Loud metronomes?

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Lornix
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Loud metronomes?

Post by Lornix » Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:40 am

My brass quintet has tried using cell phone metronome apps - but has generally found that the speakers on the cell phone are too puny to stand up to the combined output of 5 brass instruments. Does anyone have suggestions for metronomes that are easily portable and put out enough volume to be useful for a brass group? Thanks
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Re: Loud metronomes?

Post by Burgerbob » Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:46 am

Bluetooth speaker plus the cell phone will make it loud enough.
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Post by Lornix » Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:58 am

We actually tried a bluetooth speaker - but our trombone player likes using the visual display on the phone, and we discovered that there was a lag between the time indicated by the visual display and the audio clicks through the speaker. We might try experiment a bit more with this though.
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Post by AndrewMeronek » Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:12 am

Lornix wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:58 am
We actually tried a bluetooth speaker - but our trombone player likes using the visual display on the phone, and we discovered that there was a lag between the time indicated by the visual display and the audio clicks through the speaker. We might try experiment a bit more with this though.
Interesting! I never thought to test that out with my bluetooth speaker. I found a nice article on this:

https://www.soundguys.com/android-bluet ... ncy-22732/

Many Bluetooth speakers have an AUX IN port, though. You may be able to run a cable from your phone's headphone output to your speaker's input port, and that at least will eliminate the extra processing needed to send info over Bluetooth.
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Re: Loud metronomes?

Post by LeTromboniste » Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:22 pm

Placing your phone with the speaker against a sound-reflective surface (e.g. phone placed on a solid music stand, with the speaker facing into the stand rather than outwards) helps a lot. If that doesn't work, then a good analog metronome plugged into speakers won't have the same delay issues as a phone tends to have (some phones have a slight delay between the visual display and the sound when using metronome apps even without external speakers or Bluetooth involved...)
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Re: Loud metronomes?

Post by harrisonreed » Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:46 pm

Just use a cable and a real speaker
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Post by baileyman » Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:26 pm

The Franz makes a really effective "clack". Like a good hat it cuts through most anything.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4ypLZJqAZ8
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Re: Loud metronomes?

Post by sungfw » Tue Nov 05, 2019 7:29 pm

Lornix wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:58 am
We actually tried a bluetooth speaker - but our trombone player likes using the visual display on the phone, and we discovered that there was a lag between the time indicated by the visual display and the audio clicks through the speaker. We might try experiment a bit more with this though.
Lag won't matter if the trombone player gets his head out of his ... screen ... and starts playing with the rest of the group.
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Re: Loud metronomes?

Post by SimmonsTrombone » Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:06 am

harrisonreed wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:46 pm
Just use a cable and a real speaker
Exactly. I have a Kong tuner/metronome wired to a little Roland cube amp. It can be very loud.
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Re: Loud metronomes?

Post by slidewriter » Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:08 am

I'm toying with the idea of getting one of these:
https://www.soundbrenner.com/shop/

I play in a loud funk band so I'm hesitant to add a blaring metronome to an already loud mix. Plus I'd imagine feeling the beat would be more beneficial for me personally.
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