January 2nd, 2015 | by

app review: Time Guru


What it Does

A unique metronome with training features to help you improve

The Bottom Line

The unconventional approach and training features may just unlock new rhythmic horizons for you – an invaluable tool for all musicians.

Ease (4)
Intelligence (5)
Extras (5)
Gossip (5)



The user interface is unique and may even be too minimal for some, but after 2 minutes of exploring, it is clear and easy to use.



Time Guru’s unconventional approach to building beats lets you create anything from a 5/4 time signature with alternating triplets and sixteenths to a 12/8 feel.



It has a killer training feature that randomly mutes the clicks. You can save your tempos and patterns as presets, and Time Guru will keep running while you open other applications.



Pro musicians love this app. Users say that it helps you think outside the box, and they like that it is nice and loud. Some have asked for the option to make the tempo gradually increase.

Musician's Note

When I first opened this app, I was totally lost. I am a schooled musician and I think in terms of measures and time signatures. There are no time signatures in Time Guru! The way the app works challenges you to loosen your grip on convention and embrace new, more complex patterns. When you look at the app, you see a row of numbers, which represents how many of a certain rhythm (quarter, eighth etc) you want. When you click the number a new bubble appears so you can then scroll through and select which rhythmic value goes with that number. In this way you can build a rhythmic sequence to sing along with such as 4 beats of triplets (which would be handy for a blues song). This is not to say you can’t be conventional – you can absolutely use the app as a normal metronome. You can select a tempo and press play and Time Guru instantly becomes a traditional metronome with the range of 5 to 300 beats per minute (bpm). It has a huge list of sounds to choose from and if you want to challenge your inner sense of time, you can try the random muting feature. Let me tell you, it is challenging to keep singing and playing along to a metronome when random clicks are muted. I like to set the muted clicks to 50% and turn on the gradual feature so I can warm up to it. I also use the app Beat On, which lets you gradually increase the tempo as you practice. I wish Time Guru could do that too, but hey, Beat On doesn’t do the random muting. For many singers, singing to a steady tick is the bread and butter way of using a metronome. But haven’t you ever wondered what it would sound like to have alternating triplets and sixteenths in 5/4 time? Wouldn’t you feel cool if you could tap or sing along to something crazy like that? Building up complex patterns is a piece of cake with Time Guru, for those who want to do a little rhythmic exploration. Opening up your rhythmic horizons would be great for singers who also play an instrument, who write songs and also for any singer who performs songs in a genre that uses complex or unusual rhythms.