December 18, 2012 in Music (AF)
[prMac.com] Sofia, Bulgaria - ONYX Apps has announced MetroTimer 3.0 free for iOS, a major update to its Music app that has achieved hundreds of thousands of downloads, as it provides the most accurate metronome function of any app in the App Store. With a completely redesigned GUI, it is ideal for musicians of all levels of expertise, regardless of instrument or style of music. MetroTimer provides highly accurate audio and visual feedback, and it can be set to any number between 40 and 208 beats per minute. The app employs technology developed for ONYX's ClockMaster - Clock Time Regulation app, which was designed to measure inaccuracies of milliseconds per day. A paid Pro version of the app adds custom time signatures, accents and subdivisions, and an interactive beat editor.
It was the features and accuracy of the app that made the first two versions so popular with musicians worldwide. MetroTimer 3.0 includes the same features and accuracy, but now in a far more attractive package that is much easier to use. The control panel is a minimalist, modern, light grey on dark gray with cyan numerals and sliders. Setting any tempo is quick and intuitive, as is setting the practice timer. "I think we now have not only the most accurate metronome app on the App Store, but the coolest looking and easiest to use," stated Eugene Klein of ONYX Apps.
There are many useful approaches to developing greater musicianship, but metronome practice is among the most valuable. MetroTimer is a free app that has been measured to be more accurate than any other metronome app for iOS. Most App Store metronomes are derived from Apple sample code included with the iOS SDK (Software Development Kit). And regretfully, this code fails to account for all the factors that can cause small inaccuracies to build up over time. MetroTimer, created by a software company that specializes in time measurement and regulation, is guaranteed to meet laboratory standards for accurate timekeeping.
The app includes eight different voices, so users can hear the typical click or seven other audible beat markers. The GUI includes a BPM slider and large digital readout, as well as plus and minus buttons to increment the setting by ones. An optional visual display flashes a white circle along with the metronome sound, and iPhone owners can activate their camera light. Finally, the user can set a Practice Timer (1, 2, 3, 5, 10, 15, 20, or 30 minutes), which signals when the practice period is over.
In this release for version 3.0 ONYX has redesigned the entire UI, which is now beautiful and easy to use. On the front screen, there are the most often used controls - setting tempo, start button, and the practice timer. On the back side, additional settings allow selecting the metronome voice, and for the pro version (paid upgrade), the time signature and accents. MetroTimer Pro adds three features: 1) interactive beat editor; 2) custom accents and subdivision placement; and 3) custom time signatures, odd, and compound meters. The upgrade is available as an in-app purchase.
* Set metronome to any time between 40 and 208 BPM
* Tested with clock time regulation equipment
* Visual indication (optional) allows you to "see" the beat
* Practice timer to track your practice sessions
* iPhone LED flash visual feedback support
* 8 metronome sounds including human voice
* Background mode, blends with other audio
* Tap tempo functionality displays BPM consistency of a rhythm tapped on the screen
* MetroTimer Pro is available as an in-app purchase
"Tempo is both literally and figuratively the heart of music," observed Eugene Klein, CEO. "Mastering tempo is essential for good musicianship, and MetroTimer will help improve any player's rhythm skills."
* iPhone 3GS/4/4S/5, iPod touch (3rd/4th/5th generation), and iPad
* Universal app optimized for display on all iOS devices
* Requires iOS 5.0 or later
* 18.7 MB
Pricing and Availability:
MetroTimer 3.0 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Music category. MetroTimer 3.0 Pro is available as an in-app purchase for $1.99 (USD). Review copies are available on request.
ONYX Apps is an independent software studio based in Sofia, Bulgaria. They have prior experience in multimedia and communication services, and recently entered the App Store market with several apps. The founder and CEO is Eugene Klein. Copyright (C) 2012 ONYX Apps. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPad and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.