Talking Tuner 4+

HotPaw Productions

    • 2.8 • 9 Ratings
    • Free



HotPaw Talking Tuner is a hands-off, sound-activated, talking musical instrument tuner. It uses speech synthesis to talk and tell you if a sound is in tune or not, so you don't have to look at your Mac. Talking Tuner does not require that VoiceOver be enabled.

A few years ago, I received a request to develop an iPhone app that could assist a vision-impaired individual with tuning their musical instruments. This is a Mac version of the iOS HotPaw Talking Tuner app.

Talking Tuner will listen for a note to be played, and then, after waiting for the end of the sound (so as not to talk over it), will speak the note name, and how many cents sharp or flat the end of the note is estimated to be.

Using headphones may help make it easier to hear what this app is saying while tuning. Make sure to turn the volume up high enough to hear it.

The pitch estimation algorithm works best for notes between 2 octaves below Middle-C to 2 octaves above Middle-C. It may not work as well for very low notes, very high notes, or with any background noise, harmony, or accompaniment present. The default tuning resolution is about +- 3 cents (3/100ths of the pitch difference between semitones). Optional higher resolution tuning settings available in the app's Preferences may result in a slower tuning response.

What’s New

Version 1.0.3

Bug fix for better compatibility with newer macOS releases

Ratings and Reviews

2.8 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Sean Cairne ,

When it works it does

I’ve got it on iPhone and MacBook Pro. They don’t agree as far as tuning. I’m using a Bang and Olufsen mic. Sometimes it doesn’t “hear” the pitch and I have to close the app and open it again and then at the same volume it will hear the pitch.

Midi the Veg ,

unstable and annoying

Unlike typcal guitar tuners that show a green light, or some similar indication, when the string is in tune, this one just keeps talking….. Not only that , when playing a note especially in the mid-lower register, it usually doesn’t recognize it, and instead thinks it’s a different note…NOT ONLY THAT - there is an graphic keyboard that you click on to play notes. Playing the same note several times in succession gives different intonation results… IT’S THE SAME NOTE! Delete coming up . . . well, it was free...

frankntone ,

works on my macbook pro

playing 2 notes at a time confuses it, but it works for my banjo, trumpet, tenor drum, trombone, uke, it can get lost with voice so it might not be usable for voice training but I'm just a novice when it comes to voice. all in all I'm thrilled with it.

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