2. Status Screen

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The status screen displays just as the bellow image.

[1] BPM, aka. Beats per Minute: Beats per minute (BPM) is a unit typically used as a measure of tempo in music. Refer to the Wikipedia for more about BPM.

[2] Tempo Markings or Italian tempo markings: The definitions of the Italian tempo markings mentioned here can be found in the Harvard Dictionary of Music and/or the online Italian-English dictionary. For example, 19 BPM can be defined as Larghissimo, and 120 BPM can be defined as Allegro. Read more about Tempo markings.

[3] Time Signature: Time signature is a notational convention used in Western musical notation to specify how many beats are in each bar and which note value constitutes one beat. Take the image above for example, 4/4 means the note value is 4(quarter, lower numeral) and each bar has 4(upper numeral) beats. Read more about Time Signature on Wikipedia.

[4] Subdivision: Subdivision divides each beat into more complicated patterns to generate more powerful rhythms. Refer to the Chapter 4 for more details.

[5] Visual Block: Visual Block is designed to give better visual feedbacks to users. There are 3 kinds of visual modes + pendulum in Visual Block settings. You can refer to the Chapter 5 “Settings” for more customized settings of visual block.

[6] Beat Block: Beat Block is designed to display current notes and beats. The display of Beat Block varies with Beats. The number of blocks showed on the screen equals to current value of beats in time signature, and the block will be highlighted on each beat. The height of the block represents the accent of the beat. We’ve provided 4 kinds of accent settings: f (forte, meaning “loud”), mf (mezzo-forte, meaning “moderately loud”), p (piano, meaning “soft”) and mute. Please refer to Wikipedia for more.

[7] Current BPM Calculation

In classical music, BPM is not affected by note.

For example: "BPM = 120, Time Signature = 4/4" will be the same speed as "BPM = 120, Time Signature 2/2". Because the BPM of the former one is calculated by 1/4 note, the latter one is calculated by 1/2 note. That is to say, the former BPM means: there will be 120 beat per minute, and one beat equals 1/4 note. The latter one means: there will be 120 beat per minute, and one beat equals 1/2 note.

While in modern electronic music, note can be digitalized and BPM is calculated by 1/4 note by default.

For example:

"BPM = 120, Time Signature = 4/4" will be as twice faster as "BPM = 120, Time Signature 2/2", because both the BPM are calculated by 1/4 note. In other words, there will be 120 beats per minute, and one beat equals 1/4 note. so the 2/2 will be twice slower than 4/4 note.

You can refer to the Chapter 4 – Settings for more details.

When metronome is switched to Polyrhythm Mode, the screen will display as above image.

[8] Polyrhythm:Polyrhythm is the simultaneous use of two or more conflicting rhythms, that are not readily perceived as deriving from one another, or as simple manifestations of the same meter. The rhythmic conflict may be the basis of an entire piece of music (cross-rhythm), or a momentary disruption.

Polyrhythm is quite useful in Jazz and some modern music styles. For drummers, a simple example is 4 evenly-spaced notes against 3 (4:3).

With the newly designed Polyrhythm Raider display, it would be much more easier for you to practice polyrhythm. (Refer to Wikipedia for more about polyrhythm)

 

* Tips: 

1. By tapping the BPM display [1] on the screen will open the BPM setting. You can input your desired BPM with the most efficient way.

2. You can open Time Signature Setting display simply by tapping the Time Signature [3] and Subdivision [4] or Polyrhythm [8]. Read more about Time Signature display in the Chapter 4.

3. By tapping each Beat Block [6], you can set accent for the beat. Refer to the Chapter 4 for more details.

4. You can also change the current visual block settings by tapping the Visual Block [6] on the screen. Refer to the Chapter 5 for more details.

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