Auto Announce

Auto Announce

In Playlist Controls, when Auto Advance and Play When Advancing are turned on, you’ll see new switches for Announce Next Item and 1 Bar Before.


Announce Next Item will say the name of the Playlist item when it is reached. If you want something other than the preset name to be announced you can tap the Gear icon for the item and choose the Text option in the Cue section.

1 Bar Before will cue the next item 1 bar before it is reached, followed by a “3,4” count. This is useful when you want o create a song structure click that cues you into each section.

New in 2.3.4

New In 2.3.4

There are big and small updates in 2.3.4. The big ones will get their own explanatory posts. The small ones are…

  • Long press on a Preset/Playlist/Playlist Manager row to enter edit mode.
  • Double tap a row in Playlist Manager to load the Playlist.
  • Long press the “Labels” button in Presets Library or Playlist Manager to quickly change labels for the selected item.
  • In multi edit mode the “Labels” button becomes “Change Labels” to quickly edit labels for the selected items.
  • “Hours” added to all time pickers. You can now set a time of up to 23h59m59s
  • When a Playlist is set to Auto Advance and Stop (for example, if you’re using it to count off songs in a band) the Eye Notes for the item just played will remain. If you have the Eye Notes in full screen mode, you’ll see the title of the notes at the top, and the title of the next loaded item at the bottom.


Metric Modulation

Metric Modulation

The Metric Modulation function looks at the first thing entered into Met 1 of each item in a Playlist, then attempts to set tempos so they all play back at a consistent rate.

For example, let’s say:
– The first item in the Playlist has a 1/4 note in Met 1, and the tempo is 120.

  • The second item in the Playlist is 8th notes in Met 1.

To apply Metric Modulation and make these two rates sound the same:

1. Tap the edit button (the pencil in the top right) and Select All, then tap Actions.

2. Choose Tempo Options -> Apply Metric Modulation

This will set the tempo of the second item to be 60bpm.  This means that the 8th notes will play at the same rate that the 1/4 note in Met 1 played.

This works for any number of items and can be used for different effects.


What’s New In 2.3.2

New In 2.3.2 / 2.3.3

  • New percussion sounds including Djembe, Sangban and Dununba
  • When using Big Numbers display with a black background, tapping the screen will hide the black background. You can bring it back by tapping the Big Numbers fader.
  • Pinch to zoom in metronomes! You can zoom in and out on the rhythms in Met 1 and Met 2. The zoom state is saved for the particular layout. That is, if you’re in landscape with the mixer up, it’s a different zoom for if you’re in portrait with the mixer hidden. Before you’ve pinched to zoom PolyNome will default to the old display size. Once you’ve pinched for a particular layout in a particular preset then that zoom state is saved.
  • “New Entry in Playlist” option added to the “+” menu on the Playlist page. Use this to create a Playlist entry without needing to add it to the Presets library.
  • Support for iPhone X notch
  • 16th, dotted half, and whole note options added to tempo picker. On the tempo entry page, tap the quarter note to choose a different option.
  • Pause. Tap and hold the timer button to pause playback

New in 2.3.1

New In 2.3.1

New rates display in 2.3.1


  • Haptic Feedback! When using devices that support haptic feedback you’ll see an orange button above the Master fader in the mixer. Use this to turn on haptic feedback and feel the 1/4 note pulse. Great for getting a tempo without having to look at the screen.
  • Visualise polyrhythms with the new “Rates” view. When you have rhythms in met1 and met2 you’ll see a new Rates fader in the mixer. Tap the “Mode” button to change the visualisation mode.
  • New options when Shuffling Rhythm to allow linking of sounds and accents and metronomes. Set the options at the bottom of the menu that appears when you long press on a rhythm.
  • New options when displacing Sounds/Accents to link them together (i.e. displace sounds and accents as one) and to link metronomes (displace in both metronomes at once). Long press above or below notation to see these settings.
  • Option to “Swap Metronomes” available when tapping Preset name at the top of the metronome page.
  • When in Split Screen mode on iPad, toggling to library will display the library only (instead of it taking up only half of the screen). This is useful on a gig – have setlist on one side and score in another app on the other.
  • On the Pan/Mute page in Preferences there’s an additional slider for Volume. Reduce the volume here if PolyNome samples are clipping.
  • New sounds added : Shorter crash sounds, Muted Guitar Up and Down strums
  • Link to Instagram tutorials in menu. Check out the regular tips and tutorials.
  • Audiobus 3 support.
  • Option to include tempo when printing setlist (set this in prefs)


