Soundbrenner Pulse | Smart, Vibrating & Wearable Metronome | For All Instruments (Guitar, Piano, Drums) | Tap Tempo (BPM) + Visual Beat Counting | Practice Like A Pro | As Seen At NAMM
- 【VIbrating Metronome】- Feel the beat with vibrations instead of annoying clicks. Vibrations are 7x more powerful than the average vibration of a smartphone; you will never miss another beat. Free up your ears to focus on the music.
- 【Customise Rhythm】Customize time signatures, subdivisions and accents. Set your rhythm with tap tempo. Simply tap three times and the tempo will follow.
- 【Multiplayer sync】- Connect up to 5+ devices via NFC/Bluetooth and sync up with your bandmates and friends.
- 【Setlist library】- Create and save your rhythms and organise them via setlist.
- 【DAW Compatible】- The Soundbrenner Pulse can receive input from all major DAWs via USB MIDI, including Ableton, Logic and Pro Tools. Easily control your tempo with your favourite DAW.
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Do yourself a favor and by comparing your Pulse against another metronome (or 5). Just set a tempo on the app, lock the interface, and start both metronomes at the same time. Over 30 seconds, my pulse hiccuped/stuttered enough to become the upbeat, and then make its way back to the downbeat, losing an entire beat.
Again, I'm hoping the new one will work just fine. Otherwise, musicians are getting duped into thinking their actually building their timing skills, and/or actually playing in time!
I then found the Soundbrenner Pulse metronome and I was immediately intrigued by the concept. The whole idea of you "feeling the beat" instead of hearing that old, irritating click really got to me. However, there’s a huge price difference so I researched it a bit more before I decided to buy it. Anyways, here's my review.
A NEW EXPERIENCE - WOW! You'll definitely be able to feel the beat with the Soundbrenner Pulse. The main feature of the device is its vibrations so I was a bit sceptical at first, but you won't have any issues with feeling the vibrations. It's a totally new experience, it's hard to explain but you feel the beat pulsing through your body - a total eye opener.
PLAYING - The Pulse really blends in with your way of playing. It took a while to get used to it but now it's just natural. I have the phone laying next to me and customizing it is super simple.
ROBUST - I was a bit hesitant to the quality of it but it's like opening an Apple product. It's robust and high quality. Well done!
SETUP - I'm not a technical person so this always scares me a bit but the Pulse made it all so simple. You unpack it (what a nice experience) and then you just hook it up to your phone through their really nice metronome app.
SILENT - Let's admit it, no one likes hearing that click (especially not my BF) so this is for sure a step up. No "secondhand click damage" to anyone in your surroundings.
BATTERY - Lasts forever, or at least through my practice hours. On good days, when I've got the time, I practice for 1-1.5h and the Pulse keeps on throughout the whole session. I had it on for longer and after 4h I turned it off.
ACCESSORIES - I also LOVE products that give you a box filled with goodies. You get two different straps, normal one and a longer one which I guess you could use on your leg or arm. I'm not that big so the first one suits me perfectly.
SUPPORT - I had some issues with my phone (again, I'm not a technical person) and the Soundbrenner support was there.
A NEW EXPERIENCE - given that it's a brand new kind of experience, you feel it instead of hearing it, the Pulse takes some time to get used to. Given the results it's fine and I guess in music you don't get anything for free. It's just one of those things.
ACTIVITY TRACKER - I know that it doesn't come with an activity tracker but that would have been amazing.
WATCH - It would have been even better if it would have told time. Then you could also use it as a watch. I'm being a bit wild here and I know that they don't promise that but Soundbrenner, that's an idea for you!
COLORS - I would have loved to have been able to buy different colors. I'm not really in to black and it can’t be that hard to offer different colors.
PRICE - It’s still $99 but a good investment.
Is my timing better?
Yes, for sure! I would recommend anyone who's into music to buy the Pulse. It's a totally new experience and it's like becoming one with the beat. All of the sudden the bpm of the piece kinda a flows with you and everything becomes more natural, almost inherent. My flow is so much better and it's now fun to practice with a metronome.
The fact that I've now been using this for less than two weeks and for every practice session says it all. The old metronomes you kinda hated and it added so much frustration. The Pulse is great but I would have absolutely loved it if it came in other colors as well. If you are looking for a metronome, this is the one to get. It’s pricy, but you can't really compare it to the others. It's in a category of its own.
A few small issues I have:
1. The app requires you to register with an email to use it - thankfully the actual metronome works without it. I don't like when companies do this, as they want some way to keep track of you or send you things. Even if I can opt out of getting promotions, I just don't want to do it in the first place and shouldn't be a requirement to use the app.
2. Would be nice to have the BPM written in LED lights on the device. I don't want to use an app just to see that.
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This is marketed as a professional tool, however to be that it has to be reliable and short term use has shown me it is anything but reliable. It's little more than a toy for the curious at best. It's a shame because it has potential (I for one find the vibration just fine for keeping time to).
My other gripe are the straps it comes with. The instructions say place it on a part of the body that is not moving. I'm a drummer, so my legs and arms are constantly moving. On the app there is a picture of someone with the unit on a chest strap, that would be ideal however the unit comes with a wrist strap and a slightly bigger wrist strap??? The bigger strap perhaps may go round your bicep or ankle, but that's it. Where's the chest strap as seen in the app? Where's the thigh strap that John Robinson is using in the promotional video?
I've been using it for almost a month and can't say that it's any better than a normal metronome for developing your timing. The only benefit I've seen is that you can practice your timing without needing to bother other people with an annoying click.
You do need to use it with the app to really get the benefits of its full functionality but I can't say that I prefer it to my old fashioned pendulum style metronome.
The quality of the strap could be better, but I like the feel and look of the unit that sits in the strap.
Again, I really wanted this to be better than it is.