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iStroboSoft
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Usage questions? ***Please contact us before posting an issue in the reviews.*** Peterson Support at info@strobosoft.com or call 708.388.3311 M-F 8am-5pm (CST) TRUSTED BY PROFESSIONALS FOR OVER 70 YEARS. ---iStroboSoft for iOS--- Peterson Strobe Tuners' popular StroboSoft tuning application for the iPod touch® and iPhone™. iStroboSoft™ offers the unmatched accuracy of a mechanical strobe tuner for the highest degree of precision available in a software tuning application. Plug in and tune your electrics and acoustics quickly and easily with 1/10th cent accuracy. peterson tuners has offered tuning solutions for over 65 years and is the only company specializing in hardware and software tuning products for all levels of musicians. FEATURES: • Stand-by mode to reduce battery usage or freeze the display. • Guided Mode Tuning offers an alternate strobe display that slows the strobe bands one-by-one as you come closer to tune. • Speed control for strobe display; dampen the response for a longer note display. • 12 Temperaments with adjustable root control. • Display all sharps note display. • Assisted Low Note Detection (ALND) helps capture very low frequencies. • Mains hum filter option reduces the chances of the tuner latching on to 50 or 60Hz cycle hum when using a direct line-in connection or while using the app during device charging. • Smooth, real-time strobe display allows you to achieve an unmatched level of accuracy. • Note/Octave window displays the correct note and octave for the note being tuned. • Cents display allows you to see how far out of tune your note is in cent values. • Tune in auto or manual mode. • Toggle the display to show: cents, Hz, MIDI note value for the note being tuned. • Glowing flat/sharp indicators assist when tuning a note very far from the target position. • Noise filter: Use the noise filter when utilizing an external mic or clip-on tuning device to help reduce the effect of extraneous environmental noise during tuning. • Input boost: The input boost will raise all input frequencies by +24dB. • Calibration mode: iStroboSoft can be calibrated to an external source guaranteeing 1/10th cent accuracy. • Drop/Capo mode: iStroboSoft will auto-transpose notes up or down to one full octave. • Adjustable Concert A: Change the Concert A reference of the tuner to accommodate tuning to a fixed instrument, such as a piano, or tune instruments that do not utilize the typical Western A440 reference. • Full screen mode permits the strobe display to be maximized on screen to allow better viewing from a distance. • Change strobe display colors to accommodate different lighting environments or set a preferred user color for those with limited color palette recognition. Use the built-in mic on your device for tuning or connect directly via the headphone jack using an approved adaptor cable or interface. Devices without a headphone jack can connect a pickup or mic using the lightning-to-audio adaptor. Optional adaptor cable for direct line-in access as well as mini capsule microphone available from Peterson. Support via email at: info@strobosoft.com or call 708.388.3311 M-F 8am-5pm (CST)
BAAAADDD
by ZiggyWarsex on 2020/10/13 20:45
Using my iPad 2020s microphone for my acoustic yields zero results. Hardly functions at all. Barely rotates with noise cancelation on and off and boost on and off. Sweeteners are nice but don’t make it function any better. I only use strobe tuners, specifically a strobostomp that is fantastic. Idk why this app is this bad. Maybe I need to use a D/I box to get it to function correctly but that defeats the purpose of it being portable. DEFINITELY NOT WORTH THE MONEY
The Best iOS Tuner By A Mile
by Schmotown on 2020/09/12 20:09
There are plenty of free or lower-priced tuners on the App Store but the Peterson stands over them all. Highly recommended +++
Has the developer abandoned this great app?
by EZ Lady on 2020/09/12 02:44
The main thing is that the app is very accurate and easy to read. I prefer it to most others for its simulation of a stroboscope...it seems to be more precise than the other app tuners I’ve tried However, the developers haven’t given it much love in a couple of years. It hasn’t been updated for newer iPhones, so visually it looks a bit shrunken. And I find that it freezes and crashes more often than any other iOS app I use. Developers, please step it up because this ought to be the reference standard! And users, beware that you’d be buying something that may not have much of a future...
Excellent
by A Fan 1233 on 2020/07/19 15:35
Excellent all around, coming from a great company very much caring about sound. Thank you! Simple and really effective. I am using the string (violin) sweetener and it works perfectly.
