Soundbrenner Pulse Review – Is it the REAL deal?


PROS:

  • It allows you to customize the way the pulse reaches you; it can short and quick or even long and subtle.
  • The app has a very user-friendly interface. You can navigate through the tabs easily, load your songs into the library, or as easily compose something new.
  • It also has an interactive tutorial for you to learn the ins and outs.
  • Thanks to the sweat-proof features, you can easily move around the stage and rock on.
  • It has an exquisite design that turns heads here and there. You can wear it even if you’re not practicing drumming at a certain moment just to look cool.

CONS:

  • Initially, the vibrations tend to easily confuse many drummers rather than getting you to sync with the tunes.
  • You’d need to buy the body strap separately if you want to tie around your chest or the upper thighs.



As a musician – more specifically, a drummer – we’re sure you’re aware of how important it is to time yourself. It is perhaps the most critical aspect to pay attention to while practicing your skills.

The tempo is what defines a piece of ‘musical art,’ and that is what attracts people.

Getting the timing just right can be a daunting task. You could install apps on your phones, use flashlights or even bpm displays, but what really could help you out a great deal is getting a hold of a metronome.

At the very beginning of your drumming career, you may find metronomes to be bulky and something that gets in your way while hitting the drums with the sticks.

However, the new Soundbrenner Pulse is here to revolutionize your drumming game for the better. On the same note, let’s see how this specific metronome stands out from the crowd in this Soundbrenner Pulse Review.

Soundbrenner Pulse Review

Design and Build

The Pulse is very similar to a wristwatch; it comes with two straps of different sizes so you can wear it on your wrist, arms even legs.

First of all, the strap is malleable and ductile, and most importantly, sweat-proof.

If you find yourself practicing for extended periods, there’s no need to worry if your metronome gets smelly. It’s perfectly normal.

However, you must try out placing the straps wherever possible; who knows you might find it most comfortable tied to your calves.

A charging dock, cable, and a guitar pick are three extra things that come included.

The device turns on by twisting and double-tapping on its face, and it starts vibrating at 120bpm.

You can rotate the outer dial to adjust the tunes yourself or you can tap on the face thrice to let it track your tempo and adjust itself automatically.

Though it’s easy to get started with the Pulse, you will fully exploit its potential once you pair it with the app on your phone. The amount of variables you find then is unimaginable.

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Features

With this wearable metronome, you get to experience the rhythm in an entirely different way.

The Soundbrenner Pulse comes equipped with the heavy 7G ERM motor that helps produce vibrations 7x more powerful than your mobile phones.

Whether you’re practicing drumming, conducting a choir, or strumming, Soundbrenner Pulse will make sure you notice the vibrations and help with improving your timing.

Moreover, the Soundbrenner also allows you to sync with several devices over Bluetooth version 4.0 (up to five devices; mobile phone or tablets).

This ensures the entire band on the stage stays in sync even when the drummer gets off track.

Besides, the Pulse is even better and more powerful when you’re practicing in your studio.

Using the DAW Tools for your computer’s OS, you can transmit complex tempos right into your partner’s Pulse.

This way, every member will feel the vibrations automatically whenever they’re supposed to and ultimately stay in sync at all times.

Furthermore, the Soundbrenner Pulse has an optional body strap you can get separately. It offers you better positional flexibility since you can tie the straps someplace else, which might be more comfortable.

You can control the metronome through the hardware or via the app.

Also, you can customize the vibrating strengths as well as the LED color. It provides you with the opportunity to save your rhythms and organize them by setlists as well.

This can go with an excellent drum set that we reviewed lately.

Here’s a preview of this product in use:


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What’s in The Box

The metronome comes inside a classy packaging, something that makes you feel you’ve undoubtedly bought something precious.

  • A Pulse set so elegantly placed in the center when you slide open the box.
  • A circular charging station and a micro-USB charging cable.
  • Rubber straps that go through the Pulse; the short one for the wrist while the long one for the bicep area of the lower part of your legs.
  • A user manual will help you get started with your experience.
  • A classic Soundbrenner guitar pick which you can share with the guitarist in your band.

