Maestro

Developer: Patrick Q. Kelly

Current Version: 1.1

Last Updated: 17 days ago

Download Size: 2.5 MB - Download

Description:

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

Maestro is 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:
• Resize the pattern to fit into the corner or cover the entire screen. Drag the pattern anywhere you want.
• Customizable colors and transparencies of the baton, beat pattern and background. Make the pattern disappear completely! Make the baton translucent so moving over the music is less distracting and more musically guiding. Make the background a solid color to isolate the pattern from other applications.
• Adjust the tempo on the fly with the slider or up and down arrow keys. Tempos range from 10 to 300 bpm.
• Select the number of beats per measure from the popup menu, 31 different beat patterns: 1 through 12(3+3+3+3).
• Staccato, Non-espressivo, 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.)
• Show or hide the beat numbers as it conducts.
• Customizable sounds (18 pairs of 'tock' and accented 'tick' for first beat of the pattern).

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 is used when the (fast) tempo demands the conducting pattern reduce the numbers of ictuses. Checking the 'reduced pattern' box reduces the current pattern. For example; the 3 pattern turns into a one pattern while still clicking the three beats. A 6(2+2+2) turns into a 3 pattern while a 6(3+3) turns into a 2 pattern while still clicking 6 beats.

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.

Key controls:
Start/Stop conducting - Spacebar
Increase or Decrease tempo - Up and Down Arrow keys
Select Performer's view - Left Arrow key
Select Conductor's view - Right Arrow key
Turn Sound On/Off - ⌘S (Command-S)
Select the Click Sounds menu - C
Move to menu items in the Click Sounds menu - Up and Down Arrow keys
Jump to a menu item in the Click Sounds menu - Type the menu item’s name
Select a menu item in the Click Sounds menu - Return or Spacebar
Select the Staccato style - S
Select the Non-espressivo style - N
Select the Legato style - L
Select the Reduced Pattern form - R
Select the number of Pickup Beats - 0 (zero), 1 or 2
Show/Hide the Beat Numbers display - B

If you are experiencing issues with some of the Key Controls not working or working differently than expected, check your system settings for the keyboard shortcuts.
System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts
At the bottom of the window, 'Full Keyboard Access: In windows and dialogs, press Tab to move keyboard focus between:' make sure the default setting of 'Text boxes and lists only' is selected.

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Release Notes:

Added Help.
Added ability to show / hide control panel without leaving Maestro.
Added Key controls.
additional minor changes.

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Most Helpful Reviews

5/5
Version 1.1
Review by Patrick Q. Kelly

Here's the point. - This app conducts. It animates. It is a metronome that conducts as well as clicks. I don't understand the review that it only shows you the conducting pattern. Maybe they didn't understand how to start it. - (Press the start button.) Max Rudolf's patterns aren't completely correct? I don't want to appear defensive, but I'm just very confused and curious to know which patterns mandyg233 thinks are wrong? I am also curious as to whether mandyg233 ever conducted live musicians. This app is extremely flexible to accomidate what a musician might need. Be it a tiny ball to the side, or a large ball moving across the entire screen. By adjusting the transparency of the pattern, ball, and background, you can customize this app to fit your specific needs.

Found helpful by 6 out of 6 people
2/5
Version 1.1
Review by mandyg233

Pointless - All this app does is show you the conducting patterns, most of which aren't completly correct either.

Found helpful by 1 out of 15 people

More Reviews for Current Version

5/5
Version 1.1
Review by Patrick Q. Kelly

Here's the point. - This app conducts. It animates. It is a metronome that conducts as well as clicks. I don't understand the review that it only shows you the conducting pattern. Maybe they didn't understand how to start it. - (Press the start button.) Max Rudolf's patterns aren't completely correct? I don't want to appear defensive, but I'm just very confused and curious to know which patterns mandyg233 thinks are wrong? I am also curious as to whether mandyg233 ever conducted live musicians. This app is extremely flexible to accomidate what a musician might need. Be it a tiny ball to the side, or a large ball moving across the entire screen. By adjusting the transparency of the pattern, ball, and background, you can customize this app to fit your specific needs.

Found helpful by 6 out of 6 people
5/5
Version 1.1
Review by NineByNine

Best METRONOME app overall - This is the best of all of the metronome apps out there because the conducting patterns contain so much information - you can tell which beat of the measure you are on with just a glance at the motion of the "baton" out of the corner of your eye, and you can even tell where you are WITHIN each beat. Except for the staccato and reduced patterns, the half beats are clearly indicated by the motion of the baton, and with practice you can recognize where other fractional beats are in the pattern. The conducting patterns are the result of CENTURIES of experience on how to transmit timing information to musicians. The standard visual cues for metronome apps - flashing lights, counting numbers, bouncing balls, or virtual pendulums - contain far less information than the movement of the baton. If you already know how to play under the direction of a conductor, this is the metronome app to have. If you haven't learned with a conductor, give this app a chance, practice with it, and you will understand. Check out the iOS versions, too.

Found helpful by 4 out of 4 people
4/5
Version 1.1
Review by mr.church

Needed a Metronome - This was my quick fix for not having a metronome that I could play through headphones while I practice my drums. This program does exactly what I needed, and I'm not sure why people have said the conducting patterns are wrong. As a former music student, and current music enthusiast, I can say with certainty that those are the correct patterns. This program would be very helpful for those looking to spread their conductor wings and fly their way through a piece of music. Thanks for the App Mr. Kelly! *One minor suggestion. Since this App is marketed as both a "Conductors tool" and a "Metronome" it would be nice if the program came with subdivision in the program, and not simply the down beats. (E.g. Eighth notes, sixteenth notes, triplets, dotted eighth-sixteenths, etc.)

Found helpful by 4 out of 4 people
5/5
Version 1.1
Review by jrhfilms

Perfect App - All I can say… I love this app. It is totally cool.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
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