Introducing TapNTempo – a customizable metronome for MacintoshBy Jaems • Oct 26th, 2011 • Category: Software
1. Requirements: Intel Macintosh running OS X 10.5 or later (note: download from App Store requires OS X 10.6.6 or later)
2. Entering data without keyboard shortcuts: Each number box has three ways of entering data without using the keyboard shortcuts below. They are: 1) Clicking in the number box will enable using the mouse to roll digits up or down. 2) In addition, you can manually enter an amount using the keypad of your computer, and then press Enter to confirm the entry. 3) You can also select the number box, then use your keyboard’s up and down arrow keys to change the amount.
3. Keyboard shortcuts. (access from the Extras menu, or by using Apple-3). Different letters of the keyboard will open up access to the left and right arrow keys. After pressing the specified key, you can use the right arrow key to increase the value and the left arrow key to decrease. Functions with only one option, such as “Reset” can be activated with either arrow. Use the Escape key to suspend the left and right arrow keys. Please be aware that TapNTempo needs to be the front application for these shortcuts to work. If they do not work, it is possible that clicking anywhere in the TapNTempo window will enable them again. The shortcuts are as follows:
Tempo x 10: E
Sound Color: S
In addition, you can use the Return key to tap a tempo into the metronome, and the Space Bar to turn the metronome on and off. The Escape key will always suspend the left and right arrow capabilities until the next key is pressed.
• A. Beat Display: Shows current beat per measure. This display only shows when beat is greater than 1.
• B. Display: The needle will strike each side of the meter for each beat in the sequence. Changing the beat will also cause a flash of light in the display on each downbeat.
• C. Divisions Select: Here you can choose which numbered division should sound. Use the mouse to click a number and mute it. Clicking it again will unmute it. NOTE: you can’t deselect the first division, because you’ll always have a sound on the beat
• D Tempo: Enter the tempo in beats per minute (BPM). Note that the tempo is confined within 20 and 400 BPM.
• E. Tempo description: A word in Italian that describes the tempo range in traditional metronome style.
• F. Beat: Enter the amount of beats per measure in order to get a highlighted first beat. The first beat is represented with a different tone, and also by a flash in the metronome’s display.
• G. Division: Enter in the division that each beat should have. Each division is represented by a different tone.
• H. Tap: Use the Return key (Enter key) or click this button to manually tap in the desired tempo.
• I. Mute: Mutes all metronome functions.
• J. Big Display: launches a large needle display for easy viewing
• K. Sound color: Choose either Click for a click sound or Pitch for a pitched sound. You can adjust the sound using the sliders: L. Accented Pitch refers to the first beat of each measure and Unaccented Pitch refers to the ordinary beats, divisions, and the Tap sound. Set the slider higher for a higher sound, and lower for a lower sound.
• M. On / Off switch: Turn the metronome on or off. You can also use the Spacebar to toggle metronome on or off. Note that the On/Off switch does not affect the tap function.
• N. Volume: Turn the metronome’s sound up or down.
• O. Reset: Reset the metronome to its defaults. Defaults are as follows: Tempo: 120 // Beat: 1 // Division: 1 // Mute: Off // Default pitches // Volume: 50 (value does not display)