Bounce Metronome Blog


Version 4.5 of Bounce Metronome Pro - new features include Tuplets, Euclidean Rhythm, Rhythm Sequences, Polyrhythmic drum machine, and Velocity Tuning Keyswitches - and many bug fixes - last updated 8th January 2014

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Wow Such Bounce! - Bouncing Doge, with Sleighbells, Santa, & Reindee & Cutie Bird bouncing in 3:4:5:23 polyrhythm - the Cutie Bird does the 23 beats to a measure, quietly for a light continuous sleighbell sound

Here is Bounce Metronome 4.5 with the rhythm sequences,  tuplets, polyrhythmic drum machine, Euclidean rhythms, and many other new features I've been working on for the last six months

Minor updates on Wednesday 8th and Monday  6th Januray 2014 - fixes some minor bugs and minor new features.

To download visit the Download page. Direct link:  Setup_Bounce_Metronome_w.exe

Minor update on Wednesday 25th December 2013 - this fixes a bug introduced with the last upload, that disabled the unlock window so you couldn't start the test drive or unlock the program with your unlock key.

Minor update on Sunday 22nd December - some bug fixes, minor new options, added new sprites to the sprites folder (Reindeer, Santa, Doge)

Minor update on Monday 16th December - mainly bug fixes, including a fix for a possible stack fault so is worth updating if you have the 7th December version - also added option to adjust the width of the line for the new option to highlight each beat as it is played. For details see the change log.

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Euclidean rhythms: Tressillo, Indian dhamar tal clapping pattern and a Bulgarian pattern as a polymeter

Major new features include:

• You can now enter tuplets as music notation, including complex tuplets like 7:5 (7 notes in the time of 5), nested tuplets etc.

• Can now play sequences of any of the Boumce Metronome rhythms on eafter another.

• New option to set it up as a "polyrhythmic drum machine" - this is just an easy way to set up the blocks display with lots of identical parts, which you can click on to play or skip beats like a drum machine.

• New window to make Euclidean Rhythms, this is a discovery by  Godfried Toussaint a few years back, of an easy way to make man of the rhythms used in music world wide with irregular beat patterns.

• New experimental "Velocity Tuning Keyswitches" featire - this is an idea for a new way to update instrument tuning tables via midi using high numbered keyswitches, just the notes 126 and 127 to send the entire tuning table - and you can download a script to set up most Kontakt instruments to respond to these messages (work in progress).

• Also many other minor features, improvements in the ui and many bug fixes - updated 22nd June 2013

To download visit the Download page. Direct link:  Setup_Bounce_Metronome_w.exe

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Udit Manektala's free online gradually tempo changing metronome Gitori now has go silent briefly and it has some polyrhythms

Udit Manektala's free online gradually tempo changing metronome Gitori now has go silent briefly and it has some polyrhythms. Also no longer needs sign up.
If you don't know it, this is an online metronome with a really cool tempo graph that lets you set the tempo for as many points as you like, and it then gradually changes tempo between them.

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New version of Bounce with HPET Driver - and many bug fixes - updated 22nd June 2013

Here is the new version with Jan Wassenberg's driver. This gives access to the HPET timer, a hardware clock on modern CPUs with a sepcification that guarantees accurate time with only a small amount of frequency drift and sub millisecond timing.. 

To download visit the Download page. Direct link:  Setup_Bounce_Metronome_w.exe

Then just download and run the installer "on top of" your existing version of Bounce. 

The installer is set to update newer files only for most of the files ( program itself set to update if changed). This means that all your existing settings are kept as they are during the update. Also means you can roll back to a previous version by running the previous version's installer. 

For details of changes and previous versions, see: Change Log. 22nd June update: bug fix

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HPET Driver should be ready soon for accurate sub millisecond timing in Bounce - preliminary testing results

Good news here about the timing issues. Jan Wassenberg has finished the HPET driver and I am currently testing it here. It is working fine, great in fact. Just about to try it with actual audio generation.

