In the Playlist Actions you can choose to Ramp or Randomize the tempos/timers/reps of the selected items.
When you select the items to apply a “ramp” to the order that you select them in determines the order that the ramp will be applied. The first selected item represents one boundary and the last selected item represents the other boundary. For example, if the first selected item as a reps value of 1 and the last selected item has a reps value of 10 and there are 10 items, then you’ll end up with reps set from 1 – 10 in the order that you selected them.
If you use the Select All function to select all items, they are selected from the top down. So if the reps for the first item was 1 and the reps for the last item was 10 then the reps would be ordered with 1 for the first preset and 10 for the last with 2-9 in between.
If the first item was set to reps=10, and the last item was set to reps=1, then the order would be reversed… 10,9,8…3,2,1
If the first and last selected items have a timer value set, or don’t have overridden reps set (you set overridden reps by tapping the gear icon to the right of the item) then the function won’t work.
This video shows you the basics of Playlist creation and editing.
The quickest way to create a Playlist is to tap the multi-select button on the Presets page, select the Presets you want to add, then tap the Actions Button at the bottom of the page and choose the Add To Playlist option.
Alternatively, you can tap the + button in the top right of the Playlist page and “Create New Playlist.” Once created you can tap and hold to load it. Then tap the + button to Add Presets To Playlist.
If you want to create new items directly in the Playlist (i.e. without first saving them as Presets) you can tap the + button and choose the Duplicate Item With New Name option. This will duplicate the currently loaded Preset and add it to the Playlist with a prompt for you to give it a new name. The Preset won’t appear in the Presets Library.
If you later want to add a copy to the Preset library (so you can use it in other Playlists) you can load it from the Playlist and tap the Disk icon on the metronome page and choose “Copy to Preset Library”
The Playlist page is where you view the currently loaded Playlist.
A Playlist is a collection of Presets and Controls dictating whether they should be played one after another or individually, whether to automate tempo changes, etc. etc.
You can have as many Playlists as you like. They are managed from the Playlist Manager.
A good way to get familiar with the things Playlists can do is to view the Playlist Tutorial (from the PolyNome Menu under Tutorials). Then watch the info videos ⓘ associated with each item in the Example Playlist.
You can think of the Playlist page as consisting of 4 sections…
i) Playlist Menu Section
ii) Playlist Items
iii) Playlist Controls
iv) Playlist Transport Controls
Let’s take a look at each section.
i) Playlist Menu Section
a) Button to go back to the main page. You can also just swipe to the right as the main metronome is always just to the left of this page.
b) View button. Tap this button to switch to Presets or Playlist Manager pages.
c) Edit button. Tap this to remove or re-order the playlist. You can also perform actions on items in the playlist by tapping this button, selecting items, then using the Actions Menu that appears at the bottom of the screen.
d) Add Button: Tap this for creating a new playlist or adding items, or a count in, to the existing playlist.
e) Playlist name: Tap this for print/email options or to load the Playlist Manager. Tip: You can press and hold to load the Playlist Manager directly.
f) Playlist Notes: Tap this to add notes for the Playlist, or to view existing notes.
g) Eye Notes button: Tap this to view Eye Notes. These are notes associated with the currently selected item in the Playlist.
Playlist Name Menu
Tapping the Playlist name ‘a)’ brings up a menu with options for emailing and printing the current Playlist.
Options for the layout of the PDF are available in the PolyNome menu under Preferences.
Tap and hold the Playlist name to jump directly to the Playlist Manager.
Playlist Add Button
Tapping the Playlist Add Button brings up the menu below.
a) Create New Playlist. This will take you to the Playlist Manager page and create a new Playlist.
b) Add Presets To Playlist. This will take you to the Presets Library where you can tap Presets to add to this Playlist. Note: You can add multiple copies of the same Preset to a Playlist.
c) Duplicate Item With New Name. This will duplicate the currently loaded Preset and add it to the Playlist. Note that this item will not appear in the Presets Library. You can modify the item once it’s created by going to the main Metronome page and modifying it to your liking. This is the quickest way to add new items to a Playlist if you haven’t already created them as Presets that you’d want to use in multiple Playlists.
d) Add Count In. This will add a Count In Preset to the top of the Playlist. Count in Presets differ from regular Presets in that they will only be played once even if the Playlist is set to loop.