  • Improved input of sounds and rhythms. Swipe to the end on Change Sounds or Change Accents to position the cursor to add more. Swipe to the beginning on Change Rhythm page to insert notes at the start.
  • Playlist Manager remembers your selected sorting criteria.
  • When saving a Count In you won’t be asked about updating in other playlists
  • Sharing is now available in basic version
  • “Jump to top when stop” in Playlist will now jump to the Count In if there is one.
  • Mark All Read button added to Inbox
  • Playlists remember their Tempo Lock state.
  • Total bars added to Playlist (bottom row of Playlist page)
  • Long Press on Playlist name to jump to Playlist Manager.
  • Improved control of swipe tempo.
  • FIX: Tap Tempo now works on metronome screen on iPad when Presets library visible

Shuffle Options

Shuffle and Displace Options

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.

Sounds and Accent Displacement Settings


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.

New Features in 2.2.9/2.3.0

New In 2.2.9/2.3.0

Please update your reviews on the App Store if you like the new features. It really helps!

  • Menu

    • – Improved Help menu. Searchable FAQ with Contact Us option for getting in touch with your questions.
    • – Twitter button
  • Metronome Page

    • – On iPad the Change Rhythm/Sounds/Accents pop-over windows are bigger
    • – Bar numbers added to rhythm display
    • – Volume Control Changes: PolyNome now goes a bit louder and the faders work in a more natural way (you don’t have to pull them all the way down before things get quieter.) This will make your saved Presets sound a bit different (if you used the volume controls) but it made sense to fix the issue going forward.
    • – Removed any latency when pressing play
    • – Practice Pad flam sounds
    • – Make Lefty option. Tap the preset name and choose Make Lefty to change both metronomes to left handed versions (swaps R and L). Tap and hold under the rhythms in a metronome and tap Make Lefty to affect just that metronome.
    • – Bass and Keys notes added to Sound Picker for creation of melodic lines.
    • – Stab sounds added to Sound Picker.
    • – Long Press under notes on Metronome page for transpose/swap bass & keys options (when bass or keys are used in the pattern).
    • – Long Press on notation on Metronome page gives new displace options.
    • – When shuffling rhythms, half and whole note rests that start and end the entered rhythm are left alone.
    • – Tapping the Preset name brings up a new option for Practice Log which will show the Practice Log results for that Preset.
    • – Voice cues added to sounds (rehearsal markings and song sections)

  • Playlists

    • – Practice time of Playlists is saved when you close them. You can sort by this in the Playlist Manager.
    • – Duplicate item added to Playlist ‘+’ button to duplicate single item in Playlist.
    • – Shuffle option added to Playlist (tap the Playlist name to view it.)
    • – Practice Log option added (tap the Playlist name) which will show the Practice Log results for that Playlist.
    • – Ramp and Random options in Playlist for quick setting of Tempo/Reps/Timer. When in edit mode in a Playlist (by tapping the pencil button) if you have multiple items selected you’ll see new buttons in the Actions menu for Tempo Options, Rep Options and Timer Options. These allow you to quickly set ramped or randomised tempos/reps/timers.
    • – Duplicate option in Playlist Actions (when in edit mode). Allows you to quickly create multiple copies of items in a playlist.
    • – Tempo percentage slider now has variable scrubbing speed. Move your finger away from the slider while scrubbing for fine tuning the percentage.
    • – Tempo percentage slider remembers its position from the last time you used the Playlist.
    • – Fix: Will now auto advance no matter how short the pattern is.
    • – “Add Count In” now adds a count in before the selected item. You can add as many as you like to a Playlist. Count ins only play when you manually start the playlist from that location.
  • Playlist Manager

    • – Merge Playlists option added to Actions. Use this to create a new Playlist with the contents of the selected Playlists. Useful if you have songs with multiple sections and you want to create a single Playlist to play them all.
    • – View Practice Log option added to Actions. Use this to view practice logged for the selected Playlists.

