Rhythm practice using a metronome is indispensable for any musician, especially for the drummer and percussionist. In the past, rhythm practice has been excruciatingly dull and boring, consisting simply of striking a practice pad in time with a metronome. Furthermore, since you have only a subjective judgement as to whether or not your rhythm is correct, many players find it difficult to keep themselves motivated to practice.
That's where the BEATLAB mini comes in; it's a training tool that lets you practice rhythm more accurately and enjoyably. In addition to a versatile metronome function that includes a wide range of sounds, including human voice and real drum pattern sounds, this unit provides a training function that detects and evaluates the discrepancy between the metronome and the notes that you play. This means that you can develop a perfect sense of rhythm by using by treating rhythm training as if you were playing a game.
The BEATLAB mini provides a generous selection of the rhythm patterns that are indispensable for practicing a percussion instrument. The tempo can be adjusted over a wide range of 30-300 beats per minute, and you can specify the time signature and rhythm individually to meet your rhythm training needs for a variety of songs and styles. In addition to conventional electronic metronome sounds, there's also a rich range of PCM sounds. Mechanical metronome sounds that won't fatigue your ear even at high-volume listening, male and female voices that make it easy to tell your beat within the rhythm, and realistic drum pattern sounds with snare, cymbal and claves are some of the 30 available choices, meeting the needs of drummers and percussionists in any musical style.
The BEATLAB mini provides a training mode that lets you objectively check your own sense of rhythm. If you connect the included contact mic to the unit's TRIGGER jack and attach it to your snare or practice pad, the BEATLAB mini detects the sound of your strikes and measures the slight discrepancy in tempo between your playing and the sound of the metronome. The amount of the discrepancy is indicated audibly. For example, if a male or female voice is selected, you'll be informed whether you're "TOO FAST" or "TOO SLOW"; if you're correct, the voice tells you plainly "GOOD," "GREAT," "WONDERFUL," or "PERFECT." This lets you check your own rhythm in real time with ease.. After evaluation, your score at keeping the rhythm and your overall tendencies are shown in the display, allowing you to monitor your progress as you continue to practice.
A volume adjustment dial is provided for the built-in speaker and headphone output, and there's plenty of volume to meet the needs of the percussionist. You can use the rhythm trainer with a constantly audible metronome sound that won't be drowned out by the sound of your drums or percussion.
A clip with excellent holding power is provided on the rear surface of the lightweight and compact BEATLAB, so you can attach it directly to your belt in a position that won't get in your way while performing. Pulling out the clip transforms it to a stand, letting you place the unit in a stable position on a table. Also provided is a convenient strap hole that's convenient when using the unit as a stopwatch.
The CM-200 high-sensitivity contact mic is included for trigger detection. You can attach this mic to your practice pad or snare, or even to a magazine or table; any object that the clip will grip to transmit to transmit its vibration. The moment you get your BEATLAB mini, you can immediately start accurate rhythm training wherever you are.
The "BEATLAB mini + Pad" limited set is available, packaging the BEATLAB mini with a 6-inch practice pad. It's the ideal set for any amateur who is just starting serious rhythm training.
• Metronome function with a generous selection of patterns
• Training function that check and improve your sense of rhythm
•Sound out function is convenient for tuning your drums
• Time/Stopwatch function can be used in a variety of ways
• High-volume built-in speaker and headphone output
• Large backlight LCD display
• Two-way clip that holds with a variety of use-cases
• Includes a contact microphone for trigger detection Lineup includes a limited set with that includes a practice pad
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