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MetroKit 2.1 New Features

New Sound!

New Sound!

Finally, The default sound for MetroKit 2.1 is now a Woodblock!

The user can also load their own preferred audio samples to be used, separately for Basic and Accent beats.
The default Woodblock is also different for Basic and Accent beats.

The generated pitch sound is still an option but is not the default now.

These options are saved automatically and are not affected by the loaded presets.

More that Quarters

More that Quarters

You can now set the Tempo for other Note values than quarters!

Share Presets

Share Presets

Exporting

From the Presets menu, select “Export Presets”.
Add the ones you want at the “Exported List” and click the “Export List” button.
Use the Preset List to share presets between your friends, students or between your own machines.

Importing

From the Presets menu, select “Import Presets” to select an exported list you like to import and append to your existing presets. By default, the imported presets, will NOT override the ones that exist and have the same name.

Other New Features & Updates

Other New Features & Updates

  • Select Audio Output Device
  • Time Signature Beats can now be set from 1 to 32
  • Time Signature base note can now select netween 1, 2, 4, 8, 16 and 32
  • Track Mode show the preset name now, instead of “Track List”
  • Opening a track line to edit, now show the line’s values instead of the last values used
  • Update notification. When a newer version of MetroKit comes online, a notification is shown
    The a drop menu, you can easily download the last version without visiting the site

Overview

Just Start

Just Start

The new MetroKit 2 is useful for the novice musicians to get started practicing, offering a simple interface, up to the professional, as it includes a lot of customizable training features.
This Simple interface let you change any basic parameter i.e. BMP, Time Signature and how many bars to play. Also using the “sub-division editor” (accessed by clicking on the “Accents”), a simple 4/4 can be edited to quite complex rhythms.

Sub-Division Editor

Sub-Division Editor

Each beat can be divided to up to 9 sub beats, independently.
Here is show a 5/4 Time Signature where the beats are divided like so:
  • 1st beat plays a Quarter
  • 2nd beat plays three 8ths triplets
  • 3rd beat plays two 8ths
  • 4th beat plays also three 8th triplets
  • 5th beat plays four 16ths

Each sub-beat can be toggled through 3 states:
  • Accented – Bigger & Brighter dot
  • Basic – Smaller & duller dot
  • Mute – Smaller & empty (dark) dot.

The combination of custom sub divisions and beat accents can create very complex and difficult rhythms.

Speed & Rhythm Training

Speed & Rhythm Training

MetroKit 2 includes training tools for both Speed and Rhythm.
Both trainers are toggled on and off by the “ST” and “RT” buttons respectively.
To use the speed trainer, set a starting and a “target” tempo. The target tempo can be set lower than the starting if someone wants.
Next, set how much the tempo will adjust (increase or decrease) every how many bars. The “—“ button toggles a continue state. When its off (default) MetroKit will stop when it reaches the target tempo, while if its on MetroKit continues to play on the target tempo if one wants to increase their playing stamina.
The rhythm trainer makes MetroKit play for an amount of bars and then mute for a different amount of bars, and then loops over that.
This method forces the musician to be more stable when keeping rhythm as when MetroKit starts playing again, they should be on beat.
Both trainers can be used together for more difficult practice.
The sub divisions and time signature can be used normally as in the “Simple” mode.

Track Mode Training

Track Mode Training

MetroKit 2 introduces a new feature that can elevate your practice like nothing else!

Track mode allows one to create sessions that play in sequence and (if enabled) can also loop.
As show in the picture, the track consists of 6 sessions:
  • 1 – A speed training session that starts at 90 BPM that increases by 5 every 8 bars, on a 4/4 time signature. Here the length in bars is set automatically depending on the amount of the tempo adjustment, when the target is reached, the list goes on the next track session
  • 2 – Here MetroKit plays a simple 4/4 time signature at 120 BPM for 32 bars
  • 3 – Another “Simple” track sessions with a 7/8 time signature for another 32 bars
  • 4 – A tricky rhythm training session that plays a 7/8 rhythm for 3 bars and mutes for 1 bar at a 90 BPM. The trainer plays for 32 bars
  • 5 – A “reverse” speed trainer, starting at a 120 BPM and goes down to a target 85 BPM, adjusting the tempo by 2 every 4 bars.
    This track session also plays a difficult advanced 13/16 time signature. Depending on the tempos adjustments, this sessions will play for 70 bars
  • 6 – The last track session is a relaxing 85 BMP over a simple 4/4 time signature for 16 bars to let the musician cool down after the intense practice!

Using the Track mode one can create very complex and extreme practicing routines or make metronome tracks for complex progressive songs that use lots of time signatures and accent patterns.

Track Editor

Track Editor

The track editor allows one to add or edit a track in the list.
From top to bottom:
  • Set the tempo, and toggle the Speed trainer on and off
  • Set the number of bars for the track session to play.
    If the speed trainer is activated, set every how many bars how much the tempo adjusts
  • Toggle the Rhythm trainer and if on, adjust how many bar will be audible and how many muted
  • Set the time signature of the track session
  • Customize sub-divisions of each beat and their accents

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