Fender has launched a new digital subsidiary and its first product is, unsurprisingly, a guitar tuning app for iOS, which has dozens of opts for custom tuning and enough sensitivity to tell when it’s being impacted by background noise. It is not a new app in the space, but newbies and experts alike are more likely to gravitate toward a brand name app than a third party one—especially if it’s free.
The app really doesn’t like background noise. In fact, there is a green meter up top that measures ambient sound. When there is too much going on it’ll let you know. The primary interface is a big circle in the center. It will automatically detects the nearest note and positions itself to the left or right, depending on how sharp or flat. We prefer GuitarTuna’s polygraph-styled layout, but tune does the trick just fine.
There are four icons along the bottom, and the second from the left moves the app into manual mode. This shows a representation of a Fender headstock and also touching an icon next to a tuning peg sounds that note, the idea being to match the sound of the string along with the sound coming from the phone’s speaker, that teaches learners how to tune by ear. A bit like using a tuning pipe. But in digital form.
There are many, many instrument tuning apps available for iOS of course, but as the Fender Tune app is free to install, we would recommend giving it a try. The app is compatible with Apple mobile devices running iOS 8.1 or later and it can be found on the App Store now.