August 19, 2012 in Music (E)
[prMac.com] Regina, Canada - Shiverware today is pleased to announce the release of SpeakBeat, a new metronome app for iOS devices. The app is unique among metronome apps because it uses spoken words to mark the beat rather than clicks or ticks. The spoken metronome improves timing over click metronomes for music students, dancers, and cheerleaders as well as saving the voices of instructors.
Choreographers, music teachers, and cheerleading coaches regularly count out the beats for their students, marking time with a "five six seven eight." SpeakBeat aims to offload this task to a phone or iPod, relieving vocal strain and letting the instructor focus on the music or the routine.
A significant benefit over traditional metronome apps is that with Speakbeat, performers find it easier to follow the beat because each beat is indicated by a number. Other metronomes click or tick, but it's easy to lose your place when one tick sounds like the next. This is why choreographers call out "five six seven eight", and this is the problem SpeakBeat solves.
The app is widely customizable, with a variety of high-quality studio recorded voices to choose from, as well as a large high-contrast numerical display. Tempo can be chosen with either a slider or a "tap to bpm" button, which allows the user to tap out the beat. The user can select the time signature, and can indicate a pickup bar as well as a delay to start.
SpeakBeat also provides the option for adding various types of sub-beats (one-and-two-and) between each beat. This feature, not available in traditional metronomes, adds versatility and utility to the app, and further cements the uniqueness of this new metronome.
* iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, 3/4G iPod touch and iPad
* Requires iOS 5.0 or later
* 3.0 MB
Pricing and Availability:
SpeakBeat 1.0 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Music category.
Shiverware Interactive Software Developments is focussed on developing innovative multimedia and audio solutions for iOS and the web. Their flagship app, Musix, allows people to experiment with isomorphic keyboard layouts and has a wide international following. Copyright (C) 2011 Shiverware Interactive Software Developments. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.