Scales are central to music. Intervals are central to scales. Tuning intervals is a complex process that must constantly be refined by the musician.
Scale Master was designed by professional musicians and educators and developed by experienced software consultants and is a tool providing transparency to intonation deficiencies so that tuning is faster and more accurate.
Through the use of "droning" sounds across various intervals, Scale Master provides a means of practicing intonation.
Who can use Scale-Master?
- Musicians (Professional and Amateur) striving to further perfect their tuning ability
- Student Musicians just starting to come to grips with the challenges of Just Intonation within the ensemble
- Band, Orchestra and Choral Directors looking for a way to help their ensembles "HEAR" what "In Tune" is
- Music Theory, Music Appreciation and General Music teachers wanting to demonstrate scales, intervals, patterns and intonation
How it works:
Using Equal Tempered tuning, select a root pitch and octave, then select the scale interval above the root pitch and select "Play". The generated droning sound will be a real-time interval based on Just Intonation producing the greatest resonance.
There are a total of 780 droning renderings available for the first release.
Beyond simple drones, you can also select a scale mode to display. The corresponding intervals will be high-lighted allowing easy, visual recognition of scale patterns. Scales included are:
- Natural Minor
- Harmonic Minor
- Whole Tone
- Major Pentatonic
- Minor Pentatonic
There is also a scale "Auto-Play" function that will play the droning root and the corresponding scale interval in half notes at quarter=60bpm allowing the musician to work with tuning and harmonizing in real-time.
There are a total of 420 scale configurations available for the first release.
What Others are Saying:
"I think your app will be widely useful, better and more convenient than the typical tuner. It also will be a good companion tool for users of my 'Breakfast' Intonation practice booklet."
"This new app looks wonderful to me, Gil!! A great teaching tool not only for trombonists but also for music theory and many more applications for musicians. Great idea!!"
Tom Senff - Trombone Professor and Trombonist with Stan Kenton Orchestra
"WOW! I like this a great deal. I teach AP Music theory. I think this would be tremendously helpful with drilling intervals."
Rob Optiz - High School Band Director
"When my students use this, they seem to adjust automatically in the correct direction."
Private Trombone Instructor
This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.
Minor internal tweaks...more coming soon.
Ratings and Reviews
I do wish the drone was a bit louder.
I’m very happy with this program because it does what I need it to do: figure out what key a song is in!
Decent but could be way better
First, scales freeze at times and needs to shut down before it works again. Should include whole notes and wider metronome range. Two octave scales would be great. Otherwise, helpful for intonation practice.
The developer, Gil Estes, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple.
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- Gil Estes
- 13.5 MB
- Requires iOS 8.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 8.0 or later.
- Age Rating
- © Gil Estes (c) 2012
- In-App Purchases
- Jazz Modes $0.99