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The Ad-Free App – How It Works

Their official app is named “The Metronome” and is a marvelous software that will enhance your drumming experience.

You can use it to control your gadget’s pulses and vibration.

It is available on both iOS and Android, and the best part is that it’s free!

You can download it even if you don’t have the Soundbrenner Pulse, it would be a great app to have, but the features you can access may be limited.

When you open the app, you immediately see the most important part of the metronome, the bpm settings.

You can set it to quarter notes or what you find comfortable for yourself. At the top, the green signal indicates whether The Metronome is connected to the Soundbrenner Pulse as well as its battery life.

The User-Friendly Interface

The app’s interface is user-friendly, unlike the others for which you’d need to read a manual to get started. Hit the Play button you see on the bottom left and notice the Metronome start itself.

A mobile screen with an app

Source: Soundbrenner.com

You have the option to let the wearable metronome vibrate at each beat as well as the app to play a sound every beat.

Another thing you’d notice is the two options at the top: “Compose” and “Load.”

As you may have figured it out yourselves, “Compose” will take you to the area where you can create a new pulse while the “Load” option means you can access preset songs and setlists.

Moreover, the app comes with a song library that includes classic time signatures and grooves that you can load and practice.

You can also upload your songs on the app and have them ready. To upload, go to the “Load,” then click on “Load from song library” and then import the songs you’re planning to play on the stage.
When you’re ready to play, it’s going to be relatively easy since it’s programmed to be automated.

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Customizing the Wearable


As we’ve mentioned before, you can download the app and use it for free without having the Pulse.

Similarly, you can use the Pulse without having to download the application. Without the app, you can turn the Pulse on by rotating the outer wheel and tapping with two of your fingers.

To start the vibration there are two methods:

  1. Double-tap in the middle of the wearable; it starts beating at 120 bpm, and you can adjust the rate by rotating to either way

OR

  1. On the metronome, set the tempo you want; after three taps, you’ll see that the Soundbrenner Pulse automatically starts to vibrate. Continue tapping to increase the accuracy of the tempo.

Moreover, you can also change the color of the flashes generated by the Pulse or if you want to prevent changes due to accidental touches, you can lock the Soundbrenner Pulse as well.

The most important and useful option is perhaps the ability to vary the strength and length of each vibration. Whether you’re playing a slow jazz tune one day and hard, rock music the next, you’ll feel the vibrations no matter what.

PROS:

  • It allows you to customize the way the pulse reaches you; it can short and quick or even long and subtle.
  • The app has a very user-friendly interface. You can navigate through the tabs easily, load your songs into the library, or as easily compose something new.
  • It also has an interactive tutorial for you to learn the ins and outs.
  • Thanks to the sweat-proof features, you can easily move around the stage and rock on.
  • It has an exquisite design that turns heads here and there. You can wear it even if you’re not practicing drumming at a certain moment just to look cool.

CONS:

  • Initially, the vibrations tend to easily confuse many drummers rather than getting you to sync with the tunes.
  • You’d need to buy the body strap separately if you want to tie around your chest or the upper thighs.

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How do you use the Soundbrenner Pulse?

Charge the Pulse at least 30 minutes after taking it out of the box, download the app “The Metronome” and follow the instructions you see displayed. Connect it via Bluetooth, and you’re good to go.

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Is Soundbrenner Core worth it?

If used as a professional tool, the Soundbrenner Core is one of the best wearables you can find in the market. However, if you’re not a musician and your job isn’t to wake up every day and play an instrument, you might want to look at other smartwatches.

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How do I update my Soundbrenner Core?

Open your app and log into your account. Connect to your wearable over Bluetooth by going to Settings. Tap on “Core” to access the device’s settings. Click on the banner, follow the instructions, and you’re set!

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Conclusion

The Soundbrenner Pulse comes packed with new, innovative features that have unlocked new dimensions for the regular drummers out there.

The design makes it a comfortable wearable though some may find it better if it were wrapped around the chest. The app does not only have a friendly user-interface but also comes with a variety of options for you to customize it.

I hope you liked our Soundbrenner Pulse review.

Which features attracted you the most? Let us know below!