Rhythm Lab is a great app for developing rhythmic skills. Version 3 greatly expands and extends the features and capabilities of previous versions, making it a truly indispensable app for improving rhythmic skills.
Plug in a MIDI keyboard and Rhythm Lab will recognize it. For single patterns, any note-on event will register as a tap. For double or drumline patterns, the keyboard is split into two sections, with any note in the upper section recognized as a right tap, and any note in the lower section recognized as a left tap. Drum-kit taps are assigned to individual notes for hit, snare, and kick drum. The split-point note and drum-kit notes can be selected/changed on the MIDI Options menu. You can also choose to send MIDI note-on messages to other apps or devices, and choose to connect to a bluetooth MIDI device.
One of the most requested features, the ability to create custom patterns, is now an integral part of Rhythm Lab 3.0. There are three ways to create custom patterns:
- Create a brand new pattern from scratch
- Copy and edit an existing pattern
- Generate a new pattern using the random pattern generator
Once a custom pattern is created, it can be edited and added to a custom pattern set. New custom pattern sets are easily created, or the pattern can be added to an existing pattern set. Custom patterns may also be saved as images for worksheets. Custom pattern sets are immediately available for tapping on the Tap screen, and may also be exported and saved in an external app such as Dropbox, or emailed and stored elsewhere. Teachers can create custom pattern sets for students, tailored to the specific needs of the student. Users can save pattern sets off of the device and load or unload them freely. There are many great possibilities for using the custom pattern feature.
Improved Audio and Audiobus Compatibility
Rhythm Lab 3.1 has a much-improved audio engine that is compatible with the Audiobus app. A large number of sounds, which conform to the General MIDI sound sets, are available and easily selected or changed via the mixer settings button. As an Audiobus-compatible Input app, Rhythm Lab sessions can be recorded by other Audiobus-compatible apps such as Garage Band, and special effects such as reverb or delay can be added by using Audiobus-compatible Filter apps. All Audiobus-compatible apps can be found on the Audiobus website.
Rhythm Lab 3.1 now has user management! Add an unlimited number of users to a single iPad (limited only by the capacity of the device). Manage users easily by adding or deleting them on the User screen. The only requirement is a user name; no other personal information is required or obtained by the app. View scores and stats at any time by tapping the User button on the top right of the Tap screen menu bar. If you would like to use Rhythm Lab without logging in or tracking scores, you may log in as a guest user.
Tap settings and controls are now accessible immediately from the main tap screen. Mixer settings, including volume controls and sound options, are accessible by tapping a single mixer settings button on the main screen. Volume controls have been reduced and simplified to make it easy to access and control audio.
Metronome settings for BPM (beats per minute) can be saved for an individual exercise or for all exercises in a set. The range of BPM settings has been widened to a range from 15 to 260 BPM for all exercises.
Tap results now remain visible on the tap screen until the user clears them with the clear button, or until a new tap session is started.
Users logged in with a user name can see the results of their tap session immediately after a session finishes. Scores are awarded based on accuracy, with higher scores awarded for greater difficulty levels. Stats for individual users are available by tapping on the user button at the top of the screen. The highest scores for every exercise completed by the user are stored by the app.
Download Rhythm Lab 3.1 on the App Store.