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Speed Upp for Mac

By Speed Upp Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Apr 25, 2014

An adaptive and programmable metronome for musicians, Speed Upp for Mac can help you improve your training speed and precision. It works by facilitating scale exercises and chromatic drills as you practice with your musical instruments.

Pros

Highly customizable: Speed Upp for Mac makes it easy for you to set tempo changes. As such, the 34-column graph (with up to 600 clicks per column) can be preset with tempo markings, so you can continuously use your hands on your instrument as you train with tempo changes indicated on the onscreen graph. You can also draw your own drills on the graph using the mouse.

Sound hints: To alert you of an upcoming tempo change, the application sounds off high and low pitch clicks.

Intuitive shortcut keys: You can use the Spacebar to pause and play the application, Enter/Return key to replay from the start, the Up and Down arrow keys to change tempo by 5 bpm, and the Left and Right keys to hop into columns in the graph.

Cons

100 bpm cap for the free version: You have to upgrade to the Pro version to enjoy the full 300 bpm tempo.

No presets on the free version: Again, you need to upgrade to Pro if you want to be able to use presets. The ability to save and use presets is very helpful even though you can only save up to six presets.

Bottom Line

Speed Upp for Mac breaks the monotony of playing scales with just one beat rate, proving to be a useful tool for musicians. The keyboard shortcuts make it highly accessible, yet to enjoy it to its full capacity you have to buy the Pro version. That said, even the free version remains a good download, despite its limitations.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.3


- You can now choose between three built-in metronome sounds: wood block, snare drum and cowbell. In addition, you can use your own sound file in .wav or .aiff format.
- Bugfix: the sound accents indicating tempo going slower or faster trigered incorrectly.
- Bugfix: volume level was not saved.

General

Release July 21, 2013
Date Added July 21, 2013
Version 1.3

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.5, Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 230
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

ABOUT

Programmable metronome for speed and fluency. Built for training precision and speed, it guides you during scale exercises and chromatic drills by changing tempo according to on-screen graph.

FEATURES

- Start slow, build up speed: Built for training precision and speed, it guides you during scale exercises and chromatic drills by changing tempo according to on-screen graph.
- Draw your drill: Use the built-in best-practice graph designed for optimal learning curve or use your own ideas simply by drawing a line with mouse.
- Save your presets: Save custom presets including graph, beats per column and target tempo.
- Windowed and full-screen: Windowed and full-screen mode for distraction free experience.
- Time remaining: View time remaining to the end of the drill.
- Audio clues: Higher and lower pitch clicks let you know when tempo changes.
- Choose your sound: Carefully selected built-in sounds to suit different types of music can be complemented by using your own sound file (.wav or .aiff).