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5 best tuning apps in 2023 | Keep your groove in tune

Frederik Nielsen, in Community news
Jul 17, 2023 | 5 min read

You know what they say – “You gotta stay in tune to keep your groove!” 

Alright, I made that up. 

But hey, let’s dive into the world of musical precision. 

For all you musicians out there, from budding beginners to seasoned maestros, we’ve got the perfect list for you: the top 5 best tuning apps in 2023. 

Say goodbye to clunky hardware tuners, and say hello to smartphone efficiency. 

Let’s rock and roll, folks!

Why should I download a tuning app? 

If you’re asking this, you’re probably not a trombonist who’s tired of that pesky sharp F above middle C. 

But that’s okay, let’s break it down. 

Each instrument has its own personality, with some notes naturally out of tune. A tuning app will help you decipher these mysteries, saving your bandmates from out-of-tune agony.

In the past, tuners were separate devices that you had to lug around (along with your instrument). But today, we’re in the era of smartphones! 

You can get a high-quality tuning app that’s often cheaper than the hardware tuner and comes with fun extra features, like metronomes and recording options. 

Talk about hitting two birds with one stone! 

So, without further ado, let’s jump into the list.

The top 5 tuning apps of 2023

Before we start, remember that using a tuning app is as simple as ABC. Download the app, open it, and let the app do its magic. 

It’ll use your device’s microphone, identify the pitch, and let you know how in tune you are. 

Piece of cake, right? 

Now let’s get into the specifics of our top picks.

1. The Metronome by Soundbrenner

The Metronome by Soundbrenner is your one-stop shop for all things musical. Not only does it provide a chromatic tuner, but it also offers a metronome, practice tracking abilities, setlist libraries, etc. And, with its accuracy down to 1/100th of a cent, you’ll never have to worry about being out of tune again.

Additionally, you could pair this with the Soundbrenner Core or Soundbrenner Pulse seamlessly and take your practice/performance to the next level.

2. TonalEnergy

Known as the “Swiss Army Knife” of tuning apps, TonalEnergy offers a tuner, metronome, sustained tone (drone), and recording features. And the best part? You can use them all at the same time! TonalEnergy is a treasure for musicians looking to perfect their intonation while having a record to review later. Oh, and did I mention the smiley face for positive reinforcement when you’re in tune? Isn’t that adorable?

3. iStroboSoft

The big guns of the tuning world, strobe tuners, have found their way to your phone with iStroboSoft. Known for accuracy, this app brings professional-grade tuning to your smartphone. Yes, it’s a bit pricier, but for the musician who’s all about precision, it’s worth every penny.

4. BOSS Tuner

Old school meets new school with the BOSS Tuner app. BOSS has been a long-time favourite among musicians for their reliable hardware tuners. Now, they’re bringing their trusty technology to the digital world with a free app that looks and feels like their traditional tuners.

5. Pano Tuner

Looking for a ready-to-go tuner right after installation? Pano Tuner is your best bet. It’s free, reliable, and gets you in tune with a jiffy.

Overview of the Top 5 best tuning apps

Here’s a handy table summarizing our top 5:

The Metronome by SoundbrennerApple and AndroidFree
TunableApple and Android$3.99
BOSS TunerApple and AndroidFree
Pano TunerApple and AndroidFree

Honourable mentions

Don’t forget to check out the Cleartune and Pro Guitar Tuning apps

Cleartune has had its ups and downs, but some folks still swear by it. 

Pro Guitar Tuner, despite its name, works with many different acoustical instruments, not just guitars.

Let’s get in tune

Whether you’re belting out a classic tune or strumming away on your guitar, the difference between a good performance and a great one often comes down to staying in tune. 

So, give one (or all) of these apps a try, and you’ll see the difference they can make in your musical journey. 

Happy tuning!

Thanks for reading our article on Keep your groove in tune | 5 best tuning apps! We at Soundbrenner are dedicated to helping musicians stay focused on what truly matters: their music. By creating innovative devices, such as Soundbrenner Pulse and Core, our goal is to deliver the best possible practice experience for musicians. Click here to find out more.

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