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#3194992 02/17/22 02:46 PM
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Hello, everyone. I recently downloaded a smartphone app, "Piano Tuner" from Google Play. It performs quite well at identifying fundamental pitch and +/- cents deviation but the capability to detect partial beats (as can the Sanderson tuners) doesn't seem to be a capability. I really don't expect a Smartphone app to replace what a Sanderson can do, but having a Smartphone app in the toolbox seemed interesting. Your time and comment is most appreciated.

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Originally Posted by JBW1
Hello, everyone. I recently downloaded a smartphone app, "Piano Tuner" from Google Play. It performs quite well at identifying fundamental pitch and +/- cents deviation but the capability to detect partial beats (as can the Sanderson tuners) doesn't seem to be a capability. I really don't expect a Smartphone app to replace what a Sanderson can do, but having a Smartphone app in the toolbox seemed interesting. Your time and comment is most appreciated.


Your expectations are way too low. Just look at the Verituner thread in this forum. It runs fine on a smartphone and is at least as capable as the Sanderson tuners. See also the threads on pianoscope and pianometer - also fine apps.

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Thanks for the prompt reply and info. Much appreciated.

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You can also check the free version of tunelab here.

https://www.tunelab-world.com/atl.html


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I went to look at the Piano Tuner app and the first line under it tells the story:

"Piano Tuner - get your guitar tuned in just a few seconds!"

It really isn't aimed at professional-level piano tuning...

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The weird thing is that Tunelab for android is actually called "Piano Tuner" when on an android device. It is not available on the playstore, only through the tunelab website.


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I don’t use a tuner to tune an entire piano, but when I’m feeling lazy or doing a pitch raise I’ll use one to quick set the temperament area.

I use iStroboSoft (by Peterson). It’s relatively cheap for what it does. I did the ‘Harmonic Tuning’ in-app purchase because it displays up to the 5th partial. There is also a ‘Keyboard Sweetener’ IAP which presumably applies some kind of stretch so you could conceivably tune the entire piano with it. Not sure if the IAP’s are available on the Android version.

I think it’s an under-appreciated tuning app. Simple, easy to use with some powerful functions, and very fast at showing pitches with strobes. Though it’s not really a competitor to full-featured piano tuning apps like TuneLab.

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I have listed all (I think) the professional electronic tuning Applications on a page of my website, along with photos of the interface of each, reproduced with kind permission of the proprietors.

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Pianoscope, developed in extended communication with this forum, is perhaps the most advanced digital program available, and it offers a free trial period.
https://www.pianoscope.app


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I thought it might be useful to summarise here which Apps work with either/or iPhone or Android:

Sanderson Accu-Tuner: Standalone device
Pianoscope: iOS
Tunelab: iOS, Android
Verituner: iOS, Android
PianoMeter: iOS, Android
PiaTune: iOS
Tunic OnlyPure: iOS
Pianoscope: iOS

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Hello again, all. I certainly appreciated all the posts and the Verituner app looks like a worthy competitor to the Accu-Tuner product line. But I have egg on my face. The smartphone app referred to in my OP is "Pano Tuner". It will identify fundamental tones in ET and cents offset as well as some non-ET temperaments. Shouldn't insert an "i" where there is none.

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Pano Tuner/Piano Tuner. No worries, it's an easy misreading, and that's how I read it the first few times I saw it. It's also usually the first result if you're looking for "Piano tuner" in the Google Play Store, despite the spelling difference. Anyway, I really like the Pano Tuner app for tuning instruments other than pianos. It's quick and handy, and free (though I also got the $1.99 in-app purchase.) I've seen trombone players with the app sitting open on their music stands while they're practicing to help them quickly get each note in tune. But ultimately it's not going to work very well for tuning pianos because it doesn't have a way to account for the the stretched tuning that makes pianos different than other instruments.


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by the way: what Pano Tuner very well does is, to show the current frequency in Hz. That I do miss sometimes in your app, which I like to use much. Customers often not interestet in Cents, but in frequency (for example 435 Hz) if I am offering to tune a horrible misstuned piano flat for the purpose of saving money or to spare very old strings.

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I very much use Pitchlab Lite.... for tuning guitar and uke primarily...

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it has cents, frequency, strobe, spectogram

i figured it could work on piano too


Hard at work while waiting for my dream DP....

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