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Soundbrenner Pulse Wearable Metronome

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Wearable smart vibrating metronome for musicians, literally feel the beat.

Soundbrenner Pulse is a metronome that you will love using. It's wearable, smart and powered by vibrations. Develop a rock solid inner sense of rhythm – play with more speed and accuracy – free your mind and gain focus – add more feel to your music – play with full confidence – master the most difficult sections of your songs.

How To Wear It
Each Soundbrenner Pulse comes with two bands. The short band is designed for the wrist and can also be worn by children, the long band is designed for the upper arm and the leg. Depending on your instrument and preference you can try out at home which location you prefer and comfortably switch out the bands.

Hardware Controls
You can change the tempo in seconds without taking the smartphone out of your pocket. Simply tap your fingers on the Soundbrenner Pulse and the tempo will follow your taps. It’s magical. You can also turn the wheel left and right to increase or decrease the BPM, and by performing a double tap you can start and pause the metronome at anytime.

Multi-Player Synchronization
To help bands and orchestras play with rock-solid precision, we’ve developed Multi-Player Syncronization. Connect up to five Soundbrenner Pulse metronomes to one smartphone which serves as a master to all devices. In a matter of seconds you can play together, feeling the rhythm in perfect synchronization.

DAW for Mac
Soundbrenner DAW Tools for Mac OS X was created for our advanced users. Just start the app and it will show up as a MIDI Clock destination in your favourite Digital Audio Workstation. It will automatically adjust the tempo of the Soundbrenner to whatever you set in the DAW.

Companion Apps for iOS and Android
The Soundbrenner Pulse becomes even more powerful when combined with The Metronome by Soundbrenner, our popular mobile app available for iOS and Android. Using the app, you can create and save complex rhythms, organize them into setlists, and even choose custom vibrations and LED colors.

FEATURES
  • Seven times more powerful than the average vibration of a smartphone
  • Customize time signatures and subdivisions, set accents
  • Link up to five devices via Bluetooth to one phone or tablet and feel the beat together
  • The Soundbrenner Pulse can receive input from all major DAWs via MIDI
  • Use it silently or add audible click played through your headphones or speakers
  • Lights up in sync with vibrations, turn it off or choose colors in the app
  • Create and save your rhythms and organize them in set lists
  • Tap your fingers on the Soundbrenner Pulse and it will follow your tempo
    iPhone 4S and later, iPod touch 5 and later, iPad 3 and later, most modern Android smartphones and tablets
  • Any Mac with support for Bluetooth 4.0. Additional DAW software required
  • Included in the box
    1 Soundbrenner Pulse 
    1 short band 
    1 long band 
    1 charging station 
    1 USB charging cable
  • Keep in sync with the rhythm of touch, order the Soundbrenner Pulse!

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    SoundbrennerPulse Wearable Metronome
     
    3.3

    (based on 28 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (6)

    59%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (19)
    • Compact (15)
    • Easy to use (12)
    • Durable (7)
    • Good audio (4)

    Cons

    • Unreliable (7)
    • Limited functions (4)
    • Pricey / poor value (3)

    Best Uses

    • Performances (10)
    • Amateur recording (8)
    • Home studio (8)
    • Professional recording (5)
    • Outdoor events / games (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional musician (12), Experienced (10), Novice (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    I Would Buy This Again

    Excellent tool to "feel the beat"! Every musician wanting to develop a deeper level of commitment to their skill and craft should get this tool! It's a little difficult to...Read complete review

    Excellent tool to "feel the beat"! Every musician wanting to develop a deeper level of commitment to their skill and craft should get this tool! It's a little difficult to get used to but give it a little time - the pulse will eventually rule your playing. Before you know it, you are settling in and just playing but guess what - you're not rushing or dragging. Those fast licks slow down and those slow ones speed up!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Battery and charging issues

    On my second charging of this product I had an issue with connection to charger- I ended up having to leave it offset to establish connection to charge. I filmed issue and emailed company...Read complete review

    On my second charging of this product I had an issue with connection to charger- I ended up having to leave it offset to establish connection to charge. I filmed issue and emailed company with zero response. I don't practice everyday and every time I go to use it it's dead. If it's 6hrs battery life it's counting sitting there turned off not being used. I've actually watched the battery go down a 1/4 over a 1-1 1/2 hr practice. I don't know if mine is defective since can't get company to respond but got for Christmas present 2016 and its Feb1 and only limited use due to battery. When charged it's works well which just adds to the frustration

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    (10 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    No windows DAW support

    By Tom k

    from Santa Cruz, CA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

      Cons

      • Limited Functions

      Best Uses

        Comments about Soundbrenner Pulse Wearable Metronome:

