Maestro

The metronome that inspires musical expression, not mechanical execution.

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.

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, [...] - 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.

by NineByNine

Simple App ★★★★★

Very simple App and easy to use. I bought this to improve my timing skills associated with watching the conductor in the orchestra. I have it installed on my computer and its like a virtual conductor conducting away in my peripheral vision. You set the bmp to what you want (anthing up to 300 bpm) and you can chose bar time signatures from 1 beat through to 12 beats per bar. The app opens with a semi transparent window over your desktop which means that you can open a peice of music and have the conductor pattern conducting away over the top of whatever you have on screen at the time. The semi transparent background can very easily be adjusted to completely tranparent or completely opaque. [...] Good value and simple - a winning combination !

by Orchestralbassplayer

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!

by mr.church

The ultimate visual metronome.

Maestro
Download on the App Store

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 centuries 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.

Change the tempo on the fly from 10 to 300 bpm with the slider or up and down arrow keys.

Select the number of beats per measure from the popup menu, 31 different beat patterns: 1 through 12(3+3+3+3). A 5/4 bar can be divided either 3+2 or 2+3 depending on the music.

Set 0, 1, or 2 'pick-up' beats. Start playing at the beginning of the measure quicker.

Staccato, Non-espressivo, Legato, and Reduced styles of each beat pattern.

The 'Reduced' style is used when the tempo demands the conducting pattern reduce the numbers of ictuses. Checking the 'reduced pattern' box reduces the current pattern. For example; a 3 pattern turns into a 1 pattern while still clicking 3 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.

Performer's View and Conductor's View of the beat pattern.

The Conductor's View mode automatically flips the beat pattern so conductors can learn and practice the patterns. This mode shows the path the tip of the baton should take while conducting.

Show or hide the beat numbers as it conducts.

18 pairs of 'tick' and 'tock' sounds to choose from.

Screenshots

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Important Information

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.

Maestro on Apple Watch

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

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