Presets Page

The Presets Page

The Presets page consists of 3 main sections:



i) Presets Header section

ii) Presets Section

iii) Actions section

i) Presets Header Section


a) Use this button to go back to the metronome page (you can also just swipe the screen since the Metronome is always to the left of the Presets)

b) Presets/Playlist/Playlist Manager button. This button tells you the page you’re on. If you tap it it expands to allow you to view the Playlist or Playlist Manager page.

c) Multi-select button. Tap this to select multiple Presets to perform actions on.

d) New Preset: You can use this to add a new Preset. Usually a better way is to use the Save As dialog on the Metronome page (when tapping the Disk button)

e) Sort/Arrange button. Tap the left side of this (the arrow) to sort ascending or descending. Tap the right side to sort by Created (date created), Recent (date modified), BPM (tempo), A-Z, or Length (song length, if assigned)

f) Tap Filter By Tag to filter the Presets Library to show only those associated with a certain Tag. You can apply multiple custom Tags to each Preset in the list. (learn more here)

g) Search. Tap in here to quickly search for a Preset. You can also tap the magnifying glass icon to launch search if the search bar is not visible.

The image below shows the expandable buttons in their expanded form.


ii) Presets Section

The Presets section lists all of your saved Presets. Tap a Preset to load it and swipe back to the Metronome on the left to play it.

Each Preset row displays the name in large blue letters. Underneath you’ll see the tempo, song length (if assigned) and any tags applied to the Preset.

The image below shows the Presets page while in multi-select mode (enabled with button ‘c)’ from the header section)

a) Tap this to cancel multi-select

b) Tap Preset rows to select them.

c) If song lengths are assigned to Presets then the sum of the lengths of the selected Presets is shown here. This is useful when creating setlists for a band.

d) Actions button: Tap this to perform actions on the selected Presets.

e) Share button: Tap this to share via email, messages, AirDrop or to upload to the Public Library.

f) Delete button: Tap to delete the selected Presets.

iii) Preset Actions Section

When you tap the Actions button above you’ll see the Actions menu.


a) Manage Tags: Tap this to add tags to the selected Presets; Remove All Tags from selected Presets; Edit the Tags applied to the selected Presets.

b) Add Presets To Playlist: Tap this to add the selected Presets to a Playlist. You’ll be given the option to create a new Playlist, Add to the Current Playlist, or select a Playlist from the Playlist Manager.

c) Add Count In To Presets: Tap this to add a Count In to the selected Presets. It will create a new Playlist, add the Presets, and add a Count In to the start.

d) Add AutoTempoChange: Tap this to add the selected Presets to a Playlist and set some basic parameters to produce an automatic tempo change. You can then edit the tempo change settings in Playlist Controls.

e) Paste Attributes: Tap this to Paste Attributes from the current clipboard Preset to the selected Presets. You can copy a Preset by tapping the Preset name at the top of the Metronome page and choosing Copy Preset. (Learn more here)


Renaming Presets

How Do I Rename A Preset?

You can’t rename Presets in PolyNome, but you can save a copy with a new name.

To do this, tap the disk icon in the top right and “Save As” then choose a new name.

This will create a copy of the Preset with your new name. You can then delete the original.

Be warned that deleting the original will delete any Practice Events associated with it.

Copies of the original Preset in Playlists will not be affected.

The reason that Presets can’t be renamed is that Practice Events are tied to the original name of the Preset, as are copies in Playlists.


Importing PolyNome Files

Importing Presets/Playlists

Check out the videos below to learn how to import from Messages or Email. The final video explains the tags that are added to imports and how you can filter to view them.

Importing from Messages app

Importing from Email

Import Tags

Importing From Messages

Importing .pln files from Messages

iOS 10

  1. Tap the ⓘ button in the top right
  2. Tap “Attachments”
  3. Tap the .pln file to install (the most recent will be on the left)
  4. Tap the share button (the square with the up arrow)
  5. Choose “Copy to PolyNome”

iOS 8/9

  1. Tap the file
  2. Tap the Share button (the square with the up arrow)
  3. Choose to open in (or Copy to) PolyNome.

PolyNome will launch and the file will be imported. If it already exists you’ll be asked if you want to skip or overwrite.

Using Tags As Folders

Using Tags to Organise Presets and Playlists

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.

Watch the video to learn about Tagging


Quick Searching For Presets

Finding and Loading Presets Quickly

If you use PolyNome for counting off songs on gigs it’s useful to be able to quickly find what you need.

The video below shows how to quickly find the Preset you’re looking for and load it.


