Whether you’re a hardcore pro, like Estas Tonne, or merely a guitar enthusiast who enjoys some strumming once in a while – you have to keep your capricious “wooden lady” well maintained and that includes tuning the strings as well.
PitchLab Guitar Tuner, available exclusively for iPhones, iPods, and iPads, seems to be a legit substitute for the metal tuning fork, coming almost at a zero-dollar price.
Although the app is called PitchLab Guitar Tuner, its title is somewhat misleading. This application established itself as a marvelous tool for tuning a large assortment of instruments.
Okay, here’s the list of them:
Not to mention that this app can be used for correcting and perfecting your own musical ear!
Apart from a massive orchestra of the instruments, you can tune there are some nice and nifty additional options:
And the icing on the cake is that almost all of those modes are hands-free. The app perceives the sound of your instrument through the microphone and then does some fancy-pants analysis of the acoustic waves. The score is 10/10.
The user interface of the application can boast of some serious and thoughtful design – it is simple, plain, clear and very intuitive and also its every minute detail is in its place.
Spectrogram animations, used for the sake of visual analysis, are pretty realistic and have real-time responsiveness. They may freeze/lag a little only when the volume of a sound you produce is off the chain. The score is 9/10.
All in all PitchLab Guitar Tuner gives you an impression that it was designed by the professionals for the professionals – its performance is praiseworthy and mostly glitch-free – that’s exactly what you need when checking the sound in a hurry before a big concert. The score is 10/10.
This app is compatible with iOS devices and for Android. Due to this, my mark of the cross-platform use is 9/10.
The app is free to get in the App Store; however, the additional deluxe features that I described earlier will cost you a bit. You see, you can unlock only one or two additional features that you really need, for instance, Pitch Spectrogram and Chord Matrix, for $0.99 apiece. Or you can buy all of them at a reasonable price of $2.99. I think sooner, or later this investment will pay for itself.
So far PitchLab Guitar Tuner is one of the best smartphone tuners on the market. It has very clever and necessary options, user-friendly interface and irreproachable performance.
The only major drawback is that it can’t be found in Google Play these days but if you have an iOS-powered device and playing music is your passion – I strongly, heartily, resolutely recommend you get it.
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