IStroboSoft
by Happyplayer 3 on 2020/07/10 15:30
I don’t know what happened this app, but it won’t open for me and I just used it yesterday. It was the best of us kind when it opened.
❤️it!
by BruN0B0 on 2020/06/25 07:58
string player. love it. love it. love it!
Great app!
by KStover02 on 2020/06/15 12:10
I loosen the strings on my acoustic guitar when I’m not using it for a long time. This app together with an AppClip allows me to quickly get playing again.
The Highest Grade Profesional Tuner!! Without doubt.
by BoazAnimal on 2020/04/06 04:23
1) I try every quality music app that comes along. 2) I have been tuning pianos, reed organs, EVERY kind of stringed instrument... for nearly 60 years. 3) If I say it’s good, I have the critical experience to judge it, and prove it to myself. 4) If You are a pro, or highly experienced, throw out the apps that ‘try’, and get THE one that DOES.
IStroboSoft
by Garden jams on 2020/03/12 21:41
This IS the Tuner you want.Yup, it is not free. Use sweeteners and tune. Tune ....TUNE !
Simply the best!
by NicholasMirth on 2020/03/08 15:11
Best mobile tuner, best accuracy. Essential for any instrumentalist!
Please fix the audio!
by dextreme123 on 2020/03/04 03:16
I’ve been using this app everyday for my practice routine and I have loved it. It’s extremely reliable and the tools are great... but why can’t I use a metronome app at the same time? I don’t know if it’s just me, but while playing audio from another app (like a metronome app), when I switch to iStroboSoft the audio becomes significantly quieter, to the point where I can’t hear it anymore even at max speaker volume. Also, when listening to a metronome with AirPods, they disconnect when switching back to this app! Developers, please fix this problem so I can enjoy your app with my new wireless headphones.
Apple Watch compatibility
by Camshanks on 2020/02/03 15:13
This app functions perfectly for me. One thing that would add to its awesomeness would be to add apple watch capability. Just a thought.
Almost Perfect
by GridUser on 2020/01/28 23:56
Bottom line, this tuner is everything the pros say about it. Since I only play guitar as a hobby (I find it to be somewhat less confounding than golf), I can’t add anything to the “learnedness” of their comments. I’m sure I’m only scratching the top layer of the surface of the capabilities of this app too. I do know it’s more accurate than any other tuning gadget I’ve ever used, including an A tuning fork, a gizmo that looks like a weird harmonica (guitar pitch pipe), the Intellitouch clip-on, and built-ins for my guitars and amps. I need to read up on some of the other things it can do, because I’m not doing anything other than tuning my guitars with it. I was going to give it 4 stars instead of 5 because the screen often jumps around uncontrollably, especially when tuning the low E string. It don’t remember it happening when I first got the app (though it might have). That means I have to guess at where the sweet spot is a lot of the time. This happens with all of my guitars. It’s probably something I’m doing wrong because I’ve not read about anyone else having this problem. Since it’s probably due to “user incompetence”, I didn’t feel right taking away a star from a review that I’m probably not even qualified to write in the first place. I need to look into that cable I read about in some of the reviews. It’s not usually loud when I’m tuning, but I’m wondering if that would fix my “jumping around” problem.
Terribly disappointed
by Dendog55 on 2020/01/01 15:38
What a waste of $10. This thing can’t find Low E on a guitar and can only find other notes for a second before going blank. It’s like it can’t get enough signal although I tried the so called Boost option. Same results on iPhone and iPad. Hasn’t been an update in two years. Maybe it’s time. Until then can I get my money back?
Most acurate tuner on iOS. But AUv3 please!
by TheRealDutchee on 2019/11/04 15:11
I love this tuner, but could you please update the app and make it a AUv3 plugin as well?
Overpriced piece of crap
by Genrlgadget on 2019/09/04 10:48
Don’t buy. $10 out of the gate, and all of the sweetened tunings are an additional in-app up charge. And just to pour salt in the wound, the tuner does not detect pitch well. Huge waste of money.
Nerds
by poshsoup on 2019/07/26 22:44
This is really nice how it can automatically calibrate to “Sweetened” tunings which tune you slightly flat like Taylor’s tuning style! But I have a request which is to make a tone generator which corresponds not only with an equal temperament reference but a chromatic set of reference tones that correspond with even sweetened tunings! Also can I make my primary tuner display Hz and Cents at the same time? Would be so cool!
