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Korg KDM-2 True Tone Advanced Digital Metronome
- Dynamic metronome with 30-252 tempo range, 19 beat patterns, 3 PCM sounds, and Tap Tempo control
- Korg's original cylindrical resonator provides powerful sound and improved tone; Headphone output
- Top-mounted Start/Stop switch doubles as visual indicator; red & green LEDs mark beats and downbeats
- Provides reference tuning pitch (C4-B4); A4 Calibration from 410 to 480 Hz.
- Large LCD screen; efficient power for long battery life - 120 continuous hours at 120 BPM
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- Metronome Mode:
- - Tempo Range: Quarter note = 30 to 252 bpm Pendulum step, 30 to 250 bpm full step beats/minute
- - Tempo Setting: Pendulumstep/Full step
- - Beat Range: 0 to 9 beats, duplets, triplets, triplet with inner beat omitted, quadruplets, quadruplets with inner beats omitted, son clave (2-3) (3-2), rumba clave (2-3) (3-2)
- - Tempo Accuracy: ± 0.2%
- Sound Out Mode:
- - Reference Tone: 12 reference pitches (C4 to B4); C4 (261.63 Hz) to B4 (493.88 Hz), 1 octave
- - Calibration: A4=410 Hz to 480 Hz (unit: 1 Hz)
- - Tone Accuracy: ± 1 cent
- Main Section:
- - Connectors: PHONE jack (ø 3.5 mm mini-jack)
- - Speaker: Dynamic speaker (ø 36 mm)
- - Power Supply: Four AAA alkaline batteries (6 V)
- - Battery Life: Approx. 120 hours (120 tempo, 4 beats, Pulse, maximum volume, using standard alkaline batteries)
- - Accessories: Four AAA alkaline batteries for verifying operation.
Korg Advances the Digital Metronome to a Whole New Level of Performance - The Korg KDM-2! The Korg KDM-2 is an easy-to-use, electric metronome that visually marks the tempo with remarkable accuracy, and delivers a powerful sound like never before. Korg's acclaimed cylindrical speaker has been further enhanced with an improved resonator structure to ensure that it's easily heard. Even loud instruments won't overpower its unmistakable, clear sound. And with the KDM-2 you have a choice of three different PCM sounds (cowbell/agogo/clave) for the beat, so you can choose the sound that compliments the instrument you're playing. The volume can also be adjusted to the most appropriate level. Since there's a Phone jack, you can connect a mini-plug (1/8 inch) earphone for private practice.
The Start/Stop switch located on the top panel blinks in two colors - red and green - for an unmistakable visual indication of the tempo. It's a great feature if you want to practice with a silent metronome. The KDM-2 provides a memory backup function that remembers the specified tempo, beat, calibration, and reference pitch even when the power is turned off.
From basic beats to variations like son clave and rumba clave, the KDM-2 contains a total of 19 beat patterns. You can set the tempo in any of three ways. Full Step mode that lets you adjust the tempo over a range of 30 through 252 in steps of one. Pendulum Step mode lets you set the tempo using the preset tempo settings, as on a mechanical metronome. And Tap Tempo lets you set the tempo by pressing the TAP switch at the desired interval. The large LCD screen makes it easy to view the settings. An encoder-type Tempo/Calib dial and a Step Select switch provide quick and direct access to settings and functions. Featuring an original design that's compact yet stable, the KDM-2 is at home on your desk, your piano, or anywhere else.
Sound Out mode outputs a reference tone that you can use as a tuning guide. You can listen to any of the twelve pitches from C4~B4. You can also adjust the A4 frequency (calibration) in a broad range from 410 Hz to 480 Hz. The KDM-2 is designed for long battery life. It will continue marking an accurate tempo for approximately 120 hours of continuous use at a tempo of 120 beats per minute.
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The Korg KDM-2 is an easy-to-use, electric metronome that visually marks the tempo with remarkable accuracy, and delivers a powerful sound like never before.
The Korg KDM-2 visually marks the and delivers a powerful sound. Click to enlarge.
Easy-to-see, large LED.
Encoder-type TEMPO/CALIB dial.
Improved cylindrical resonator speaker
This digital electric metronome delivers even clearer and more powerful sound, and Korg's acclaimed cylindrical speaker has been further enhanced with an improved resonator structure to ensure that it is easily heard. Even loud instruments will not overpower the unmistakable, clear sound of the Korg KDM-2. And with the KDM-2 you have the choice of selecting 3 different PCM sounds (cowbell/agogo/clave) for the beat, so you can choose which sound you want to compliment the instrument you're playing. The volume can also be adjusted to the most appropriate level. Since there's a PHONE jack built in to this electric metronome, you can connect a mini-plug (1/8") earphone, perfect for private practice.
Easy-to-see, large LED
The START/STOP switch located on the top panel of the Korg KDM-2 blinks in two colors--red and green--providing for unmistakable visual indication of the tempo. The START/STOP switch is a great feature if you are looking to practice with a silent metronome.
A variety of beats cover even sophisticated rhythms
From basic beats to variations like son clave and rumba clave, the KDM-2 contains a total of 19 beat patterns. You can set the tempo in any one of three ways. Full Step mode lets you adjust the tempo over a range of 30 through 252 in steps of one. Pendulum Step mode lets you set the tempo using the preset tempo settings, as on a mechanical metronome. and Tap Tempo lets you set the tempo by pressing the TAP switch at the desired interval.
