Within a week of its release, Apple iTunes featured Dynamic App Design’s Metronome Plus in its New & Noteworthy section, which is saying something for an app whose chief function is to beep or thump until you tell it to stop.
This workhorse is the sharpest-looking metronome we’ve seen for iOS. But behind its polished faceplate is an equally sharp processor that keeps accurate time with the best, as our stopwatch-judged testing confirmed.
Appearance definitely counts with basic apps like metronomes, and Metronome Plus presents a clean, user-friendly interface, just-right feature set, and dead-on accuracy. This combination beats out not only the unreliable, overly-simplistic free alternatives, but also the clunky, feature-burdened “professional” metronomes we tested.
This iPhone app’s accuracy is due to a sound engine that’s hooked directly into “low-level” APIs on the iPhone, according to its developer, who claims this provides the greatest possible temporal precision on an iPhone.
To make sure, we put it to the stopwatch test alongside several competitors.
Metronome Plus not only held to the meter, never losing a beat here or there like many of the free alternatives, but also stays faithful to the requested BPM. In a perfect world all of this would be a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised at the number of glorified click-tracks, which can’t deliver anywhere near this level of results, that other unscrupulous developers try to pass off as metronomes.
Don’t sacrifice accuracy in such an essential practice tool. Our pick is Metronome Plus.
This app is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch running iOS 4.2 or later, and costs $2 in the iTunes app store.
Metronome Plus offers a beautifully simple layout, incredibly accurate metronome engine, and robust feature set contained in an easy to access drop down menu. Created by professional designers and developers under the guidance of professional musicians. Why Metronome Plus? Elegant Interface- We went through three professional design teams to hit upon the user interface for this app. We think its the best in the app store. Easy to access buttons, swipe to open the menu panel where all settings can be changed with a single tap. Beautiful Digital Pendulum Animation- Our take on the traditional pendulum motion found on many metronomes. The animation is fluid, accurate and very easy to follow- even in silent mode! Professional Sound Design- Our sounds have been professionally created and optimised to be as loud and clear as possible when playing through the built in speakers of your iOS device. Accurate Metronome Engine- The sound engine interfaces directly with low level APIs to give you the most accurate time possible on iOS. No other metronomes on the app store surpass our accuracy. iPod Multitasking- Play your ipod in the background while using Metronome Plus Tap tempo- Tap center of screen while paused to enable tap tempo Robust Feature Set- Tap Tempo, customize accents, meters, subdivisions and sounds. Drop Down Menu Tab- Simple tap or swipe to reveal the menu bar. From here you can set all functions with a single tap. Commitment- We have tons of additional features planned for this app and are committed to releasing them in a series of regular updates. Features at a glance: Retina display graphics Sleek and simple design with ergonomic touch interface Beautiful digital pendulum animation Four distinctive sound sets Sounds are among the loudest possible on iOS Tap Tempo- simply tap center of the screen when paused iPod Multitasking- play your ipod in the background Realistic Tempo Scroll Wheel Tempo range from 30-300 Screen lock Incredibly accurate metronome engine Drop down menu where you can change all settings with a single touch Meter- 8 most common meters Subdivisions- quarters, eighths, sixteenths and triplets Accents- program accents to occur on any beat Recommended on Wired.com and International Business Times!!! "cleanest, smoothest-operating metronome app weve ever come across" -ibtimes.com "'the hottest new metronome in the app store...offers everything you need in a metronome." -AppAdvice.com "Simple to use and brilliantly designed" -Evolver.fm Featured as "New and Noteworthy" in iTunes music category during week of May 2nd 2011. Featured as "What's Hot" in iTunes music category during week of June 9th 2011.