Best tuner for the $$$:
by Johnny7guitar on 2019/07/15 02:36
Put my snarks in the drawer after using this tuner. Just like my Peterson VSS-C but a fraction of the price.
I love it!
by Navdave on 2019/07/10 04:31
I use this app and my Apogee Jam to intonate all of my guitars. Works flawlessly most accurate tuning app that I know of for the iPhone.
Umm there is a problem
by RRRRad on 2019/07/02 23:10
When I first purchased this app, it worked really great, but lately (last few months) it now skips or jumps, extremely frustrating!
The best
by FlirGuy on 2019/07/01 20:54
This is one of the best tuners you will find anywhere. Very accurate and easy to use.
Best tuner I’ve tried
by Duncan___ on 2019/06/23 18:32
This tuner is worth the money. I play trombone, so when I practice, I’m essentially tuning my brain and muscle memory more than my instrument. Sometimes I end up with strange tendencies that can be difficult to work out. This tuner is clean, accurate, and so visually obvious I don’t have to look at it directly, which makes this process much easier. I’d recommend it to any musician, especially wind players.
Does what it is supposed to do
by AI in OH on 2019/06/16 23:32
The Peterson iStrobosoft software works as a strobe tuner for your iPhone. In my case, I put the sweetend tunings (because of licensing) on my old 5S, but I just use it for Music and Astronomy apps. I wish I could get some kind of deal to put them on both phones. As far as what is missing out of a sweetend tuning, how about some suggestions for 8 and 9 string guitars. Will update this review later to see how well it works with my Apogee Jam. Yes, it works great with the Jam. I also find the tuner is indeed very accurate.
All Of These Positive Reviews Are Accurate.
by Riverbomb on 2019/06/04 11:26
This iStroboSoft tuner was the first paid app I installed on my first iPhone back in 2009 after learning about it via a very talented music producer who was the engineer at Dub Narcotic Studio in Olympia Washington. He used the iStrobosoft tuner to tune all of the instruments we used on some recording sessions there, all the while heaping praises on this supposedly incredibly accurate strobe tuner he had on his iPhone. At the time, the concept of professional quality studio gear on a phone was foreign to me, and a fairly new concept in general. Honestly back then the whole concept of apps on phones, let alone paying 10 bucks for an app on a phone, was a new concept in general. But after a week of working with my friend in the studio and witnessing the accuracy of the iStrobosoft tuner - as well as enjoying its beautiful interface - downloading and paying for this app was the first thing I did when I got my first iPhone a few weeks later. I have used it exclusively ever since, and it has been worth every penny. Peterson makes some of the best strobe tuners out there, and the price on such hardware can run in the thousands of dollars, so having access to that same Peterson quality in an affordable iPhone app is priceless!
Great but drains battery fast
by FasterThanILook on 2019/05/16 22:21
Great tuner app - I depend on this as a pro musician. Wish I didn’t have to force-quit after using, but it drains my iPhone 6S battery FAST if I don’t.
Handy
by jonnyrocket1486 on 2019/04/30 02:26
Works very well!
Guitar hobbyist
by 66613187 on 2019/04/10 15:09
Peterson is the best, Love the Sweetened tunings for my acoustic guitar. However, I have to use GuitarTuna first before IStroboSoft can recognize the note or string correctly , then fine tune the guitar. This is especially true with cheaper guitars . “Peterson” please make an easy mode for the standard tuning we use 90% of the time. E A D G B E mode for a six string guitar only, all other notes are just off at this point.
No other tuner makes me hate myself this much.
by lasttbn on 2019/03/28 00:47
5/5, would buy again.
Not updated for X/XS/XR displays
by Georgie010 on 2019/03/24 15:42
For an app that costs quite a bit more than the average mobile app (not including in-app purchases), there is no excuse for it to not be updated for the X/XS/XR displays 1.5 years after the X was released. Especially when updating apps for the newer displays does not take a lot of work.
Useless
by mgr123456 on 2019/02/24 16:29
Worst tuner ever. Don’t waste your money.
