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Korg MA30 Ultra Compact Digital Metronome
- Highly visual liquid crystal pendulum
- 13 different rhythms are built-in so you can practice to more than a click track
- Rhythms include duplets, triplets, triplets with inner beats omitted, quadruplets, and quadruplets with inner beats omitted
- Twelve reference pitches C4 -B4 for you to tune to
- Adjustable calibration (438-445 Hz)
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The Korg MA-30 Metronome has features like volume control and sophisticated rhythms such as triplets and quadruplets with inner beats omitted. Its easy-to-see display includes a cool liquid crystal pendulum.
The MA-30 is the latest digital metronome from Korg's innovative line, packed with new features like volume control and sophisticated rhythms such as triplets and quadruplets, with inner beats omitted.
An ultra-portable digital metronome packed with features.Click to enlarge.
Liquid crystal pendulum for visual tempo reference.
Built-in speaker for metronome and reference pitches.
In addition to the audible click, the MA-30 features a liquid crystal pendulum for visual tempo reference.
Sophisticated Rhythm Patterns
13 different rhythms are built-in to this electronic metronome so you can practice to more than just a click track. Rhythms include duplets, triplets, triplets with inner beats omitted, quadruplets, and quadruplets with inner beats omitted are programmed into this digital metronome
The MA-30 features twelve reference pitches (C4 -B4) for tuning on the go, with adjustable calibration of A4 from 438-445 Hz.
The MA-30's tempo adjusts from 40 to 208 BPM. You can also use the tap function for setting the tempo manually.
Adjustable Volume and Headphone Output
Adjust the metronome volume to your liking, and use the earphone jack so only you can hear the sound.
Get approximately 250 hours of continuous digital metronome use on two AAA batteries.
The MA-30 weights in at just .17 lbs. (including batteries), and is small enough to fit in your pocket at 4.09 x 2.52 x 0.59 inches (W x D x H).
What's in the Box
Korg MA-30 Digital Metronome, Two AAA Batteries, User's Manual
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The metronome is small, lightweight in an attractive blue case. The ticking tone is distinctive to this product. It is loud enough to hear but not intrusive. Small, easy-to-use buttons allow for changing tempo.
What makes this metronome unusual for an inexpensive product is the features it offers besides ticking the time. The instrument has setting that allow for some rather intricate rhythmic uses. Thus, in addition to setting the beat at, say, 100, the metronome allows the user to set the rhythm such as 3/4, 2/4, 4/4, 6/8. It can also be set for triplets and other slightly complex rhythms. A slight but distintive accent is given to the downbeat in these settings. Besides the ticking, a little pendulum swings back and forth on the face of the instrument keeping the time. The metronome also includes a tuner at A =440.
The metronome runs on two small AAA batteries which are included with the purchase. I had some trouble opening the back of the instrument to put in the batteries. But I am something of a klutz and wouldn't necessarily hold this against the instrument.
The small size and weight, tone, features, and price of this Korg metronome make it a good buy. Service was good and I received the metronome promptly. If you a a student of music, you need a metronome. This is a good choice.
I proceeded to place one in my cart--when Amazon's special message appeared at the top of my computer screen, reminding me that I had purchased the identical metronome two years ago! Sure enough. A quick search through my gear yielded the as-yet unopened box with metronome and batteries inside, good as new (actually, it was).
As it is, this Korg model is a nice one, shirt-pocket size but with a loud beep (even louder on the downbeat); very sharp, readable screen (with a simulated mechanical, back-and-forth, balance rod); accepts both "write-in" numbers and finger "tap-ins"; has a headphone input jack (practically a necessity for many instrumentalists); has 12 tuning notes (handy for verifying pitch when transcribing music by ear from a recording). And, in case you're curious, this one is priced 10% below what it cost me more than 2 years ago.
I'm withholding a star simply because the "perfect" metronome, it seems to me, is one that could "hear" your tempo and automatically throw up the right number on the screen. I'm assuming, of course, that such a metronome is available (probably priced considerably higher). Also, while 40 BPM is probably slow enough for most players, the upper end of 208 BPM is probably not fast enough for some jazz players (by the mid-sixties Miles was frequently taking tempos way in excess of that limit). 40-208 BPM is pretty standard, but if you're intent on getting your chops around "Donna Lee," you may wish to invest in a metronome that can come close to 300 BPM at the upper end.
But for my present purposes, this model is one small fire extinguished and a dollar saved, thanks to Amazon's thoughtful feature (it's also prevented me from sending repeat toys to grandkids).
While this unit does have a volume knob, it is only functional WITHOUT using headphones. With headphones plugged in, it's either full volume or silent!! How could Korg overlook this? Also, with headphones in, only the left channel gives the metronome's beeps/clicks. I've pulled the plug out halfway to get stereo, but the plug sometimes comes out when I'm playing. No good.
I have "drummer headphones" that isolate/block out a lot of my drums and allow me to clearly hear the metronome or songs I'm practicing to when wearing them. Honestly, the all-or-nothing volume from this metronome when headphones are used is simply too loud and punishing to my ears. My ears have actually hurt a bit from dealing with it for 20 minutes here or there. I've tried wearing ear plugs as well as headphones, but it's not the same thing--and I shouldn't have to wear ear plugs along with headphones just to use a metronome. Ludicrous, and a huge oversight from such a big-name company. Shame on Korg.
Other than these negatives, it's a fine metronome. Just avoid it if you're looking to use headphones with it (especially drummers).
Ironically, I just got a sub-$5 metronome (Meideal) from Amazon that has mute and three volume levels, and it's just fine with headphones; it also has up to 9 beats per measure, a big plus for me. Tiny unit, clips onto a shirt or jean pocket, and it's brilliant. Well worth buying. Has more subdivision combinations than this Korg does, too.
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All I need is to once in a while to change the battery.