Note: If you want a Playlist item to be available in the Presets Library (so you can use it in other Playlists) you can tap the Disk icon on the main page and choose “Copy to Preset Library”
Playlist Edit Button
Tap the Playlist edit button ‘a)’ to enter edit mode.
b) Select one or more items.
c) Use handles to rearrange items.
d) Tap the Actions button for actions to perform on the selected items.
e) Remove the selected items from the Playlist. Note: Removing items from a Playlist doesn’t affect the original Presets they were copied from.
Each row in a Playlist has a name, tempo, rep/timer value, time sig and length in bars of the pattern (taking into account the rep value) and a gear button to modify some of these items.
a) Play/Stop when reached indicator: These symbols appear when Auto Advance and Play When Advancing are turned on in Playlist Controls. A Play symbol above the downward arrow means the item will play when reached. A stop icon above the downward arrow means the item will stop when reached.
b) Tempo. This indicates the tempo of the current item. TIP: You can tap the padlock icon on the tempo at the bottom of the page to turn on Tempo Lock. This overrides the individual tempos of the items in the playlist meaning you can change them all at once.
c) Rep/Timer value. This indicates how many reps or how much time the item will play for. When the value is reached PolyNome will either stop, or move onto the next item in the list depending on the settings in Playlist Controls.
d) Gear button. Tap this to edit features of the item including Rep/Timer value, tempo, Play/Stop when reached and Eye Notes.
e) Eye Notes indicator. When this is blue it means the original Preset has notes. When it’s red it means the item has overridden notes (set by tapping the Gear button). To view the notes tap the Eye Button at the top of the Playlist page.
f) If you see the book icon or a download icon it means the Preset item was imported from the Public Library or from another user.
Eye Notes Font Size
Tapping the Eye Notes button (item ‘g)’ in list at the top of the page) brings up the Eye Notes viewer. This is a black panel which displays notes associated with the current Playlist item.
a) Font Size button. Tapping this brings up the Font Size selector. You can set the font size using the slider. Note that the Eye Notes viewer can be in a minimised state (as in the image abov) and a maximised state (where it takes up most of the screen). You can set different font sizes for each state.
b) Override button. When this is on the selected font size will apply only to the item that is currently selected. This means you can customise the font size for each item in the playlist to allow the notes to be the exact size you require. When the button is off you’re changing the font size for all items that don’t have override turned on.
c) Font size slider. Use this slider to modify the font size. The changes will be saved when you tap outside the pop up menu and it disappears.
d) Use this button to switch between minimised view (shown), maximised view (where the eye notes take up most of the screen), and Auto Maximise (where the notes viewer jumps to maximised view when playing, and back to minimised view when stopped)
e) Gear button. This is where you go to set overridden notes for a Playlist item. When enabled you’ll see a red eye icon in the Playlist item row.
iii) Playlist Controls
The bottom section of the table is the Playlist Controls and Playlist Time rows.
a) Playlist Controls. Tap on this row to set options for auto advancing, playlist looping, automatic tempo changes, tempo boundaries and auto advance sounds. Find out more by tapping the ⓘ button on the row.
b) Playlist Time row. Tap on this row to view options for setting Reps or Timer for all items in the Playlist and for setting the overall Practice time. Find out more by tapping the ⓘ button on the row.
iv) Playlist Transport Controls
At the bottom of the Playlist Page you’ll find the transport controls. These can be customised per Playlist using the button picker (see below)
a) Tempo Tweak buttons. Use these to increment/decrement the tempo. TIP: In the PolyNome Preferences menu you can choose whether the value of these buttons follows the value on the main page, or is +/-1.
b) Tempo. Tap the tempo to bring up the Quick Tempo Entry page and set the tempo for the current Playlist item.
c) Tempo Percentage slider. Use this to modify the tempo of all items in the Playlist by a certain percentage. This is useful if you have a Playlist that represents different sections of a song and the tempos are related. If you want to play the song a bit faster or slower you’ll want to make the modifications using the slider so the changes are relative.
d) Previous/Next buttons. Tap these to move backwards and forwards through the items in the Playlist.
e) Play button. Tap to stop/start. Tap and hold to bring up Button Picker.
f) Mute button. Tap this to mute the system volume.
Playlist Transport Button Picker
Tapping and holding the Play button will bring up the Button Picker. You can use this to hide buttons that you don’t require. For example, in a gig situation where all the tempos are correctly set for the songs you might not need to see the tempo or tempo tweak buttons, and you might not need the mute button. You can disable these to leave more space for everything else.