Great tuner. More sensitive that I ever thought a tuner could be
by Billy Joe Carl Bob Danny Frank on 2019/02/18 15:30
This is a killer tuner. Super sensitive have to use it with the noise filter on or it tries to tune everything in the room. Spent 9.99 and was not disappointed.
Amazing Value
by Lowellipop on 2019/02/04 04:14
Buy the app, buy the Peterson adaptor cable for your iPhone, you have a strobe tuner for under $25. Amazing value and worlds better than the boss tuner I was using before and my guitars really come alive after tuning up with this degree of accuracy. Once you use this you’ll see what you were missing if you’ve never used a strobe tuner before. Unbelievable value, don’t think I’ve written a review for an app before but this is just outstanding!!
The best!
by jay dog 28 on 2019/01/30 06:54
I absolutely love this tuner, the most accurate available. Other tuners get you in the ballpark, this is dead on. Worth the money, amazing piece of technology, a pleasure to use.
Works but...
by jimmyteal on 2018/12/13 12:34
I remember my 8th grade orchestra teacher used to tune us 1 by 1 with a physical tuner just like this one so I was excited to see that this now exists for my iPhone! BUT..... I had to pay extra for the functionality to tune each violin string / had to download a sweetener. And After I dropped $15 i still don’t get all of the advertised features, plus the app isn’t optimized for iPhone X. So I that’s why I have a 2 star review. Thanks
Simply the best
by John banger on 2018/12/02 08:50
If you need a tuner You won’t be sorry
Nice tuner to have in my pocket
by cf67polv5 on 2018/11/15 02:15
Wanted a tuner to set intonation. Did it by ear and was pretty close. But was still off a bit and wasn’t happy. (Guitars need a well tempered tuning.) The iStroboSoft with guitar sweetener showed me where I was off and needed to be, within 1cent. Also a great tool to have when trying out a new guitar. Tuner fits nicely in the pocket. I find that the room needs to be really quiet to do it right. For $16 with the sweetener it’s pretty good. Thanks for reading my review. Update: I found that setting the intonation with the sweetener on actually made the intonation come out wrong. I couldn’t find a way to shut it off so I set the intonation with my old boss tuner, then open tuned with the strobe sweetener on. That works much better.
Simply the best.
by spupilup on 2018/11/09 01:36
This tuner is incredible. It has helped me set the intonation on all 5 of my guitars with a degree of accuracy I could have never imagined. And for $10. It’s a no brained. Buy the app, you won’t regret it. I recommend the guitar tuning sweetener as well. Finally, if you want this tuner to preform like it’s in a lab spring for the adapter cable. You can plug your guitar directly into the phone (gotta use that stupid dongle) and it will take all the extraneous noise out of the act of tuning your guitar. Along with the money spent on the app, the $13 for the adapter was money well spent. I don’t care how good your sense of pitch is, this app, especially with the the adapter, is simply better.
Really great tool
by TCrawf3 on 2018/09/22 14:30
I looked into and tried clip on tuners like the Snark. It worked well but I saw reviews that suggested some finishes were marred by the clip on over time. I saw the Peterson website and pondered on which tuner would work best for me with classical and steel string guitars. Then I saw the iStroboSoft tuner. Fascinated, I purchased and used the tuner with my iPhone and iPad. It has become my tuner of choice. I really like how it handles the job of fine tuning my guitars. I tried the sweeteners but finally I settled on the normal setting and use the “cents” setting. I find on most of my guitars the intonation on the third string is a bit finicky . If you just recognize this, you can kind of view the tuning bars and cent values to create your own “ visual” sweetener values. Bottom line- get it if you are in a quiet setting to use it. I actually think there is a clip for this that allows tuning in noisy environments? For me, I like playing at the end of day when all is peaceful and quiet. This tuner is the first step in practicing every day. Great software!!! Great app- period.
Great buy!
by Cotmbarry on 2018/09/04 00:33
Ten bucks for a great tuner!
Great tuner
by BassPilotDave on 2018/06/04 14:12
I bought this tuner primarily for intonation my instruments. I also bought the jack to plug a 1/4” instrument cable into. The large display on my iPad is perfect for the bench and makes dialing in tuning easy. I also tune with the iPad mic when practicing (no other instruments interfering with the input).
