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MsyMetronom, a special tool for rhythm training

Sometimes you have to train rhythms that are unregular and hard to understand.
For example imaging following rhythm composed of eighths and sixteenths notes:
8 8 8 16 8 8 16 8 8.

The new iOS app MsyMetronom allows to configure such rhythms in a very flexible manner.
A textfield is used to type in the rhythms with their given beat durations. If you count quater notes, an eighth note has a beat duration of 1/2.
The example above looks then as follows:
g/2 g/2 g/2 g/4 g/2 g/2 g/4 g/2 g/2
Just type in this line and the rhythm runs in a loop. The 'g' stands for a Claves sound.

MsyMetronom supports three tracks, different drums sounds and the storage of your edited rhythms.
More details and the app can be found at https://msye.com/msymetronom.htm .
Bernhard Feiten]
April 26, 2020  | person bfeiten
Thanks for your post. As a music teacher, I like exploring new and interesting metronome apps. I have a couple of questions.

How do you determine how long the pattern is? If each track is a different length, will MsyMetronom loop the length of the longest track? Or will it loop each track independently?

If I type g3/4, it will play a dotted 8th note (i.e. 3/4 of a beat)?

If I type g3/2, it will play a dotted quarter note (1.5 beats)?

Are there other rules for the kinds of numbers that can be entered? Could I type a value like g7/5?

I have very specific tastes about the kinds of sounds that I like in a metronome. I have a collection of short, clean, clicky sounds. Is it possible to load my own click sounds? If not, could I contact you via your site and send you a set of clicks for you to consider adding? They are sounds that I made and would not cause any copyright problems.
Ok, it was only $1 (USD), so I went for it.

Looks like it does loop each track independently. That's intuitive.

Are there any rules/limits/syntax for what values can be input?

I noticed that if you create a long field of values that exceeds the length that is displayed, you can only tap to place the I-beam cursor in the visible area. You can't move the I-beam cursor backward (or forward) and thus can't access what doesn't fit in the visible portion of the field.

The included 52 (a..z, and A..Z) sounds are ok. There are some nice tight/short sounds in the list. Though there are quite a few sloppy sounds in there, too. I'd love to be able to customize that sample list.

The ability to adjust the level of every hit by +/- 9 dB in 1 dB increments is nice.

The "pads" section is useful as a visual and audible reference for sounds you use often, but the latency makes them unusable for actual playing. That's fine though.

I like the "Light" section. It is like a 4th track, just for your eyes.

The app is simple. It is a little rough in some ways. There are other metronomes that have a one feature or another, but this is a unique combination of features and capabilities.

If I need a regular drum machine to do normal beats, I wouldn't reach for this. But if I want to try a long series of tuplets, it looks like this can do it.
I did have a little conversation with the developer who was very nice and helpful.

He explained that a long-press-then-drag allows the cursor to move anywhere in the field, even scrolling. I suggested that left/right arrow-keys would be useful. Perhaps they'll appear in some version.

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