The Snail offers sophisticated technology to tune and analyze instruments with pristine precision. A handy guitar tuning mode is included. See what your ears hear!
The Snail is an advanced audio analysis and instrument tuning application for iPhone.
See what your ears hear
As an analogue of the human cochlea where the different frequencies are split-up and analyzed, The Snail for iPhone uses a snail grid to visualize root note and overtone structures of an incoming sound very precisely via the integrated iPhone microphone. The Snail is based on newly developed audio technology making instrument tuning easy and audio analysis musical and fun to watch.
Tune any instrument with pristine precision
Version 2 offers an additional guitar tuning mode that is available in the tuning view. Just tap on a dedicated string name, play a note and adjust the guitar tuning accordingly. Another major improvement is the new split window mode. Whenever you do any adjustments to parameters you now see how the edits affect the visualization in the upper section. This works in both visualization modes. One mode is the snail grid, a complete musical overview of the audio spectrum. The other one, the tuner view, is especially designed to focus on the root note for tuning purposes. In both views there is a sine tuning oscillator available which is controlled simply by touching the desired note on the iPhone display. There are a lot of customizable parameters. No problem if you would like to tune transposing instruments or if you need a tuning reference other than 440 Hz.
The well-known Ircam institute for acoustic and music research in Paris is responsible for the new technology of detection and visualization. It is a patented invention by Thomas Hélie, CNRS researcher at the Sciences and Technologies for Music and Sound (STMS) Laboratory (IRCAM/CNRS/UPMC/French Ministry of Culture and Communication). Berlin-based company SKYLIFE is responsible for the iOS port of this Ircam technology. The Snail is also available for Mac and PC distributed by Plugivery.
• Precise audio analysis and instrument tuning in two modes.
• Snail view for a sophisticated visual representation of root note and overtone structures.
• Tuner view to tune instruments and to control pitches of voices and other sources.
• Fast access guitar tuning (GT) mode.
• Split window settings menu.
• Visual gain and mic gain controllers.
• Switchable auto detection.
• Touch sine tuning oscillator.
• 2 color modes: coherency index and magnitude.
• Adjustable grid range (octaves).
• Setup for transposing instruments.
• Many customizable parameters like tuning reference, frequency tracking and audio window size.
The Snail is now compatible with iOS 13.
Ratings and Reviews
This app doesn’t work on new iPhone OS
So sad that this app that I actually use regularly stopped working all of a sudden. The only thing I can think of is that it has to do with the recent OS update that I mindlessly said yes too. Ugh technology has brought so much instability and inconsistency to my life !!!
Brilliant with a tiny flaw
Fantastic app, as is the plugin version. However, I got bitten today when I tried to use in my wife’s car to check the key of a song on the radio. As soon as I started the app, it promptly connected to the car phone via Bluetooth, disabling the radio.
There doesn’t seem to be an option to tell The Snail that it should use the microphone. Yes, I know I can turn off Bluetooth but I could just as easily use another pitch detection app too.
Please fix this
Seems to regularly crap out with iOS updates
Crashed with iOS 13 and a pretty slow fix. Just updated to iOS 15 on new iPhone 13pro and it crashes immediately upon opening. This is a very interesting app when it works, but ‘when it works’ seems to be the tricky part. Great tuner too, but one of the previous updates got it to launch and the initial screen worked, but the tuner never functioned properly for me after that update. I’d pay a few bucks for it again if the developer would show it some TLC just for the tuner. But as it is, nah.
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- INST RECHER COORD ACOUST MUSICALE
- 24.7 MB
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
- Age Rating
- © IRCAM
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.