Five Best Tuner Apps

Intonation is a tricky thing, and sometimes a matter of great debate. But out of tune is out of tune, and a tuner app can come in handy when we need to make sure our ears are not playing tricks on us.

But with a wide variety of apps to choose from, which is best?

Earlier this week I asked which tuner apps you found most helpful, and you nominated 23 of your favorites.

Best Tuner App? (nominations)

I still remember my first tuner. The Seiko Tolv ST-369 – a gigantic brick of a device which probably has the equivalent mass of about 10 iPhones stacked together.

Aside from using it to generate an A to tune my violin to, and for the occasional round of the scintillating “Name That A” game (i.e.

Five Best Recording Devices

We can all use another set of ears in the practice room to keep us honest. But picking the best device for our particular needs is a tricky task, with so many feature-packed devices to choose from. Do we go for convenience? Or sound quality? A mix of both? Or something else entirely?

Earlier this week I asked which portable studio recorders you thought were the best, and you nominated 14 of your favorites.

Best Recording Device? (nominations)

We all know how valuable it can be to record ourselves.

But just because we know something is helpful, doesn’t mean we will act on it. After all, we know we ought to eat more veggies and do more cardio, but that knowledge by itself doesn’t turn us into marathon-running vegans.

At the end of the day, if it’s too inconvenient or time-consuming to do the right thing, we’re probably going to stick with our old habits.

So if we are serious about making a positive change in our life, we have to do more than strengthen our resolve.

Five Best Metronome Apps

Picking the best metronome app can be a little difficult since the only way to test out an app is to buy it. Most only cost a few dollars, but that can add up pretty quickly given the number of apps that are available.

Earlier this week I asked which metronome apps you thought were the best, and you nominated 20 of your favorites. Based on the number of nominations I received, here are your top five:

Metronome Plus

Metronome Plus (iOS – $1.99) is a simple, elegant, and easy to use metronome app.