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Free Metronome Software for Ipad for help with timing?
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Well, it doesn't necessarily have to be free. However I need a mteronome or drum machine that will allow me to subdivide the beats and tempo ( mainly in 4/4, 3/4, cut-time etc ) So I can immitate the back beat of a standard Bluegrass ensemble ie:

1.) Bass on the "on-beat"

2.) Mandolin "chop" on the "off-beat"

 

so kind of an: oom-pa, oom-pa, oom-pa, oom-pa beat?

 

I can't seem to do that with the metronome I've been using. I think this will help me in my timing with my fiddle practice. Any recommendations?

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I don't use the IPad, but I assume there are midi sequencers out there - and I assume the IPad can play a midi file?   I use PC apps like Anvil (and others) for creating simple MIDI click-tracks with the drum / percussion settings I prefer- easy to adjust the tempo as well.

A quick google for "Ipad midi editor" gives a few suggestions

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Bill said
I don't use the IPad, but I assume there are midi sequencers out there - and I assume the IPad can play a midi file?   I use PC apps like Anvil (and others) for creating simple MIDI click-tracks with the drum / percussion settings I prefer- easy to adjust the tempo as well.

A quick google for "Ipad midi editor" gives a few suggestions

Cool, thanks....I'll look into that

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Just go to the app store and search on metronome or drum machine.  If you have a Mac Garageband comes with it for free and that will do way more than what you are looking for.  If you go to the App store and search on  garage band, you'll find all kinds of stuff like djembe thumb drum, thumb instruments, pop drummers kit, drum beat pro etc.  all of which are free.  

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Uzi said
Just go to the app store and search on metronome or drum machine.  If you have a Mac Garageband comes with it for free and that will do way more than what you are looking for.  If you go to the App store and search on  garage band, you'll find all kinds of stuff like djembe thumb drum, thumb instruments, pop drummers kit, drum beat pro etc.  all of which are free.  

But is there one that stands out simply enough that will allow me to do just what I described? There's so many to choose fromn LOL

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I don't use iPad, either.  But for most computers you can find MIDI software "drum machines" and in some cases use those to drive samples to make a variety of "backing tracks" for specific exercises or genres.  I use a Linux operating system on my main computer, so what I use probably wouldn't be what you'd want.  But there's a fair amount of freeware or inexpensive software out there for such things.

But yes, making customized "metronome" tracks with the sounds you want and the timings you need for certain things is very useful.

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DanielB said
  I use a Linux operating system on my main computer ... 

I knew there was something about you that I liked. cheers

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@EricBluegrassFiddle: Have you seen this site yet?

http://www.oldtimejam.com/wordpress/

It's Old Time, rather than Bluegrass, but there might be enough commonality for you to have some fun and get some use from it. 

Hats off to Barry for posting the link originally, if I recall correctly.  hats_off

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DanielB said
@EricBluegrassFiddle: Have you seen this site yet?

http://www.oldtimejam.com/wordpress/

It's Old Time, rather than Bluegrass, but there might be enough commonality for you to have some fun and get some use from it. 

Hats off to Barry for posting the link originally, if I recall correctly.  hats_off

This is very cool but yes the timing and rythym style is different, however I appreciate all of the good suggestions

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I found this one, it looks promising and seems to get good reviews? Looks like I can create subdvisions as well:

 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pro-metronome-tempo-keeping/id477960671?mt=8

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