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Bounce Version 4.4 - Accessibility Updates for Blind Users, Wine Compatibility for Linux, & Sub Millisecond Precision Tweaking

Minor bug fix update 26th April 2013 - see bug fixes

Minor update 24th April 2013 - see Change log. - adds option to permanently hide the "Do you want to reset" message you normally get every time you change to a different metronome type in the drop list.

Bug fix update 20th April 2013 - see Change log.

With this new version 4.4.

  • you can run Bounce on Wine under Linux with close to 100% compatibility (only export of video directly to a file doesn't yet work on Wine of the features tested). See Wine compatibility report
  •  has better accessibility for blind users.
  • has sub millisecond timing available if you tweak it carefully.
  • Has several other new features and bug fixes since the most recent upload of the release on 18th February.

You can get the latest version from the download page.

Tips for Bounce under Wine on Linux : you may find it helps to install Qsynth (so you have a soundfont synth similar to the Microsoft GS wavetable synth). Also, it can help with any timing issues to use the low latency kernel for Linux. See Recomendations for Bounce on Wine under Linux

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Bounce Public Beta - Accessibility Updates for Blind Users, Wine Compatibility for Linux, & Sub Millisecond Precision Tweaking

With this beta, you can run Bounce on Wine under Linux. It has better accessibility for blind users (work in progress). And it now has sub millisecond timing available if you tweak it carefully. There are several other minor updates and minor new features.

April 14th: many minor edits, some new features and some bug fixes. This is a release candidate. I may release it very soon, possibly tomorrow. Details of the changes after the release.

You can download the beta here:

Since it is a beta, it installs into a separate folder by default. It won't interfere with your existing Bounce Metronome installation and also has its own separate uninstaller.

This is quite a major update  with simultaneous fairly large scale changes in several parts of the program. That's why I decided to release it first as a public beta. This is just for a short time hopefully, while I write up the changes so far, wait for feedback from keen users who are beta testing the new features, and fix any remaining issues.

I expect to do the release proper in a few days time.

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Music for sequences in the Online Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences

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Gijswijt's sequence (A090822 in the OEIS) as a melody with Tune Smithy

I've just recently made some videos of music for sequences in the OEIS. Most were sloth canon sequences, as that's what Tune Smithy can do most easily. But have also done a couple of sequences suggested by Neil Sloane.

This one, Gijswijt's sequence, I thought was particularly interesting rhythmically, so suitable to share here on the Bounce Metronome blog.

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Mandelbulb 3D fractal "Follow Me" by Torsten Stier with Golden Ratio 'cello tune from Tune Smithy

Play list as separate files

I've just recently experimented with using the Tune Smithy fractal tunes along with 3D fractals by others, made with Mandelbulber and Mandelbulb 3D, and this is the result - the audio for the first video is a fractal using a fibonacci rhythm (so no fixed measure size at any level).

The original for the first video is here:  Torsten Stier - "follow me!" It's a stunning video isn't it :). It's released under the CC By Share Alike license. All I did is to change the audio track for the video. The audio tracks used I release under the CC By license (see below) - though the demo tunes in Tune Smithy can be used without any attribution if you convert them to audio yourself.  

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Mac Santiago's Diminishing Click and Decreasing Click

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4/4 with decreasing click - fades away to silence every four measures

With his Decreasing Click shown in this vidoe, you play in the pocket at steady volume and also a steady tempo (despite decreasing click).

The aim is to stay "rhythmonous" with the click. Are still in the pocket with the click when it comes back on loud? From Chapter 1,  Lesson 5 of "Beyond the Metronome, becoming an Inchronous Musician" by Mac Santiago.

To set this up in Bounce Metronome

Choose Go Silent Briefly (Ctrl + 260) - in the Tempo drop menu. Switch on "Play then GO SILENT at Measures".  

Enter numbers of measures as
4 0
(plays for 4, silent for 0)

Switch on "Fade out from" & "Visual fade out from". Set both to fade out from 0%.

Diminishing Click

 The next one, his Diminishing Click is a far tougher exercise. You will almost certainly lose track of it at some point before the end (especially if you do it without looking at the visuals).

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