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18 Apr 09 Bounce Metronome Pro Released

Here it is

Bounce Metronome Pro

Metronome software for Windows – with a difference – you can work with it purely visually as it uses a bouncing ball or conductor style baton bouncing under gravity. This helps one to anticipate the beats – same technique as used by conductors when they bounce the baton off an “invisible plane”.

Bounce Metronome Pro

Extremely easy to use – you’ll be able to get started right away. Also accessible for blind users – everything a sighted user can do, you can do too, except use the bouncing ball visuals of course.

For accessibility details check out:

Details and Features – Accessibility for blind users

Sighted users can use it with the sound switched off. Or use the visuals to help synchronise more exactly with the ticks of the metronome. This is particularly useful for rhythms with irregular beats such as swing.

You can adjust the amount of the swing, with presets of light, medium and hard swing, and gentle or strong lilt. Then you can also adjust the times and volumes of all the beats individually and skip any beats you like.

The skipped beats feature makes it easy to make dance rhythms, syncopated rhythms etc and there’s a window which lets you enter those quickly using a simple metrical notation for crotchets, quavers, dotted notes etc.

It can play just about any rhythm you can think of, with any number of beats to the bar, also including polyrhythms, additive rhythms and cycles of polyrhythms. You can also tap out a rhythm yourself for it to use, and you can get your rhythm from a recording of a groove too.

With any of these ways of making a rhythm, the bouncing ball and conductor baton style visuals will synchronise with the rhythm of your taps. This helps to make it easier to play exactly in time with your rhythm.

[quote]”It’s like having your own personal conductor to help keep you in time”[/quote]

For more about these and other features, check out:
Details and Features

Also has some exotic rhythms to try out – the ones with fractional beats to the bar. E.g. PI/4 where you have PI beats so the beats drift in and out of sync with the bar line. Or try the golden ratio rhythm g/4 (or phi/4) – this is the most polyrhythmic possible rhythm in a sense, takes the most possible bars for the ticks tracking the beat to approach the bar line beat.

It’s derived from my Tune Smithy software reviewed by Martin Walker in Sound on Sound here:

PC Music Shareware Roundup

It takes the user friendliness to a whole new level and by splitting Tune Smithy into a separate program and with various other methods to help you navigate and understand the program it helps with the issues of users who get lost because of the abundance of features in my programs.

There are many features to this program which I think you will find nowhere else, and it is now also very user friendly and accessible as well.

Bounce Metronome Pro

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