        I just received the Pulse. I was very excited to try it with my DAW...until I realized the product does not support windows. Had I realized it does not with with windows I would never have ordered it. I'm blown away that a company would choose BT knowing that the BT architecture was not well supported with the most common OS in the world!! I guess it will sit on the shelf until there is one as I have no intention of going to Mac, and I'm not a big mobile user :(

        (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Its great if you have Apple or a super new phone

        By Chris Topher

        from Albuquerque, NM

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • does not allow for all features to be availabe
        • does not work with windows at all.
        • works with limited devices

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Soundbrenner Pulse Wearable Metronome:

        I found out upon opening the metronome that it only works w Apple products. W/o Apple there is only one strength of vibration, which is not strong enough. I had to track somebody down w/ an Ipad and put the app on their machine. This product is definitely in its early stages. I'd wait a year and get the next version!

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Battery and charging issues

        By Clare

        from MS

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Unreliable

        Best Uses

          Comments about Soundbrenner Pulse Wearable Metronome:

          On my second charging of this product I had an issue with connection to charger- I ended up having to leave it offset to establish connection to charge. I filmed issue and emailed company with zero response. I don't practice everyday and every time I go to use it it's dead. If it's 6hrs battery life it's counting sitting there turned off not being used. I've actually watched the battery go down a 1/4 over a 1-1 1/2 hr practice. I don't know if mine is defective since can't get company to respond but got for Christmas present 2016 and its Feb1 and only limited use due to battery. When charged it's works well which just adds to the frustration

          (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          I returned the product

          By gaff

          from washington

          About Me Experienced

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Pricey / Poor Value
          • Unreliable

          Best Uses

          • best to pass

          Comments about Soundbrenner Pulse Wearable Metronome:

          Very difficult to operate and not reliable

          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Needs more design work.

          By Play It Again

          from Ramona, CA

          About Me Professional Musician

          See all my reviews

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Limited Functions
            • Unreliable

            Best Uses

              Comments about Soundbrenner Pulse Wearable Metronome:

              I have a small wrist and the wrist band was a little large. I installed the software form the app store and it took me a good amount of time just to get the darned thing running. It would not register my tapping. I read the docs and rebooted it and found that I got little results from using my two fingers... I have small fingers as well. finally found that dragging my two fingers across the surface got it's attention. Still had a heck of a time getting it to register tempos using fingers. I was going to use it live to maintain tempos and set the new tempos between songs. I finally decided that I would just use a bluetooth earphone and fire up tempos from my iphone. Even if it had a simple knob on the watch face with a digital readout it would have been better. I found it hard to shut off as well. Just too much of a learning curve for this musician.

              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Concept very compelling but...

              By Doc

              from Oregon

              About Me Experienced

              See all my reviews

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Bulky/Heavy

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Soundbrenner Pulse Wearable Metronome:

                  What a great idea to have a metronome that's available constantly, unobtrusive and configurable from a device you're already using in performances! That was my expectation until I actually put the Pulse into use.

                  I was mildly disappointed by the size -- it has the appearance of a watch but is much bigger and heavier -- however, I could happily live with that if it worked well as a metronome. That was where it failed for me. My brain would not turn those shocking little pulses into the equivalent of audible sounds or foot taps or head-rocking or all those other cues I use to "feel the beat". It was sad to have to send it back after the eager anticipation but despite several hours of use, It never became what I needed. This may very well be my own limitation so I hope that my experience won't deter others from giving it a try. The worst it will cost is shipping both ways to MF.

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Intermittent and unreliable

                  By MP

                  from Portland, OR

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Innovative
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Intermittent
                  • Unreliable

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Soundbrenner Pulse Wearable Metronome:

                    I really, REALLY wanted to love this device. Was hoping to begin using it myself, and then start talking bandmates into wearing one, as well, so that I could be controlling an inaudible metronome for all of us. Such an incredible idea...

                    Unfortunately, straight out of the box it failed to always start/stop reliably; the "tap tempo" function seemed to jump to incorrect speeds; and it froze, needing to be reset several times in an hour. I'm hoping that mine was simply a "dud" and that others have lots of luck with this, but at the moment, there's no way that I can trust that it will have my back on stage, in a professional gigging environment.

                    Super hope to later find this is improved and made more gig-worthy. Seriously an amazing concept!

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Novel and useful practice tool

                    By MS

                    from SF CA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good set of feature
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • A bit tricky to set up
                    • Need phone to use, no stand alone display
                    • No pc interface, only apple

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Soundbrenner Pulse Wearable Metronome:

                      A novel way to practice with a metronome. I find it useful and fun. With a PC interface and an on board bpm readout it would be a solid 5 rating.

