liveBPM - Beat Detector

liveBPM - Beat Detector

By Daniel Bach

  • Category: Music
  • Release Date: 2012-08-31
  • Current Version: 1.2.1
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 860.00 kB
  • Developer: Daniel Bach
  • Compatibility: Requires Android / iOS 7.0 or later.
Score: 4
From 46 Ratings


Sharpen your sense of time! liveBPM is the tempo monitoring tool for drummers, bands and DJs. It detects music and beats via the microphone and continuously displays the current tempo in beats per minute (BPM). It is easy to use and delivers high-quality results while being energy efficient. === What users said about liveBPM === John Walden, freelance musician and music technology journalist at "There are three obvious applications for the app. First, it would make a brilliant practice tool for a drummer, allowing them to monitor just how good they are at keeping a steady tempo without the aid of a click track to guide them. Second, sat beside your kit during a performance, it would allow you to judge just how well you are hitting the ideal tempo for each song in your set. It’s not just drummers that can benefit for liveBPM as the third use is in mapping the tempo – and any tempo changes – in commercial recordings. While this is useful for drummers, it is instructional for almost any musician." JonLong: "I used this at my last band practice and wasn't expecting it to work. I couldn't believe how quickly and accurately it started tracking the bpm, even despite the very loud volume of our music." PocketDrummer82: "I am a professional drummer and I have been looking for something like this for years! Unless your playing with backing tracks or recording, Playing with a Click is too Mechanical. This app allows the tempo to breathe, and its like a little angel on your shoulder telling you the band is speeding up or slowing down. It is totally worth the money." Chris Walther: "I have used this about five gigs now and have quit using my previous tempo meter. I used both for a few gigs to test the accuracy. Dead on. Thanks! Every drummer should use this." magrec: "This has been very helpful for recording. thanks!" === Detailed Description === This is a tool designed for professional use: - Well-tested beat detection engine guarantees trustworthiness - Can handle most genres - Produces results accurate to within 0.1 BPM under the following conditions: -- The tempo is constant or almost constant -- Strong impulses are defining the beat (drums, accentuated rhythm instruments like bass/guitar, etc.) Further features: - Tempo curve shows the development of tempo over time - Multiple zoom modes to show last 2, 3, 5, 7, 10, 15, 20 or 30 minutes - Advanced audio spectrum analysis via FFT - More accessible and usually more accurate than BPM counters that function through tapping - Low battery drain thanks to high performance code and efficient algorithms Using it as a musician: - Use it as an objective tempo reference like a metronome - It actually has several advantages over a metronome: -- You are not tied to a click, giving you more flexibility -- Helps you use tempo changes to enhance your musical expression -- With blind tests, it can massively improve your timing confidence, which is especially important if you are in a tempo leading role (e.g. drummer) - Discover how/whether your favorite artists use tempo changes - Measure and improve your time-keeping skills - Identify slowdowns and speedups while practicing your instrument - Always be in control of the tempo during your live gigs and rehearsals Controls: - Power Button: For freezing the tempo curve and minimizing battery drain - Clear Button: Clears the tempo curve - Slider: Adjusts the target tempo range (i.e. 80-160 BPM) - Zoom Buttons: Switch between zoom modes for the tempo curve. (2-30 minutes) Note: - You can check and improve the detection by clapping loud to the beat. Also, results can be improved by plugging in a suitable external microphone. - You can support my work by rating it on the App Store. If you have questions and/or suggestions, feel free to contact me via e-mail or facebook.




  • Unable to close on iPhone X

    By lotus eater seattle
    I have enjoyed using this app, but on iPhone X’s you can’t close the app. Only way to get out is to reboot the
  • Works great.

    By Tristanex
    I am a old school DJ who still spins vinyl. I use this to know the actual BPM of what I am playing on the fly. No more tapping out the beat, just put my phone in front of a speaker.
  • Best BPM Counter app!

    By Rogering
    Use it on the daily. From radio, DJ sets, to live bands. When you want to know the BPM the of a song, just fire it up and goes to work( Kind of like Shazam for BPM's). Works great and you don't have to tap!!! Thank you for this app!!!!
  • Love using this app.

    By Chaznewc
    I'm a performing drummer and use this app to help keep an eye on the bands tempo. It really is unique in listening to the tempos and displaying them. I would recommend it. There are few things that could use updating. But overall it is a winner.
  • Great application!

    By Fiddler Steve
    I fiddle for folk-dancing where we need to keep a steady tempo plus or minus a couple percent. This app is very handy as a "speedometer"; I keep it running on my iPhone on my music stand when playing. Have recommended it to a bunch of fellow musicians. Thanks for the update, I was afraid I was going to lose this when upgrading to iOS11!
  • Wonderful for dancers

    By BrzyCat
    I use it all the time. Setting the range is a great feature. Wish I could tap as an option.
  • Can't live without it!

    By Jbivi
    I've been using Live BPM for over a year now and can't live without it. Do yourself a favor and download it now.
  • Thanks for Update

    By LeonardPDX
    Daniel, thanks for the update. With the last updates from Apple, I thought it might have killed your app. This is such a handy app. It's like having a speed radar gun for your band. Much handier than a click track as you get a feel for the speed of the whole band. I just attach my phone to my kit with a simple mount and I always know where we are on timing. I'm surprised this app isn't used by every band. Look forward to 2.0!!!!
  • Right out the gate.....WOW!

    By "Egg"
    ....and in a clutch too......thank you,thank you.....Thank you.
  • Not too happy

    By Dudeydude77
    The app does what it claims to do... for some music. If a tune has a consistent down beat, it keeps track pretty well. But it cannot keep up with anything that has a lot of off beats; it gets confused very easily. If you plan to use this with rock, jazz, etc. it will probably work very well for you, but if you are doing something more advanced don't expect much.