SpeakBeat Metronome

For Apple iPhone & iPad

The metronome that talks to you! - it uses a spoken count instead of ticks or clicks that makes it easy to follow along and keep track of where you are in the bar. Choose a voice, a time signature and a tempo, and you're ready to go. You can add sub-beats, a count-in and more! This app is great for music teachers, choreographers, dance instructors and cheerleading coaches by saving your voice from the repetitive and exhausting "five, six, seven, eight"! SpeakBeat (Metronome) will allow you to focus on the material, rather than keeping the beat.

Massive Update

Thank you to all current users of SpeakBeat Metronome, you've made it what it is today. We've been working hard on this new update and we're pleased to bring you these amazing new features:

  • App is now free! If you paid for the app in the past, please tap "restore purchases." We'll remove ads for you, and give you access to the amazing new "mixed meter" feature FOR FREE as a thank-you for your loyalty.
  • New time signatures! The app now supports up to 12/8 time.
  • Fully customizable mixed meter! (available as a low-cost in-app purchase) If you can imagine it, SpeakBeat Metronome can count it out for you. Separate sub-beats for each metrical segment for those tricky complex rhythms.
  • By Request: tick-tock voice and notes voice! now SpeakBeat Metronome can sound like a traditional metronome, too.
  • Brand new voices! All voices have been re-recorded and re-aligned in glorious 48k.
  • New voice packs! SpeakBeat Metronome comes with a large set of great high-quality voices, but we've added the ability to purchase packs of additional "fun" voices.
  • Language packs! Learn to count in French, German or Mandarin Chinese!
  • Revised interface makes selecting time signatures easier than ever.
  • New visual engine makes the interface faster and even more accurate than before.
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements, including a bug that made the app a bit of a battery-hog.

About SpeakBeat Metronome


  • Kids and Adults Love it
  • Multiple Voices
  • Revolutionary Spoken Count
  • Save Your Voice
  • No More Ticks!
  • Audible Count in
  • Time Delayed Start

Who it's for

  • Music Teachers
  • Music Students
  • Dancers & Dance Instructors
  • Cheerleaders & Cheer Coaches/Choreographers
  • Piano Players
  • Guitar Players
  • Drummers
  • Anyone who needs to keep time

There are plenty of metronomes on the app store, and for replacing a traditional metronome, these are fine - clicking and ticking away at the edge of your attention. but when it's critical that you or your students know where you are in the bar, counting out loud is more effective, especially for more complex meters and rhythms. Music teachers, composers, dance coaches, choreographers and cheerleaders all know: counting out loud is the way to go.

But when practicing by yourself, counting time can be very difficult when concentrating on notes or steps. Having a teacher or coach count time for you is fine, but when they need to call instructions or directions, they need to stop counting, so their instructions need to be in time as well. Plus, it's boring and exhausting to count "one two three four" all day long.

So why not let your phone do the counting for you? Introducing SpeakBeat Metronome: the vocal metronome! Fully customizable and programmable, with a many voices to choose from, SpeakBeat Metronome will count "5-6-7-8" all day long, never getting tired and never missing a beat.

SpeakBeat Metronome allows you to choose one of a set of studio-recorded high quality voices; choose any tempo using a dial or by tapping out a beats-per-minute; set a time signature, sub-beats, starting delay, and a fully-customizable count-in, either counting up ("five-six-seven-eight") or down ("three-two-one").



The SpeakBeat Metronome display shows you the count as it progresses, so SpeakBeat Metronome can be used as a visual metronome. Again, since traditional metronomes do not show you the count, even in silent mode, SpeakBeat Metronome surpasses traditional metronomes. The main SpeakBeat Metronome display shows the current count, as well as a start/stop button and a beats-per-minute (bpm) tap button, that you can use to set the tempo simply by tapping the speed you want. The tempo can also be set using the tempo slider, and the full range of tempos is available, from crazy slow to crazy fast.


SpeakBeat Metronome has a number of customizable options which are available from the "Options" tab. These options can be modified while SpeakBeat Metronome is running, and changes take effect in real time. Each feature is described below, along with a screenshot showing you how each feature is customized.


SpeakBeat Metronome comes with a large selection of high-quality studio-recorded voices. including some funny and some serious. A regularly requested feature is to have the option of recording your own voice, and we are working on that for a future release. Specialized granular synthesis algorithms are used to smoothly speed up or slow down the recorded voices, so that they sound smooth and natural at a wide range of tempos. The currently selected voices is indicated on the Options tab. To change voices, tap the "Change" button and pick one of the voices listed. You can preview a voice without changing to it by tapping the preview button on the right-hand side of the list. This pauses the count.

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Time Signature

SpeakBeat Metronome can count in any time signature from 1/1 to 12/8. Select the time signature of your choice from the available options (green background colour). If you need to utilize the greyed out time signatures, they are available for purchase from the Store screen.

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In music or dance that has quicker steps or notes, sometimes you need to count faster than the tempo. You do this by adding sub-beats to the count. Instead of "one-two-three", you count "one-and-two-and-three-and". SpeakBeat Metronome provides three different types of sub-beats, based on how many sub-beats are inserted.

  • 0 sub-beats is the basic count with no extra beats
    • example: "one-two-three-four"
  • 1 sub-beat adds "and" between each beat, doubling the number of beats per minute
    • example: "one-and-two-and-three-and-four-and"
  • 2 sub-beats adds "and-a" between each beat, useful for triplet counting
    • example: "one-and-a-two-and-a-three-and-a-four-and-a"
  • 3 sub-beats adds "ee-and-a" between each beat, good for sixteenth notes.
    • example: "one-ee-and-a-two-ee-and-a-three-ee-and-a-four-ee-and-a"
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If you need to set up the metronome and then get to your podium or onto the dance floor, delay lets you do this. Delay can be combined with a count-down or count-up (see below) to make it easier to synchronize a large group. Select the number of seconds you want to wait before the count begins, and switch the count-in switch to "on". This switch means you don't need to set the delay to "0" to turn it off.

When using a delay, the display shows the time until the count will start, in great big numbers that you can see from far away.

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Count In

Sometimes, you need to synchronize a group of players or dancers, or your music or dance piece starts in the middle of the bar. The count-in lets you do this. Set the beats to count in, and switch the "Beats to Count In" switch to "on". This switch means you don't need to set the count-in to "0" to turn it off. You can also choose the count-in to count up or count down. Count-in can be combined with a delay (see above).

When using a count-in, the display shows the count and also indicates "counting down" or "counting up" so you know when the true count starts.

Examples (assuming 8/8 time)
  • Beats to count in: 4; count direction: up
    • five-six-seven-eight"
  • Beats to count in: 3; count direction: down
    • three-two-one"
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Keep Playing in Background

This setting lets you run other apps while the beat goes on. If you want the counting to stop when you switch apps, change this to "off".