Tunable: A Look at the All-in-One Tuning, Recording and Metronome App for Android and iOS

Tunable iconWhile there is no shortage of good tuner apps out there, I did stumble upon one more which stood out this week.

Tunable, by AffinityBlue, is a little bit of a does-it-all tuner app, providing more features than others on the market.

Let’s get to the most important part first: ease of use. Tunable has it. The app performs wonderfully, and the display is very easy to use and aesthetically pleasing. It looks a bit like seismograph (with an arrow in the middle for “in tune”). It also gives a display of your note, +/- cents and Hz.

There is also a tone generator for pitch reference (or maybe even a little ear training?)

They’ve also seen fit to include a decent metronome, which allows you to choose the number of beats per measure (ranging from 1 to 16) as well as how many subdivisions you’d like per beat (ranging from 1 to 8).

The thing that stuck out to me was the app’s “record” function. With a simple slider for adding reverb, and one button to begin recording, this feature couldn’t be simpler. You can record yourself with or without the metronome and upon hitting the “stop recording” button, you are presented with a play button as well as a myriad of ways to share the recording (email, Soundcloud, audio copy or the even opening the recording in anther app).

I thought this was pretty cool, and while it isn’t the most powerful recorder in the App Store, I loved the integration and ease of use here as well. I could see the recording feature being useful for not only band practices but also shedding at home with the metronome.

Having a tuner, sound generator and recording device within the same app saves a lot of clicking around and leaves more time for putting this one app to use.

Very well done!

Tunable is available on Android for $1.95 via Amazon and Google Play, and on iOS for $2.99 via the App Store.

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