The most reliable, simple, and versatile MIDI Master clock ever invented
Created by a musician for musicians, the Midronome is a device that will take your music to another level, while making it easier! Playing music should be about joy, and not about the struggle with timing issues, right?
So what is the Midronome?
At the core, the Midronome is a MIDI Master Clock, that means it will set the tempo on your MIDI gear like
synths, sequencers, drum machines, Ableton, guitar pedals, or many more. But this lovely little box is so much more than that.
Live, it will sync acoustic musicians as well with its built-in metronome in time with the sequencers. And in the studio it will solve any sync issue you might have, by syncing tightly your DAW and your outboard gear together. It has two CV/Analog outputs for your Modular gear like Euro-racks, which can also be used a DIN (sync24) clock output for your vintage synths.
So many ways to set the tempo
- 1 Turning the knob
- 2 Tapping the tempo on the Tap Tempo button
- 3 Using a pedal to tap tempo
- 4 Using a drum pad to tap tempo (and the time signature at the same time by tapping a full bar)
- 5 Sending an audio sync signal (from a DAW, or any other device) to set its tempo and time signature
How to connect the Midronome
So damn easy to use
Just plug 3 cables and you're ready to play. Your sequencers and drum machines will automatically start in time. Change the configuration with a few clicks directly on the device.
Tons of possibilities
Customize the Midronome so it fits your setup. Choose the click sound, the speed of your CV signal, the pedals' function, the play button behavior, and even the brightness of the LEDs!
Ready for Live
Big display, to stay in control on the dark stage. Large metal knob and strong arcade-style buttons. Sturdy steel metal case that would need a hammer to break. Special locked Mode to prevent accidental changes.
Fast and responsive
Press a button, turn a knob, or power it up, the Midronome responds right away, you will never have to wait.
Ultra Stable Clock
No more sync issues with a jitter-free MIDI clock. Measured jitter of under 10ns, 50000 times more precise than a computer-based MIDI Clock.
The Midronome has it all, whatever clock signal your equipment needs, we've got you covered.
Send the audio click to headphones directly, or send a balanced line-level signal to your in-ears mixer.
Avoid the classic "oh no I forgot the power plug!", just get any USB cable and plug it in a phone charger, a computer or even your keyboard if it has one!
Pedal / Drum Pad input
The input of the Midronome is heavily multi-function. Connect 2 pedals to control Mute, Play, or Tap Tempo. Replace one pedal with a drum pad to tap both tempo and time signature.
Get your software and hardware in sync with one simple plugin in your DAW. Send the signal to the Midronome's input, and your DAW will control your Midronome, both tempo and time signature at sample rate precision.
Independent MIDI ports
Start or stop your devices independently on each port, using either two buttons or two pedals. Need more ports? Connect a MIDI powered Thru box, or even add more Midronomes to expand while keeping the same insane precision!
Do you have a recording studio with lots of gear? Do you struggle to get your hardware in sync with the recording software?
Setup Example 1: Hybrid Studio
In this setup example the recording software (DAW) is the master - this means that the Midronome will sync to it,
and all other devices will sync to the Midronome. The synchronisation from the DAW is done using an Audio plugin
available for all major DAWs. This synchronisation is much more precise than using MIDI or USB.
When the DAW session is playing, the Midronome will set the tempo, the time signature, and the audio click in time with the DAW. Changes will also be followed very precisely. When the DAW session stops, the Midronome will automatically go back to master mode, using the last tempo and time signature it received from the DAW, so that the instruments can still be fiddled with when the session is not playing.
To get more MIDI outputs, two MIDI Thru boxes is used, powered directly from the MIDI plug.
The CV output is used to send 2 CV clock signals to modular synths (f.x. Euroracks). The speed of these signals can be adjusted independently from 1ppq to 24ppq (pulses per quarternote), and can be turned on and off independently using the buttons on the Midronome, in time with the audio click.
Do you want to spice up your rock sound with a few sequencer synths, without having the hassle of a complex computer setup?
Setup Example 2: Rock Band
In this setup example the keyboard player is using a sequencer which will be in time with the tempo and
automatically starts on the first beat of the bar after pressing "play" on the Midronome.
The drummer is using a Sampling Pad which will have all its effects in time with the tempo as well.
Tempo changes can be done by the keyboard player on the Midronome directly, and by the drummer using his single drum pad for tapping tempo. The pad can set the time signature as well.
Once the show is started, the Midronome is probably set in Locked Mode, so that an accidental press of a button or a random hit of the drum pad do not affect the performance. In Locked Mode, tempo and time signature changes are still possible but need to be "approved" by pressing the knob once.
