This hands-free metronome app could change the way you practise

For a lot of musicians, a metronome is an invaluable practice tool, and there are multiple apps that are designed to help you keep time. AudioKit Pro’s Hey Metronome is different, though, in that it can be controlled with your voice, meaning that you don’t need to keep taking your hands off your instrument.

This feature is built into the app - your phone OS’s voice control system isn’t used, and there’s no need to be connected to the internet. You can choose from a range of different sounds, and use your voice to set the tempo, start/stop, speed up, slow down and more. What’s more, there are 100+ subdivision and accent combinations to choose from.

You can customise the look of the app, too: more than a dozen backgrounds are included, and you can also create your own by using one of your photos.

Hey Metronome runs on iPhone and iPad and is available now for the introductory price of $0.99/£0.99. You can buy it from the Apple App Store.

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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