Talking Tuner 4+

HotPaw Productions

Designed for iPhone

    • 3.3 • 13 Ratings
    • $0.99

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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 1.4.4

Adjustments for better compatibility with the newest iOS devices

Ratings and Reviews

3.3 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Blindstein ,

Nice to find something like this

I’m learning mandolin, and it’s nice to be able to have a tuner that I can use without being able to see. First time I started the application on my iPhone/iPad, it did not work, but force quitting and restarting changed it. Voice is clear and understandable because it works with voiceover on. For some reason it kept saying that my g was six cents too short, and then when I have done nothing with it but came back later on it said it was in tune. Any suggestions on how close the instrument should be to the phone? Nice update would be an option to have instant speech feedback instead of waiting for the end of the note, which would be useful when wearing headphones and would not create interference.

DPB400 ,

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.

Sean Cairne ,

Doesn’t always work but when it does 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.

App Privacy

The developer, HotPaw Productions, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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