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Feb 3, 2014

Review: Pano Tuner - My favorite iPhone tuner app

Pano Tuner is simply awesome.  And best of all, it's FREE!

I've tried a lot of different chromatic tuner apps on the iPhone, and Pano Tuner is by far the best.  Other apps have been too gimmicky or clunky.

Simple and quick
Pano Tuner is simple and straightforward--the minute you open the app, BOOM--it's showing you exactly what note you're playing in real-time.  There's no loading menu nor do you have to mess with selecting the instrument or note you are trying to tune.

This is great, because it makes tuning up quick.  (No one wants to sit around watching you tune while fiddling with your phone.)  Anyone familiar with using a clip-on tuner for example, will find this app second nature.

Works with everything
In theory, this can be used to tune anything the iPhone's mic can pick up.  I've personally used it to tune ukuleles, guitars, a keyboard, and a violin, and it's been flawless.

And it's customizable!
The one critique I was planning to mention was that the direction in which goes from high to low is counter-intuitive to me (really just a matter of personal preference, since I was accustom to other devices).  But as I was writing this review, it donned on me to check the settings--sure enough, it's configurable! (To think I've been using it all this time and never checked!)

Settings give you all sorts of configuration options: note order (high-to-low or low-to-high), denotation ("A B C" vs "do re me"), tolerance and more!

I now have zero complaints about this app!

MediocreMusician Rating: 10 out of 10