Testimonials and Reviews
Selected reviews, testimonials and online forum posts from users of Bounce Metronome Pro.
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Online review by Aaron Wolf, Ann Arbor guitar teacher
"There are countless basic metronome programs (including built-in metronomes with many of the software listed above), mobile apps, and websites, but nothing else compares to the Bounce Metronome.
Bounce is Windows-native but has been adapted to work with WINE under GNU/Linux (and maybe also Mac). This is proprietary software, but basic features are available at no charge! For $10, you can get more odd time signatures and additional features, and the full extensive program is a reasonable $30 for a lifetime license. Substantial discounts for education or low income users are available, and there is a 30 day free trial. Also, the license is not restricted a single computer, it is a fair and flexible license. This is as ethical as software can be short of being real FLOSS.
Bounce Metronome provides the ultimate in visualization for beat with many different features found nowhere else. The visualizations are unparalleled for basic metronome use. Plus, it has support for a huge range of different visual presentations, uneven beats, world-music rhythms, poly-rhythms, complete range of swing, even lengthening of the final beat of each measure (something live musicians commonly do). The power and versatility is mind-blowing. It has full Flamenco rhythm circle options, African drum beats, Afro-cuban beats, all varieties of polyrhythms, and novel things like rhythms connected to the harmonic series. It is quite simply the most remarkable software for rhythmic music study. Check out the enormous selection of Bounce Metronome demonstration videos which are educationally and artistically valuable on their own merit!.
" See: Jam tracks, drum beats, metronomes, tuners, and more
Bounce Metronome Pro ,,, a clever PC metronome utility with visual options such as 3D bouncing balls, animated drumsticks and conductor’s baton graphics. (online summary)
... Rather like those used in karaoke machines, their rise and fall incorporates a ‘gravity bounce’ that feels like having your own conductor to help you keep in time.
Martin Walker, PC Notes, Sound On Sound
Sound On Sound Magazine, 2010, online summary (scroll down a little)
Sound On Sound Magazine, 2010, printed review
Recent comments on the Robertinventor channel on youtube.
I'd just like to say that I think this concept is fantastic! I've been a pianist for 23 years and I am also profoundly deaf. Some of the complicated polyrhythms I've encountered have led to much hand-wringing and hair-pulling (such as 5:3, 7:8, 6:8, etc). This VISUAL approach makes it SO easy to see the rhythmic interplay and to clap it until it becomes internalized. Thank you! Kyle Thomas
"When I found this metronome(2 hours ago, I bought it within minutes) since then I've been tapping polyrhythms like a maniac and having so much fun! Thanks a lot for this metronome I'll be using this untill I can tap four rhythms polyrhythms with my hands and feet. It's the best way I've ever seen to visualize and help understand the polyrhythms better. Thank you so much." hacccper
This is a great tool. We have to be grateful for your invention. Very clear to figure out. I've just crashed my old metronome into little pieces..... dvdkokoro
A great piece of coding. An essential tool for every musician (and drummer. See what I did there?).
The sheer flexibility of the program coupled with the incredible visual time-keeper makes it a must-have.
Kudos to you Robert for giving the world of music something to completely rely upon.
The Hofmann Chronicles
You have a truly great product. What I use it for is simulating being at a rehearsal and watching the conductor for tempo including time changes etc ..
I'm a returning Trombonist (after 30 years) who had poor music reading skills. Bounce allows me to setup a simulated "conducted" environment with the scripts created for each piece...
Wow! What a brilliant program!
... Thankyou again for providing me with this music software and the musical journey I am making with it. As an amateur and purely intuitive music maker, both TS and BM are opening so many 'musical' doors for me
Within minutes of downloading the software and just 'playing around' with its parameters, I was generating rhythms and beats and was literally conducting like a true professional. I learned more about time and signatures in those first few minutes than it had taken me a lifetime to from books!
I have been enjoying using your Bounce Metronome program to help with some of the complex timing of movements in Tai Chi. Your representations of time are very in sync with what I learn in Tai Chi...
Thanks for designing such a creative program
...Brian Eno said the problem with the computer is there isn't enough Africa in it. Well I find your program has some ancient China in it, some Africa, and some future in it.
Gary Evans (Australia) 22 Sep 2011
Recent forum posts and discussions around the web:
"Bounce Metronome now fully functions under WINE!!
"Bounce Metronome is one of the most absolutely amazing and stunning music programs in existence. It starts with a deceptively simple idea that is beyond compare: the very best visualization for rhythm ever. Add to this support for complete range of swing, accents, polyrhythms, additive rhythms, huge numbers of options to adjust every detail, and some incredible harmonic just intonation rhythmic fractal evolutionary craziness at the advanced level, and much more
"The program is proprietary, but the terms of the license are exceptionally reasonable ... Furthermore, the developer is extremely friendly and responsive and this is simply every bit as ethical as can be short of being fully FLOSS. There's even discounted license rates for students or third-world low-income users.
"Nothing else compares to this and being able to use this without running Windows is a major win for Free Software and GNU/Linux!"
Thanks. I can always use something that will help me evolve my skill level in new and exciting ways. I get bored very easily. Besides I hate practicing rudiments. Something visual like this is intruguing enough to pacify me for a while.......maybe.
"The most flexible piece of metronome software that I know of is Bounce Metronome. The Polyrhythms function alone makes it worth the cost."
“You need to check out 'Bounce Metronome' that's the one I use. It has SOOO many features, and is super simple to use.”
"The difference with this metronome is that it has so many functions, it's mind-boggling.The Polyrhythmic Metronome is really what I am focused on right now--eg, playing 3 over 5, etc. It took me about 5 minutes to get the hang of really playing it along with the Bounce Metronome."
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technology, new competitors are appearing in every industry. New products are
also introduced. While many people in the industry have been
addressing accessibility issues for years, most have never given them much
thought. According to the World Health Organization, *"285 million people are
visually impaired worldwide: 39 million are blind and 246 have low vision…
In a very recent trend, all developers want to make their software visually
appealing, flashy, and eye-catching. They also want to make them easy to use.
The two goals don't have to conflict, but unfortunately what often looks good
to designers and programmers can be annoying to customers with differing
tastes and unusable for customers with eyestrain, low vision, or color
In the 21st century, when this is the current blood report of accessibility,a very few people like Robert Walker are providing accessibility in their applications. It is not only helpful, but an example to other developers.