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Tuner App for Tuba

Postby Radar » Fri Mar 10, 2017 9:51 am

I want to download a Tuner App for an LG phone with Android Operating system. I want the App to reliably pick up notes in the Tuba and Euphonium range. I was just wondering what apps all of you use? I don't mind paying for a good app. (I've bought enough stand alone tuners over the years) it would just be nice to have one with me on my phone and not have to pull out a separate device. I wouldn't mind if the app could also generate drones, and do other things like a metronome. My primary concern is the tuner though.
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Re: Tuner App for Tuba

Postby Mark Finley » Fri Mar 10, 2017 10:17 am

IT doesn't have a metronome, but DaTuner does everything you describe. MIne sometimes reads a harmonic in the extreme low range (like the 2nd D below the staff) but for tuning purposes you can still use it, even down there.

I use the paid version, not sure if the free version has a drone or not

For a metronome, I haven't found a better one than mobile metronome pro
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Re: Tuner App for Tuba

Postby Phil Dawson » Fri Mar 10, 2017 12:03 pm

Tonal Energy will do what you want. Phil
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Re: Tuner App for Tuba

Postby Tubaryan12 » Fri Mar 10, 2017 12:21 pm

Bandmate works well for tuba as well. I used to use DaTuner, but it would lock up on my phone.
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Re: Tuner App for Tuba

Postby bloke » Fri Mar 10, 2017 12:25 pm

Speaking out of ignorance (per usual),

It seems to me that even if a phone tuner "app" favors the very lowest end of the piano keyboard range, that an auxiliary microphone (that does the same) would maximize performance. How can - really - a phone mic work that well in that 5+ ledger-lines range ?
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Re: Tuner App for Tuba

Postby windshieldbug » Fri Mar 10, 2017 12:28 pm

Phil Dawson wrote:Tonal Energy will do what you want.


+1
and does well-tempered & just tuning (which is useful for other things than tuba)
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Re: Tuner App for Tuba

Postby opus37 » Fri Mar 10, 2017 12:37 pm

I use APTuner which seems to do fine and it does have a strobe view. Bloke does have a point. All of the tuner apps I've tried are strongly affected by microphone placement. You get a different reading in the horizontal position versus the vertical position. (Has to do with the microphone pick up characteristics) Putting on a stand may give you different results too. I recommend you test the app you use next to a trusted stand alone tuner to see what works for your phone and app.
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Re: Tuner App for Tuba

Postby bloke » Fri Mar 10, 2017 12:59 pm

I don't even know how to buy an "app"...never have...ever.
I just tried to buy that one, and was sent through iTunes hell.
hey...I have a nice little tuner which is smaller than my phone, and - propped up on my music stand - it occasionally falls on the floor. Better that $8 tuner than my $1000 phone.

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Re: Tuner App for Tuba

Postby Stipe » Fri Mar 10, 2017 1:27 pm

You can also check n-Track (free).
https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... rack.tuner

The name misleads by saying n-Track Guitar Tuner - but it works very well also for tuba with some interesting additional features (no metronome though).
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Re: Tuner App for Tuba

Postby groovlow » Fri Mar 10, 2017 2:00 pm

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Works anywhere with any instrument

Super easy to use!

Pays for itself the first time you use it.

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Re: Tuner App for Tuba

Postby Three Valves » Fri Mar 10, 2017 2:20 pm

InsTuner (Free version) for the tuner

Garag Band (Free version) has a metronome

But I have no idea why the Rooskies want to listen to me play my tuba...

:tuba:
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Re: Tuner App for Tuba

Postby bloke » Fri Mar 10, 2017 2:23 pm

Three Valves wrote:But I have no idea why the Rooskies want to listen to me play my tuba...

:tuba:


They're developing a new 3-valve St. Petersburg model...??
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Re: Tuner App for Tuba

Postby Three Valves » Fri Mar 10, 2017 3:15 pm

"Three Valves calls THAT intonation??"

"NYET!!"

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Re: Tuner App for Tuba

Postby pauvog1 » Fri Mar 10, 2017 3:33 pm

Phil Dawson wrote:Tonal Energy will do what you want. Phil


I use this one personally and with my band students. It is a great (and cheap...like $2...) resource.
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Re: Tuner App for Tuba

Postby thejester10276 » Fri Mar 10, 2017 5:15 pm

In the area I'm in the tunable app is popular, and it works great for basic tuning and much more complex tuning with chord structures, different sound wave options, metronome and a bunch other cool stuff included. Great app, but I'm sure any of the other ones listed will work well.

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Re: Tuner App for Tuba

Postby bloke » Fri Mar 10, 2017 5:31 pm

I tell Siri, "online free tuner!" or "online free metronome!"

Siri says, "OK...Here you go!" and there I go.

If not good enough for some folks, at least I didn't have to wrestle with iTunes to get it.

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Re: Tuner App for Tuba

Postby Radar » Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:00 pm

Thanks everyone for the recommendations
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Re: Tuner App for Tuba

Postby Mike-Johnson-Custom » Sat Mar 18, 2017 6:40 pm

The built in mic on a phone or laptop just wont read tuba fundamentals.
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Re: Tuner App for Tuba

Postby KevinMadden » Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:23 am

Another vote for Tonal Energy. Drone producer (in many octaves, with many built in timbre choices) GREAT subdividing metronome function, good tuner, and many, many, many tempering options. It's like $2 right? can't beat it. (though I still keep my Korg Metro-tuner around at all times too just in case)
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Re: Tuner App for Tuba

Postby Wyvern » Sun Mar 19, 2017 12:33 pm

bloke wrote:I don't even know how to buy an "app"...never have...ever.
I just tried to buy that one, and was sent through iTunes hell.
hey...I have a nice little tuner which is smaller than my phone, and - propped up on my music stand - it occasionally falls on the floor. Better that $8 tuner than my $1000 phone.

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I sometimes use the built in tuning in ForScore and find that works fine.
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