Built In Info

Built In Info

i button

The most useful addition to 2.2.0 is the ⓘ button to the right of various default Presets and Playlist rows.

Tapping that button takes you to more information (web page or video) so you can learn how the Presets were created and, in the process, learn more about PolyNome works.

Add A Count In To A Preset

Adding A Count In To A Preset

  1. On the Presets library page tap the Preset that you want to add a count in to.
  2. Tap the Actions button at the bottom of the page.
  3. Choose the “Add Count In To Preset” option.

PolyNome will add the Preset to a new Playlist and add a Count In before it.

If you select multiple Presets by tapping the checkmark (or pencil for < v2.2.1) button in the top right, the Add Count In To Presets option will add all of the Presets to a Playlist and add a single count in at the start.

You can modify the Count In by tapping it in the Playlist then editing and saving changes on the main screen.

The Count In will only play once per playlist (i.e. if the Playlist loops the Count In will be skipped)

See it in action…

Sharing Presets and Playlists

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.

sharing screens


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.


Polyrhythms Method 2

There are 2 ways of thinking of polyrhythms.

The first is dividing a space equally into one rate, and equally into another rate, and playing both together.
For example, play 8th notes with one hand against triplets with the other hand. You’re doing this without thinking of any smaller subdivisions.

The best way to figure out how polyrhythms should sound is to think of a common subdivision.

Check out this video to see how it applies to 2 vs 3

We can hear any polyrhythm (X vs Y) in PolyNome by playing every X notes of a subdivision with one sound and every Y notes of the same subdivision with a second sound.

Check out this video to see how to hear 4 vs 5 using this method.

Download the preset here

Polyrhythms Method 1

Entering polyrhythms in PolyNome is very simple.

All we have to do is enter one rate into Met 1 and a different rate into Met 2.

Entering a rate

  1. Tap inside Met 1 and choose Change Rhythm
  2. Clear All
  3. Tap the whole note in the selector (we’ll enter subdivisions of a bar)
  4. Tap the division you want (if you want divisions from 9-16 then tap p2 to show those options)
  5. Hit done

Repeat the steps above for Met 2 and choose a different rate.

whole note division

Once you’ve entered your rhythms you probably want to change the sound of one of them. Simply tap on the rhythm, choose Change Sounds, and assign one of the R,L,K,H sounds.


You can pan the metronomes in Preferences. This can help to hear the separation of the rhythms.

Voice Counting

If you have the Pro upgrade you can assign voice counting to one, or both, of the rhythms.

  1. On the Change Sounds page press and hold one of the sound buttons to bring up the sound picker.
  2. Choose Voice Counting from the options at the bottom and choose Voice 1-12. Hit Done.
  3. Enter the letter once to assign it to the rhythm. PolyNome will automatically fill in the reset.
  4. Choose “Reset Each Cycle” from the reset options. This means it will start at 1 each time the pattern repeats.

Watch the video here:

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Clave vs Pyramid

We can use the 2 metronomes in PolyNome to hear how different rhythms relate to each other.

In this example we’ll program a clave rhythm in a single bar by using 16th notes (a clave would usually be 2 bars of 8th notes). Then we’ll program part of the table of time in metronome 2.

Programming the Clave

A 3:2 rumba clave programmed as 16th notes would look like this.
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PolyNome can’t display beamed groups with dotted notes, but it has buttons displaying the common options on p3 of the common rhythms. When you press one of these buttons it will enter the component parts.

This makes it very easy to enter rhythms from drum books.

Let’s enter the rhythm above by pressing the matching buttons in PolyNomecompoundRhythms

Enter the rest of the rhythm. You’ll have to switch to p2 to find the dotted 8th rest and single 16th note. The 1/4 note is on p1.

Then hit done.

Entering the table of time

Tap on Met 2 and choose Change Rhythm. Switch to the Whole note in the selector and enter 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 using the buttons below.

If you want to go higher tap on the p2 button to bring up divisions from 9 – 16.


Hit Done to go back to the main page.

Finally, you’ll want to tap on the rhythm in Met 2 and assign a sound (so it’s different from the clave sound). Tap the R button once and hit done.

That’s it.

See the video here…

Download the preset here

Variable Swing

Did you know you can swing rhythms in PolyNome?

Any note groups of 2 or more notes will have swing applied (that means if you enter individual 8th notes there will be no swing.)

To change the degree of swing tap on the rhythm and choose Change Accents/Swing, then slide the swing slider.

Tapping on the Swing: label will jump to the most common swing options.