Yes, it’s worth every penny.
by M. S. N. on 2018/05/09 22:07
I used to use iStroboSoft back in the day on my iPhone 3G when I played a beat-up, bootleg Strat — pleasantly surprised to run into it on the AppStore today and glad to see it’s just as good as it was then. Better than the other tuners on the AppStore (I’ve tried them all). Absolutely worth ten bucks: your guitar - and the ears of your listeners - will thank you.
Money Well Spent
by Battletrap on 2018/05/06 00:00
This app is probably my favorite app. I use this tuner often. It is extremely accurate and easy to use. After I purchased the app my iPhone died and I was happy to see it was restored through the Cloud when I purchased another phone. This truly is a great tuner.
Untested portions of app
by harpist18 on 2018/04/30 13:29
I tend to lose faith in a developer that doesn’t test all functionality before release. There is a flaw with the in app purchase for extended ranges. iTunes is working just fine for other apps and music and some of the in app purchases, but not for extended range. Is it really that hard to test functionality before release? It causes me to wonder what else wasn’t tested. Low and high ranges with the app don’t work. Keep your handheld tuners!
Really accurate tuner
by clubgibson on 2018/04/10 19:30
Simply put, if you want an accurate tuner in your pocket everywhere you go, this is the right buy.
The last software tuner you’ll ever need.
by DoughBoy247 on 2018/04/09 13:06
Been using this app for about 5 years now and no app comes close to the tuning accuracy of this one. I’m a session musician (bass, guitar, piano) and an educator and I use this app almost daily. I also setup and repair bass guitars and use it to intonate strings which requires very precise tuning and the tuner handles it superbly. Peterson also sells an adaptor to plug in guitars to your phone/tablet; when I’m on stage I use the tuner out of my amp into my phone and it works perfectly. The only feature I’d love to see implemented is an Apple Watch app. It doesn’t need to have the strobe screen but just the note and cents would suffice.
The Best
by PapaGM on 2018/04/06 01:17
This is a. Excellent app. Just like the original big Peterson strobe tuner I still have. Every musician I have shown it to had bought the app. It is extremely accurate, reliable and easy to use. I have several tuners but I rely on this one. It is always with me on my phone or iPad. 👍👍
BEST TUNER, Just GET IT!
by 30yrsOfMac on 2018/03/30 14:31
Finnally a tuner that does not flash and jump around and leave you gussing. So easy to slow down the strobe. Makes so much sense to pluck a string and let it resonate while the string is tuned. Very sensitive using my iPad Pro. Having cents show is a great feedback that further increases confidence. I've found the string's tuning jumps a few cents after letting go of the tuner. Easy to get use to and anticipate so you end up with tuining within fractions of cents. Also, never made sense to bang away at the string to keep the volume loud enough for my old clip on, or in line tuners. Not using a pick was a piece of information that didn't jump out at me. My local luther had made a comment that my guitar was tuned sharp. I had tuned my brand new guitar with a pick before heading to the luther.
My guitar has never been in tune before today
by zippppy123 on 2018/03/04 01:08
I’ve been tuning with harmonics for 40 years. Then I saw a video on YouTube showing clearly that harmonics are not correct, at least the fifth and seventh fret. I used this Peterson tuner to set my bridge intonation and tune my guitar and now it plays like a completely different instrument, this is a guitar I’ve been playing for 30 years. I feel like an idiot.
Update for the HD version?
by Rich1965Awesome on 2018/02/20 15:28
Are you planning an update for the HD version?
Luthier’s Review
by colinsk on 2018/02/19 18:21
I have been a luthier for 30 years and have been using my Stroboconn for that long. I wanted something equivalent and portable. I wrote my first spectrum analyzer (FFT) for hardware I made in 1984 running on a Mac+. I have a lot of expectations when it comes to this software. With in app purchases I had to spend $30 to replace the mechanical strobe which seems expensive for an app. It does, however, function very well. Make sure to calibrate it. I also spent an extra $10 for having the spectrum features replacing my Mac+. (Well worth it.) I would really like a power meter feature. Beyond tuning I often need to measure string to string balance in piezo pickups. The other feature I would love to have is a waterfall display of the spectrum. It would be an easy add.