                      (2 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Beginner mistake

                      By brian

                      from ohio

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Limited Functions
                        • Pricey / Poor Value
                        • Unreliable

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Soundbrenner Pulse Wearable Metronome:

                          As a teacher this is the dumbest device a student could purchase. There is a very logical reason why HEARING yourself match with a metronome is so important. that auditory understanding of proper time is integral to playing with other musicians. "feeling" a pulse is a novelty. everyone and their mother feels a pulse. if you want to be a pro, you cant be in the business of feeling, you are paid to know exactly where things should be. dont waste your money. buy a doctor beat and get some decent sound canceling headphones. or get ear buds and pair them with construction workers headsets. or just put a towel on your drums so they arent loud. was that so hard?

                          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          1.0

                          Avoid at all cost!

                          By Buzz Buzz

                          from Michigan

                          About Me Experienced

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Noisy
                          • Poor customer service
                          • Pricey / Poor Value
                          • Unreliable

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Soundbrenner Pulse Wearable Metronome:

                            Was excited to get this but it was made poorly and the wheel rattles loudly when its vibrating. When I went to their customer support to get it fixed they send me a "fix it" video that essentially wanted you to stuff dental floss underneath the wheel. Nothing like paying a pretty penny for something you have to fix immediately. The firmware is awful with android as well, and I find the timing on my soundbrenner slips from what it is supposed to be at.

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            2.0

                            I wanted to like it but it fell short

                            By dblue

                            from Denver, Colorado

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            Pros

                              Cons

                              • Poor Sound Quality

                              Best Uses

                              • Performances

                              Comments about Soundbrenner Pulse Wearable Metronome:

                              I wanted to like this product so much. It would be so cool to synch a whole band up to a click wirelessly. Unfortunately it just doesn't work well in a real world situation. First of all musicians primary instrument is their ears, not vibrations on their skin. Some of the guys just couldn't find the click even though they practice with an audible click when they practice. Why wouldn't Soundbrenner just put an audible click on the watch??? That way musicians could choose between a sound click, vibration or both. And, no, having the click on the phone is not the answer. No one wants to carry around 2 devices.

                              The product is also very clumbsy when it comes to design, it is 2 pieces that hold together with a magnet, then presses against your skin. Feels funny, not well designed. Good idea, but Soundbrenner didn't think this through all the way. I returned mine after trying everything for a week.

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Good product

                              By peter

                              from northpoint

                              About Me Novice

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Events
                                • Performances

                                Comments about Soundbrenner Pulse Wearable Metronome:

                                As a musician and dancer I really like the idea of feeling the rhythm. I'm pretty sure, this is a new concept and people are going to love it, not only for practicing musical instruments, but also for different use cases. I can't agree on the opinion of the music teacher in the comments below. I mean yes sure, vibrations won't replace an audio signal, but this isn't what this product wants to do anyway. It simply offers you a new way of experiencing the music you play, it doesn't say, that it is the high end metronome for everyone. Personally I am impressed and use it nearly every day.

                                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Keeps me in time

                                By Aaron

                                from San Diego, California

                                About Me Experienced

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home Studio

                                  Comments about Soundbrenner Pulse Wearable Metronome:

                                  I'm a drummer and bought the Pulse to improve my rhythm, as I am responsible for my band to stay in time. Right from the start I found it very easy to use. You'll need some time to get used to it, but it's kind of the same with a traditional metronome and I could never imagine making the same progress in that period of time. Combined with the app you get lots of customisation choice and it really feels as if those guys focused on facilitating the painful process of practicing with a metronome. It has become a steady tool in my music equipment and all of my members use it. Awesome product I recommend.

                                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  This is what I needed

                                  By Pastor

                                  from Gardiner, MT

                                  About Me Novice

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Events
                                    • Performances

                                    Comments about Soundbrenner Pulse Wearable Metronome:

                                    I am a novice with the guitar and had to recently take the lead of our worship band. Everyone was looking to me for the pace and rhythm. The Pulse filled this need. It took a little time to get used to the vibration, but with my iPhone mounted on the microphone stand and the Pulse on my wrist, it is easy to get back on the right BPM. Now one of my drummers is wearing one and we have synchronized the two Pulses. We all learn differently and this filled a need I wasn't getting with traditional metronomes.

                                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Great tool for musicians, drummers and drum teachers.

