This tuner is fantastic. It's incredibly accurate. That being said, it's not meant to be used in a venue setting, the iPhone microphone isn't good enough to filter out ambient noises, but easily fixed with an input cable. Great app
Accurate and precise!
Very pleased with the accuracy. I can really hear and feel the difference! The clip on feature is a great option for noisy situations. I can never go back to regular chromatic/needle tuners!
Best tuning app I've tried
Have been a long time fan of the Peterson line of strobe tuning apps and of Peterson's "sweetened" tunings.
But must say that the I find the layout of the app to be my favorite above all of the other Peterson tuners.
Aside from the very sharp and visible stroke display, I especially appreciate them listing how many cents your instrument is off from the desired tuning.
Having the cents along with the strobe takes the iStrobo-Soft app over the top for me.
Add to that the different tunings for almost every conceivable eclectic instrument makes iStrobo-Soft the one to get.
My Critical Review
I would love to love this, but after buying all the in-app purchases I don't.
There are aspects of this tuner which are great, however as an iPhone app it is not perfect. In the studio environment it works well, but as soon as there is any ambient noise it gets confused and becomes unusable. I can't use it in any sort of live environment with the iPhone's internal mic.
While the sweeteners are a neat idea I haven't found them to be particularly useful because I don't think they follow the intonation abnormalities uniformly. Whenever I use them my instrument is just out of tune, especially with other instruments that have all been "sweetened."
From a tweakhead, let's-see-all-the-options-that-exist viewpoint, it's pretty neat. However, these options aren't particularly useful for just tuning my instrument quickly and PLAYING. I find that when I use it I am CONSTANTLY using it. I play a chord after it is tuned and it sounds AMAZING, incredible in fact. However after a few minutes it's out slightly and not in a good way.
I find that I don't have this problem with other tuners. I open GuitarToolkit when I'm in stage, and I tune up quickly, and I don't have a problem later. This strobe tuner is very nuanced, and makes my guitar sound incredible for a short bit- but as for an average "sounds good" it doesn't seem to hold up.
I really want to LOVE this tuner, and I do in certain (mainly studio) situations. However with all the options I spend too much time trying to figure out what is right for my needs at the time and I waste a lot of time and don't seem to end up with an instrument that is as playable.
Possibly Peterson could add a "live" mode that gives a quick usable tuning for a live situation, is less affected by background noise. I think the tuner can already do it- but it is a lot of menus to jump through and things to think of when all I want to do is play an instrument that is in TUNE.
I use it on acoustic guitar, electric bass, and mandolin.
I do use it, and will continue to. I hope that Peterson either does some training videos on how to get the most out of the tuner, and uses real playing and gigging musicians -or- they tweak the interface to make it easier.
As a note, you can't get to the options on an iPad in landscape orientation. You need to flip it into portrait. This is annoying because I use Logic Remote on my iPad on a mic stand in landscape, when I want to switch to the tuner and if I have to tweak any option I have to pop the iPod out of the stand.
Anyhow, 3 stars. I hope to give it a 5 star in the future.
A beginning double bass players best friend
By Mike Perholtz
Even with the requisite series of google searches, I had some trouble finding a iOS tuner app that would work well with double bass, especially when using the bow. Then I came across a talkbass.com forum where a few recommendations on The Peterson were posted. I am usually hesitant about spending any money on software without being able to first demo the product through a trial version, but I took the chance on The Peterson and after a couple months of daily use, I am very glad I did. The Peterson works great with the bow, even on the growly low notes.
As a beginner double bass player coming from 27 years of being a serious guitar player, having no frets on the neck means that is not easy to map out the notes. This is where The Peterson tuner has really helped me the most. The strobe tuner indicators are large and visibly span the entire viewport; in my case an iPhone 6 screen. To be in tune, the goal is to get the strobe tuner indicators to remain still (not move up or down). Therefore, during a practice session, I can easily see out of the corner of my eye (in real-time) if I am in tune on a note while, for example, sight-reading some sheet music.
I have The Peterson wired input adapter for my mobile device, which enables me to "clip" a frequency detecting clamp to the inside of my f-hole on my double bass and plug the other end into my iPhone headphone jack. However, I find whether I am using the bow or fingering pizzicato, the built in microphone works better in real-time during my practice sessions. The microphone background noise cancelling works pretty well in accordance with iPhone 6. However, I think the clip on adapter is essential when tuning in noisy environments.
The main problem(s) I usually run into with the aforementioned way I am using The Peterson is that (1) The 5th of the note I am playing sometimes registers, especially on lower notes. (2) Sometimes the notes start showing up entirely incorrectly, in which case completely ending the app process and restarting The Peterson fixes this immediately. (3) Sharp's or Flat's don't register for me nearly as well as natural (diatonic) notes.
Finally, I am big on customer service. Peterson has some of the finest technical support I have ever run across; the kind that will restore your faith in humanity. For this, I will stand by The Peterson through thick and thin. Thanks again Peterson support.
This tuning app is exactly what I've been looking for. I was looking for a tuner that could tune to exotic (eastern) temperaments and was about to drop $150+ on a hardware tuner then I found this. Displays cents and hz accurately so you can tune and/or set intonation on any instrument in whatever temperament you want once you do the math. I also brought the world 'sweetener' upgrade to set the frets on a sitar and it worked nicely. Highly recommend for tuning instruments outside of equal temperament.
Best tuner app for iPad
Simple, easy to use and extremely accurate. Customer service is very responsive :)
Best tuner on the App Store
This is an incredible tuner. I love my Stomp Classic, and this app brings the Peterson accuracy to my phone. It is one of my most used apps. It's absolutely worth the money, even if it wasn't the only good chromatic tuner on the App Store. I can't imagine anything better.
Pretty much as good as it gets when it comes to iOS tuners. You will not be disappointed.
Wow! Real Deal!
There are other "strobe tuners" in the App Store but none with the accuracy of this. Great purchase, you won't regret it.