  • Notifications and Practice Log

    • – New Daily Practice Reminder option in Preferences > Notifications
    • – Notifications now tell you how yesterday’s/last week’s/last month’s practice time compared to the previous period.
    • – Actions button for Presets and Playlist items has option to View Practice Log for the selected items
    • – Practice Log has a new summary at the top showing practice logged for periods (1 day, 7 days, 30 days, 365 days) and whether you’ve logged more or less than the previous period.
    • – Tap the Date label in the Practice Log to quickly set the date range to 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, 1 year, or the date range of logged events for the currently selected Presets.
    • – PDF Summary includes tempos for Playlists played.
    • – “Exclude Tag” option added to Practice Log filters to show all items that don’t have the associated tag.
    • – Min/Max tempos and dates in Practice Log are auto-set based on tempos of events logged.
    • – New row to filter on events with notes
    • – 90 Day and Year options added to Chart View
    • – Playlist vs Time chart added to Chart View
    • – Fixed weird page breaks in PDF logs.

What’s New In 2.2.8

What’s New in PolyNome 2.2.8

Check out the video below to see an overview of the new features of PolyNome 2.2.8. They’re also listed below the video.

The new features are:

  1. New Metronome sounds (Met1,2,3, etc.)
  2. New context menus – tap and hold on, above, or below the notes on Met1 and Met2 to see context menus for shuffling rhythms and displacing stickings.

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What’s New In 2.2.7

What’s New in PolyNome 2.2.7

Check out the video below to see an overview of the new features of PolyNome 2.2.7. They’re also listed below the video.

The new features are:

1. Force touch App icon for direct access to Presets,Playlist or Playlist Manager

2. More ⓘ buttons with links to userguide and tutorials

3. Current name as default in Save As and Rename dialogs

4. Drag bar under Mixer for easy scrolling.

5. Fine control of Mixer faders (tap above/below fader for 1% change, tap and hold above/below fader to jump to nearest 10%)

6. Swing Faders for controlling swing of Metronomes. You can link them with the link button. Tapping and holding jumps to common swing positions.

7. Delay faders for adding a delay to Met 1 or Met 2. Use these to displace grooves or hear what it sounds like to have a late or early back beat. You can change the max delay by tapping the Delay label.

7. Change Sounds page: Tap and hold Line 1 or Line 2 to additional options ☞Copy sticking, switch lines, swap sounds/letters

8. Use swap sounds/letters to invert stickings (if you’re a lefty) or perform other sticking changes quickly.

9. Change Accents page now shows the sticking under the notes. You can tap it to jump to the change sounds page.

10. Tapping and holding the accents on Change Accents page gives an option to Invert Accents.

11. Long press the playlist name to jump to Playlist Manager.

12. Long press a playlist in Playlist Manager to load it instantly.

13. New click sounds and practice pad hit sounds, plus a couple of snare buzz sounds

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Reviews are reset with each new update, but it’s quick to re-post once you’ve left an initial review.

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Swapping Letters/Sounds

Swapping Letters/Sounds

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.

What’s New In 2.2.6

What’s New in PolyNome 2.2.6

Version 2.2.6 is a minor update with some performance improvements and one new feature (see below)

If you have any issues with these releases please contact me to let me know. I’ll get them fixed as soon as I can.

Thanks for using PolyNome!


P.S. If you have a couple of minutes to spare and enjoy using PolyNome I’d really appreciate you leaving a positive review.

Reviews are reset with each new update, but it’s quick to re-post once you’ve left an initial review.

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Play Sound When Playlist Loops

Alert When Playlist Loops

There’s a new option in Playlist Controls for version 2.2.6 to play a sound when a Playlist loops.

The sound played depends on whether the tempo is increasing, decreasing, or remaining constant.

