insTuner Free - Chromatic Tuner

4.4 (4.6K)
44.4 MB
Age rating
Current version
EUMLab of Xanin Tech. GmbH
Last update
9 years ago
Version OS
7.0 or later
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User Reviews for insTuner Free - Chromatic Tuner

4.43 out of 5
4.6K Ratings
3 years ago, avadrew
Great app! + tip & suggestion
I love this app! It works very well and it is extremely helpful when tuning something. The only problem is that whenever I was trying to tune the higher notes on my kalimba, it kept thinking I was trying to tune a different note than what I wanted. It was especially difficult to tune the highest note on the kalimba and I ended up destroying my nails by plucking the same tine over and over again. Your nails are what you use to pluck the tines, so it’s a little bit harder to play. Here’s a tip that may be useful: taking the case off my phone helped. Another thing that sort of helped was playing the note I wanted by switching to the “tone generator” tab and playing the sound I wanted; I turn it off and play the note on my kalimba. It’s a hit or miss: sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. I think it helps because it starts to look for that specific note. Lastly, my suggestion: it would be helpful if you could select a specific note that you are trying to play so it doesn’t get confused with other notes. It would save me a lot of time and it would save my nails :)
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1 year ago, Anna Capeman
Weird Glitch
Let me just start off my review with a thank. Thank you for making this app! A lot of people need it, and I think it was a wonderful idea to make an app like this! But I have one question that I will get to in a bit. Anyways, I play the viola. After 3rd grade ended, I had the choice to participate in a school orchestra! The instrument choices were the violin, viola, cello, and the bass. As you know, I chose the viola. Once I started playing, my teacher would tune it for me. But as I got more advanced, my teacher showed me a tuning app for any string instrument, and this is it! When the orchestra year of 4th grade ended, I had to give away my school iPad I used this tuner on away to the next 4th graders. And so, the next time I practiced, I downloaded this app! Mainly because my instrument was very out of tune. And then the strangest thing happened. My screen didn’t freeze, but when I started to play my instrument, nothing was happening. But when I clicked some buttons, it apparently wasn’t frozen. So I tried again, and still nothing happened. Plus, my bow wasn’t making any sound. But that has nothing to do with this. Anyways, I tried double clicking and swiping out of all my apps. I even restarted my iPad! My question is, how should I fix this? Should I just redownload the app? Can you please tell my what to do?
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2 years ago, Ppap pen pineapple apple pen
Best chromatic tuning app that I have used
It directly tells you whether you need to make the note a higher or lower, and it even has a section where you can play any note from C with an octave of 0 to B with an octave of 8. This is really nice as it allows you to double check if a note is correct, and you can use it if the app can’t pick up a note. It picks up the notes most of the time, though it has some trouble picking up the highest notes on my kalimba at times The only thing I slightly dislike is that even though it directly tells you whether to tune up or down, the notes are on a circle, which makes it a little confusing (for me personally) which way is tuning up and tuning down. This normally isn’t a problem, except sometimes I need to tune a tine to a completely different note than the one it’s normally tuned to. For example, I have a song where I have to tune the tine that usually plays the note A to play the note F# That’s not that big of a deal though, so it won’t take a star off of my rating. This is definitely my favorite tuning app for my kalimba and I would highly recommend downloading this!
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3 years ago, Girl with SonicDash@
Love this App
This app is soooo helpful. Before a practice, rehearsal, or concert I can quickly and easily access an easy way to tune my flute. I wish there were more like it. It took me a while to find a good tuning app and this app was the one I needed and found working just how I needed to. The only difficulty is that sometimes it has a hard time picking up my instrument or high note that I am playing. That being said it is a hard thing in general wether app, real runner, or human to pick out a specific sound or listen to a high note.
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4 years ago, KontryBoy706
Broken upgrade to pro version
I’ve been using this app for a long time now. However I just recently noticed that you can upgrade to a pro version for free via Twitter or Facebook but what’s the problem? You can’t seem to do that at all. If you press the up arrow in the bottom right hand corner you’re prompted to upgrade to the pro version. It gives you the option to “pay with a tweet”. Once you select that there are 2 badges that appear. You can use Facebook or Twitter to get the upgrade free. However if you select either of them you’re told “No Twitter accounts or no Facebook accounts configured”. Which is obviously a lie I have both Twitter and Facebook accounts configured, signed in and installed on my phone. If you try and go to the settings in the app there are buttons for share and follow (choosing Twitter or Facebook). Pressing Twitter gives you the same no accounts configured message and pressing Facebook the app immediately crashes... EVERY TIME. I think this is unfair and I’ve lowered my review accordingly.
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4 years ago, Clove H.
It great on your phone but...There’s a little buggy on the iPad.
Due to the COVID-19 I’m at home. We were learning to tune our violin before school closed. I needed a tuning app so I asked my teacher online about it and she recommended this app. I decided to give it a go and download it. I downloaded it own my phone and it worked great. So I also downloaded it on my iPad Pro but there was a buggy. The bottom of the screen was black so you couldn’t see the chromatic tuner thingy. For people who I assume are still reading I suggest you to download this on your phone. I’m not sure if it works on other types of iPads but it doesn’t work on the iPad Pro. Until they fix this buggy download this on your phone or you can find some more apps. This is still a amazing app on your phone though. Stay safe during the COVID-19.😷🙃😷(I hope you guys get this buggy fixed soon!)
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2 years ago, amyxuy
Awesome free tuner! The best even.
I’ve tried pretty much all the free tuners on the App Store already. This one is the best. For violin, guitar, even Kalimba. I am having trouble getting the app to recognize E6 in kalimba, but it’s a very high note that’s complicated by the resonance of the wood so it sounds lower if you listen to everything together. Oddly enough, the other kalimba I have has much less resonance issues at high keys. I’m honestly not sure if it’s a quality of the product issue, or if it’s because I’ve “seasoned” the other kalimba due to use over a year. I mean, older violins are better, maybe older kalimbas are too? Either way, the app works as expected and is free. That makes it the best!
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6 years ago, justfindingmyway
Very responsive
I downloaded the pay for app based upon an online referral from a site about setting up DIY wind chimes. I've used other tuning apps and found this to be the most helpful. It is smart in distinguishing background noise (much of the work was done in my garage on a not so busy street) from tuning sounds and was able to still give consistent readings. I found the dial along with the frequency reading was very helpful. I still rate this 5 stars despite having some trouble distinguishing the higher pitches. Dead on consistency, graphics, useful info, and ease of use are my biggest factors for giving a 5. 😊
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5 years ago, hamiolton_superfan
Best tuning app!(Developer, please read!)
As a harp student, this is a simple and effective way to tune my harp. Easy to use, minimalist vibe, and little to no ads are awesome! This is a great app, although it does have room for improvement. It is harder to pick up small sounds. If the developer could fix that, it would be awesome! Overall, this is a great app. Would recommend! Thank you for this amazing app. It is a lifesaver!😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯😲😲😲😲😲😲😲😲😲😲🙀🙀🙀🙀🙀🙀🙀🙀🙀🙀👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻✌🏻✌🏻✌🏻✌🏻✌🏻✌🏻✌🏻✌🏻✌🏻✌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
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5 years ago, Dogg Love 🐶
Some of these people say they broke their string or instrument using this app, first of all strings are cheap and easy to replace. Second of all, you should be able to tell whether your instrument needs to be turned up or down, by the musical alphabet. One person said that it was at a D and it was telling them that their A string was in tune on a D. That is technically correct, you can tell whether to tune sharp or flat based on where you need to go. I have loved this app very much and I hope some people take my opinion into account.
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1 year ago, RedRebel161
I’m learning to play the uke and in order to do that I need to tune it. I tried at least 3 different apps before this and this one is the best!! It picks up sound really good and even shows you how the note should sound!! If you get this, one, I recommend the “chromatic tuning” two, make sure you select the note you’re trying to get. I think that’s all. Anyway, great app, definitely recommend it. P.S it’s free unless you get the premium version. Just in case you’re wondering.
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2 years ago, lol yas
Didn’t tune right
The moment i saw the reviews for this I thought , “Oh this might actually work for me” I tried the app and after i tuned my kalimba it did not sound like the note that I needed to practice for. I tried to tune 4 on my kalimba and it just made my new kalimba sound like a dead tine, on top of that the dead tine was only fixed after I bought a new tuner the next day. I do not suggest this to new kalimba players if they do not know how to tune. Just buy a tuner at a music store, it works better and is worth the hassle. I worked on this app to tune for almost thirty minutes. Wasn’t worth my time
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8 years ago, sheanncustodio
Great tuner!
I've only experienced two great tuning apps: Tonal Energy and InsTuner. Only downfall of Tonal Energy is the fact you have to pay around 4 dollars for it. InsTuner is free and it even works as well as TE. I know that there is a paid version of this, but honestly you don't need it. The free version is pretty solid and I love how there are no annoying ads. Most free tuners found in the App Store are subpar in my opinion because their app produced aren't as well. Would give it 5 stars, but it's occasionally slow when it tries to pick up different pitches that are released quickly.
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7 years ago, ToBeABlobel!
Simple and effective!
This app has a super minimalist interface, offering both tuning and tone generation. It works and looks great while doing it! The free version doesn't have ads, and the pro version (which adds features like changing pitch, changing the visualization, or note names) can be unlocked with either the $5 in app purchase or a simple sharing on social media. I've tried other apps on the app store, but this one takes the cake. It has all the features with a low price tag to boot!
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5 years ago, Fox Wizard 2.0
You Have To Be Patient
Whenever I Use the app I notice it takes a while for it to actually read the note and edit. I think it certainly helps and does give feedback of the tune but it could use some work. Sometimes I notice that my 16 year old daughter will use it and have trouble getting her instruments tuned because it takes quite some time for it to give feedback. I hope that you can get this issue fixed. It really is helpful. I’ll give it 4 stars though.
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4 years ago, EshKitty1017
Note from the Cellist
As a new cello student, I have just begun learning how to tune my cello. Before hand, I payed the guitar, but it was consistently out of tune because I couldn’t find a responsive chromatic tuner. I told this to my cello teacher, who suggested this app, and it made tuning my string instruments significantly easier. It can tune all sorts of string instruments, from harp to ukelele, and it’s quick, responsive, and easy to use. I strongly suggest you buy this app, it will help you with your music career a lot more than you’d think.
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2 years ago, thenintendoqueen
This app is meh
I tried to tune my kalimba I got for a present and this did not help. Me and my mom tried to tune it but the app did not help at all, it kept saying an A was a F or something like that. Occasionally it got the note right but if it did it said to tune it higher or lower every time. We tried pressing down on the keys on the left or right side and even taking the case off like a review had said. Also I don’t know about phones but on my iPad I can’t see the chromatic tuner thingy, like another review complained about. Overall it was no help at all, and my kalimba is not tuned well. Please make a fix to the app so you can type in what note you are trying to tune. Thanks.
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5 years ago, BackInBlyat
Super Helpful
I’m in a couple of school band functions as well as trying to learn to play some instruments on my own. I’ve used this app to tune everything from a kettle bell timpani to an alto kalimba. Amazing app, and I’m considering paying for the pro version. A little slow when finding new notes in the scale, but after a few seconds it gets it and rads our accurately. My band teacher also uses this app along with MetroTimer for our practices. Outstanding download in my opinion.
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3 years ago, Miley_live
A Great Tuning Tool
I like the freedom the this app provides. It simply allows me to identify the note I’m playing and simply tune up or down to the note I need. I don’t have to put in the type of tuning or go through redundant steps. It’s quite accurate from what I’ve experienced and enjoy the simply yet effective layout. It makes understanding notes and their relation to one another easy to understand.
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3 years ago, ndjdjgkgjdnfnf
Great tuner!
I use this tuner for my violin. Whether in class or at home, it does the job well. The only thing is that I wish the tuner would focus on the instrument I play instead of those around me in class. It’s somewhat hard to tune my E-string because it’s so high-pitched and everyone else is tuning too. Other than that, it great!! Highly recommend.
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9 years ago, ReadySetJoe
This is your Huckleberry
This app is hands down the best tuner app I've ever used. No annoying ads; an extensive choice of different visuals for your tuning preferences, a selection of various tuning types, and much more. And they only ask that you share the app on social media to get the full functionality. This app is worth the money if you're not prepared to share it online with your friends or followers. Your search ends here; download this app.
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9 years ago, Malik_max10
THIS IS YOUR APP!!!!! 😍😍😍😍
I swear I never, like NEVER write reviews but I just have to for this one so that beginners like me wouldn't waste time downloading useless apps, just download THIS! Best tuner ever I remember the first time I didn't know what tuning was in the first place! I just played the strings and the app did the all the magic 😍 you just play the string and then the app tells you whether it needs to be tuned up or tuned down and tells you when it's just perfect! I LOVE THIS APP SOOOOO MUCH
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8 years ago, Gshysdh
I'm a beginner bassist and I love this app so much. I wanted to play the real song and not just the bass line for fun, but I couldn't find it on line. I used the tuner to sing the desired note and it would give me the letter. I would then find it on the chart my teacher gave me. I did this for the entire song! I am so happy I used this tuner to help me out! This app also tunes a bass perfectly! I would totally recommend this app to anyone that plays the bass!!🎸👍🏻
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7 years ago, M747234567
Love that dial !
This app was recommended by Amy Nolte Music and I agree with her… The dial which points to each note is very, very helpful and very intuitive to use. You can tune your guitar with it but I have been using it more when I attempt to sing and reach each note accurately the first time… it can become quite a game and I have learned how tone deaf I really am.… Hopefully this little dial and gauge will make me a better singer....
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9 months ago, alajeeh
A problem I would like to fix
Dear, I actually have a problem with the program. Whenever I press the settings gear, the program closes. Please help me. I am a music teacher and I need it a lot. I also recommend that my students buy it, so I do not deserve to be ignored. This is the second message without an answer from you.
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3 years ago, Hi cookies
I really wanted to like it
I got this app to tune my Kalimba. I’ve used it maybe two or three times. Sometimes it’s fine but others it just doesn’t change. I’ll play a C4 and it will tell me it’s a little flat so I’ll adjust them I play the note again and nothing happens. It’s almost like the app is frozen. I’ll play an E6 to make sure and sure enough there’s no change. I don’t know if the app keeps freezing or if it just doesn’t like my microphone but given that I use an iPad Pro I doubt it’s the mic
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5 years ago, Sooyoon Lee
This app is sooo helpful, cool, and now I don’t have to bring my tiny tuner!!!
This app is sooo amazing for the people who use sting instruments. At first, the pictures looked like it didn’t do much help but when I first tried it, it told me exactly how to tune it. It is lit. I don’t even want my hand tuner anymore because of this amazing app. You can tune any string instrument with this app. Well I have to tune my instrument so...., BYE
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7 years ago, Helpy welpy!
Best tuning app!
I use this to tune my cello every day and it works beautifully! Others in my class use it for violin, viola, and bass, so I can say with certainty it is great for string instruments. This app is very minimalist but still contains everything you need. It’s extremely easy to read and even someone with little musical knowledge could use this to tune. I definitely recommend it!
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2 years ago, Fphilosopher
Makes no sense!
It will show only some notes. You do not know if it has heard what was done before. Wont even pretend to HEAR middle C or the first 5 above it. The next octave it records sometimes, so if you tune up a bit and it hasn’t registered the change… you tune up again. Making it have to adjust down when it finally does hear it. Totally worthless in my opinion. In fact I think it did a disservice to the device. It was better before I tried to use this.
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4 years ago, Fish's sister
I honestly don’t know how to feel about this.
I downloaded this, just today, and i feel that it just doesn’t have enough information about the app. What instrument is it for? I’m using it for my violin, but I don’t know if it’s made for the violin. I haven’t really had a chance to use it, since SOMEONE is playing music in the background, but it doesn’t look too bad. I tried your metronome app and it was good. Thanks for reading this!
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11 months ago, hiwag49
Paid but get only the free version
I paid for the full version but am getting only the free version. When I try to reach out to developer there is no website, no contact. When I try to report a problem to Apple they say it's free so they can't help. Could someone please address this?
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2 years ago, rowenw
Perfect tool
I have been using this app for years and it just occurred to me just how great of an app it is. First off it’s a very precise tuner and very easy to use for a variety of needs. It never bothers you with ads or pop ups, and the upgrade to premium is one time of 3.99. it’s a great tool that is essential to my guitar playing
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8 years ago, Bdbajwjwwjiaosockcbsbsbababjjx
I already rated this app once, but I just had to rate it again because of how amazing it is. It's literally the only tuning app for ukuleles that I've found that works smoothly and does what it says it will. I haven't had a single problem with it. One of my favorite apps because it's insanely simple and designed really nicely. Seriously!!!!!get this app!!!!!!!
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5 years ago, Emberstorm14
This app is really helpful and I love how it tell me how I need to tune my Kalimba so I have no doubt that this app has been a huge help and thank you for whoever made this app I have started doing way better playing my instrument and again I love this app I can’t stop playing my music and it’s sounds way better than before so thank you!
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5 years ago, #PumpkinSpiceGirls
I think that insTuner is amazing nice. My sister downloaded insTuner she didn’t download anything else on her phone. If I ever get a phone the only thing downloaded will be insTuner and my password will be insTuner. If I go to a different country or a different place I will chance my name to insTuner. insTuner is the best thing that ever happened to me! From #Team InsTuner
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5 years ago, Collin Thegamer
The app has a feature to “pay with a tweet” which uses the integrated accounts in the IOS settings. The only problem with this is that Facebook and twitter accounts are no longer integrated into iOS as of iOS version 11. Now, when you try to pay with a tweet, the app looks for the account in settings instead of just letting you log in with the Facebook or twitter app, but since those accounts are no longer stored in the settings, the app just returns an error message.
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5 years ago, Go Cort (and Fatty)
Low range issues
I realize it's free, which is why I have it 4 and not 3 stars. I've been using it to monitor my voice accuracy. It's pretty reliable down to Eb2. At D2 it's hit and miss, and anything lower than that... Good luck! At C2 it seems to choose tones at random. At B1, more often than not, it reads G6. If I was confident the monetary version didn't have the same issues, I'd drop the cash but...
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2 years ago, Stan Normans
This tuner is everything I wanted it to be and more🤤🤤🤤😱 It is worth waking up for in the morning. It is not just a tuner, it’s a friend. A comrade 🤝It’s there for you through the highest highs and the lowest lows. 🌄🙌🏻For better or for worse, for richer or for poorer.💍👰‍♀️ This tuner is the core of my being💓💓💓💓If you download it, I promise it will be the same for you.🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻
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2 years ago, Golf-Chick23
Won’t pick up sound
I tried tuning my kalimba and it would not pick up the sound most of the time. It picked up sound 2 times with the wrong note and wouldn’t pick up sound again. I had no case on my device either. I tried tuning the C note and it came up as and A. I downloaded this on my gen 9 iPad and the bottom of the screen was black and did not show the thing at the bottom as described. Overall, my kalimba did not get get tuned and I am very disappointed. Please fix.
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3 years ago, Maggie'):&:)&:
A Great Tuner
Teacher told me to use this and it was actually really well for my violin it just really worked and now I can play the right notes like a and F sharp and C-sharp my only critique is that it was like telling you if you needed to not like upper down but it actually does that so never mind yes I have no critiques it's really well put together
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10 months ago, Unicornqueen🤩🥳🥸🥳🥸
This app made it so much easier to tune my viola. I am a orchestra student and we need to tune are instruments regularly but it is hard to hear the right instrument when there are a bunch of instruments playing at the same time so this app made it so much easier.
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6 years ago, moonpawwarrior
insTuner ☺️
Love this app! Really fun for begging and advanced. If you do no how to use it is cuz you may not be properly educated on tuning so ask your band teacher! I wish there was some sheet music 🎵 on the app for fun! Maybe pro version has extra stuff to do? One thing I noticed is that this app hasn’t been updated in 3 years. Update plz!
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8 years ago, Hohokitten
This tuner will never let you down. It's always on your counting fingers, but on my counting list, it's number one! I'd recommend this tuner for anything, guitars pianos, and even brass and wood winds. It's the ultimate tuner and even when it can't pick up because there's too many loud sounds, you have these lovely tone generators that are blasting loud, and I mean LOUD!!!
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2 years ago, sparkleunicorns5
Great app
This is such a great and reliable app for tuning string instruments. Playing violin and viola, it gives accurate adjustment suggestions for each one. You can go from the highest string to the lowest and it can pick it up easily. Would 10/10 recommend.
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6 years ago, Ornography
5* for the tuning fork
Been looking forever for an app that produces a note like a tuning fork. Finally found one and it plays more than just A. Tuners have never been accurate enough for me and always tuned to something that produces the 440hz. Didn’t need the upgraded version but got it to support them.
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4 years ago, Chrisypee
I needed a new tuner because my other one could not tried two other tuners, but it did not function well. My teacher recommended this one and she was right. I can do basic tuning with this app and I would recommend the paid version. Thank you so much.
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7 years ago, TheREALNonai
Please Read!
So Honestly, when I got this app I thought it would be cheap and inefficient, I was dearly wrong! As a person who doesn't have a violin teacher anymore, this helped be since I don't have a tuner and cannot afford one. I thank the creators who made this because this saved my life right now!
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7 years ago, Hank Caver
This is the app to have.
If you sing or play an instrument this is a must app. There are so many uses and this works like a champ. Very easy to use. It will generate a tone you select or will show you what note is being played or sung or hummed. It also shows you when a sound is not ringing true.
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7 years ago, Lil Homey Tea
Best Tuning App You Can Get
Simple and effective. Before the update, whenever I would tune up my hgh E string, it would always pick it up as A no matter what I did. thankfully this problem has recently been eliminated and I have had no further problems since the last update. 10/10
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7 years ago, Krankykowboy
Frustrating runaround
Trying to upgrade via spamming my friends' social media feeds but the app keeps telling me I have no accounts configured. Um, yes I do. Then it tells me to set up accounts in settings. Please elaborate. What settings? Where? Some secret settings the rest of us don’t know about? When I try to share via the info screen in the app, the app goes blank and crashes. Glad I didn’t pay for an upgrade. App looks nice though, it’s a shame about everything else.
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