When shuffling the order of the rhythm in PolyNome there are some extra options.
When “Link Sounds” and “Link Accents” are switched on, the sounds and accents assigned to the rhythm will be moved as if they were attached directly to the notes.
If those switches are off, then the rhythms will be shuffled, but the sounds and accents will remain as they were. Hence, they will now line up with different notes in the pattern.
When “Ignore Rests” is switched on, groups of half note or whole note rests at the start and the end of a rhythm will be ignored when shuffling. This means that you could have 3 bars of a groove in Met 1 with a bar of rest at the end. In Met 2 you could have 3 bars of rest with a bar of a rhythm at the end. Shuffling the rhythm in Met2 with “Ignore Rests” switched on will mix up the note groups in bar 4 but leave the 3 bars of rest at the start untouched.
When “Link Mets” is switched on the shuffling and displacing of a rhythm in Met1 will be replicated in Met2. Note that if the rhythms are different in the two metronomes then they’ll be shuffled independently.
The “Link Sounds & >” switch links the displacement of sounds and accents. i.e. if you displace the sounds to the right the accents will also be displaced and vice versa.
The “Link Mets” switch links the displacement of sounds and accents between the two metronomes. So, if you displace the sounds to the right in Met 1 they’ll also be displaced in Met 2 and vice versa. This switch also links the transposing of melodic sounds in the two metronomes.
To add a rhythm to Metronome 1 or Metronome 2 you need to go to the Change Rhythm page.
Do this by:
Tapping a Metronome and choosing Change Rhythm or
Tapping and Holding the rhythm area (denoted with the pink rectangles)
Change Rhythm Page
The Change Rhythm page is where you enter the rhythm you want PolyNome to play.
TIP: Another way of playing a rhythm is to enter a bar of 16th notes and assign sounds to just some of those notes. This is sometimes a quicker way to work and provides more flexibility.
a) The rhythm you’ve entered. You can swipe left/right in here to select different parts of the rhythm in order to enter or delete notes in the middle of the rhythm.
b) The time signature, number of bars filled and 16th notes remaining in the bar. Tap the time signature to change it.
c) Note type selector. Changing this affects the note options you see in section f). C stands for Common rhythms. There are 3 pages of these which you can use to enter most rhythmic ideas.
d) Use these buttons to delete parts of the rhythm you’ve entered.
e) Page selector. There are up to 3 pages of notes available (in section f) for each option.
f) Note entry buttons. Tap a button to add the note group to your rhythm.
g) Tap the Muting Off button to choose a Random Mute type. You can have PolyNome randomly mute notes, note groups (eg. a group of quintuplets), bars, or cycles. When muting is on you’ll see a slider where you can set the probability that random muting will occur.
The image below shows page 3 of the common rhythms. Tapping these buttons will add the component individual notes required to create the rhythm shown. Note that the rhythm may look different in the display eg. the bottom right button will enter a single 16th rest and 3 individual 16th notes.
Tapping the whole note, half note, quarter note or eighth note options will give you divisions of those notes in section f). The image below shows page 1 of the divisions of a half note. Use these options for quickly creating polyrhythms of anything up to 1 – 24 vs 1 – 24.
To add accents to your rhythm you need to go to the Change Accents page.
Do this by either:
Tapping a Metronome and choosing Change Accents, or
Tapping and holding above the notation (where accents would be displayed)
Change Accents Page
On this page you assign accents to your rhythm. You can also set the swing and accent amount, though this is more easily done from the faders in the mixer on the metronome page.
a) Here you’ll see the accent pattern you enter. Tap and hold for an extra menu with accent options.
b) Here you see the rhythm that you’re entering accents for. Swipe left/right to change the highlighted note which indicates where the accent/non-accent will be placed. Tap the notes to jump to the Change Rhythm page.
c) Here you can see the sticking that you’ve entered for the rhythm. Tap this area to jump to the Change Sounds page.
d) Here you can change the Reset options to determine how PolyNome will assign your entered accent pattern.
e) Use the Clear All button to clear all Accents. The DEL button will delete the item above the highlighted note. The backspace button will delete the item to the left of the highlighted note.
f) Use this button to add a non-accent to the highlighted note.
g) Use this button to add an accent to the highlighted note.
h) Use the slider to determine the difference between the volume of accented and non-accented notes. When the slider is all the way to the left accents and non-accents will be the same volume. When the slider is all the way to the right non-accents will be muted so you’ll only hear the accented notes. Accent amount can also be set using the ‘>’ fader in the mixer on the metronome page.
i) Use this slider to change the degree of swing for the entered rhythm. Swing amount can also be set using the Swing fader on the mixer on the metronome page.
