As a keen guitarist i am constantly playing away at the stings which after sometimes very short amounts of time can put the guitar out of tune, this is especially annoying when i am recording.
My usual tuning process much like others is to grab my digital tuner and connect it to my guitar via a jack lead, but since finding the TyroTuner iPhone App created by Mauvila Software I have found a new approach.
I have seen a number of different guitar tuning apps on the app store and resorted to this one as it was free! The app actually worked surprisingly well and was very accurate in its results.
The app displays a nicely detailed guitar head featuring six tuning pegs and most importantly the pitch guide down the Center.
As notes are played on the guitar the app cleverly pics up the string using the inbuilt microphone of the iphone, the string is then in tune when the green marker sits in the center of the tuning bar.
Another nice touch to this is the level meter which shows how loud the note being played is being picked, meaning if there is too low a level there may not be an accurate display shown.
I would highly recommend this app and would only tell you to head to other apps which are charged should you want to make tunings that are different from the standard EADGBE tuning.
Highly Recommended to all guitarists!
This little beauty could be just what you guitar players are after...and it's free. It's the TyroTuner Application for the iPhone.
Made by Mauvila Software, it simply allows you to tune your guitar - in standard tuning - with little fuss. And that's it. End of review primarily! There are numerous guitar tuners available on the iTunes store, but all of them cost money - some as high as a fiver...whereas this one is free! What's the catch? Well supposedly some of the Apps you have to pay for give the option of alternative tuning, but if all you're after is standard E-A-D-G-B-E tuning then there's no need for anything else.
The display is that of an acoustic guitar head, with three tuning keys on either side of the head. They've given it a bit of graphic detail, with the lines of the wood clearly visible and a slight gloss to the tuning keys to give them a metallic gloss.
But how does it work? It uses the microphone at the bottom of the iPhone that you would normally speak into to pick up the notes being played by your guitar. You can select which string you want it to recognise or alternatively select the plectrum symbol in the bottom left corner, which will intelligently recognise which string you're plucking. There's also a volume indicator, which will signify if you need to amplify your playing to make sure you get an accurate reading.
To ensure it's in tune, there is a metre in the middle of the guitar which measures whether it's out of tune or not. A sliding marker will determine where the sound relates to it being in tune or not, and then you turn your tuning key accordingly until it sits in the 'blue' zone which means it's in tune. Then simply select and repeat.
It's an App that's so basic, yet can be so handy for guitar players like myself. Being free as well it can often be found in the top 100 free Applications chart on the iTunes store.