And last, if the drummer gets tired of hearing the click between the songs, pressing the pedal will mute it.
Are you a solo artist who plays many instruments on stage? Do you need a hands-free solution to sync your gear?
Setup Example 3: Solo Artist
In this setup example two Midronomes are used, they are synced, the one on the
right will follow precisely (tempo, time signature and audio click) changes from the device on the left.
The CV output on each device is used to sent a DIN sync signal (also called sync24) used by vintage Roland machines.
Unlike in the Hybrid Studio setup, the Ableton Live software (DAW) is not the master, but it is syncing to the Midronome, by following MIDI Clock. Using the computer this way (instead of sync'ing all the gear to Ableton without the use of Midronome) is much safer for a Live setup. If the computer suddenly dies or the software crashes, the show must will go on!
Using a smart combination of pedals, each device can be started independently, in time with the audio click sent to the headphones (on the first beat of the bar): the drum machine will be started by the first pedal, the looper will start looping/recording when pressing the second pedal, Ableton will be started by the third pedal, and the two vintage synth will each be started by the play button on their respective Midronome.
(already implemented in our prototype!)
Sending MIDI Clock over the USB port
Adding a negative offset (negative latency) on one of the two MIDI outputs
Saving tempo presets, i.e. a list of tempo and time signature to quickly go through
Using an expression pedal to make a smooth tempo slide from tempo X to tempo Y
(already implemented in our prototype!)
Receiving MIDI CC/PC messages over USB to set tempo on the device, in order to integrate the device with apps like f.x. BandHelper
Sending a resync/restart MIDI message every x bars
Smoothly slowing down or up the tempo in order to "catch up" with something already running
Detecting and following the tempo from an actual drum beat played
Full integration with Ableton Link (currently the device can only control Ableton)
CV and DIN sync clock output at 48ppq, for Korg devices (among others)
Disable Master mode when syncing to a DAW (in order to start devices automatically with the DAW transport)
Add a thread on the bottom of the Midronome to mount it on a microphone stand
Moderator of gearspace.com (previously Gearslutz)
This is a little clock monster! Clever box. Five stars from me. I'll miss it when I'll send it along to the next reviewer.
Multi-instrumentalist and Producer at OhNothing
I've been using the Midronome every day since I got it. During rehearsals, Live, and in the Studio. Live it is the first link in my MIDI-chain and it controls all my synths.
Guitarist and synth player at Black Wallaby & Doomsludge
We are now at a point where we cannot really use our synths without it.
The great thing about the Midronome is its flexibility: I can easily tap a tempo, which then can be shared through our in-ear monitors, sync'ed with our synths.
Midronome brings together a bunch of synchronisation tools in a natty little box with simple controls and a nice big red display. It's very neat and could probably sort out a lot of the common sync problems people run into with hybrid studio and live performance situations.
From Synth Anatomy
Midronome bundles a super accurate MIDI master clock with a customizable metronome in a pocket-sized box. A very smart device in my opinion. If it does what it promises, this could become an essential tool for any hybrid setup.
A MIDI Master Clock, that they say makes it effortless to set and sync tempo across MIDI gear like synths, sequencers, drum machines, Ableton Live and effects pedals.
Y aunque existen ya soluciones que tratan de paliar esos problemas de sincronía entre instrumentos, hasta donde yo los conozco, no suelen ofrecer todas las opciones que ofrece Midronome, y menos en un formato tan compacto y económico como este aparatito.
Une petite boite qui ambitionne de devenir votre chef d'orchestre personnel.
MIDRONOME klingt als Produktname schon interessant und hat auch einige interessante Features auf Lager. Das klingt auf alle Fälle spannend und hört sich nach vielfältigen Einbindungsmöglichkeiten in diverse Setups an.
Das Midronome sieht nach einer praktischen und einfachen Lösung zur Synchronisation verschiedenster Setups aus. Ein Helferlein, das eine hochpräzise MIDI-Clock, ein Metronom und mehrere MIDI- und CV-Ausgänge in einem Gerät vereint.
来自丹麦的 Midronome 是一款非常可靠的袖珍型高级 MIDI 主时钟。 Midronome 的面板非常简单直观，具有设置、Tap/Tempo、播放/停止和静音按钮，此外还有1个可按下、旋转的编码器大转轮和LED显示屏， LED 也可用于显示节拍。
MIDI 신호도 싱크의 정확도가 떨어지기 때문에, 여러대의 장비를 연결했을때 MIDI master clock 이 필요하다는 컨셉으로 만들어진 제품입니다. Midronome 에 의해 생성되는 MIDI 클럭 신호는 현재 시장에서 가장 정밀한 수준으로, 자체 측정된 지터는 10나노초 단위입니다.