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HotPaw Talking Tuner is a hands-off, sound-activated, talking, chromatic, musical instrument tuner. It talks to tell you if your instrument is in tune or not; so you don't even have to look at it or touch the display. Talking Tuner uses speech synthesis, and works with or without VoiceOver being enabled.

This app was created because I received a request to develop an iPhone app which could help a vision-challenged individual tune their musical instrument. This app is the result.

With the Auto-Speak switch turned on, 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 may result in a slower tuning response.

What’s New

Version 1.4.3

Bug fix for iPhone 5s and audio input issues.
Updated for iOS 11.

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

Taylor Scott ,

Very good.

Just bought this app and good job! As a blind guitar player it is hard to find a good tuner. This one is exactly what i've been looking for. The reason I gave it a 4 instead of a 5 is the speach is hard to understand when it sais G and A. Other than those notes it works great.

whatisshe ,

Almost what I need

I have friends who are blind. I like this talk tuner for them but it doesn’t have the incremental steps I need. It will go from 0 (in tune) to -6 for example. But I need -3 or -4 on a string. This won’t do it YET. If it did each degree then it would be perfect. I’ll check back to see if it upgrades. I had to buy it to find out and there was no problem receiving the refund.

Turner42 ,

Great App

AS a blind person, I've been looking for a way to use a digital tuner for years. This is fantastic! I tried to give it five stars, but the stars are not labelled for my screen reader. Yes, the speech is hard to understand on G and A, but it isn't that hard to figure out which string is being talked about. Now, if it would just tune the guitar for me...grin.


Ronald Nicholson
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Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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