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Backbeater® is the world's most advanced drum metronome.

Backbeater️ combines our brand new drum sensor design with apps for iOS and Android to help drummers monitor their tempo. Our all-new sensor design connects right to your snare drum and shows the tempo of your playing (in BPM) right on the large display of your smartphone or tablet.

Best of all, 100% of profits from all sales of Backbeater are donated to the Percussive Arts Society. See Makers4Good.com for more information.

  • Always Know YOUR Tempo
  • Store Song Tempo Lists
  • Kick Metronome to Your Playing Tempo
  • Adjust Trigger Sensitivity
  • Tap Screen to Measure Tempo
  • Early/Late Phase Indicator

iOS App Android App

What is Backbeater®?

Backbeater is the world's most advanced drum metronome. Backbeater consists of both hardware and software, and works with your smartphone or tablet.

Why do I need it?

Musicians playing in a band often interpret tempo differently. Budding musicians and music students sometimes find it difficult to maintain tempo. Traditional metronomes can help address these challenges; however, they are often difficult to use, off-putting, and unnecessarily fiddly—not to mention expensive for what they attempt to accomplish.

Here at Makers4Good, we figured there must be a better way. Our goal was to design a product that would correctly monitor tempo, display it clearly, and make it easy to use in the playing environments of modern drummers. By optimizing your mobile device’s large screen and interface, we’ve managed to make what we believe is a much better, clearer, cheaper, more sensitive, and more versatile product than those previously available.

Best of all, Makers4Good donates its profits to charities, including music education charities. You get a great tempo monitoring system, and you help us help music educators and their students.

Our app (pictured) brings the sensor data to life.

Included with Each Backbeater

Our Wiretap audio splitter gives your device an extra headphone jack in addition to the mic/headphone combo jack—which lets you connect the Backbeater sensor to your mobile device and use a pair of headphones or earbuds at the same time.

Backbeater includes our own Wiretap audio splitter, so you can connect the sensor and your headphones at the same time.

Using Backbeater

Backbeater allows drummers to monitor their tempo: either freestyle, or with a reference tempo. The Backbeater metronome can be set to your rhythm. It can discreetly tell you a tempo you tap out, and it can store lists of tempos, for when you're playing live.

Mounting the Sensor

Our tempo sensor mounts directly to your snare drum with existing hardware—it fits under one of the lugs that encircle your snare's rim. You simply mount and connect to your smartphone as follows.

Mounting the sensor to your snare drum is easy, and requires no special equipment.

Using the App

Our app is easy to use, and shows you all you need to know about your tempo on one screen. This data is large and easily viewed while playing your kit.

Drummers Love Backbeater

Seasoned professionals, rock stars, and amateur drummers the world over love this app.

  • "I stumbled across your app... a gift from heaven for drummers." - Neil Conti (David Bowie, Annie Lennox, Mick Jagger)
  • "This is a cool product with the potential to be even better [...]" - Adam Osmianski (Drummer / Blogger)
  • "In the studio, or on stage, I never play without it." - Leo Costa (Everlast, Matisyahu)
  • "I waited my whole career for Backbeater" - Fred Dinkins (Drum Master @ Percussion Institute)
  • "My son didn't practice before he got the backbeater, now he's obsessed" - Damian (drum dad)

App Features

  • Screen tap feature (for discreet tempo calibration)
  • 4 different tempo averaging windows
  • Drift indicator (show how much the last beat varied from the running average) Built-in (audible) metronome with 4 different sounds
  • Access to the device’s music library
  • Adjustable sensor sensitivity (you can set it to ignore your ghost notes)
  • Large digital read-outs (great if your producer is fond of smoke-machines)
  • Beats per strike setting for musical accuracy

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