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Note: this FAQ is about what the Midronome does. If you want to know how to use the Midronome, read the manual.


Yes, there are 9 volume levels and 60 different click sounds. Both click and volume are adjustable for the downbeat (first beat of the bar).

Yes! The LED next to the display flashes green on the downbeat and red on the other beats.

Yes, any time signature in "x/4" is possible. You can also tap a full bar on a Drum Pad connected to the device, that will change tempo and time signature at the same time :)

Absolutely, just plug it in! The audio metronome output can be set to "balanced" to be used with the balanced input of a mixer or audio interface.

Yes absolutely. By default, your sequencers start on time with the metronome (on the next bar), but like many things on the device, you can change it so they start right away.!!!


Yes, that's the main function of the Midronome :) You can also start and stop your sequencers using the PLAY button.

Absolutely! The ANLG port on the back of the Midronome sends 2 analog clocks 5V pulses. Each of them is configurable from 1 to 24 ppq (pulses per quarter note). The Midronome can also send one 24 ppq clock and a start/stop gate signal (0V -> 5V) in DIN Sync mode (see below).

The ANLG plug on the back of the Midronome can send a DIN sync (also called "sync24") signal which most vintage Roland machines will sync to. Notice that you will need an adapter from 3-pin TRS to 5-pin DIN in most cases. See the pinout specs of DIN Sync on wikipedia.

The Midronome sends MIDI Clock over its USB port. So any software able to sync to that will work with the Midronome. Note that currently the only DAWs able to follow MIDI Clock are Ableton, Bitwig, and Reason. For other DAWs you can use "Audio Sync" (see below).

Not easily. Most USB keyboards only have a "Type-B" plug made for USB devices, just like the Midronome. In this case you will need a computer between the two devices, with MIDI forwarding software to send the USB-MIDI Clock from the Midronome to your MIDI keyboard.

The newer OP-Z and OP-1 field devices have a Type-C plug and implement USB host. The OP-1 field can connect to the Midronome directly (USB to USB), it communicates with and gives power to the Midronome. The OP-Z does not have enough power so a powered USB hub between the OP-Z and the Midronome is necessary.

If your device can play a WAV file on a separate audio output, then yes. The WAV file needs to be the only audio played on that output, and it needs to be played at the same time as the rest. In this case the Midronome will sync to your device using "Audio Sync" (see below).

No. The device is designed to be a Master clock, and for a reason: following (=syncing to) another clock would not be as precise and potentially create sync issues, depending on the source clock. The only case where the Midronome can follow another device is by using "Audio Sync" (see below).

You can use a MIDI Thru box, a clock Eurorack module or sync multiple Midronomes together. In the future, you will also be able to add a simple module to add more outputs (see "Potential future features" on the forum).


DAW stands for Digital Audio Workstation, it is a computer software, usually used for recording and music production. Examples of DAWs: Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Studio One, Pro Tools.

Audio Sync is getting the Midronome to follow a specific Audio Sync Track generated by the SyncFileGenerator tool. The track has to be sent from an audio output to the INPUT plug of the device.

No. This is called "Beat Detection" or "Tempo Following" and is not the same as Midronome's "Audio Sync". Audio Sync is only working with specific Audio Sync Tracks generated by the SyncFileGenerator tool.

Yes, all DAWs are supported. Audio Sync is using a simple audio file, so actually any software or hardware that can play this file alongside other tracks will be able to sync the tracks and the Midronome together.

Absolutely, tempo changes and time signature changes! Note that if you are making changes in your session (changing the tempo map), then you need to re-generate the audio sync file using the SyncFileGenerator tool.

Because there is a big chance that MIDI Clock generated by your DAW has jitter, latency, and will drift over time. On top of a stable MIDI Clock, the Midronome will also generate other clocks (analog, metronome), and give you more possibilities of adjustments.

The Midronome only syncs when the audio sync track is sent, i.e. when the DAW transport is running. When the transport is stopped, the Midronome goes back to Master mode at the last tempo and time signature received from the DAW.

Not using "Audio Sync". But if your DAW is Ableton, Bitwig, or Reason, then you can get them to sync to the MIDI Clock sent by the Midronome over USB.

Yes! You must (1) sync DAW and Midronome with Audio Sync, and (2) get your DAW to send MIDI Start to the Midronome over USB. Then when you start the DAW transport, the Midronome will sync but also receive MIDI Start from the DAW, which will have the same effect as someone pressing the PLAY button.


You can control the Mute function, the Play/Stop function, or get the pedal to act as a Tap Tempo.

In the INPUT plug of the Midronome, you can plug a footswitch, and then use it to act as Mute, Play, or Tap Tempo. Guitar effect pedals can be synchronised using the MIDI plugs.

The device will work with momentary pedals like electric piano sustain pedals, and with latching footswitches like the ones for electric guitar amplifiers. For momentary pedals the polarity of the pedal will be detected automatically.

Two pedals. The INPUT plug is a stereo plug (TRS) so you will either need a double pedal or two single pedals with a Stereo to 2x Mono adapter (TRS to 2x TS).

You can use it as Tap Tempo if you plug it in the INPUT jack of the device. You can also use it to set the Time Signature, by tapping a full bar on it (f.ex. tapping 1 2 3 1 will change the Time Signature to 3/4).

You can! Just connect a Stereo to 2x Mono jack adapter to separate the left and right (tip and ring) of the INPUT plug. Then connect your drum pad on the Tip/Left and your pedal on the Ring,/Right.

Yes :) Just connect a Stereo to 2x Mono jack adapter to separate the left and right (tip and ring) of the INPUT plug. Then use the Left/Tip for Audio Sync and connect your pedal on the Ring/Right.


Yep, two or more! This sync is one-way only: one Midronome will be the master and all the others will follow. The tempo and Time Signature can only be changed on the master.

Yes, by using the Locked Mode. When in Locked Mode, the device does not make tempo change until they are approved, by pressing the big knob on the device.

Yes! A few options here: you can either (1) configure the PLAY button to act on the MIDI Port 1 only, (2) configure the MUTE button as a second PLAY button, then each button acts on a different MIDI port, or (3) use a double-pedal (double footswitch) with each pedal controlling Play/Stop on one MIDI port.

It does! Holding down the PLAY button for 1 second gets your MIDI sequencers to resync on the next bar.

Yes, use the FirmwareUpdater tool to upgrade your device. We recommend you to keep your device up to date with the latest firmware

All settings are saved automatically, and the tempo is saved every 10 seconds. Upgrading the firmware will not reset the settings.

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