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Metronome for Playdate

Are you a musician in need of an excuse to involve your Playdate with your practice routine? Good news! Now you can employ your delightful yellow handheld with a crank as a metronome in addition to playing super-fun games.

The metronome in 4/4 time, with a sixteenth note subdivision.
The metronome in 4/4 time, with a sixteenth note subdivision.

Features

The app supports a minimum BPM of 50, and a maximum BPM of 180. The last BPM you used is stored for later, as well as all of the other various settings. It will invert the screen on the one-count, unless the Reduce Flashing accessibility option is enabled.

While the Metronome is running, it will prevent your Playdate from going to sleep. Stopping it will restore auto-sleep functionality.

Time Signatures

The metronome in 2/4 time, with a triplet subdivision.
The metronome in 2/4 time, with a triplet subdivision.

Common time signatures like 4/4 and 3/4 are supported, as well as some odd ones. These are available in the System Menu next to the time option.

Subdivisions

The metronome in 3/4 time, with an eighth note subdivision.
The metronome in 3/4 time, with an eighth note subdivision.

The following subdivisions (where applicable to the time signature) are included, and can be set in the System Menu via the subdiv option.

  • A quarter noteQuarter Notes
  • An eighth noteEighth Notes
  • A triplet noteTriplets
  • A sixteenth note.Sixteenth Notes

Sounds

The options in the system menu.
The options in the system menu.

Several different sounds are available for use as the click-track - click, snap, cowbell and beep - and can be changed via the System Menu with the sound option.

The Pause screen will also display a random and occasionally dubious fun fact about music from its vast data set of literally tens of unverified claims, all aggregated via a Google search that I followed all the way to the eighth page of results. I'm not sure anyone else in the world has ever gone that deep.

Controls

  • The crankTurn The Crank clockwise to increase the beats-per-minute by 10, and counter-clockwise to decrease the beats-per-minute by 10.
  • The d-padPress up on the D-Pad to increase the beats-per-minute by one, and down to decrease the beats-per-minute by one.
  • The A ButtonThe A Button starts and stops the metronome.

How to Install the App

Not sure how to sideload apps onto your Playdate? Panic has you covered with easy to follow instructions. Or check out this great how-to video that @Ledbetter created.

Questions? Comments?

Missing a time signature you use? Need a funky shuffle option as a subdivision?

Leave a comment here, or contact us at scenicroutegames@gmail.com

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StatusReleased
Rating
Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars
(3 total ratings)
AuthorScenic Route Software
Tagsmetronome, Music, musician, Playdate, time
Average sessionA few minutes

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Metronome-v1.1.0.pdx.zip 162 kB

Development log

Comments

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The app I didn't know I needed until I used it. Thank you so much for making this!

One minor thing, the Playdate auto-locks on it's own after 5 minutes, though I've read you can disable that when building.

Just a thought for a future version update!

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I’m glad you’ve found it useful! I’ll take a look and add that - keep an eye out for an update. 

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Done! While the metronome is ticking away, the device will no longer go to sleep.

Now it's even better! Thanks again.

Gotta say, I love the design of all your games/apps. Generations and Greed are a little bit over my head, but love Shift. 

Cheers! Looking forward to whatever you make next.

Sure thing, and thanks! If you think of anything else you'd like it to be able to do just let me know!