Boss DB-90 Metronome
This is an overview of the Boss DB-90 also known as “Dr. Beat” which I mentioned in the How to Practice Drums lesson. We currently use this module at Rivers Church (Durban) and it works pretty well for praise & worship.
There are a few functions that are used very often in a church setting. First would be the 50 potential presets. This means that you can save 50 song tempos/beats/patterns and line them up for the live set or just for practice. The sliders which you see on the left of the module provide a friendly user interface which allows you to adjust the metronome further. There is a slider for the time signature i.e. 4/4, 6/8, etc, another for sub-divisions, another for the metronome accent and another for the click volume which can be easily adjusted even whilst playing.
I would strongly recommend getting a foot switch to go with this product especially if you intend on using it live. It is absolutely necessary when changing between songs especially in a church setting. Most praise & worship songs end in a cymbal build and it’s in this time that the click needs to be changed without dropping the build. The foot switch allows a smooth transition from one song into another and is well worth the tiny investment.
Another useful function is the “tap” function which allows you to tap the timing of a song that may be playing in the background or perhaps during a spontaneous moment in praise & worship. The metronome will calculate the tempo you are tapping which you can then click in for the rest of the band.
Other cool functions
There’s a Rhythm Coach function with an onboard mic, a reference-tone function for tuning, an Instrument input and MIDI input functions – all of which make practice and performing more fun & effective.
For official product specification visit BossUS.com