KM Tuner tries to make sure you hit the right notes

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Although musicians are often stereotypically in the iPhone demographic, there are Symbian-smartphone-owning musos too, which is why I'm always happy to welcome another musician's tool to the party. In this case KM Tuner, available in both free and paid-for versions. Yes, it's implemented in Java, but it's well done and provides real time tuning feedback, so worth a look!

Here's KM Tuner in action:

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There are the usual Java permissions dialogs, though happily only on the very first 'run'; in action, you get real time analysis of a tone being played (check out the five decimal places), tuning indication and a pretty waveform.

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If your note is within a fraction of a percent of a recognised open string for your instrument, you get a green indicator and line, otherwise it's red and you're out of tune!

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KM Tuner works by doing successive short recordings and then analysing them. Yes, there will be short gaps of dead time between recordings, but I think this is acceptable for a typical tuning use case. As shown above, there are a few things you can fiddle with if the default doesnt work well for you; (right) a selection of instrument presets means that the notes will auto-snap to the right frequencies/strings, etc.

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There's a simple, but graphical Help screen - very clear, and good to see.

I do have a number of small complaints about the applicaton:

  • some musicians might need more arcane tunings - for baroque instruments, for example
  • there's no manual string selection, so you're reliant on the software guessing which string you're tuning properly - in the case of a string which is some way out to start with, this can be a problem
  • there's no preset for a 12-string guitar (in my case)
  • there's no screen timeout override in place, so after a minute or so of tuning a problematic string you have to reach down and unlock the phone screen - yet again

You can buy KM Tuner here in the Nokia Store for £1.50 or download the ad-supported free version here.

Source / Credit: Nokia Store