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  • Best guitar tuner apps?

    I'm trying to figure out the best guitar tuner app, particularly for acoustic. I use an iPhone. Seems like most people online keep coming back to the same 5 or 6 apps:
    • Guitar Toolkit
    • iStrobosoft
    • Cleartune
    • Pitchbot
    • TuneOrama
    • Gibson Learn and Master
    Should I be considering any others?

    Seems like the Guitar Toolkit and the Gibson app are nice because you get multiple tools in one app (metronome, chord charts, etc.)

    Jesse

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    Alright, after looking around a bit, here's my two cents: http://www.theguitarjournal.com/the-...ar-tuner-apps/
    Last edited by theguitarjournal; 04-09-2014, 09:23 AM.
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  • #2
    For a quick tiune I use Roadie tuner. Looks a little like a one color snark. Perfect when I pick up a guitar in a shop that is out of tune...

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    • #3
      I have tried several but Cleartune is my favorite.

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      • #4
        My favorite is a free app called "Pano Tuner" (Not "Piano", just "Pano") Nice big visual display makes it easy to see, even on an iPhone.
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        • #5
          I am using DaTuner on android ... if anybody knows of something better, let me know.
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          • #6
            Fretfiend was right. Tuners make your ears lazy.

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            • #7
              Thanks for the suggestions.

              @jamesp, yeah I guess you're right, but at some point you need a reference pitch to start from, right? (unless you have perfect pitch)

              I actually prefer tuning off a piano, but those aren't guaranteed to be in tune either...
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              • #8
                I was only trolling a little bit. I stopped using phone apps for tuning or tempo. They're not very useful at gigs and I've got several nicer tuners and metronomes at home. They might be okay for "just in case" applications, but who doesn't already have a tuner in their case? I also got a little paranoid about the Permissions some of the free apps wanted access to: "Location? Contacts??? Dude, you're a metronome!"
                Last edited by jamesp; 04-04-2014, 12:31 PM.

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                • #9
                  Ha!, no worries. I think most things on my phone fall into the category of "convenient, but not dependable". So, yeah, I wouldn't count on apps for gigs or anything, but they're handy when I'm at a friends house or something.
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                  • #10
                    The thing is that the're not handy at a friend's house. To tune with one, everyone else has to be quiet, right? That's a PITA and completely pointless if you have a *real* tuner. Than again, maybe your friends are more quiet than mine. No, I think tuner apps are a useless gimmick. And I'm willing to defend this ridiculous point for dozens of pages if necessary. ;-) .

                    What I'm more interested in are Recording apps. Does anyone have recommendations for audio apps for Android? .

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by MDLMUSIC View Post
                      My favorite is a free app called "Pano Tuner" (Not "Piano", just "Pano") Nice big visual display makes it easy to see, even on an iPhone.
                      X2, great free tuner

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                      • #12
                        I don't have a smart phone but I found a guitar tuner ringtone that will get you in the ballpark. I modded it in Audacity, increasing the volume and lengthening the duration of the notes.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by jamesp View Post
                          The thing is that the're not handy at a friend's house. To tune with one, everyone else has to be quiet, right? That's a PITA and completely pointless if you have a *real* tuner. Than again, maybe your friends are more quiet than mine. No, I think tuner apps are a useless gimmick. And I'm willing to defend this ridiculous point for dozens of pages if necessary. ;-) .

                          What I'm more interested in are Recording apps. Does anyone have recommendations for audio apps for Android? .
                          I downloaded a recorder app that is okay for capturing an idea. Also good for those tiresome speaker engagements/symposiums of verbal golden showers. Agree about tuner apps. Kinda pointless in a time when tuners are cheaply abundant. But, these days I fall off the page quickly if it looks like a person or group is going to foist faux logic upon me. Retreat, says I, to a lounger and a book instead.
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                          • #14
                            I checked out Pano and Roadie, both look nice with good reviews. Is x2 an Android app? Didn't see it in the iOS app store.

                            OK, on a different note (ba dum tss), what are some favorite real, physical tuners?


                            (Regarding recording: I'm afraid I'm no good on Android, but for iOS I've used Multi Track Song Recorder, Garageband, and the built-in voice recorder. The problem is always the microphone. Do you buy an external mic? Use an adaptor for a DI?)
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by theguitarjournal View Post
                              I. . . OK, on a different note (ba dum tss), what are some favorite real, physical tuners? . . .
                              The Snark clip-on is fairly popular. I have one I bought based on multiple recommendations here on the forum. I don't like the way the display dims as the battery gradually dies (over a period of months for me) but it's easy to use and accurate. Works for most instruments but I do generally use harmonics when tuning a bass with it.
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