The Korg Digital
The first digital metronome on our list is provided by Korg. It comes in black, silver, and white colors, marketed as a metronome and tuner with a needle-type meter. A relatively advanced electronic music device, it's able to employ the metronome and tuner at the same time.
Specifically, it's engineered for both rhythm and pitch training- often employed by brass bands to hone their orchestral skills. It has a relatively robust range of tempo- 30 to 252 bpm. It utilizes sound back. What this means is that it's able to determine your audio input's pitch, and the meter displays the difference in pitch between the reference tone and your input.
As well, its meter scale will display minor thirds and pure majors relative to a particular pitch. This feature is a handy option for solo vocalists, acapella practice, and ensembles. Its tempo settings have pendulum step or four step options that can be delineated in one step increments.
- One musician tells us he's used it on his guitar, bass, and viola with professional music instructors praising its quality.
- As a pocket-sized metronome and electronic tuner, buyers say this Korg unit is an affordable and high-quality option.
- One reviewer says that because it's best used to tune instruments with sustained sounds it's essentially best employed for wind instruments where there is not any sound decay.
- Another reviewer provided a handy overall summation, praising its backlit screen, the quality of the metronome, the ability it provides to tune by ear, its tuning precision, its low price and small size.
The second digital metronome and tuner we examined is the Mugig. It is a multi-instrument solution- and marketed towards ukulele, guitar, violin and bass players. One of the defining features is its extra large LCD display which enables you to easily view screen information which is helpful for the elderly or in dark environments on stage.
- Reviewers were pleased to discover that besides just purchasing a quality metronome, the tuning capability was an added benefit that enabled them to tune their pianos and stringed instruments.
- Another buyer who frequently used iPhone and Android digital metronomes and tuners said that this physical version was higher quality and more accurate than using an app.
The Korg Visual
The third option we examined was the Korg visual beat metronome- this one does not have tuning capacity. It's marketed as rhythmically diverse- providing eight patterns and nine beats with full octave tuning pitches.
Examining their marketing materials, it's promoted as a small option that provides essential rhythm training for amateur and professional musicians.
- One feature buyers like is its tempo tap ability- what this means is if you tap the tempo button the metronome will detect the beat and determine the beats per minute.
- One classical pianist tells us that while an app can provide adequate functionality, a physical metronome helps you remain on the beat more consistently.
The Neewer Clip-On
The fourth option we examined is provided by Neewer. This is a lanyard styled option- meaning it clips on, which makes it especially portable. A Chinese made option, it does beep instead of click and includes a headphone jack on its right side.
- Reviewers were surprised at how incredibly small it is- indeed, the consensus is that it is especially tiny.
- While lightweight and small, it does have a robust feature set- capable of a variety of patterns, 2 16ths against an eighth note, and 8th note against a 16th, quarter notes- it's essentially pretty dynamic.
- On the downside, because it's so small, the user experience does suffer somewhat because of its cramped interface and diminutive display screen.
- One exerciser finds that for his aerobic workouts this is the best way to measure his stride and keep him at the desired pace.
- Other Rock 'n' Roll musicians find that it easily clips to guitar microphone cables, which is handy when they are on stage or just jamming in their home music studios.
- One reviewer said that on the positive side it can dynamically change time signature, rhythmic beat, volume, and tempo.
- On the downside, though, he complained about the quality of the buttons and the functionality of the clip.
The Seiko Clip-On
The last option we examined was the Seiko Clip-On Metronome. Like the last option we examined, many runners purchase this to clip on to their tops as they exercise to ensure a steady cadence.
- Another reviewer intent on perfecting cardiovascular exercise says that as a walker he employed it to train himself with auditory feedback to maintain the best pace in an efficient manner.
- A professional classical piano teacher tells us that it is a loud metronome to help create beat subdivisions and accents on different beats.
- You can also click it on to your belt- making it particularly easy to adjust and set whether you are exercising or just strumming your acoustic guitar.