The metronome is a device that has long been used by musicians to ensure that they are playing at a steady tempo and is very often used as a learning tool for those who are just learning to play. The old style metronomes were of a pyramid shape and had a ticker that would move from side to side whilst keeping the beats per minute (BPM) at a steady pace. It’s a tool that been around for centuries, but it has been given a modern twist with the introduction of the Korg TM-40 Digital Tuner and Metronome.
As the name of the product suggests, the Korg TM-40 also included a tuning function that will ensure that the instrument sounds good whilst keeping the beat. The tuner has a detection range id C1-C8 (32.7hz to 4186.01hz), which means that it is perfect for any type of instrument from the keyboard to string. There is also a separate attachment called the CM100L contact microphone than can be used for even more accurate tuning of your instrument, but even without it, the Korg tuners work just fine. The tuner also allows players to learn how to tune by ear, simply by using the Sound Out function, and all the setting are remembered, even when the unit is turned off, thanks to the memory backup.
The metronome part of the TM-40 offers a couple of different ways for players to pick up the tempo. The first is by using one of the many preset tempo and time signatures, whereas the Tap feature allows the player to set their own specific tempo. The large built-in speaker produces a very clear ticking sound, which perfectly mimics the sound of a traditional metronome. Some have complained that the ticking can be somewhat of a distraction, but with multiple volume settings, the Korg easily allows players to settle on a level that suits them perfectly. Much like the tuner function, the metronome is perfect for all instruments and musical styles, thanks to the numerous functions that cover 0-7 beats per measure, as well as doublets, triplets, triplets with center beats omitted, plus much, much more.
The Korg metronome tuner features a large, bright display, with an LCD-type needle for the metronome, and blinking LED lights that show pitch deviation and tempo. Best of all, the unit is small enough to be portable, and can actually fit snugly inside a pocket or purse, which is perfect for those who may be learning to play in a class setting, as well as at home.