Which Metronome Are You Using?...and Why?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by ZenG, Dec 29, 2013.

  1. ZenG


    Dec 13, 2013
    Near the fridge
    Electronic?...or the good ol' mechanical swing-arm version?

    The swing-arm isn't as versatile IMO but you may disagree...

    And why would you prefer a met over any machine that can play drumtracks?

    With drumtracks they sound closer to real life where a met just goes "tick-tick" and doesn't give you the nuances of drumriffs....

    was looking at some fancy electronic Korg mets and also one made by Cherub that is no longer produced...

    I didn't like the "talking" metronomes.......
  2. Sav'nBass

    Sav'nBass What the .............. Supporting Member

    Jan 18, 2009
    Northern Va.
    I use the metronome in my B3. It also has drum loops 40 in all including the metronome loops. Sometimes I use just the metronome which does the standard tick tock but also does the accents in 4/4, 3/4 and 5/4 time and other times I will use one of the beats. For me between the great DI, the 12 amp models, the tuner, the 99 effects including pre amps, the 40 second looper.. which is another great practice tool, the USB interface.. and the metronome/drum machine the B3 is the biggest no brainer for any bassist. The DI, amp models, preamp patches, compressors and tuner alone are worth it .. but factoring all that other stuff in a footprint that measures 170(D)x234(W)x54(H)mm (@6.5x9x2.1") and is 1.2 kg (2.6 lbs) without the 4 AA batteries and it also comes with a power supply... all for $200 .. or less if you get it used or on sale it is without a doubt the best $$ I have spent on any bass accessory counting amps or cabs..
  3. Bainbridge


    Oct 28, 2012
    Electronic. Korg makes good ones. Find one with a click that won't bug you. If you're interested in knowing, the "UREI" click is the standard in the orchestral and film scoring world. You'll be hard pressed to find a UREI 964, but the click itself is sampled in a number of libraries.

  4. ZenG


    Dec 13, 2013
    Near the fridge
    Who makes "B3"?
  5. Sav'nBass

    Sav'nBass What the .............. Supporting Member

    Jan 18, 2009
    Northern Va.
  6. ZenG


    Dec 13, 2013
    Near the fridge
    Had a look at the Zoom site and I think I like that.......:cool:
  7. The B3 is a great piece of gear! I picked one up for myself as a birthday present this year, and have been pretty impressed with everything it can do for the price. The effects are all pretty good usable sounds (aside from the Bomber... Uhhhhhhh.... Not sure I'd ever find a use for that one... Lol) and the phrase sampler, DI and rhythm trainer are all great features as well.

    As for a metronome, it's about what you prefer. A drum machine or the rhythm trainer of the B3 are great tools, but so is a standard metronome. I used a Boomerang+ for a number of years and that did wonders for my sense of time. I would just sit in the basement for hours and make loops. Getting them looped and stacked correctly really sharpens your inner clock.

    That said, the metronome I currently use the most is an Android phone app called Metronome 2 (by Flying Saucer Apps, I think for $.99). I do like the Zoom for looping/rhythm stuff, but it's not my main pedal setup, so I don't always have it with me. I ALWAYS have my phone with me!

  8. Sav'nBass

    Sav'nBass What the .............. Supporting Member

    Jan 18, 2009
    Northern Va.
    Lol.. yeah I found the Bomber kind of a "what the ..!" as well..
  9. I'll add that while metronomes of any sort are good for developing your sense of time, getting out and jamming with good drummers (and musicians in general) will develop your feel, which is just as important as a good sense of time. :bassist:

  10. I use a software-based metronome called Weird Metronome. I like it because I'm always sitting in front of my computer when practicing, and it's a versatile metronome with different percussion instruments available, and i use one that sounds closest to a mechanical metronome. Here's where it's at:


    It's real small, and real free! ;)
  11. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    I use my trusty old Tama RW100. Loud enough that I can also use it for sax. My only gripe with it is that its slowest tempo is at 35bpm. Which is still too fast for some metronome drills I do.
  12. Manichga


    Aug 13, 2013
    I use Dr Betotte app on the ipad. Connect up to a speaker so it's loud enough for bass and drums practise. I was sick of changing batteries when my kids left the metronome on. This fixes that problem. Dr betotte does everything I need it to do. I don't care what anyone says, we all need to practise with a metronome!
  13. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    When I'm at home, just a random metronome on the internet :p

    Otherwise my drummer has one, though I don't know which one it is.
  14. ericicf


    Mar 11, 2012
    Peterson Strobo PlusHD . Tuner & metronome.
    Really well thought out, professional quality,easy to use features.
    USB friendly
  15. ryco


    Apr 24, 2005
    use a little electric metronome sometimes. Have an old swing arm met, but swear there actually is a little "swing" (unbalanced) feel to it. Drives me crazy, so never use it.

    Mostly use an old Roland TR-505 out in the shed. My best friend!
  16. mambo4


    Jun 9, 2006
    I use a basic battery powered clicking metronome.
    No strong / weak beats, time sigs, etc... just a steady click pulse.
    I like the fact that it makes me work to maintain awareness of the downbeat.
    I find loops and drum machine patterns can be a bit more "forgiving" to my ear when I play sloppy.
    The simple pulse enforces a kind of 'ownership' of my precision, IMHO.
  17. Mike Arnopol

    Mike Arnopol Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 4, 2005
    Owner of MAS Soundworks
    I use a very nice free one on my smartphone
  18. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    Mine was free too. It's in my head. I don't have to stop playing to change the tempo on it. :D
  19. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Big Dogs Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    I have the Jeff Berlin Signature Metronome...
  20. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    Wow! That's what mine's called too! Weird! :bag: