PitchLab Guitar Tuner – A tuna sandwich for your guitar. Read The Review!

Posted by on March 20, 2018

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.

Publisher: PitchLabApp
Last update: 1 year ago
Size: 1.10M
Compatibility: Android 2.3 and up. Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Price: free
Get it on:  Google Play

What PitchLab Guitar Tuner Is

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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:

  •    Guitars – from the classic 6-string guitar to the 12-string guitar.
  •    Basses – 4-, 5- and 6-string bass-guitars.
  •    String instruments – lute, violin, viola, mandolin, fiddle, ukulele, banjo and even exotic dulcimer and Bouzouki.
  •    Keyboards – classic fortepiano, harpsichord, church organs.
  •    Wind instruments – flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, etc.

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:

  •    Stage tuning – a special mode that guarantees exceptional tuning accuracy, allowing you to monitor the process at a distance, all thanks to a big and easy-to-see tuning display.
  •    Chord Matrix – this function comes extremely handy if you need to pick up the chords of some song real quick.
  •    Pitch Spectrogram – lets you analyze the sounds visually, for the most accurate tuning that is only possible. It works on human voices too, by the way.
  •    Tone Generator – a handy keyboard with 8 octaves and one-/multi-note regimes.
  •    Strobe Tuner – a realistic 6-band strobe display, complemented with a chromatic tuner and numerous modes. It’s good for urgent tuning.
  •    Split Screen – this one allows you to divide the screen of your device into two parts to use two of the modes mentioned above simultaneously. It’d better be utilized on a tablet by the way.

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.

Interface

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.

Performance and Usability


If you have something to say about this app and make own review – write me.

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.

Cross-Platform Use

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.

Verdict

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.

9.5

Features

10.0 /10

Interface

9.0 /10

Performance and Usability

10.0 /10

Cross-platform Use

9.0 /10

Pros

  • The app is free;
  • It is multi-platform (iOS/Android included);
  • Options are great and well-worked;
  • Performance is also impressive!
  • It is everything good in this app.

Cons

  • Interface can sometimes lag.


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