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Hey guys,

I am in possession of a Clavinova which I mostly use during the evening hours. As the built-in sound is far from satisfactory, I also mostly practice plugged in my laptop with a VST. That very amazing setup has one disadvantage. I cannot use any metronome because my headphones virtually block everything from outside and make the sound of the metronome indiscernible.

The VST I am using is the CFX Garritan Concert Grand, which gets exclusive control over the soundboard when in use, so no other sound from any other application is handled when I use the VST.
Is there any way to still practise with a metronome? I have literally not found anything at all on the internet.
I was trying to use the VST inside Cubase to be able to play a metronome at the same time but I couldn't find any way to activate a metronome that sounds like a normal one.

Thanks in advance!

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Hello,

My simple and quite peaceful solution in a similar situation was to...

... purchase a cheap actual metronome.

And I love to thus be able to play/practise/study pieces without any distraction from all the technical stuff going on. Even a metronome app on my phone was too 'technical' in other words too distracting.

To illustrate: I have my PC out of sight and configured such that I only need to turn it on to have my primary VSTi up and running, and switch it off when done playing.

I dislike the sound of metronomes so mainly use it visually, and that handles a headphones handicap as well.

Cheers and happy tempi,

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I think using a DAW (as Cubase) for this is simple and really flexible if you already know how to use the DAW. I normally work with Logic and just use the built-in metronome sound (does not sound like a traditional one) or I loop a drum pattern (e.g. only side-stick on every beat). This way you can also create practice patterns (e.g. 1 bar metronome, 1 bar silence, 2 bars metronome, 1 bar silence). If you are looking for more options you could try Melda's free Metronome (video about MMetronome)

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@Xell_3 if you are using standalone Garritan CFX, I really suggest you installing some free DAW. Cakewalk (ex SONAR) is one of the examples, maybe a tad too heavy for just practicing piano. Just search the internet and make sure it has VST support (or AU in case of Mac). What you're gaining by using VI within DAW (I listed only a few benefits):
- easy to use metronome, with huge tweaking possibilites like precise tempo, time signature, 1st and next beats volumes etc.
- you can use some free drum-kit VI instead of metronome so the practice session is more 'musical'
- you can use interesting FX (like reverb, EQ etc.) other than built-in within Garritan
- it's easier to record your playing and share with others
- you can use a lot other VI instruments simultanously with your piano

Edit: I somehow missed you already have Cubase. You can try this metronome VI as an alternative to Cubase built-in: https://www.meldaproduction.com/MMetronome or search for others with customisable beat sounds.

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Hi Op,

I had the same problem, I wanted to play along a youtube video but sforzando is taking exclusive control.
My solution was to install Voicemeter Bananana which provided me virtual inputs. So now my audio flow is...

Youtube on browser > Voicemeter VAIO (virtual input 1) \
> Voicemeter Banana > ASIO Driver > Soundcard output
Sforzando > Voicemter AUX (virtual input 1) /



I set the default playback device to the virtual input 1 via the windows sound control panel.
So if you had a metronome software/app on your pc, it can still play its sound.


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Another solution is a phone app metronome played through a headphone jack/adapter, and a 1/8" stereo splitter or small mixer assuming your headphones are direct into your piano at the moment.

There are metronomes with headphone jacks. but apparently some don't have volume control over the headphone output.

Good on you for wanting to practice with a metronome! smile

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Originally Posted by josh_sounds
Hi Op,

I had the same problem, I wanted to play along a youtube video but sforzando is taking exclusive control.
My solution was to install Voicemeter Bananana which provided me virtual inputs. So now my audio flow is...

Youtube on browser > Voicemeter VAIO (virtual input 1) \
> Voicemeter Banana > ASIO Driver > Soundcard output
Sforzando > Voicemeter AUX (virtual input 1) /



I set the default playback device to the virtual input 1 via the windows sound control panel.
So if you had a metronome software/app on your pc, it can still play its sound.

Sorry my diagram got messed up...


Youtube on browser > Voicemeter VAIO (virtual input 1)
Sforzando > Voicemeter AUX (virtual input 2)

Both feed in to :

Voicemeter Banana > ASIO Driver > Soundcard output


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I have this:
https://www.soundbrenner.com/

And I love it. I can't focus on the ticking while I'm playing, headphones or not. Tactile feedback is a lot better for me. Rather expensive toy, but worth it to me.


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