Today’s post is for those of you who play musical instruments that need to be tuned regularly. I play harp as a hobby and in the past, used an inexpensive chromatic tuner that I purchased years ago to tune my instrument. It wasn’t a very accurate tuner, truth be told. It was overly sensitive, meaning that the indicator would jump all over the place after I plucked the strung, making it difficult to verify the actual note.
One day an idea struck me: I wonder if there’s an iPhone app that can do this?
I did a quick search on the app store and found that yes indeed, there were several chromatic tuner applications. I finally decided on the Pano Tuner, an app created by Jung-gun Lim and couldn’t be happier.
Using the built-in microphone on your iPhone or iPad, Pano Tuner listens to the sound you make on your instrument and a red indicator immediately displays the pitch. You can then tune your instrument by looking at the offset from the pitch to which you want to tune. Pano Tuner wasn’t overly sensitive like my chromatic tuner device, making it a lot easier and faster to tune my harp.
There are also several customization options that you can set:
- Adjust the concert-A frequency (this allows you to harmonize your instrument with a band)
- Changes the sensitivity
- Choose the display of the note text (ABC or Do Re Mi)
- Change the note order
- Set the Temperment
Pano Tune works with a variety of instruments: Harp, guitar, piano, voice as well as a wind instruments. The best part: it’s only $1.99 on the App Store. There’s also a free-version so you can give it a test drive first.
Pano Tuner has become one of my most-used apps and has definitely earned its place on my home screen.
You can check out the app on the App Store HERE
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