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Maestro

A visual (as well as audio) metronome that inspires musical expression rather than mechanical execution

This app is notable due to its feature of teaching conducting

Maestro

by Patrick Q. Kelly
Maestro
Maestro
Maestro
$1.99 in the App Store

This app is notable due to its feature of teaching conducting. In addition to providing a steady beat, the app shows graphically the conducting pattern for each meter. Additionally, you can fine tune the conducting patterns to reflect legato, staccato, or non-expressive styles. The pattern can also reflect the perspective of the conductor or the performer.

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What is it about?

A visual (as well as audio) metronome that inspires musical expression rather than mechanical execution.

Maestro

App Details

Version
5.1
Rating
(24)
Size
24Mb
Genre
Music Education
Last updated
March 3, 2016
Release date
April 2, 2009
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App Store Description

A visual (as well as audio) metronome that inspires musical expression rather than mechanical execution.

Maestro is also the perfect 'silent' metronome. Be able to practice without the annoying tick, while keeping to a strict tempo.
- Always know where you are INSIDE the beat with the traditional musical beat patterns developed over ages of musical performance practice. These patterns are based on Max Rudolf's "Grammar of Conducting" as well as my own professional conducting experience of 20+ years.

This metronome is an invaluable learning tool for conductors when using the Conductor's Point of View mode.

Features:
• Adjust the tempo on the fly with Tap Tempo, drag gestures, and + & - buttons. Tempos range from 10 to 300 bpm.
• Simple and compound subdivisions of the beat.
• 31 different beat patterns: 1 through 12(3+3+3+3).
• Staccato, Neutral, Legato, and Reduced* styles of each beat pattern.
• Performer's view and Conductor's view of the beat pattern.
• Set 0, 1, or 2 'pick-up' beats. (Start playing at the beginning of the measure quicker when practicing.)

Double tap to start. Swipe horizontally anywhere on the screen to stop.

• Customizable sounds (18 pairs of 'tock' and accented 'tick' for first beat of the pattern).
• Customizable colors of the baton, beat pattern and numerical texts.
• Customizable transparencies of the beat pattern and background POV image.
• Turn on/off the automatic reduced pattern feature. (This will allow you to stay with the complete beat pattern at tempos that may seem too fast to actually conduct.)
• Switch to force the reduced pattern at all tempos.

A note about pattern variations and reductions:
A 5/4 bar can be divided either 3+2 or 2+3 depending on the music.
*The 'Reduced' style: the Legato 3 pattern turns into a one pattern while still clicking the three beats. A 6(2+2+2) goes into 3 while a 6(3+3) goes into 2 while still clicking 6 beats. The Automatic setting automatically adjusts when the tempo reaches a level that requires a different pattern.

Conductor's mode - automatically flips the beat pattern for conductors to learn and practice the patterns. This mode shows you the path the tip of your baton should take while conducting.

Conducting patterns automatically stretch to portrait or landscape viewing so you can lay your iPhone on the stand next to your music while you practice. This also allows for easier use while plugged in to save the battery life.