Use the reference pitches to tune by ear
Sound Out mode outputs a reference tone that you can use as a tuning guide. You can listen to any one of the twelve pitches from C4-B4. You can also adjust the A4 frequency (calibration) in a broad range from 410 Hz-480 Hz.
Memory backup function
The KDM-2 provides a memory backup function that remembers the specified tempo, beat, calibration, and reference pitch, even when the power off.
Designed for stability and ease of use
The large LCD screen on this electric metronome makes it easy to view the settings. An encoder-type TEMPO/CALIB dial and a Step Select switch provide quick and direct access to settings and functions. Featuring an original design that is compact yet stable, the KDM-2 is at home on your desk, your piano, or anywhere else.
Long battery life
The KDM-2 is designed for long battery life. The electric metronome will continue marking an accurate tempo for approximately 120 hours of continuous use at a tempo of 120 beats per minute.
Korg digital and electric metronomes purchased from a Korg USA authorized dealer now have a three-year warranty.
What's in the Box
KDM2 Metronome, Four AAA Batteries, User's Manual
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After a lengthy online review I ordered the Korg KDM-2 from Amazon. Overall I'm happy with this metronome although it was surely not the cheapest. It produces numerous sounds including the old-fashion wood clave sound that I prefer (like the old German wood metronomes). Korg has specifically designed this metronome to produce this wood sound via a somewhat tubular column on the left side of the instrument. And it works.
Many of the models reviewed did not have a digital read out. I like the digital read out since it gives you an instant gauge of the tempo and the beats per measure, something you can quickly come back to later. The KDM can give 18 different beats per measure including some latin and other meters in any sound you choose. Numerically the first beat of a measure can be stipulated from 0 to 9. This first beat produces a "tick" sound or some other first beat sound different from the other beats in the measure. For example with 4/4 time you can set the instrument to give you your first sound that is a "tick" followed by three solid "tocks." In 3/4 time the first beat will be a tick followed by two tocks and so on. I don't use this feature but others may find it useful. This first beat is matched by a red lit on/off button if you need a visual cue.
I wanted all sounds to be the same including the first beat of a measure and was concerned because the manual didn't really indicate how to get this. After some experimentation I found that by setting the beats per minute to zero all beats of a measure sound the same tock (or whatever other sound you have it set to) and the on/off switch produces the same green blinking light.
The tap-on button is useless. I guess it's intended to allow one to hear a recording's tempo so it can be replicated on the KDM by tapping the button until the read-out indicates the tempo you are hearing. The KDM then plays at this selected rhythm. Using the tap-on button without some tempo guidance is awakward and produces tempos all over the map. (Hey, this would be a great device for that state trooper trying to determine if a driver was driving under the influence.)
The KDM allows one to change tempos in units of four beats at a time. Alternatively you can change tempos one beat at a time.
The KDM has a tone checker which is ok but not great. It ranges over the full 12 tones including sharpes.
Now the BIG BIG negative of the KDM. If you never expect to change tempo then disregard this paragraph. Other reviewers have complained about it as well for good reason. It's the small circular scroll wheel used to change tempo (about one inch in diameter). First, this wheel is extremely difficult to turn; it should not have this much resistance. Second, there's only a small indentation on the scroll wheel in which to place your finger tip to turn the wheel. Absolutely not enough to grasp. If you use it you literally must hold the device with both hands and make a conscious effort to turn it to the tempo you want. This is a mess and can lead to profanity. The Korg designers surely had a bad case of rectum on the brain when designing the KDM this way. And it would be so easy for them to have done it right the first time!
Fortunately there is a fix. Others have described their fixes (like drilling into the scroll wheel so as to screw small posts that can be used to rotate the wheel. This sounds like giving the thing a root canal and I avoided this fix).
This is my fix. I found some small vinyl bumpers (the kind that go on the bottoms of lamps to prevent furniture scratches). They are the perfect diameter and height and semi-circular in shape. They fit the scroll wheel perfectly and have strong self-adhesion. So no glue is needed. It just takes one pressed on the outer perimeter of the wheel to allow your thumb to easily rotate the wheel in a circular fashion to the desired tempo. One way increases tempo, the other way decreases tempo. And you can quickly check things via the big read-out. Look for Shepherd 3/8" surface guard vinly bumpers. I found mine at Walmart. Or just google Shepherd Hardware Products, Three Oaks, Michigan.
Caution: If you plan to change tempo on your KDM and you don't plan to "fix" the scroll after you get it, then this metronome is NOT for you. Find something else.
Another negative is the inability to plug the device into an AC outlet. The four AAA batteries may last but they may also allow the tempo to slow as they are used. And as far as I can tell there is no low battery indicator. We will see.
There are some other features that I still don't know about so this is all I want to say.
If you make the fix to the scroll wheel as described above then I highly recommend the KDM.
The KDM revealed my Hannon timing was way off. Especially on Exercises 21 - 26.
I really wanted/needed a decent metronome. The "true tone" is really, really
close, but not that clack you'll get from a quality mechanical metronome.
All being said, it's plenty loud, and pretty versatile... Much better than a "beep" (though it will beep too)
and the 'beat' light works better for me than a LED sweeping light. The 'tap in' button has been great.
Tap to the beat on a song, and you'll get the tempo. Works well, and has proven helpful.
Why the four stars? The only power indicator is the LCD display being on, which is easy to
overlook, and the unit stays on... So -1 star for no power indicator and the potential to leave the
metronome on... a saving grace is it doesn't burn up much battery when you do leave it on, damhik.