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Tap-Tempo Metronome Kit
Tap-Tempo Metronome Kit

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Product Code: MKWL1

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The Tap-Tempo Metronome is a tap-controlled metronome and "beat looper." "Syncopation machine." "Metronome with an attitude." You tap the piezo speaker to set the rhythm. The display shows the beats per minute, and the two buttons adjust the speed.

You can tap patterns into it, currently up to 12 beats long. As long as you tap the pattern in three times, it jumps in and continues beeping in that rhythm. If you hold one of the buttons while turning the metronome on, the pitch of the beep will be higher or lower, so you can play with more than one at a time.

    • Easy to assemble kit makes for a great learning experience. All parts are easy-to-solder through-hole, with no tiny surface mount parts.
    • Fully open-source design means that everything is freely available and ready to be hacked, including the circuit schematic, PCB layout, part list, and microcontroller firmware.
    • Piezoelectric speaker is used as the pattern input, by simply tapping in the tempo or pattern. Once the metronome learns your pattern, it starts beeping with the same piezo element.
    • Seven-segment displays provide feedback in the form of beats-per-minute (BPM) readings.
    • Custom, professionally-made PCB provides a solid base for happy tappers. All circuit connections are routed on two layers without the use of vias, reducing confusion while assembling.
    • A Pre-programmed Microcontroller means you don't need a specialized microcontroller programmer to get started with the Tactile Metronome. If you want to experiment with modifying the firmware, an in-circuit serial programming (ICSP) header is provided to enable easy re-programming.

Average Customer Review: 4 of 5 | Total Reviews: 1 Write a review.

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Not quite perfect, but still excellent. November 4, 2011
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Canada  
This is a fun and useful kit geared towards those looking to pick up on a bit of basic soldering as well as learning the fundamentals of microcontrollers. Build time is relatively minimal.. it took me about 3 hours, and I consider myself fairly inexperienced. A seasoned kit-builder could probably knock it off in an hour. The PCB layout is somewhat cramped but you should be fine as long as you've got the proper tools and follow the online build instructions.

The only gripes I have are that the piezo element is a little unresponsive (it works better when tapped with a pencil or screwdriver as opposed to a finger) and the pushbutton switches don't alter the pitch of the click, as was advertised. These are minor issues at worst, and troubleshooting them is going to be an interesting exercise in itself.

It's also worth noting that the actual kit you get is a newer revision than the one listed on here.. the PCB and components are slightly different.

All in all: great kit!

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