                                    By Udi ucandrum

                                    from Switzerland

                                    About Me Professional Musician

                                    Pros

                                    • Clear Sound
                                    • Compact
                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Amateur Recording
                                      • Events
                                      • Home Studio
                                      • Mobile DJ
                                      • Performances
                                      • Professional Recording

                                      Comments about Soundbrenner Pulse Wearable Metronome:

                                      As a drum teacher I use it to teach the student to control the tempo and to develop the inner clock. I can change the tempo and time signature remotely from my phone. The vibrations overcome the sound obstacle in the drum room. Highly recommended.

                                       
                                      1.0

                                      same problems with cgarging as Clare from MS....

                                      By hammo

                                      from OZ ..

                                      About Me Professional Musician

                                      Pros

                                      • Compact
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                      • Unreliable

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Soundbrenner Pulse Wearable Metronome:

                                        for gig (once), practice a few times... found holding charge a major issue... concept is good if it did what the sales pitch says.... mind you, thats only going by the one I have... possibly made on a Friday !!!

                                         
                                        4.0

                                        A complete game changer!

                                        By Ty Del Rose

                                        from Joliet, Illinois

                                        About Me Professional Musician

                                        Pros

                                        • Compact
                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                        • Limited Functions
                                        • Not PC Compatible

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Amateur Recording
                                        • Home Studio
                                        • Performances
                                        • Professional Recording

                                        Comments about Soundbrenner Pulse Wearable Metronome:

                                        I hate using click/in-ears live so when this product hit the market I figured it was a no-brainer to try it out and see how it goes. I was a little weary at first reading a lot of negative reviews citing unreliability and encounters with defective Soundbrenners but for every negative review I'm sure there's many that have had positive experiences that just choose not to write about them. So I purchased mine just the other day and downloaded the app on my iPhone and it works like a charm. I will say, it's definitely not something you can just strap on and play right out of the box - in other words, if you're planning on buying one in the morning and using it at your band's gig that same night, probably not the best idea. It certainly takes some time to adjust and get used to as well as figure out what position and vibration setting works best for you. I made sure to read the manual that came with it to know how to turn the Soundbrenner on and off, charge, and use the watch to control the tempo of the metronome and all work flawlessly. The only thing that disappoints me is I WISH it was compatible with PC!! I am not a Mac fan and really wish I could sync the device with SONAR on my PC laptop to unlock its full 100% potential. Hopefully an update will be introduced in time with PC compatibility. Other than that, I'm loving the idea of no longer having to use in-ears live and feeling disconnected from the band and audience! I'm looking forward to trying this out at a gig once I practice more with it and get used to the new system! :)

                                         
                                        4.0

                                        Amazing

                                        By LV

                                        from India

                                        About Me Professional Musician

                                        See all my reviews

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Compact
                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Great for solo practise
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                        • Too weak to be used on stage

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Amateur Recording
                                        • Home Studio
                                        • Practise
                                        • Professional Recording

                                        Comments about Soundbrenner Pulse Wearable Metronome:

                                        I use it for practise at home.

                                         
                                        3.0

                                        Wait & see

                                        By Drummer

                                        from Wichita, KS

                                        About Me Professional Musician

                                        See all my reviews

                                        Ask me a question

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Silent Pulse for live performance work.

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Performances

                                          Comments about Soundbrenner Pulse Wearable Metronome:

                                          I just purchased this and after receiving it I found some issues that I am working on resolving. I found excessive motion can disrupt the pulse and cause it to stop and restart and as a drummer that is an issue. There is a way to resolve that issue but it requires using the Soundbrenner app to change a setting. So I loaded the app on my iPad and discovered you have to have Bluetooth 4.0 or higher to communicate with the Pulse. My iPad is 2.0 so that didn't work. So I figured I would use my MacBook Pro but that wouldn't work either because the program Soundbrener uses on the Mac is for DAW recording. So now I have to decide if I purchase an updated iPad or iPhone 5 or later or send it back. I really like the concept of using the Pulse because I do a lot of work where I am learning 4 or 5 songs each week and I need to have the tempos nailed for a live performance and using a standard metronome is not an option with the click, click, click going on in the background. New material is a little more challenging to nail the exact tempo on in a matter of 3 or 4 days. I have contacted Sounbrenner and they have been very responsive in helping me resolve the problem. I have not found anyone who exceeds them in that area.

                                          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          Great product and works as stated. Great with a band!!

                                          By Rockin Rich

                                          from boston, ma

                                          About Me Professional Musician

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Clear Sound
                                          • Compact
                                          • Durable
                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Lightweight
                                          • Versatile

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Amateur Recording
                                            • Home Studio
                                            • Performances
                                            • Professional Recording

                                            Comments about Soundbrenner Pulse Wearable Metronome:

                                            I wear it on my left leg during band performances. I recommend the entire band wear them

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