After much delay, it is finally here – Our review of the Soundbrenner Pulse Bodystrap
Well, it’s not exactly an update on the pulse, but our look at a Pulse accessory, the Bodystrap, which is essentially just a larger band so that you can place it just about anywhere on your body.
The Soundbrenner Bodystrap
The Bodystrap is stretchy, made of “Athletic Webbing” , and fairly easy to adjust. The range I measured on it was 28ish” to 41ish”, why ish? well it’s stretchy. what I’m really saying is that it’s got a good range of size.
In it’s marketing Soundbrenner has shown people using the pulse on their leg, shoulder, and chest. Using the Bodystrap on the leg for me was a marginal improvement on the ankle or wrist placement in terms of how well I felt the vibration. The shoulder and chest however were great improvements. For me, placing the pulse directly on my xyphoid process, the sweet name given to the lowest point of one’s sternum, gave me the clearest feeling of the vibration, but placing the pulse on the back of my shoulder gave a clear enough feeling that I the pulse was still usable but in a more comfortable position. I wasn’t expecting that after having the issues feeling it before, that I would end up having choices and preferences of placement in terms of the level of vibration I felt. It also let me dig in and mess with the vibration settings a bit more.
I also put it on my head just to be able to put out this goofy instagram post, but it this worked surprisingly well, though I definitely liked it best on the shortest, weakest vibration setting.
Did it work?
The question now is how has this breakthrough changed my opinion of the pulse. Well, I still don’t use it as my primary metronome. For most use cases I find an audible metronome is just more secure. I am uncertain if that is because it is audible which is better for working in sound, or if it’s just because I’ve grown up using them. There is one use case that I find the pulse incredibly useful in though, which is working on my time. I have found that I really have to concentrate on my time when I use the pulse. It feels akin to practicing with a gap click. When using the pulse I have to make sure that my internal clock is lining up with the vibrations I am feeling. It has been very eye opening to understanding my own tendencies to either rush or drag in between clicks.
What does it cost?
I do have one issue with the Bodystrap, and that is the price. The Bodystrap is available from the Soundbrenner website for $29. The pulse itself only costs $99 and to ask someone to pay roughly a third the price on top of of a product to get full functionality product to work is high. Realistically I think it feels like a $10-15 dollar item, maybe a begrudging purchase at $20. A better suggestion may be for Soundbrenner to leave out the arm strap that is usually bundled with the pulse and instead keep the wrist strap and include the Bodystrap, as it can be looped a second time to fit the arm. If you do not already own the Pulse, Soundbrenner does offer the Pulse with the Bodystrap in their “Starter Pack” for $118, which feels like the correct price for all that is included.
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