Midronome failed to set Kickstarter alight last March but now it’s back, it’s better and 500% funded. This is the sync box you’ve been waiting for.
We first heard about the Midronome last March when this natty little box launched on Kickstarter. I wasn’t entirely convinced that the problems it was trying to solve were actually problems that people had, and it turned out that other people weren’t that sure either, or at least we didn’t really understand it correctly. Simon Lasnier, the person behind Midronome, cancelled the campaign and decided to have a bit of a rethink. Well, now it’s back; it’s relaunched on Kickstarter and goodness gracious, it has hit the mark this time!
The product hasn’t changed very much, but the approach is much clearer, and I think we have a better idea as to what’s going on and why it might be useful. Simon also put a lot of time into raising the profile of Midronome so that more people knew about it once the relaunch came around. It certainly worked! He’s taken orders of over £100,000 in just the first couple of days.
So, what is it?
Midronome is a little sync box that offers multiple ways of providing sync to your music-making environment. It combines MIDI and audio sync from your DAW with MIDI Clock to MIDI devices, analogue clock to modular, DIN Sync to vintage synths and even an audio metronome for humans to follow.
You can also control the tempo in a number of ways. You can turn the knob, tap the tap-tempo, use a footswitch, a drum pad, plug in an audio click, use MIDI CC over USB or, potentially coming soon; you can Bluetooth your way in and use Ableton Link. It will kind of do everything.
A lot of work has gone into making the timing and resolution rock solid. One feature to get around computer latency is to use audio sync via a plugin that runs in your DAW. The sync within the box is hardware generated and so doesn’t suffer from jitter caused by software. I also like how Simion has added the potential for expanded functionality like Bluetooth and Ableton Link support. I think it then ticks all the boxes.
Despite selling over 800 already, there is still time (at the time of writing) to pick one up for the VIP Special price of €109. After that, it’s a very reasonable €149 as an Early Bird or €170 just for the preorder.
- Midronome Kickstarter page.
- Midronome : Midronome