The. Best. App. Ever.
by Baseman121 on 2017/12/30 05:50
I have pedal tuners on my big and small boards. They are the ok but was frustrated that often had trouble dialing in-tune that pleases the ear despite what the dial says. Discovered this app and ten minutes later tuning nirvana and discovered one guitar needs a serious set up. Easy to use and so accurate. Best $10 spent ever. Just get it!
I use it to intonate my guitars.
by omgbruce on 2017/12/17 17:11
This app is the best tuner I’ve ever used! The strobe interface is what makes this tuner easier to use compared to my other ones. Yes, it is very accurate and sensitive just like how they claim. I was unsure about it because I didn’t have an interface, so I’m just using my phone’s onboard mic. Everything works with the built in mics, and you get the option on boosting the signal with some type of noise reduction option. The only downside for me is not being able to directly plug into the tuner, but that is just my own fault. I highly recommend this app!
Love it, but...
by Jdddj8383838 on 2017/12/03 21:41
Veteran band director and orchestral musician here. This is a great tuner. I find it very accurate and reliable. Put it up side-by-side next to my Peterson strobe tuner and they match perfectly. The $10 price is a bargain! HOWEVER, the app throws adds up over the app preventing you from using it once in a while. Why? I already paid for the app. Get rid of the adds, please.
The best
by sorbett on 2017/12/01 19:33
The best iPhone tuner app, by far.
Being in tune is worth way more than $10.
by ProfessorX81 on 2017/11/19 04:49
It is a steal, even at $10. This app is a successful implementation of Peterson's virtual strobe proprietary technology. The application compares very favorably with my original 490 and my StroboStomp 2. I am a professional musician and stringed instrument tech, and even though I can tune to within 5 cents by ear, this is an invaluable tool to constantly have in my pocket. To the reviewer that defiled the ratings out of ignorance because it's "IOS 11 only" - if you have a legacy device, as I do, the workaround is to buy the application through iTunes on a computer, then "get" from the App Store on your device. To the others who removed a star because it doesn't have a pitch pipe or metronome - where in the description does it claim these features? This is a tuner, and a damned good one. A used replacement for my StroboStomp would be $70. Many naysayers here probably have a $100+ Boss TU-2 on their pedal board (it is crap, has no pitch pipe or metronome, and employs LEDs to get guitarists vaguely close, yet nobody's whining to Roland) Sorry to bristle at ignorant reviewers, but they detract from the quality of this tool. Get it, and tune up already!
Good
by jendkngfid dj on 2017/11/13 02:31
The icon for the app is black and white but i cant make the tuner black and white. I thin im just being nitpicky though
HELP!
by Jonnie Axtell on 2017/10/27 02:58
Sorry for the three star review, I love this app, I have forever… But I can't get to my Buzz Feiten sweetener, with the new update it's too high off of the screen. I can see it there but it won't respond to a touch because there's only a sliver of it visible.
iOS 11-only?!
by esxmac on 2017/10/19 05:47
Latest version requires iOS 11-only?! At least I didn't waste any money on in App purchases...
Excellent
by Cui Bono? on 2017/10/18 05:47
[Rig: iPhone 4 / iOS 7.1.2] Excellent, accurate tuner.
If only...
by Ron’s Songs on 2017/09/27 01:52
Wonderful tuner just as are all their products - in my experience. It might be perfect, if only they had included their sweetened tunings for Pedal Steel.
Some issues when used with line-in
by N2LLC on 2017/08/23 15:48
When used with a line-in adapter, you may need to close and restart the app. Otherwise, the mic stays on and the app can't get accurate input. This may have something to do with iPad going to sleep hole the app is in the foreground. A bit annoying since I do use this at work, and it requires repeated restart.
Best tuner app period!
by roger45365 on 2017/07/07 12:27
This is the best easiest to visually pin point tuning app out there period. I would give it 5 stars but at times it does display wrong note your are running, just pluck again.
Fantastic tuner
by ts532 on 2017/06/18 02:52
This tuner is fantastic. It's incredibly accurate. That being said, it's not meant to be used in a venue setting, the iPhone microphone isn't good enough to filter out ambient noises, but easily fixed with an input cable. Great app
Accurate and precise!
by dclayburn on 2017/06/12 13:32
Very pleased with the accuracy. I can really hear and feel the difference! The clip on feature is a great option for noisy situations. I can never go back to regular chromatic/needle tuners!
