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    Default Are those android application tuner accurate?

    Hello UU Folks,

    I'm new in ukulele or any stringed instrument and im planning in shipping in a kala tenor soon.

    Just wondering is those phone tuner accurate? There is a few in android phone application and im wondering about it before i purchase a snark tuner..

    Thank you everyone for your time reading.

    Regards
    Jonathan

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    A phone based tuning app uses the mic in the phone to listen to the tuning, so if you're in a noisy place or other people around are also tuning, they have problems. A Snark and other clip on tuners use vibration through the body to tune, so external sounds don't affect them.

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    Yes absolutely. This one is my favourite (I paid for the ad-free version but worth trying the free version first).
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...ortor.gstrings

    I second what kohanmike says though, and I also have a Snark clip-on tuner which I can use in noisy environments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    A phone based tuning app uses the mic in the phone to listen to the tuning, so if you're in a noisy place or other people around are also tuning, they have problems. A Snark and other clip on tuners use vibration through the body to tune, so external sounds don't affect them.
    Hi Kohanmike,

    Then i can first use the phone apps to tune my uke since ill be in my room alone all the time because i don't have any friends that play music instrument.
    thank you on your opinion.

    Regards
    Jonathan

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimavery View Post
    Yes absolutely. This one is my favourite (I paid for the ad-free version but worth trying the free version first).
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...ortor.gstrings

    I second what kohanmike says though, and I also have a Snark clip-on tuner which I can use in noisy environments.
    Hello Jim,

    Since i'll be playing alone i might as well first use the phone apps and plan on a snark tuner on later date... thank you for your opinion =)

    Regards
    Jonathan

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    Kala has their own free tuning app that works well. As far as accuracy, it is accurate enough for what you're going to use it for. I use it all the time at home. Most of my music is on my Kindle, and I have the app right there.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

    I just want everyone to understand that I am not a ukulele expert, even though it may look at times like I'm pretending to be.

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    I have a clip on tuner for accuracy (as has been mentioned,
    background noise can sway the tuning on an android mic
    based one!) But I als have a free android one, called Da
    Tuner,which is fine if used in quiet surroundings!
    Soprano is what does it for me every time!*

    *Other Scale sizes are available and very popular with many players.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TopDog View Post
    I have a clip on tuner for accuracy (as has been mentioned,
    background noise can sway the tuning on an android mic
    based one!) But I als have a free android one, called Da
    Tuner,which is fine if used in quiet surroundings!
    I have the Da Tuner Lite (free) app on my Android phone and it is the best tuning app period. It shows how many cents you are out of tune, dB levels, HZ and the octave you are tuning to, brilliant.

    Simon is frustrated they don't make it for iPhones. You need a clip on tuner as well for when you are not in a quiet enviroment like everyone else pointed out
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    Maybe it depends on the smartphone model itself. I have on my Galaxy S8+ Smartchord. And it is very accurate. I also have a Snark Clip-on tuner. Both are accurate. The nice thing about the app is that they have 3 ways to tune your stringed instrument. A Tuner (you can choose between Low G and High G) with a Capo or not. It shows both Hz and Key with a bar graph showing flat and sharp range. High resolution and low resolution tuning range. There is a "string change" mode - no idea how that works.

    Also a tone generator. And a "pitch pipe" which repeats a note repeatedly G,C,E, or A (mine is set to play a uke pluck - of course) so you don't have to keep tapping the phone to hear a note.

    But, for me I like the app the most because it also has a tone generator that helps me tune down to 432Hz when I play.
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    Another vote for Da Tuner on Android. I have the paid version, but I believe both are similar. I like being able to set to the instrument I'm tuning, as well as the filter lock so it only listens for the note you're tuning to (helps filter out background noise).

    I have compared it side by side with my Snark clip-on, and get similar results.
    Last edited by Crazy Canuck; 02-15-2018 at 03:36 AM.
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