Press and hold the notation or accents in the panel at the top to bring up the Accent Options menu where you can quickly invert the accent pattern you’ve entered.
The reset options define what PolyNome will do if you don’t fill the rhythm with accents/non-accents.
Reset Off : The entered accent pattern will loop from where it ends. This means it can go over the bar line and may change for each repeat of the pattern.
Reset Each Cycle: The entered accents will loop under the rhythm (if you didn’t fill to the end), but will always start over when the rhythm cycle repeats.
Reset Each Note Group: The entered accent pattern will start from the beginning with each new Note Group. A note group corresponds to a button press on the Change Rhythm page. For example, it could be a group of 4x16th notes, or it could be a single 1/4 note. This option is useful if you want to always accent the start of a subdivision group. You can enter > _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ and you’ll always get an accent at the start of the note group.
Fill Cycle with Non-Accents: This option will just fill the rhythm with non accents where your entered accent pattern finishes.
The Change Sounds Page is where you assign sounds to a rhythm in PolyNome.
To get to the page either:
Tap a Metronome and choose Change Sounds
Long Press the area under the rhythm (denoted by the pink rectangles below)
The Change Sounds Page
This is the page where you add sounds to the rhythm.
a) The rhythm you’ve entered. You can tap the notation to jump to the Change Rhythm page to alter the rhythm. You can swipe left and right on the rhythm to move the cursor position.
b) This is the area where you’ll see the letters you’ve entered and the cursor indicating the position.
c) Line 1 calculated display: This will show the sticking that will be applied to the rhythm for line 1. The light blue letters represent what you’ve entered, the grey letters indicate what PolyNome will automatically play. These change based on the Reset options. Tap and hold the line for extra menu options (when some content has been entered)
d) Line 2 calculated display: This is the same as for line 1. You can tap line 2 to enter letters for this line. Tap and hold the line for extra menu options (they only show up when there’s some content in at least one of the lines)
e) Reset Options: Tap this to change the Reset setting for the calculated sticking. The options have explanations on the page where you select them. Learn more here.
f) Use Clear Line to clear the selected line. DEL deletes the item to the right of the cursor position. Backspace deleted the item to the left of the cursor position. You can move the cursor position by swiping on the notation.
g) Use the R, L, K, H, Rest buttons to assign sounds to the rhythm. Tap and hold the buttons to change the sounds associated with the letters.
Tap and Hold Options
Tapping and holding on line 1 or line 2 brings up extra menu options:
a) Copy sticking from Line 1/2 will copy the sticking into the current line.
b) Switch Lines will swap the stickings of line 1 and line 2.
c) Swap Letters/Sounds will open a new page where you can choose to swap letters or the sounds assigned to them. Use this for switching stickings if you’re left handed, or for quickly modifying sticking patterns in other ways. Read more here.
The Sound Picker
Tapping and holding the R,L,K or H button will bring up the sound picker where you can assign sounds to those letters.
a) The letter you’re assigning a sound to. You can choose a different letter by tapping it and you’ll hear the currently assigned sound.
b) The chosen letter and sound assigned to it. Tap ‘Show’ to jump to that sound in the list of sounds.
c) Use the search bar to quickly find the sound you’re looking for. Typing “hi” for example will narrow the search down to hi hat sounds.
d) Tap the heart button to add a sound to your Favourites. They’ll always be available at the top of the list.
There are over 200 sounds to choose from including drums, percussion, clicks, voice counting, “left, right, tap, up, down, full”, practice pad samples, etc
By tapping and holding a line in the Change Sounds page you can choose to Swap Letters/Sounds.
This opens a page with some options for what to swap and how to swap them.
The purpose of this feature is to quickly reverse or change stickings. See the video below for some examples.