You can change the swing while PolyNome is playing so you can hear the changes.


Watch this in action…

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Reset Options

PolyNome separates the creation of a rhythm from the sounds assigned to that rhythm.

By default PolyNome will loop whatever sounds you have entered to fill the rhythm you’ve created.

You can see this in action by doing the following.

Enter a Rhythm

  1. Tap Met 1 and choose Change Rhythm to bring up the Rhythm Entry screen.
  2. Clear All and enter a mixture of 1/4 notes, 1/8th notes, triplets and 1/16th notes. Then click done.


Assign Sounds

  1. On the main screen tap the rhythm you entered and choose “Change Sounds”
  2. Press the R button once.

assigning sounds 1

Notice what happens below the notes at the top. The white R before the cursor is what you actually entered.

The green R below the first note represents what you entered. The grey Rs to the right represent what PolyNome will play based on your entry.

If you like, you can click Done and you’ll see that there’s an R under every note in the Rhythm. That tip alone can save you a lot of time when programming patterns in PolyNome.

On the Change Sounds page enter an L. You’ll see PolyNome will loop the R L for the whole rhythm.

assigning sounds 2


Now enter 6 more Ls…

assigning sounds 3

If you were to hit Done and play this pattern you’d notice that the sounds changed on each repeat. This is because PolyNome is looping your entered sounds and applying them to the rhythm. Your sound set will overlap the bar line.

Sometimes this is what we want. It means you can quickly hear what it sounds like to overlay a group of 5 over 16th notes, or how a paradiddle sounds over a 3/4 bar of triplets.

Reset Options

But perhaps you want each repeat of the pattern to start in the same way. That’s easy. Just tap the Reset options button on the Change Sounds page and choose “Reset Each Cycle”.  (A Cycle is once through the Rhythm you entered on the Change Rhythm page).

You can try the other Reset options too.

Reset Each Note Group

Reset Each Note Group will jump to the start of your entered letters each time a new note group begins.

A note group is a single button press on the Rhythm Entry page.

For example, if you entered a bar of 8th notes by hitting the 8 x 8th notes button then the note group is all 8 of the notes.

If you entered a bar of 8th notes by hitting the single 8th note button 8 times then a note group is a single 8th note.

This option is really useful for having a certain sound play at the start of each group, and filling the subdivisions with another sound.

If you choose that option with the rhythm we entered you’ll see it applied.

Note that, even though you only entered R once (in the white letters), a green R appears at the start of each group of the rhythm.

reset each note group

The Reset will also reset any voice counting. That means you could enter a single R with the sound “Voice 1-12” assigned and it would count your note groups…


Watch a video of this in action…

Advanced Voice Counting (Chris Coleman style)

Advanced Voice Counting is a Pro feature of PolyNome.
It allows you to enter voice sounds against the rhythms you’ve entered in more advanced ways than Auto Voice Count would assign.

In this example we’re going to enter the counting we want to hear for a mixed rhythm in 25/16. This was inspired by this Chris Coleman clinic.

Let’s enter it in PolyNome

Step 1 : Set the time signature and enter the rhythm

  1. Tap on the rhythm in Met 1 and choose the Change Rhythm option from the menu. This will open the Rhythm Entry screen.
  2. Press the Clear All button to clear the rhythm.
  3. Tap on the time signature and change it to 25/16.
  4. Enter 7 x 8th notes. Then 2 x groups of 16th notes. They can all be found on the options that are available when the screen loads.
  5. We then need 3 single 16th notes. You’ll find the single 16th notes on p2 of the common rhythms. You should notice that it says 1.00 bar next to the time signature. That means we’ve filled our bar of 25/16.
  6. Hit Done to go back to the main screen.

CCcounting rhythm

Step 2 : Choose the voice sounds

Next we need to assign the voice sounds we’ll use to the R,L,K,H buttons.

  1. Tap on the rhythm in Met 1 and choose the Change Sounds option to open the Sounds page.
  2. Tap and hold one of the sound buttons (R,L,K,H) to bring up the Set Sounds page.
  3. Choose L from the selector. Choose Voice Counting from the options at the bottom. Tap the “Voice 1-7” option.
  4. Choose H from the selector. Tap the “Voice 1-3” option.
  5. Choose R from the selector. Tap the “Voice e & a” option
  6. Hit Done

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Step 3 : Apply the sounds to the rhythm

Now we need to assign the appropriate sounds to the rhythm.

The thing to remember here is that each button represents a sequence of sounds.

