Strange UI choices; Solid tuning. 3/5
App installs itself in the menubar. So when you open it for the first time, it doesn't show up. (And at least in version 1.3, the menu icon doesn't have an inverse mode for Dark-Mode menubars). Once you realize that it's in the menubar, it's a decent app.
The app works best if you disable "Use ambient noise reduction" in System Preferences -> Sound -> Input.
The "Historical" mode is probably the most useful, but isn't the default. There seems to be no way to toggle the mode shown in the preview image.
Does not open. 1/5
I just downloaded this app for my MAC. It will not open.
I feel like I have been scammed by this company.
Apple needs to take this out of its App Store until the company can verify that it actuallly works.
Once it is working, the company should provide a free upgrade to all customers who have purchased this app.
Great tuner 5/5
By Pappa Jay
Meets my tuning needs.
Gave it one star because zero was not an option 1/5
By The Pinkoboe
This program opened up once and then crashed. I cannot get it to open. A complete waste of money.
a bit behind the iOS version 3/5
I really love the iOS version of the premium version. I’d say the best feature on there is the transposition feature. I play the trumpet, so it’s very important to be able to see the notes for non-concert pitch instruments.
The free version of this OS X version was pretty good, and I thought I would get more by upgrading. Honestly, I’m kind of sorry I wasted $3 on the upgrade. The additional features are buggy on this version (I’m running El Capitan for what it’s worth). The tuning seems to stop after a few seconds and shows your pitch frozen, as if it stopped listening. Once you play a new note, it shows your pitch for that note for another few seconds, then freezes again…kind of weird.
I was really hoping to see the transposition feature on here like the iOS version. Hopefully you guys can add it as a free update :)
It seems like the free version works better than the paid version. Developers- you might want to look into that.
Works great on Mavericks 5/5
I installed this on Mavericks and it works great. Thanks
terrible app 1/5
I got this and it simply doesn’t work. It is very difficult to turn off unless you figure out how. I strongly discourage anyone getting this. What a piece of crap. You can’t erase it because it says its in use, but nowhere to be found. I had to restart to get rid of it. DON’T DOWNLOAD THIS!!!!!
What’s all the kvetching about 5/5
Works great - I have eveyrthing from classical accoustics to steel string concert bodies. Works just fine on electric. I keep it open while I’m practicing to music - you can pretty much dope the key progressions without a chord chart, etc. It’s really handy.
Best Free Tuner - Acoustic Guitar 5/5
I use the app to tune my Acoustic Guitar. I primarily use the iPhone version of this app, but the OSX version has been working just as well for me. I find the interface for the OSX version is a little more simplistic; I actually prefer the more sophisticated interface of the iPhone version. However this OSX version manages to detect when my guitar is in tune just about as well as the iPhone version. I should also mention that INSTuner offers the most precise feedback of all the other tuners I have tried on the app store. I think it’s a very well designed app and it does exactly what I need it to.
Doesnt Work Well At All 1/5
not nearly sensiitve enough. needs work.
Interface/operation a little confusing 3/5
First, as another reviewer stated, the interface sometimes disappears, but there is a little tuning fork in the Mac menu bar to get it back. This happens when you go to preferences.
Go to preferences by the little gear icon, screen will disappear when leave Preferences, see above. You also quit this way.
Could use a manual, help selection, at least a read me file.
Some of the screen shots shown are for the paid version. I think to get anything out of this app, to easily tune your guitar, you need to get the paid version.
Won’t launch after first launch 1/5
It launched fine the first time. I was testing its response against a tuning fork, and it reported the fork to be in tune sometimes, and sharp or flat at others. Not a good sign. Upon closing the app, I was unable to launch it again. It appears to launch and immediately crash. There is no minimized window as one reviewer had said. If I have to restart my Mac, and all the many other applications I have open, it isn’t worth it.
Bass tuner? 4/5
Generally a great tuner. However, I believe that the iOS version is better. This version sometimes thinks that my double bass’s E string is a B! However, it still works when you play loudly.
Works, but hard to figure out where it went at first 4/5
After installation I was able to tune one guitar, but then the app closed itself and would not reopen. After I restarted the computer it opened again, only to close itself after about 5 seconds. It worked well when it stayed open!
Edit: It does open! It just immediately minimizes to a little tuning fork near the clock in the upper right of the screen.
Best free guitar tuner. Way better than the ones online.
Can’t get it to load 2/5
Installed okay, but won’t open.
I’m a vocalist, and sometimes when buying sheet music for a song, it’s difficult to tell exactly how the song is meant to be sung. I recently bought sheet music that is WAY different from the way the song is ever performed, and I was thrilled to find that I could not only tune my own voice, but tune songs playing in my iTunes using this app! It was a BIG plus and welcome surprise! the app is also very detailed and easy to read, which I love!