KORG MA - 30 Digital Metronome
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the MA - 30 is the latest offering from Korg "s line of innovative metronomes, with new features like volume control and sophisticated Rhythms such as triplets and quadruplets with inner beats omitted. • Highly visual liquid crystal pendulum • 13 different Rhythms are built in so you can practice to more than a click track • Rhythms include duplets, triplets, with inner beats omitted, triplets quadruplets quadruplets and, with inner beats omitted • Twelve reference pitches C4–B4 for you to tune to • Adjustable calibration (438–445 Hz) • Adjustable tempo • volume adjusts from • 40–208 bpm Tap function for setting the Pace • Earphone jack, as only you can hear it • Memory backup function • Approximately 250 hours of continuous use • Dimensions: (W) x (D) 2.52 4.09 x (H) Weight 0.59 in. • .17 lbs. (including batteries)
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You can also tap a tempo in yourself, and the metronome will pick up how fast you're playing, which I have found incredibly useful when wanting to get quick a reference in the studio.
You can also mute the metronome at the touch of a button; again this is great for the studio as it leaves the digital display showing a side to side animation, just like an old fashioned classical metronome, which is much easier to follow than just a flashing light, but obviously won't be picked up by any mikes.
Finally, unlike some other cheap metronomes which raise the tempo in steps, this metronome can be set to any BPM number from 40 to 208, great for teasing the speed up in practise sessions.
By the way, I never use it but there's a tuning note feature which you can set to any tuning note, and also calibrate the exact pitch of each note. This thing has stuff I don't even use!
A few people have said it's tricky to use, and while I admit that I've fumbled over the buttons a couple of times as some of them perform various tasks, it's never really taken me more than a moment to get the thing to do what I want. The only thing it doesn't allow is programming time signature changes in, but the only metronomes I've seen that can do this cost hundreds of pounds. It's small, it's portable, it lives in my stick bag and is always there when I need it. And yes, it's kinda quiet (I always have it set to full volume) but you can always stick a pair of headphones in and you're away. I've used it on some noisy big band sessions and haven't had a problem, and to be honest the fact that you can adjust the volume at all is impressive given the price. I couldn't recommend this product enough - even if it does go 'beep' instead of 'click'. I honestly don't think you'll find a more functional product at this price.
As a teacher and guitar player I have found the quaver, quaver-triplet and semi-quaver settings to be indispensable and unlike a drummer it doesn't take the hump when I stuff up!
I use the quaver and quaver-triplets settings with most of my students so that they can recognise and play in time both on and off the beat; the semi quaver settings are great for funk and for continuing to develop a consistent finger tremolo technique.
With standard settings that go from 1/4 time to 7/4 (great for Money by Pink Floyd) and a beats per minute setting that runs from 40 bpm to 208 bpm it covers pretty much all my needs.
I'll heartily recommend this product to anyone - it's served me well over the years - and the modest investment in a metronome should be a "no-brainer" for any musician regardless of their ability, instrument or musical preferences.
Korg name (and good quality).
Size-Large thick Credit Card and it sits well on an open music stand. Pocket-friendly.
Good size of LCD, visible in peripheral vision when reading dots on music stand.
Folding rear leg to sit on flat surface at 45 degrees.
Long battery life.
Tempo range 40-208 bpm with choice of duplets, triplets, quadruplets etc.
Easy to use, once 'cycling' the metronome switch is understood. Alter beats with metronome static and tempo when it is 'ticking'.
Tap tempo input setting.
Mute if needed.
Reference pitch generator if needed.
Far more accurate than my mechanical Maelzel Paquet.
May be a little quiet in some environments.
Phone socket is mono and left ear only in stereo cans.
Volume control does not affect headphone loudness, it justs turns sound on or off.
Some may prefer a tick tock to the MA-30's plink plonk.
Display can not be illuminated by the metronome, but that would hit battery life.
At the price, it's a snip, doing all a metronome should, and more. Recommended.
The instructions short and simple, the metronome easy to understand, and you can always plug in your earphones if it's not too loud already.
It is a little fiddly to adjust using the buttons but easy enough to get the hang of. The options for beat counting and subdivision are useful. The volume is just about adequate for competing with a loud instrument such as a piano. It has the possibility of playing through earphones too, which may well help - I haven't tried this.
The display is clear and there are features that will interest a wide range of musicians.
For the price, you really can't go wrong with this metronome. After all, a nice big clockwork metronome wagging away with resounding clicks costs a lot more money for fewer features and doubtful portability!
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