For example, the “Voice 1-7” sound is actually the sounds “One”, “Two”, “Three”, “Four”, “Five”, “Six”, “Seven”.

Each time you tap the L button (to which we assigned Voice 1-7) it will assign the next sound in the list to the note in the rhythm. As you tap it you’ll see that happening. You’ll also notice that the slightly greyed out text below the notes shows that PolyNome would loop through the sounds even if you just tapped the letter once.

  1. Tap the L button 7 times so it assigns the numbers 1-7 to the 7 x 8th notes.
  2. Tap the L button to assign the number “1” to the start of the 16th note group.
  3. Tap the R button (“Voice ‘e & a'”) 3 times to assign the sounds “E And A” to the rest of the notes in the group.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the next group.
  5. Tap the H button 3 times to assign “1 2 3” to the final 3 notes.

So, why did we need to use the H button? Because we used the L button to count “1” and “2” from Voice 1-7 for the start of the 16th groups. If we’d used the L button for the final 3 notes it would count “3 4 5” instead of “1 2 3”

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Step 4 : Choosing the Reset option

There’s one more important step. At the moment our Voice 1-7 ended by playing the sound “Two”. When the pattern starts over PolyNome will begin with the next sound in the cycle “Three”.  That’s not what we want.

Tap the Reset options button and choose “Reset Each Cycle”. That makes sure that PolyNome resets all of the sounds and counters when the cycle starts over.

That’s it!

Check out the video to see it being programmed.

Download the Preset here

Test Your Timing

It’s very easy to test your time keeping in PolyNome. There are various ways you can achieve this.

This Preset demonstrates 2 different ways.

Method 1 : Programming what you want to hear

The Rhythm programmed into Met 1 is a bar of 1/4 notes followed by a bar of rest. If you use the Mixer to mute Met 2 and the Overlay sounds then you’ll just hear a bar of click followed by a bar of silence.


There’s a very quick and easy way to enter full bars of 1/4 notes (or 8th notes) and full bars of rest. Simply choose the whole note selector on the Change Rhythm page. All of the buttons below will then be divisions of a whole note (the same as a bar of 4/4)

Use the rest button (top left) to enter a bar of silence and the 4 x 1/4 note button to enter a bar of 1/4 notes, or the 8 x 1/8th notes to enter a bar of 1/8th notes. You’ll find the bar of 1/16th notes on p2.

Change Rhythm page

Method 2 : Using the Random Muting feature

The Rhythm programmed into Met 2 is a 1 bar drum groove. It is set to randomly mute bars on the Change Rhythm page (a pro feature.) If you mute Met 1 in the mixer then you’ll just hear bars of groove interspersed with bars of silence.

You choose how often the rhythm should be muted with the slider that appears next to the Muting button when you choose a muting type.


Note: Since the groove is a full bar of 8th notes you could treat it in the same way as method 1. That is, you could go to the Change Rhythm page and choose the whole note selector, then enter alternating bars of 8th notes and rests. You’re then able to choose where the bars of silence occur.

The point here is that you don’t need to enter the sounds for the groove again (they just repeat to cover however many notes you have in your pattern.) Also, that when you’re entering the 8th notes for the groove you can do it with a single tap of the 8 x 1/8th note button rather than tapping the 2x 1/8th note button 4 times.

Download the Preset here

Muting Overlay Sounds

If you’re using the Overlay Sounds for a click you can have these randomly muted by linking them to the Random Mute setting of Metronome 1. Read more here.

Creating A Groove

Creating a Groove in PolyNome is very quick and easy.

The key element to making it easy is to program a full measure of the subdivision that the groove is based on. Then use the Change Sounds page to enter the sounds and rests to get your groove.

I find it’s much quicker than programming the actual rhythm I’ll want to hear.

Watch the video to see how it’s done…

Download this preset here

Rosanna Groove

This Preset is the verse groove from Rosanna by Toto.

Click here to check out the video lesson with tips for playing this on the kit.

It was created as follows:

  1. I entered straight 8ths for Met 1 and added a single R (set to hi-hat) for the sound.
  2. On the Accents/Swing page I set the swing to Triplet Swing. I entered “> _” so the 1/4 note would be accented.
  3. I entered 2 bars of 8th note triplets in Met 2.
  4. On the Change Sounds page I programmed the kick part on the bottom line.
  5. I programmed the snare back beat and ghost notes on the top line. I used the H button for the ghost notes by setting the sound to Snare and swiping down on the button to lower the volume.
  6. Finally I added accents to Met 2 – I accented the Kick and Snare notes (apart from the last kick in bar 2)
  7. Download it here