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How to use the Soundbrenner Core

March 6th, 2020


Are you a proud owner of a Soundbrenner Core, or simply curious about how it works? Here’s a simple guide that will help you get started with your Core and find out how to make the most of features like the vibrating metronome, contact tuner and more.

We’ve also asked professional musicians how they use the Core.

How do you use the metronome?

1. Set up the bpm of your choice, the time signature of the piece you are working with, and the type of subdivision for each of the beats.
2. Then tap twice to start.
3. To change the bpm, simply tap your preferred tempo onto the face of the watch.

If you are a beginner, we’d suggest starting off with the common time signature 4/4, with a bpm of 120. If your Core is already paired with The Metronome by Soundbrenner app, there’s a shortcut to reset your settings. Simply shake your phone to reset your app and click tap to start it. Your Soundbrenner Core should automatically start as well.


How do you wear it?

1. Choose where you would like to wear your Soundbrenner Core. You can wear it on your leg, chest or arms, or wherever you prefer.
2. Use the body strap or the extension that comes with it to position your Core securely onto your body.

How do you tune?

1. Attach the magnetic tuner mount to your string instrument, using the adhesive tape provided in the box.
2. Go to the Tuner menu and twist the Core off its rig.
3. Attach the Core to the tuner mount.
4. Tune until the lights turn green. That’s it, you are good to go!


How to use the dB meter?

1. Open the dB Meter and the current sound levels will be displayed at the top of the screen.
2. The Alarm goes off when dB readings go above safe levels.

Sound levels above 80 dB can cause hearing damage over long periods of time, and sound levels above 120 dB can cause immediate damage.


How professionals use the Soundbrenner Core


Train with and without the metronome

John “JR” Robinson, the world’s most recorded drummer, suggests doing an exercise with the metronome. Internalize the rhythm and do the same practice exercises without the metronome. Since it’s already on your wrist you can use it anytime you need, the Core is designed to be super convenient to use!

“Set it, forget it and do your tempo.”



Practice the same piece in different tempos

John Robinson asks his students to do the same exercise with different tempos, from 60 bpm to 140 bpm. If there are rudiments that you can’t do at a specific tempo practice it until you get it.



Challenge yourself for a new rhythm

JRobert “Bubby” Lewis, acclaimed bassist sets his Core metronome according to the specific groove that he wants. He challenges himself by adding accents. For one of his songs, he uses a 4/4 time signature with an eighth note, so that he gets two hits for every other note. For a funky rhythm, set your core with a 7/4 time signature and eighth note.

Soundbrenner Core is a 4-in-1 music tool for musicians | Vibrating metronome, Chromatic contact tuner, Decibel meter and Watch. You can also head to our how-to videos to watch the full guide. Got a question about the Soundbrenner Core? Reach out to us at [email protected], we’re happy to help!