Tagging in PolyNome is a very powerful way to keep your Presets and Playlists organised.
Multiple Tags can be applied to Presets and Playlists and you can then filter on a specific tag.
As well as using Tags to organise your Presets/Playlists you can also use them as a filter in the Practice Log. This is a good way to narrow down the Practice Log view to just show a certain group of Presets.
Tap on the Playlist Controls row, scroll down to the Tempo Change section, and tap the number to choose the new increment amount.
Changing the Lower and Upper Boundaries
The demo Playlist goes from 60bpm to 100bpm. To change these values tap on the Playlist Controls row, scroll down to the Boundaries section and tap the numbers next to Min and Max.
Changing What Happens When The Boundaries Are Reached
Between the Min and Max tempo boundaries (see above) you’ll find the current action to be taken when a boundary is reached.
You can have PolyNome STOP, HOLD, REVERSE, or RESET. Reset means PolyNome will jump back to the start tempo and begin the increase again.
NOTE: If you want to have the option to set the Total Practice Time you need to use the STOP options OR have a finite number of loops set in the Playlist Looping section above.
Changing The Time Spent On Each Tempo
To choose the time spent on each tempo tap on the Gear icon to the right of the Practice Click row.
Choose Repeats or Timer and set your value.
Changing the Total Practice Time
A really cool feature of PolyNome is the ability to set the total time you want to spend on a Playlist.
For this to work the Playlist has to have an end point. That means that it needs to have a specified number of loops set OR it needs to have a tempo change and a STOP action.
The Playlist Time row in the Playlist Controls section shows you how long a single loop of the Playlist takes. Then, in brackets, it tells you how long the complete Playlist will take including all loops.
Assuming it has a fixed number in brackets – e.g. (9 loops = 2 mins) then you can choose a total time for the Playlist as follows.
The Playlist Time row tells you how long it will take to play your Playlist. This is calculated by taking into account the timer/repeat values for each item in the playlist along with any looping and tempo change settings.
They also take into account the fact that a pattern will complete once a timer has run out. For example, if you have a timer set to 3 seconds but the pattern takes 12 seconds to play through once then 12 seconds is used in the calculation.
In brackets you’ll see the number of reps that will play (if the Playlist is set to AutoAdvance and Loop) and the time it will take to play all of those loops.
You can set the Reps/Timers for individual items in a Playlist by tapping the gear icon on the right of the item.
You can set the Reps/Timers for multiple items by tapping the Pencil icon in the top right, choosing the relevant items and choosing what you want to change from the Actions menu.
You can set the Reps/Timers for all the rows in a Playlist by tapping the Playlist Time row. There are also options to set the time you want the first loop to take.
The options are:
Set All Reps
You’ll be presented with a number entry screen. The number you enter will be used to set the Reps of all items in your Playlist.
Set All Timers
You’ll be presented with a time selector. The time you enter will be used to set the Timers of all items in your Playlist.
Set First Loop Total (relative)
Here you’ll be presented with a time selector. The time that you enter will be used to set the Reps/Timers (depending on what’s currently used for each playlist item) to try and make the first loop of the Playlist as close to your chosen time as possible.
For example, if you have 10 items in your Playlist and you have 30 mins to practice, you can set the first loop time to 30 mins and PolyNome will adjust all of the items in your Playlist so it takes 30 mins to play through them once.
The “relative” part means that PolyNome will adjust the item values based on their current settings. That means that if, in your current set up, some Reps or Timers are longer than others, then PolyNome will increase/decrease those Reps/Timers by relative amounts.
Set First Loop Total (even)
This is the same as the option above but all items will be set to timers with an even time. Meaning, if you have 6 Presets and you choose a total time of 30 mins, then each item will be assigned a timer value of 5 mins.
When viewing the Playlist you can tap the “Eye Button” to view notes associated with the currently selected item. You can use the notes field to remind you about song structure, or a fill to play, or the lyrics for the song.
There’s now a “resize” button in the bottom right of the notes display that appears when you press the “Eye Button”.
Pressing the resize button will expand the notes so you can see more.
Pressing it a second time will turn on AutoResize. In this mode the notes will expand when PolyNome is playing so you can read everything in there. They’ll shrink again when PolyNome stops so you can see the other items in the Playlist.
Font Size Selector in Notes
There’s also a new font size selector in the Eye Notes display.
Tapping it brings up a slider which allows you to change the font size for the current notes size (large or small). There’s also an override switch which allows you to apply the font size just to the selected item.
