Smart Click review – free metronome app from Steinberg

Download from iTunes App StoreSmart Click logo 1As I mentioned last week when putting up a short review of the new BOSS Tuner app, the App Store features lots (lots and lots) of different tuner applications for musicians. OK, so some of them might be aimed at specific musical instruments but, for most folks, a selection of one or two such apps is probably plenty….   and, as the new BOSS Tuner is a freebie, for guitar players in particular, it would be a decent place to start :-)

Another ‘utility app’ group that is also well stocked on the App Store is, however, metronome apps. The humble metronome is an under-appreciated tool and, if you are serious about your musical instrument skills, some time spent practicing against a metronome can do wonders for the tightness of your playing, whether that’s drums, guitar or any other instrument.

As with tuners, there are some decent free metronome apps and also some very good low cost options…  but if you are looking for an option on this front, Steinberg’s (yep, the developers behind Cubasis, LoopMash, Nanologue and, of course Cubase) have just released a free metronome app….  Smart Click works for iPhone or iPad, is a 13MB download and requires iOS9.0 or later….

Smart Click - a stylish and flexible metronome app from Steinberg - and it's free :-)

Smart Click – a stylish and flexible metronome app from Steinberg – and it’s free :-)

If you have used Cubase or Cubasis, Smart Click is a bit like having the metronome feature within those DAW/Sequencer but as a separate app. As can be seen from the screenshots, the styling is very Steinberg and much of what goes on is housed on just a couple of screens.

The main screen contains the metronome itself. You get both an audible (four different sounds to pick between on an individual step basis including silence so it is easy to accent whatever beats you prefer) and visual (the steps light up as the metronome counts through the circular display). You can also toggle a global mute on/off if you just want to work with the visual cue.

Smart Click offers a good range of time signature options.

Smart Click offers a good range of time signature options.

Tempo can be changed to tapping, typing or dragging the small ‘dot’ button that is located on the outer edge of the circular metronome display. The app supports tempos from 20 up to 500 BPM so, however extreme your prog rock arpeggios practice gets, Smart Click will be there to keep you locked in :-)

Thankfully, the app is also pretty flexible when it comes to available time signatures. The usual suspects are all supported but, if you do play a lot in 11/8th time…  well….   good luck to you….  but at least Smart Click will allow you to practice in your chosen time signature :-)

The visual display is very clear it you prefer a 'silent' metronome....

The visual display is very clear it you prefer a ‘silent’ metronome….

Having played around with the app for a while and done a couple of my usual guitar practice routines with it, perhaps my only ‘wish list’ item would be a few additional sounds to assign or an option to simply adjust their pitch. Other than that, this is a pretty neat little tool and the visual display is very clear making ‘silent’ metronome use very easy.

I’ve not tested the timing accuracy of the app against other metronomes that I’ve used but it does seem pretty solid and, unless you are particularly fussy about such things (and some folks are), then I really can’t see anyone having much to complain about. Smart Click gets the job done in a stylish and flexible fashion…  and as a free download there really isn’t much to complain about. If you need to keep time, then Smart Click is well worth a download :-)

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