PolyNome is used by the world's top musicians including Peter Erskine, Virgil Donati, Chris Coleman, Vinnie Colaiuta, Dave Weckl, Dennis Chambers and Will Lee.
“PolyNome is great for teaching, practicing and rehearsing. The rhythmic and the subdivision possibilities are endless. Plus, this is the only metronome I’ve used that you can actually LEARN from. Simply brilliant.”
Peter Erskine (Steely Dan, Weather Report, Kate Bush)
PolyNome gives you all the tools you need for practice, teaching, rhythm composing, and live performance. In addition, our free Public Library provides hundreds of user-created Presets and practice routines to inspire you.
Works on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac in both portrait and landscape. You can sync the data between them. It's also designed to run in split-screen mode on an iPad.
Regularly improved and updated with new features.
Optional Premium subscription is not required to use any of the features listed below.
- Practice with full drum grooves
- Program any rhythm, no matter how complex
- Add stickings, flams, drags, accents and rolls to rhythms
- Automate entire practice routines
- Set goals, schedule your practice, automatically track what you play, and keep notes in the journal
- Voice count rhythms and time signatures with a couple of taps
- Generate 2 & 3-way polyrhythms with ease
- Generate stroke guides for rudiments
- Add konnakol to any rhythm
- Shift and randomise stickings and rhythms to generate new exercises and inspire new ideas
- Enter any time signature (including irrational signatures like 5/6)
- Precise and accurate metronome
- Faders for subdivisions
- 2 fully programmable independent sequencers
- Super fast tempo entry and Tap Tempo
- BIG NUMBERS DISPLAY
- Variable swing
- Any time signature
- Auto stop with rep counter
- Countdown timer + alarm
- Practice Events are logged. You can add notes to your events
- Subdivisions from whole note to 64th notes with EVERYTHING in between
- Flams, Drags, Ruffs, Diddles, Rolls, Ties, Accents
- Dotted notes
- Haptic pulse
- Audiobus/AirTurn/iRig compatible
- Track your practice time. View charts of what you've worked on. Set goals.
- Randomise rhythms and sounds for ear training and groove creation
- Record/Export audio file
- 200+ more sounds, including DrumLine
- 6 Octave Piano Keyboard
- Konnakol entry
- Import setlists from Tempo or Tempo Adv
- Create band setlists with count-offs and song notes, and generate PDFs
- If you enter the lengths of the songs, PolyNome calculates the set length as you add them!
- Create songs/clicks with multiple tempos or time signatures
- Create nested tuplets
- Create a "Cue Track" by turning on Auto Announce.
- Auto tempo change for quick warm-up/cool-down routines
- Advanced voice counting helps you when working on odd-time signatures
- Subdivision counting for 16th notes, triplets, or 8th notes
- Auto-Counting adds correct voice count to your rhythms!
- View statistics and graphs of your practice time
- Daily Journal for general notes
- Test your timing with random muting of notes or bars
If you sign up for the optional Premium subscription, payment will be charged to your iTunes account at confirmation of purchase after any free trial. Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. Your account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period. Subscriptions may be managed by you and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to your Account Settings after purchase. Any unused portion of a free trial period will be forfeited when you purchase a subscription to ‘Premium’, where applicable.
This update fixes a crash in iOS 14.
If you find any bugs, or have requests or questions, please email me - email@example.com
LIVE DEMO/Q&A SESSIONS:
Don't forget that Premium members can also join in the regular Live Demo/Q&A sessions. These sessions are an opportunity to learn the deeper features of PolyNome and get your questions answered directly.
If you enjoy using PolyNome and have a few moments to leave a review it's very much appreciated.
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Ratings and Reviews
Amazing and unique use of tech for drummers!
Fantastic app! I have recreated various bars from drum books so I can hear complex patterns and learn them much faster than reading alone. I’ve used it to get my head around a 4:3 polymeter, entered as a polyrhythm but it works well for that and doesn’t get off tempo, which happens when running two individual metronomes (two devices) simultaneously. I use the auto advance playlist feature for pad practice. Most metronomes will change the BPM automatically but only for a set amount of play time (for example +10 BPM every 3 minutes). PolyNome’s playlists allows you to do 1 minute at X BPM, then 3 minutes at Y BPM etc etc. There is a bit of a learning curve so don’t think that you’re going to rock this in the first 5 minutes. I’m usually weary of apps that require a learning curve because you take the time to learn them and then the developer abandons the project. In this case I’m getting a lot out of this app and I get the feeling it will be around for a while so I’m putting in the time. For me, it’s a fun app to play around with so I spend non-drumming time getting to know it better.
Developer Response ,
Thank you for the glowing review. It seems like you’re making use of a lot of the features and really getting your head around the app.
I just wanted to confirm that it’s not going away any time soon. I’m still actively developing it and working on new features daily. There are some exciting things to come in future versions.
Bait & switch app & a clunky mess
Let me try this again. I’ve submitted several reviews since the subscription model & curiously none have appeared here. This is the epitome of a bait & switch app. Initially paid for the app & now half the functionality & features are gone unless you upgrade. Times are tough & folks need $, but this is a very dishonest practice. All that on top of a clunky UI that makes for a productive nightmare. The core features are great but you end up spending too much time trying to simply navigate & arrange things vs. practicing/fleshing out ideas. Have never understood why it’s so entirely difficult to use.
Developer Response ,
Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. I’m not sure why you’d have trouble posting it, but I’m glad I saw this.
Regarding the subscription, it doesn’t remove any features. All the features you had when you bought the app are still there. You might see the pop up screen indicating some of the newer Premium features, but if you choose not to subscribe you won’t lose access to anything you already had.
If you believe you’ve somehow lost access to a feature, please get in touch and we’ll figure it out.
Regarding the UI, I’m always working to improve it and make the app more streamlined. I’d be happy to jump on a call with you to help you get the most out of the app, and perhaps your input will help improve the next version.
Please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
All the best,
Horribly complicated and then my purchase is deprecated to support a new subscription model
Though I'm not a drummer, apps like this interest me. What drew me to it was that someone had programmed Zappa's The Black Page into it and it looked fairly accurate. So I was intrigued. I buy the app and then find out that the Black Page thing he's using to advertise the app is something I have to pay extra for. Disappointing, but whatever. I'm happy to have something I might be able to do my own version. But the method of programming things into this, chaining measures together and other weird contortions, is really becoming as much work as learning a new instrument. I don't want to spend all my time learning a tool that will assist me in doing what I want to do, playing music with progressive rhythm.
Then, shortly after making my purchase of the app, the developer announces that he's switching to a subscription model and that my original purchase will basically be deprecated and to continue to benefit from application improvements, I will need to pony up a monthly fee or I would have to buy a lifelong subscription that costs 4 or 5 times what I originally paid for the app.
So based on that experience, I don't really think this app is worth it.
Developer Response ,
Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. I’m sorry you’re unhappy with PolyNome.
The Black Page is available to install for free from the Public Library along with hundreds of other presets. If you haven’t taken a look in the library, I’d recommend that. New content is being added all the time.
Regarding the Premium subscription - that was introduced to facilitate the development of major new features.
However, as a Pro user, when you buy the app, all current features are included along with new features introduced within the first year.
Even if you never subscribe to support continued development, you’ll continue to receive free updates to ensure the app is compatible with the latest iOS, along with improvements to the functionality of the app. It’s only major new features, and possibly certain content, that will require the optional Premium subscription.
If you have questions about usability (which I’m always working to improve), or want any help with using certain features of the app, please feel free to drop email me at email@example.com
All the best,
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