Using this you can customise the notes size for each item in your playlist easily.
Sharing Presets and Playlists in PolyNome is easy.
You can share Presets from the Preset Library, or Playlists from the Playlist Manager.
Follow these steps…
* Select the Preset/Playlist you want to share. To share multiple Presets/Playlists tap the check icon (top right) and select the items you want to share.
* Tap the Share button in the tool bar
* Enter a Tag name. This tag will be added to the items when exported. It can be anything.
* Choose a sharing method – email, iMessage, AirDrop, etc.
Note: Some items may appear in the share options that aren’t actually able to share the files – e.g. Whatsapp. You can disable these by tapping the More button on the far right of the row and switching them off.
If you want to share all of your Presets, Playlists or the Practice Log (for example, between your own devices) then it’s quicker to use the Backup option in the menu.
The Tempo Percentage Slider is useful when you want to increase the tempo of a playlist and maintain the relation between tempos in the playlist.
Let’s say your playlist relates to sections of a song. The first half of the song is at 75 bpm, then the second half is double time at 150bpm, finally it goes back to 75bpm and then the outro is slightly slower at 60bpm (don’t ask why.)
Your band mates decide that they want to practice the song a little bit slower. How can you do that?
You can’t use the Tempo Lock feature because that would set all of the sections to the same tempo.
You could manually change the tempo for each section, but that would take time AND you might not be sure how they all relate without pulling out a calculator.
This is where the Tempo Percentage Slider comes in. Tap and hold the Play button and make sure “Tempo %” is on. You’ll see a slider over the top of the tempo control.
You can move this slider and it will affect the play back speed of every item in the Playlist by the same amount. Now you can practice the song 10% slower with a simple swipe!
Even better, you can use the percentage change in Automatic Tempo Changing Playlists. Instead of choosing to increase the tempo by 5bpm, you can choose to increase the tempo by 5%. That means that all items increase their tempo with the correct relation to all other items.
Tempo Lock is a very useful feature in PolyNome Playlists.
It allows you to override the tempo for every item in the Playlist. This is great if you have a Playlist of practice presets and you want to work on them at different tempos.
If you have a Playlist of presets with related tempos (for example a half time section and double time section) then the Tempo Lock won’t do what you want. In that case you should check out the Tempo Percentage Slider.
PolyNome is a great tool for creating practice routines for yourself or your students.
In the video example below I created a practice routine for working on hand strength.
Each item in the Playlist is a simple 1/4 note click BUT it’s labelled with the sticking for me to work on.
The repeat for each item is set to 30, so PolyNome will play each one 30 times before moving on.
Auto Advance, Play When Advancing and Play Sound When Advancing are all turned on in Playlist Controls. That means PolyNome automatically moves onto the next item in the list when the reps run out AND plays a sound to notify me that it’s moved on.
I can reference the name of the Preset to let me know what sticking I should be playing.
Everything is logged automatically in the Practice Log. I can go into the Practice Log and filter to view just events in the currently loaded playlist. I can view charts to see which items I’ve done the most work on and how long I’ve spent on each item. I can also see which tempos I’ve played them at.
It’s easy to create a practice routine like this and share it with a student (via email/AirDrop/iMessage). They can then go home and work on the exercises. When they return for their next lesson you’ll be able to view their practice log to see what they’ve worked on. They can even add notes against each event if there are things they’re struggling with or need to remember to tell you.
Automatic tempo changes can be a useful tool for creating practice routines.
With PolyNome you can…
Have a click that speeds up (or slows down) every X bars (or after a certain amount of time)
Set Boundary tempos and choose what should happen when they are reached. For example, when the tempo reaches 250bpm PolyNome should :Stop, Start Over, Reverse tempo change direction, or Stay at the end tempo.
Change tempo by a percentage (instead of a bpm)
NOTE: The Tempo Change options are a feature of Playlist Looping. They take effect each time the Playlist loops back to the top. You can turn this on in the Playlist Controls (the bottom row of a Playlist).
Here’s the recipe for creating Automatic Tempo Changes in PolyNome:
Create a Playlist
Add the Presets you want to use (you can just add a single preset if you like)
In Playlist Controls turn on “Auto Advance”, “Play When Advancing” and “Playlist Looping”
Choose the tempo change settings you would like
Make sure none of the Presets in your Playlist are set to loop (or auto advance won’t work). You can change the repeats/timer for Presets in a Playlist by tapping the gear icon on the right of the row.