- The three circles (orange, black) to the left allow you to select between one and three measures of count-in beats.
- The minus sign – slider – plus sign controls allow you to immediately change the metronome speed (beats per minute).
- The metronome button displays the current beats per minute (bpm) and also provides access to the metronome settings menu.
- The metronome menu allows you to toggle the metronome flash, set bpm, determine if the bpm applies to every pattern in the current pattern set, and set the sounds and volume levels for the strong and weak metronome beats.
- The Loop button toggles the looping controls. When turned on, the loop bar above the pattern allows you to select any number of adjacent measures to loop, by simply dragging each end of the bar (arrows).
- While the loop controls are active, some other controls are inactive (for example, you cannot swipe or scroll to another pattern in the set).
- At the end of a looped session, the user will be shown results for each iteration of the loop. These statistics are not added to a user’s general tapping statistics.
- To listen to a pattern without tapping, press the blue “speaker” button.
- To start a tap testing session, press the red “start” button.
- To turn looping on or off, press the loop button.
- Check Durations – identical to the “duration” button (whole note with line above). Rhythm Lab will evaluate the length of hold for each note and score accordingly when “Check Durations” is on.
- Play Error Sounds. Do you want to hear an ugly sound when you miss a note? You can turn the audio feedback on or off.
- Display hits and misses. Allows you to see which notes you tapped correctly when turned on.
- Display final score after tapping. Some users like to see how they did after each exercise, others don’t. This setting allows you to choose.
- Applause. Do you want to hear slightly annoying cheers or boos based on your results after each tap session? If not, you can turn them off here. Applause volume is automatically muted if applause is “off.”
- Tap Precision. This allows you to slightly control how accurate you need to be with your taps. “Tight” settings make accurate tapping more difficult, loose settings relatively easier. It should be noted that these settings are more effective for longer note values / slower tempos.
- A MIDI input source is any MIDI device connected to the iPad. This can be an external or internal source, including Bluetooth MIDI devices. In general, you need to select the source on this menu before you can use it with Rhythm Lab.
- Bluetooth MIDI – use this setting to activate a Bluetooth MIDI device (if it has not already been activated).
- MIDI Learn – R/L Split. When using a MIDI device, Rhythm Lab needs to know which notes to recognize for right or left taps (Double and Drumline patterns). You can select the split not manually using the +/- buttons, or you can play it on a connected MIDI device.
- MIDI Learn – Hi Hat, Snare, Kick. These values can be set manually or by tapping the corresponding note on a MIDI device. The notes will map to the General MIDI standard notes for various percussion sounds. For example, the GM note for a Closed Hi Hat is F#2 (42), for an Acoustic Snare D2 (38), and for a Bass Drum C2 (36). If the note is out of range, no sound will be produced.
Tap Button Sound Controls
Rhythm Lab allows you to change the sound of tap pads. Single and Double patterns provide a General MIDI (GM) sound set (127 sounds). Drumline and Drumkit patterns provide a General MIDI percussion sound set (47 sounds). There are eight different drum kit types to choose from: Standard, Room, Power, Electronic, TR 808, Jazz, Brush, and Orchestra. Rhythm Lab uses the Fluid Release 3 General-MIDI Soundfont, but you can also load any other GM soundfont to use with Rhythm Lab.