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Apple Watch Sound

Rickeyjt

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I have apple watch 3 cellular. I believe to work te the iphone must be connected. But the problem I am having is the te sound is only coming out of the phone speaker. That is, I cannot select the sound output from the watch when using te. It would be helpful to do it from the watch. Looks like even on the iphone app you cannot select that source. Have to go to phone settings bluetooth to select the sound output there.

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Posted on October 28, 2017 at 10:51 AM
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TonalEnergy

TonalEnergy
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Re: Apple Watch Sound

Correct, the watch cannot be used as a microphone or speaker in TET. Apple really makes it difficult for any developer to use the watch for anything that needs to run continuously with the display on for any extended amount of time, nor can it be used as a microphone source for realtime audio input for analysis (only recordings). It's just kind of sad that they have limited it so much to conserve its battery life.

But wait, did you just say you could actually use audio output on the watch by going to the system settings?

Posted on October 28, 2017 at 11:46 AM

Rickeyjt

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Re: Apple Watch Sound

I am a new watch owner so trying to understand the steps required to accomplish things. TET, as most other apps I discover, primarily must run on the phone and cannot run without the phone - something I was not completely aware of when I bought the watch. Don't get me wrong, I really like the watch. Just want figure out how to efficiently use it.

So it's TET on the phone that is delivering the sound, not the watch, which confused me. Therefore I need to be sure the phone running TET is pushing sound out the bluetooth device I choose, i.e., the airpods or my fugoo speaker or just the phone speaker itself. The watch is not capable, looks like, to allow me to make that choice of where to output out of the phone. It seems logical that I should be able to do that and what prompted my post.

I believe then that I can only select the bluetooth output device from the watch if the watch is really running the app on its own. So for example if I download my mp3 playlists to the watch then the watch is playing that material directly and I can tell the watch where to output its sound.

Are you saying the developer does not have permission to control the phone sound output choice via the watch?

Posted on October 29, 2017 at 3:48 PM

TonalEnergy

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Re: Apple Watch Sound

Correct, the watch doesn't have control over many things, nor is its capabilities when it comes to real-time audio-related apps (besides playing music with Apple's own app) going to help you much. In the case of our app, I've found the watch to be most useful as a remote control for the metronome, starting/stopping, changing tempo/presets, etc. Hence that is where most of the features of our watch app are.

I wanted it to be a viable vibrating metronome, but Apple does not want apps to be running for very long without going to sleep, the maximum time you can even get it to do that is 70 seconds (and that takes manual configuring of options by the user). So we have a vibrating count-in feature which you can try by force-pressing on one of the met pages and choosing it from the menu, but that is as reliable as we can get.

Maybe one day Apple will change what they allow apps to do, but I don't have my hopes up.

Posted on October 30, 2017 at 6:38 AM

Rickeyjt

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Re: Apple Watch Sound

Thanks for clearing it up.

I can get to that count in screen on the watch. Is it just something you use within that screen only? The only option is to cancel so it does not appear to be a setting. I personally do not use the count in setting on the phone app but I do see how the watch vibrate count in feature to silently establish tempo to count the band in would be useful to many.

I forgot tet had this great metronome (I own a lot of met apps), or the fact you can add your own custom tuning temperaments (I was using Cleartune). The watch makes this all more convenient to use for sure. I'm staying with tet. Thanks for responding to suggestions.

Posted on October 30, 2017 at 8:05 AM

TonalEnergy

TonalEnergy
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Joined: Feb 2012

Re: Apple Watch Sound

Yes, the watch count-in feature is entirely independent from the phone, it doesn't use the main met at all. If you do use it, be sure to set the watch to silent mode, so the vibrating pulses work right.

Posted on October 30, 2017 at 12:24 PM