The / is used to mark out the measures in standard beat boxing notation...

So for instance for

b t pf t / b b pf t

the bouncing syllables are

1. b

2. t

3. pf

4. t /

5. b

6. b

7 pf

8 t

with the / shown together with the t in the bouncing syllables

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