To turn them on:

  1. Tap the first row in the Playlist Controls section on the active Playlist.
  2. Make sure “Auto Advance” and “Play When Advancing” are turned on. This will reveal the switches for “Play Sound When Advancing” and “Play Sound When Looping”

playlist_controls  playlist_sounds

New In v2.2.4/2.2.5

What’s New in PolyNome 2.2.4/2.2.5?

PolyNome 2.2.4 added some great new features to PolyNome as well as improving usability and a few bug fixes.

Version 2.2.5 fixed a couple of bugs and added the option to disable practice logging.

If you have any issues with these releases please contact me to let me know. I’ll get them fixed as soon as I can.

Thanks for using PolyNome!


P.S. If you have a couple of minutes to spare and enjoy using PolyNome I’d really appreciate you leaving a positive review.

Reviews are reset with each new update, but it’s quick to re-post once you’ve left an initial review.

To leave a review:

Click Here to view PolyNome in the App Store, then tap the Reviews button and “Write a Review”

I really appreciate the support!

Disable Practice Log

Disabling Practice Logging

Since version 2.2.5 you can now disable Practice Logging.

You’ll find the option on the Preferences page in the menu under “Min Practice Time To Log”

Creating Stroke Guides

Creating a Stroke Guide

This is a great feature for drummers which massively simplifies the process of figuring out the strokes required to play an accented rudiment efficiently.

If you’re not already familiar with the stroke types (Full, Down, Tap, Up) or don’t know what their purpose is, then check out the video at the bottom of this post.

If you already understand the value of these strokes, then you’ll love how easy PolyNome makes it to calculate them.

How It Works

  1. Enter a rudiment into Line 1 of Metronome 1.
  2. Enter the accents you wish to use (otherwise all strokes would be Taps)
  3. Tap Met2. Tap the “…”. Tap “Create Stroke Guide”

That’s it!

PolyNome takes the Rhythm, Sticking, and Accents you entered in Met 1 and replaces the contents of Met 2 with a Stroke Guide.

Line 1 of Met 2 shows the strokes for the right hand.

Line 2 of Met 2 shows the strokes for the left hand.

You can use the mixer faders to listen to the voice prompts for just one hand, or the other, or both.

Here it is in action…

And here’s a 45 minute VIP lesson from explaining the strokes and the laborious process you used to have to go through before PolyNome.


Smart Mixer

The Smart Mixer

Version 2.2.4 brings some new faders to the mixer in PolyNome.

You can now control the level of the R,L,K,H sounds for each metronome as well as the degree of accenting.

The “smart” part is that the faders only show up when appropriate.

So, if you have no pattern entered in Met 2 then you won’t see faders for Met 2.

If you only have R and L in the sticking then you’ll only see faders for R and L.

If there are no accents in your pattern then you won’t see the Accent fader (>)

This keeps things neat and tidy.

See it in action…


Flams in PolyNome

To enter a flam in PolyNome you need to choose a flam sound from the sound picker. To access the sound picker tap and hold one of the R, L, K, H buttons on the Change Sounds page.  Click here to see more details about choosing sounds.

If you search for ‘flam’ in the sound picker you’ll see there are various flam options for snare, pad, and voice.

When you tap the button the sticking will show ‘rL’ for a left flam and ‘lR’ for a right flam.

Flams will be taken into consideration when creating stroke guides.

See it in action…


Sound Picker

Choosing Sounds In PolyNome

Version 2.2.4 brings a much improved sound picker.

To set sounds for Overlay Faders tap the Change Sounds button on the Mixer.

To set sounds for R,L,K,H tap and hold one of those buttons on the Change Sounds page.

Watch the video to see it in action.

Creating New Playlist Items Directly

Creating New Playlist Items Directly

PolyNome 2.2.4 includes a new method to add new items to a Playlist without first having to create a Preset in the Preset library.

  1. Tap the + icon on the Playlist page.
  2. Choose “Duplicate Item With New Name”
  3. Type a name for your new Preset

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Once it’s created you can change the tempo and the pattern and save it on the main screen.

If you want to re-use the Preset in another Playlist (or add multiple copies to the same Playlist) you can create a version in the Preset Library from the Disk button on the main screen.


Watch the video to see it in action