Swishing LED metronome?
September 22, 2008 9:32 PM   Subscribe

Does anyone know of a "Swishing LED metronome"?

I'm looking for a metronome for a friend, who has described it as:
"A box (possibly coloured red) with an LED at the front, which sweeps (left-right-left) in time."

I think he said he saw Sting's drummer use one at a concert.

I've been looking around for quite a while, and I've found some old sweeping metronomes (Casio), but nothing quite like he described.

Any advice would be appreciated.
posted by Dub to Media & Arts (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Never seen a metronome like that, but there is a cylon-looking rackmount tuner by Korg that has a red LED which sweeps back and forth. Maybe for tuning drums?
posted by Aquaman at 9:42 PM on September 22, 2008

Is this it? the only reference I can find to is that myspace page. (found that from a "what is the metronome that bjork uses" post somewhere).
posted by mrzarquon at 9:44 PM on September 22, 2008

Sounds sort of like a Russian Dragon, although I'm having no luck finding a picture of one online.
posted by xil at 10:18 PM on September 22, 2008

Some like this from Matrix or this have a line of LEDs up top that sort of swish back & forth to the beat. FWIW I like them a lot for music practice (and for students) because it gives you a visual cue as to when the beat is coming, as opposed to the typical LED metronome that just blinks momentarily right on the beat & is dark otherwise. Particularly at slow tempos, that leaves you (quite literally) in the dark about what is going on between the beats.

FWIW my percussionist friends seem to swear by/at this type (Dr Beat), which does a lot of rhythmic tricks, but if there is swishing done by that type it is the swishing of LCDs, not LEDs.
posted by flug at 10:28 PM on September 22, 2008

How about the WSM - 200 Intelligent Metronome Series? (scroll down)

"Vertical beat motion (LED light) emulates conductors baton, with emphasis on principal beat."

Photo here (unlit).

How did I find it? Did a GIS for "LED metronome" and on the third page I found a non-rotary one.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 10:46 PM on September 22, 2008

These are pretty common on metronome/tuners, as the fake-needle display is already there to show cents sharp or flat. Although I don't know how many of these are LEDs.
posted by rossination at 10:53 PM on September 22, 2008

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