Best tuning app I've tried
by loondoo on 2017/06/02 19:54
Have been a long time fan of the Peterson line of strobe tuning apps and of Peterson's "sweetened" tunings. But must say that the I find the layout of the app to be my favorite above all of the other Peterson tuners. Aside from the very sharp and visible stroke display, I especially appreciate them listing how many cents your instrument is off from the desired tuning. Having the cents along with the strobe takes the iStrobo-Soft app over the top for me. Add to that the different tunings for almost every conceivable eclectic instrument makes iStrobo-Soft the one to get.
My Critical Review
by soundanswer on 2017/05/20 17:44
I would love to love this, but after buying all the in-app purchases I don't. There are aspects of this tuner which are great, however as an iPhone app it is not perfect. In the studio environment it works well, but as soon as there is any ambient noise it gets confused and becomes unusable. I can't use it in any sort of live environment with the iPhone's internal mic. While the sweeteners are a neat idea I haven't found them to be particularly useful because I don't think they follow the intonation abnormalities uniformly. Whenever I use them my instrument is just out of tune, especially with other instruments that have all been "sweetened." From a tweakhead, let's-see-all-the-options-that-exist viewpoint, it's pretty neat. However, these options aren't particularly useful for just tuning my instrument quickly and PLAYING. I find that when I use it I am CONSTANTLY using it. I play a chord after it is tuned and it sounds AMAZING, incredible in fact. However after a few minutes it's out slightly and not in a good way. I find that I don't have this problem with other tuners. I open GuitarToolkit when I'm in stage, and I tune up quickly, and I don't have a problem later. This strobe tuner is very nuanced, and makes my guitar sound incredible for a short bit- but as for an average "sounds good" it doesn't seem to hold up. I really want to LOVE this tuner, and I do in certain (mainly studio) situations. However with all the options I spend too much time trying to figure out what is right for my needs at the time and I waste a lot of time and don't seem to end up with an instrument that is as playable. Possibly Peterson could add a "live" mode that gives a quick usable tuning for a live situation, is less affected by background noise. I think the tuner can already do it- but it is a lot of menus to jump through and things to think of when all I want to do is play an instrument that is in TUNE. I use it on acoustic guitar, electric bass, and mandolin. I do use it, and will continue to. I hope that Peterson either does some training videos on how to get the most out of the tuner, and uses real playing and gigging musicians -or- they tweak the interface to make it easier. As a note, you can't get to the options on an iPad in landscape orientation. You need to flip it into portrait. This is annoying because I use Logic Remote on my iPad on a mic stand in landscape, when I want to switch to the tuner and if I have to tweak any option I have to pop the iPod out of the stand. Anyhow, 3 stars. I hope to give it a 5 star in the future.
Precision Tuner
by (KP) on 2017/04/28 06:07
This tuning app is exactly what I've been looking for. I was looking for a tuner that could tune to exotic (eastern) temperaments and was about to drop $150+ on a hardware tuner then I found this. Displays cents and hz accurately so you can tune and/or set intonation on any instrument in whatever temperament you want once you do the math. I also brought the world 'sweetener' upgrade to set the frets on a sitar and it worked nicely. Highly recommend for tuning instruments outside of equal temperament.
Best tuner app for iPad
by BallisticMystic on 2017/04/21 14:37
Simple, easy to use and extremely accurate. Customer service is very responsive :)
Best tuner on the App Store
by cfanaic on 2017/03/25 13:45
This is an incredible tuner. I love my Stomp Classic, and this app brings the Peterson accuracy to my phone. It is one of my most used apps. It's absolutely worth the money, even if it wasn't the only good chromatic tuner on the App Store. I can't imagine anything better.
World Class
by Kokomo65 on 2017/03/13 16:22
Pretty much as good as it gets when it comes to iOS tuners. You will not be disappointed.
Used to be good. Not any more
by KahBill on 2017/02/25 21:17
I don't know what happened. Used to be good but after the last update doesn't even come close. My cheap on clip on tunes my guitar better! Wrong notes in display shows sharp or flat sometimes when the note is right on and no other notes are ringing.
