Guitar tuners, and tuners for other musical instruments, are essential for musicians who are not able to tune instruments by hearing. They aid the musician in the tuning, and are considered an essential accessory by many.
An alternative to standalone tuners are software tuners, that make use of computing devices to offer additional information and tuning assistance to the user.
Audio Tuner is a program for Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh, and several mobile phone operating systems, to tune instruments including guitars, banjos, bass guitars, pianos and violins.
The requirements for the PC version are either a microphone connected to the PC, or an option to directly connect the instrument to the computer system. The mobile phone versions do not have any requirements.
Three steps need to be completed to tune an instrument. First, the instrument has to be selected from the list of available ones. Second, the note or string to be tuned has be selected. This displays a target in the pitch graph.
And finally, the note or string has to be played in front of the microphone, if that option has been selected. The pitch then needs to be adjusted until it is in line with the selected target.
The pitch analysis will display information about the notes or strings that are played, in addition to the information on the graph. It will tell the user if the pitch is to high or to low, which makes the tuning easier to complete.
There are three additional options. It is possible to listen to the target note, use high resolution for fine tuning, and show a specific frequency range.
Mobile versions are available for Windows Mobile or Pocket PC, Java mobile - e.g. Nokia, Sony, BlackBerry mobile, Google Android as well as iPhone and iPod Touch.
Musicians who would like to try Audio Tuner can download the PC or mobile version from the developer's website.
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