As the first marching band in the world we got the great chance to test the Soundbrenner Pulse – A smart vibrating metronome of the 21st century that is going to advance every musicians’ lives. Here is what we think about it as marching band musicians after our first unboxing und testing.
Metronome on the mission to be the future of rhythm
No more annoying clicking metronome but finally one that people will love using. That’s what the Soundbrenner team is investing all their time and energy for. The Pulse is powered by vibrations. You just need to strap it to your arm or leg, then tap in the beat and it’ll keep tapping rhythm on your skin. But my favorite part of it is the multi-link. Using the free Metronome App by Soundbrenner you can connect multiple devices and they’ll vibrate synchronously which helps bands of any kind to play together in the exact pace.
Beautiful packaging for a stunning wearable product
You can see immediately that the team is passionate about their product. It comes with a lovely packaging out of high quality material designed with photos, information about the features and even signatures of every team member. When flipping the front you see the new favorite wearable for musicians. Opening it, we were surprised by a very high quality cable with a magnetic charging station, two different straps, a plectrum and stickers with the Soundbrenner logo. Of course there is also a quick start guide to start right away!
Setting up the app and multi-link devices
And that’s what we did. First you need to attach the unit in the strap which works easily. Once you put it on your arm or leg, turn it on with two fingers touching the surface for a few seconds and it’ll light and vibrates for the first time. That’s it! You can now tap in the tempo and change it turning the wheel.
The app is pretty much self-explaining. It’s really easy to set the BPM, time signature, subdivision and even accents. Under “Settings” just click “Add a device” and it’ll connect with it via Bluetooth. We tried that with 5 units and it worked fine. Under “Library” we created a few rhythms and setlists so we quickly find them in the metronome.
It is already a lot of fun playing with the Pulse. Nevertheless, a feature that we still need as a marching band is the possibility to preset our whole show music with all the changes of tempo. But I believe Soundbrenner is already working on making that possible. Having that, I am convinced that our musicians will get a better sense of rhythm with every show they play.
Anyways, the first impression of the kids and youths in our bands where absolutely positive. I have never seen them having so much fun using a metronome before!
Utility for marching band education?
If the multi-link also works for a whole marching band one day, this would be the most impressive equipment for our rehearsals. Just think about all the trying to find the perfect place for the metronome on the field and how easy it was with a wearable metronome. Also people literally feel the beat while playing and marching. It’s an enjoyable way to practice music, master difficult parts of the show like changes of tempo or playing in far distance to each other.
For a first testing we gave the Soundbrenner Pulse to three of our showband members to use it while marching. They felt it best strapped on their legs but really needed to focus on it to keep the pace. Like everything it does not spare the training but it definitely will be the most helpful equipment to practice more effectively and do major steps forward in our marching band education.
First impression: The Soundbrenner Pulse wearable metronome is an awesome idea with great potential for marching band education. We keep being excited for the progress of the future of rhythm! Thank you Soundbrenner!
So this goes out to all the marching bands in the world: We really wonder who else is seeing a great chance in the smart vibrating metronome from Soundbrenner. Let us know what you are thinking or assail us with your questions.
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