Tempo, by Frozen Ape is the number one paid metronome app for iOS and Android. Users are able to save set lists in app for future accessibility. Tempo also supports bluetooth devices capable of changing tempos in performance as well as set lists with the tap of a foot (iRig Blue Board/AirTurn). There is a Tempo Advance available at additional cost to the user. It incorporates the addition of polyrhythms and automation (speed up or slow down with performer).
- Tempos ranging from 10-400 bpm
- Meters ranging from 1/2-7/8 (35 in total)
- Accent capable on all beats
- 6 different rhythm settings
- Play list capabilities for rehearsal
- Set list capabilities for gigs
- Practice logging
I have personally used this app as my mainstay for metronome both inside and outside of the classroom. Because I keep this handy on my phone and iPad it is easy to hook up to a speaker system for students to hear and is easily loadable for quick reference for me. I have used the set list on concerts as a tempo reference when needed. As I am not as technically savvy as my colleagues on this site I like to see whether or not it has ease of use. It most certainly does and is extremely user-friendly.
BELOW ARE A FEW SCREEN SHOTS OF THE INTERFACE:
- Quick loading time makes for easy use in the classroom
- Simple screen navigation makes clear and easy access
- Capable of so much more than just a metronome in the classroom
- Takes up minimal storage space on iPhone or iPad
- Makes for fewer things to pack on trips and festival tours by having it on phone
- Multi-meter capabilities make it a must have for teachable moments
- Variety of meters, rhythms, and tempos make it an excellent choice against the Dr. Beat
- Extremely accurate with beat maintenance
- Lake of customization makes it bland in appearance
- Not free like many other metronomes (of lesser quality)
- Occasionally has skipping issues with inability to turn off (fixed in update!)
Final Thoughts & Verdict:
Overall a nice app and well worth the purchase. This is a mainstay on my iPhone and iPad. I highly recommend it to colleagues looking for a cheap way to keep time in rehearsal and personal practice. I have yet to experiment with the more expensive pro version, but have been told it is more for those that gig regularly. Use it!