Metronome The idea of a metronome is exact beating of rhythm to help musicians improving their own feeling of rhythm . The pace of the rhythm is measured in beats per minute (bits per minute, abbreviated bpm). Traditional mechanical metronomes were regulated on a particular pace leaning out the arm of the metronome on an appropriate distance. Today, metronomes have screens and buttons which allow to edit and preview currently programmed speed. Electronic metronomes features often include possibility of programming emphasizing of various types of meters, and even beating of particular notes within a meter i.e. quavers or quaver triplets and even mixtures of quavers with quarter notes.
The choice of metronomes is really huge, although most of them combine features of basic tuner with a little bit more sophisticated metronome. It is worth to buy such a device because professional metronomes have more features which help musician developing one of the most important aspect of music – rhythm. These are i.a. different rhythmic patterns adjusted to music styles and the tap tempo, a function which automatically sets the pace of metronome to the desire value by tapping out the rhythm on the ‘tap tempo’ button. An example of such a device is Boss DB-60.
Tuner A classical way of tuning all instruments is to tune them to the model sound. The most popular model sound is A4 of the frequency of 440Hz. This sound is emitted by most of the tuning forks. It is sound of the violin’s open string A. In the case of guitars it is the sound on the fifth fret of the thin string E. This way of tuning may be inappropriate due to imperfections of human hearing. Modern tuners skip this problem by allowing you to tune each instrument to the desire sound. High quality tuners allow you to tune instrument’s string to each of twelve sounds of each octave without human hearing with no problem. We offer you electronic and mechanical metronomes and tuner of best producers i.e. BOSS, Digitech, Fender, Ibanez, Korg, Planet Waves and many others.
We have tuner adapted to tune instruments by using built-in microphone and linear connection electric instrument – tuner. This is the most classic type of tuner which allows to tune acoustic and electric instrument. Acoustic instrument is tuned with built-in speaker and electric instrument is connected to the tuner. The second option lets the reed make a very accurate signal analysis and tune the instrument very precisely. One of such tuners is Korg CA-40ED. The catalogue also includes tuners based on vibration analysis technology obtained by a sensor placed on the head of the instrument. The advantage of this method is its ability and adaptation for both, acoustic and electric instruments. Noting stand in the way to tune electric guitar which is not connected to the amplifier in this way. As an example we can use Ibanez PU-20.
You can also find structures in the form of guitar cube which can be placed in your pedalboard without worries. They have a true bypass system, so even if they are wired between the instrument and the amplifier, they do not affect the sound when they are switched off. The tuner of this type is, for example Digitech Hardwire HT 6.
Curiosity Incredibly interesting phenomenon is the phenomenon of music tuned to the sound of a standard A = 432 Hz. It is difficult to comment whether it actually stands for something more than just a placebo. What is certain is that many people think that the music recorded on the basis of tuning into the sound is more natural for people and better aligned with the structure of our bodies. One of the arguments is getting integers at each of the 12 sounds. For example, C = 256 Hz. In this case this number is even associated with digital technology. Supporters of A=432 Hz believe that the common norm of tuning instruments to A=440Hz is a conspiracy aimed to annoy all of us because of music dissonant with our bodies. I don’t know who is right, but I’m sure that high quality reeds have an option of default switching A=440 Hz to another value, also to A=432 Hz.
Summary The choice of tuners and metronomes is huge. Each type of these devices works differently depending on the type of the instrument which we want to tune. However, we don’t forget about traditionalists. Our offer also includes tuning forks and traditional mechanical metronomes. These are perfect gadgets which shows that we have to do with music, but they are also full value music aids which can be successfully used.