Drumstick Metronome has limited session management capabilities. It can remember one connection for the ALSA output port, and one connection for its input port. Connections are stored when the program exits and remembered at startup. You don't need this feature if you prefer to make such connections by hand, using aconnect or any other equivalent utility, or if you use an external session manager like the patchbay included in the program QJackCtl.

Drumstick Metronome uses an instrument definition file in .INS format, the same format as Qtractor, TSE3, Cakewalk and Sonar. The Output instrument drop-down list allows to choose one among the standard General MIDI, Roland GS and Yamaha XG drum maps. You can add more definitions creating a file named "drums.ins" at "$HOME/.local/share/net.sourceforge.kmetronome/Drumstick Metronome". The contents of Bank, Program, Weak and Strong note drop-down lists also depend on this definition.

Channel is usually 10, meaning the percussion channel of a MIDI synthesizer. It must be a number beween 1 and 16.

Resolution is the number of ticks (time units) for each quarter note. Value range from 48 to 960.

Note duration is the length (in number of ticks) of the time span between a NOTE ON and its corresponding NOTE OFF event. This control is enabled only when Send NOTE OFF events is also enabled. Very low values can cause muted clicks on some synthesizers.

Percussion sounds usually don't need NOTE OFF events to be sent after every NOTE ON. Select the Send NOTE OFF events checkbox only if your synthesizer or instrument supports or requires this setting.

Bank and Program is used to change the drum set for instruments supporting several settings. Many synthesizers don't understand program changes for the percussion channel.

In Automatic pattern mode, Strong note is played as the first beat in every measure, while any other beat in the same measure is played using the Weak note. The numeric values 33 and 34 are the GM2 and XG sounds for metronome click and metronome bell.