Swap vs Replace
Once you’ve chosen a source letter (labeled CURRENT ASSIGNMENT) and a FINAL letter you have to choose an action. The options are Swap (A < – > B) and Replace A with B
Let’s say your sticking is R L R R L R L L
If you choose the source letter ‘L’ and the Final letter ‘R’ then choosing the action Swap (A < – > B) will switch the letters around so you’ll end up with L R L L R L R R. This is useful if you want to invert a sticking (if you’re left handed)
If you chose the action Replace A with B then all instances of your source letter (L) would be replaced with the final letter (R) and you’d end up with R R R R R R R R
Choose what to change
Here there are two options: Letter, and Sound Assignment
The above examples are what would happen if you tapped Letter as the item to change. If you chose Sound Assignment instead then the order of your sticking (R L R R L R L L) would remain the same, but the sounds assigned to the letters R and L would be swapped or replaced (depending on the Action you’d chosen).
You can choose both Letter and Sound Assignment if you wish.
So, let’s say the sticking you have is a paradiddle (R L R R L R L L) and you have the hi hat assigned to R and the snare assigned to L. If you swap Letters and Sound Assignment then you’ll end up with the sticking L R L L R L R R but it’ll sound the same as the hihat sound will now be assigned to L and the snare to R. If you didn’t choose to swap Sound Assignment then the left hand would still be on the snare and the pattern would sound different.
A reason to use the Replace A with B option might be if you have programmed a linear groove into line 1 and copied it to line 2. You might then want to replace all R with Rest on line 1, and all L,K,H with Rest on line 2. That way you’re breaking the limbs between the 2 lines and can achieve other things.
Tap the mixer toggle button (under the Play button) to toggle the mixer.
Swipe left/right in the area below the faders to scroll and see what’s available.
Swipe up/down on the faders to change the level.
Tap above/below current fader position to inc/dec in 1% steps.
Press and hold above/below current fader position to jump to nearest 10% mark (or, in the case of swing/delay faders to important positions)
The mixer has faders for the following:
Big Numbers: This fader changes the visibility of the Big Numbers which count up when PolyNome is playing. If this fader is at 100% then the entire screen will be black when PolyNome is playing and tapping anywhere on the screen will stop PolyNome. If the fader is below 100% you’ll still be able to control PolyNome features through the number display.
Master : This fader changes the overall volume of your iOS device
Metronome 1/2 Line 1/2 : These faders control the volumes of the sounds entered into Line 1 and 2 of the 2 Metronomes. When you move them you’ll see a volume indicator under the notation change.
R,L,K,H, etc : When you have sounds assigned to rhythms in Met 1 or Met 2 the mixer will display extra faders to control the individual volumes of the sounds assigned to those letters. If you’re using voice counting the fader labels will display the relevant names.
Bar : Plays a sound at the start of each bar (based on Met 1 time signature)
1 : Plays a sound for the 1/4 note
e/+/a : Play sounds on the 1/16th subdivisions
trip/let : Play sounds on the triplet subdivisions
Mark : Plays a sound each time a Mark is reached (you can set the Mark position with the button above the fader)
The Overlay sounds are the fastest way to create a straight or triplet click.
You can change the sounds associated with each of the Overlay faders by tapping the Change Sounds button.
Swing : You can move the swing faders to vary the swing of the rhythms in Met 1 and Met 2. By tapping the link button the swing of the 2 metronomes will be linked.
Tapping and holding above/below the current fader position will jump to the following positions: 0%, 33% (triplet swing), 50% (dotted swing), 66% (sextuplet swing)
Delay : You can add delay to Met 1 and Met 2 using these faders. Use this feature to experiment with beat placement behind or ahead of the beat (see the video for more info). Tapping the Delay button allows you to set the max delay. Set this to 16th note for fine grained control of delay used to hear rhythms played slightly behind the beat. Set it to 1/4 to quickly displace a rhythm by 1-4 16th notes.
Tapping and holding above/below the current fader position will jump to the following positions: 0%, 25%, 50%, 75%, 100%
These are great if you want to have your iPhone/iPad in the background of a YouTube video for educational purposes.
Big Numbers are based on the time signature of Met 1.
You change the visibility using the first fader in the mixer.
As long as you can see the other controls of PolyNome you can use them in the usual way.
When the slider is set to max a black background is added and tapping anywhere on the screen will stop PolyNome.
You’ll also notice a pendulum ticker at the top of the screen and white blocks that flash across the top. These help to see what’s going on when you’re viewing the Playlist page. You can turn them off in Preferences.