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METRONOME









Tempo Presets

About

This tool displays a clock metronome configured by determining beats per bar and setting BPM with common time presets

Instructions

Press the play button to start and stop the metronome sound. Change the BPM with the slider and configure the beats and BPM with the labeled panels. Select a common tempo using the preset buttons.

BPM

BPM, or Beats Per Minute, is a measurement of tempo designated as the total number of beats within a 60 second time frame. In this case, the beats will be displayed around the metronome at black interval markings. When the hand reaches a marking the corresponding tick will be made. The BPM can be set by using the slider. Note that the slider has a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 200. This can be bypassed by entering the desired number into the labeled input manually. There is a global maximum of 400 BPM.

Use the preset tempos to set the BPM to common times.

Beats

The beats value describes the total amount of up beats contained within a bar (measure). It is commonly seen as the top number in a musical time signature. In this case, the end of the bar will be denoted with an up beat. The up beats are displayed as long interval markings and the total number is equivalent to the BPM divided by the beats per measure. The total number of beats cannot exceed the BPM.

Uses

Musicians can use the metronome to assist in keeping steady tempo when singing or playing music. It also serves to benefit internal internal timing and tempo by helping with irregularities in counting beats. The metronome is also often used by composers as a standard tempo reference, to indicate the intended tempo for the piece.