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 63 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.




  • Perfect for vinyl DJs

    By patsbasoon
    For true vinyl DJs this is an invaluable tool!! No foolish tapping required, just leave this app open and you have a live + accurate display of your current track’s bpm. Easily the best $4 I have spent on my music this year... Thank you Daniel !!
  • Awesome app

    By tak3000
    I downloaded this app a few days ago and have been playing with it ever since. If there was some way to calculate the average tempo over what it recorded and displayed the lowest BPM/highest BPM over that period would be great. These numbers could be used for all sorts measurements making it easier to see improvement over time.
  • Can’t close app on iPhone X modified review

    By Rmckee22
    Previously I stated you could not close the app on an iPhone X however as the developer pointed out if you do turn the phone sideways you can close it by swiping up. Thank you so much for the response this alleviated a very frustrating problem for this app.
  • Useful app

    By lotus eater seattle
    I have enjoyed using this app, and the developer was very responsive to a question I had.
  • Didn’t work

    By 308 Ruger
    Ok for one thing I am almost certain that the readings were way way way way way off. Two it was so slow that it was always changing and I couldn’t hardly read it. Plse fix!!
  • 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.