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Old 10-02-2012, 05:17 PM   #1
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Buying an actual metronome?

Hi guys.

My question is simple, and even though it might sound worthless, I really want to hear your opinions.

Is buying a metronome worth it? I know... I can use a free metronome online, download one, or download a free android app I could play with. But still. Can these digital products entirely replace a real metronome?
I found some great digital metronomes at a local store and I would love to buy one, but are they worth buying? Or should I save up for some more useful gear and use digital ones?

Thank you for your answer(s) in advance!
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Old 10-02-2012, 05:22 PM   #2
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A Korg MA-30 has basically every function you'd ever need and is $20. There's not a lot to discuss. It's a nice practice tool but there are plenty of free computer and smartphone apps that will do the same thing.
If you want to pay $20 for the convenience and portability of a standalone unit, awesome. If not, that's cool too. I don't think we can help make this decision for you.
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Old 10-02-2012, 05:29 PM   #3
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analog ticks are the best and digital beeps are for losers.

it's a metronome bro.
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:09 PM   #4
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I like having a metronome that isn't on my computer, because the computer is distracting while I'm trying to practice.
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:15 PM   #5
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Yous gots to gets a solids rubys metronomes sos you cans gets the best tones.



But honestly, no, I don't think it's worth it. Get a program like Guitar Pro to practice with. Much, much more helpful. You can actually learn songs, in time with a click if you want to, slow down the speed, all kinds of good stuff.
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:33 PM   #6
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Is buying a metronome worth it? I know... I can use a free metronome online, download one, or download a free android app I could play with. But still. Can these digital products entirely replace a real metronome?


yes, they have all the functionality of a metronome.

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I found some great digital metronomes at a local store and I would love to buy one, but are they worth buying? Or should I save up for some more useful gear and use digital ones?


sometimes it is convenient to have a standalone metronome. like you don't have to worry about phone calls interrupting you practice.
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:38 PM   #7
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As a classical music student, it is absolutely imperative for me to have a metronome. That said its really up to you to decide whether you want one or not, and that relies on your practice routine. I spend most of my time practicing in a small concrete box and have no computer available to me, and I don't own a smartphone. If you practice near a computer or own a smartphone and think you would be more likely to have that with you then a metronome then you should use that. I leave my metronome in my case so I can always have it, and you should pick the option that would make it most available to you.
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Old 10-03-2012, 12:13 AM   #8
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:48 AM   #9
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I only use my real metronome if I have no access to my computer and want to practice.
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Old 10-03-2012, 07:14 AM   #10
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'Mobile metronome' app on Android is a really good app, and it's free. It doesn't have that electronic beep, it has that classical sounding metronome sound. I use it because I'm poor lol
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Old 10-03-2012, 07:41 AM   #11
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It all comes down to what you need.
I only use metronomes on my iPhone since I always have it with me. If I don't want to be bothered by someone calling me I can just set it to airplane mode.
I like having plenty of features, such as increasing tempo after x bars (I am sure many actual metronomes can do this too though), and things like playing a couple of bars of 4/4 and then a bar of 5/4 and then repeat.
Last thing I like is being able to set them up to play polyrhythms...so you'll have two separate clicks going.

Anyway, if you just want something that plays quarters in 4/4 at different tempos you can just get whatever you like and it'll do exactly what you want.
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:15 AM   #12
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I didn't expect this many answers, I really appreciate it.
I think I'll continue practicing with my PC and phone. Thank you for your time!
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