Tap Timing

Bounce Metronome Feature:
Pro and Basic version

63 Tap Timing Strip

What is it?

Visual feedback of how close in time your taps are to the metronome ticks. Useful for learning to play exactly on the beat or ahead or behind the beat.

What can you do?

Try to tap exactly in time with the metronome using mouse clicks or keyboard taps. Displays visually the position of your tap in the beat.

You can also try to tap consistently ahead or behind the beat as well and then get as close as you can to the beat from either side without hitting it. Then try to hit it on every beat

Where is it?

Where do I find it in Bounce Metronome:

Go to Tap Timing in the Tempo drop down menu. You can also get to it with the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + 237.

You will find an option to add a tempo timing strip to the bouncing ball windows.

Requirements for this feature to work

Your computer must be able to play notes with low latency .

The Microsoft GS Wavetable Synth unfortunately is often set up with a massive latency of 200 ms. This is okay for most of the Bounce Metronome features - you can just set the Bounce Synchronisation Delay in Bounce Preferences (Ctrl + 220) to keep bounce and visuals in time - but is no good for tap timing.

Many users will be affected -  it is the most common midi synth on modern computers as it comes as part of Direct Sound.

However if this feature is important for you - you may be able to get around that. You can install other soft synths or samplers with low latency, and you might also be able to reduce the latency of the Microsoft GS Wavetable Synth,

For details about reducing the latency of this synth, see the Tune Smithy entry for Microsoft GS Wavetable Synth. On that page you can also find a few ideas of other synths you can use in its place, though they are just a few of many other possibilities.

Any good sample player or synth should be able to play the notes with reasonably low latency on a modern computer - especially if you also add in Asio support (can be done on most soundcards using Asio4All).

The Microsoft SW Synth is a bit of an anomaly in that respect, for some reason it often gets set to a latency more suitable for a typical computer of the 1980s or earlier.

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