General Music Teaching

Korg KDM-3 Digital Metronome Review

Photo: Korg USA

Updated on March 1, 2022

Just as my Korg KDM-2 was giving up the ghost (after using it for more than 10 years) I was browsing for another replacement KDM-2 when lo and behold, I read about the new KDM-3 metronome! Talk about serendipity. Needless to say, I ordered one straightaway.

In a previous post, I talked about the KDM-2, while in this post I postulated about what I would like to see in the KDM-3. Needless to say, part of my wish list has been fulfilled:

  • The KDM-3 now has an authentic metronome and bell sound, plus 7 other sounds. There is also a female voice which counts the beats.
  • It’s available in black, white or a front wooden finish. Take your pick.
  • I read online that its sound is even louder than that of the KDM-2. I can’t verify this until I get my own unit. EDIT: Yes, the sound is just as loud, if not louder, than the KDM-2.
  • The KDM-3 requires 4 AAA batteries to function. Rechargeable batteries (such as Eneloops) can be used. When the batteries are nearly depleted, a flashing battery icon is displayed on the top left of the LCD display.
  • New in the KDM-3 is a Timer mode. You can program the metronome to stop after a length of time. Useful if you want to start practicing with it but have it stop at a predetermined time.
  • The KDM-3 auto powers off if the unit is not used in 20 minutes. This is great if you forget to power off the unit.
  • Unfortunately, there is still no back-lit display. I also wish Korg would include a pouch or case for it.

You can get further details of the KDM-3 at Korg’s USA website. I will update this post when I receive mine. Stay tuned.

EDIT: I received my KDM-3 today and am amazed that it’s so small and cute. It’s certainly less bulky than the KDM-2 and yes, it’s more aesthetically pleasing to look at. The thing I like best in this new KDM-3 is the authentic metronome and bell sound…although the electronic pulse sound from the KDM-2 is included too.

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