The best tuner app
by Jim-ph on 2017/02/17 11:06
Used to be the best. Pretty useless with my iphone 6s now. Hears total BS. Incorrect notes. Incorrect pitch.
Very accurate but wrong note labels
by Corkyjon on 2017/02/16 00:57
I also have a stroboscopic pedal which I've retired since I got this app. You always have your iPhone handy. Even when the moving bars are accurate the wrong note can show in the display, even when all other strings are muted. This usually happens on low E and I wonder if the phone's mic is not sensitive to low frequencies and a harmonic is being heard. Only other complaint also relates to low sensitivity of iPhone mic, in that electric guitars may not be loud enough to trigger the app unless played through an amplifier. Peterson sell an external mic for this but I figure if I have to carry a mic I might as well bring my pedal. All in all I use this app extensively.
Works as advertised
by Stewgotts on 2017/02/12 00:35
I used to own a Peterson Virtual Strobe Tuner. This app is even better! I use it to setup the intonation on my electric guitars. Plus, I bought the sweetener pack for guitar. Very happy!
The ONLY tuner for iOS
by j2plase on 2016/12/28 20:04
You're a professional musician this is the only tuner you will ever need. Incredible accuracy from your phone. Since the iPhone came out I've had this Tuner and it's incredible
Accurate and easy to use
by lexpost on 2016/12/28 16:30
Fast, accurate response, easy to read and interpret. Love it.
Must buy.
by Mic Whiskey on 2016/12/22 16:26
Excellent accuracy. Works with interfaces. Better than a real one. 10 bucks. Just buy it. 5/5 DML
best tuner for features, accuracy, ease of use
by first_fiddle on 2016/12/14 01:00
Stunning! For years I used the fine "Tunelab" PC program to tune my piano, and a variety of small apps and sound sources to tune violins and violas. IStroboSoft is much easier to use and more accurate than just about anything other than Peterson's expensive hardware aimed at full-time piano tuners. This is my pick for the #1 app to add to your iPad or iPhone!
Best iOS Tuner
by SZimmie on 2016/11/26 15:50
I've been using Peterson tuners for about 15 years. They are all excellent. This one is no different. Having a strobe accurate tuner in my pocket is phenomenal.
Best tuner ever
by J.J.joyjoy(: on 2016/11/23 01:30
I own an actual Peterson StroboFlip tuner, and I also love this app. Peterson is all I use to ensure tuning accuracy... All I want for Christmas is that you guys make this APPLE WATCH compatible!!! Pretty PLLEEAASSE??? 😉 Thank you!
Excellent tuner!
by Lame-oh on 2016/11/12 21:52
Much more stable / less jumpy / easier to use than other i-app tuners I've tried. Makes my guitar sound great. Worth every penny and more!
Fantastic tuner. Bagpipe "sweetener" is also excellent
by Matt Willis Bagpiper on 2016/10/13 17:36
I purchased this tuner to help tune my pipe band (Scottish highland pipes). For an extra $10, you can buy the "World" sweetener pack that has a GHB (great highland bagpipe) setting. I can get me and my pipers so much better in tune using this than other bagpipe tuning apps, or even stand-alone tuning devices. The only nit is it takes a few too many clicks to adjust the Hz (as the pipes are constantly moving as you play), but that is too minor to take a star away from an otherwise excellent app.
Very accurate
by Solidfoot on 2016/09/10 21:37
I downloaded this onto my iPhone 6, tuned my acoustic guitar in about 45 seconds, and was pleased at how simple it was to use. I found it because of a friend's suggestion - definitely worth it!
Excellent, precise, all environment tuner
by John D'Aversa on 2016/08/25 19:45
I use a Peterson Classic Stomp tuner on my pedal board for tuning my electric guitars so I came to this app with high expectations; and my expectations were met. I'm combining this app with a Peterson Pitch Grabber Clip-on headstock microphone and the precision is AWESOME. Shop around for a good price on the PItch Grabber. I found mine for $11.95 no shipping/no tax new. So, don't settle for list price on the Pitch Grabber. Now, time to play some guitar!
Excellent
by GeneNT on 2016/07/09 23:49
A few years ago I had access to a Peterson Strobe Center 5000 which I used to tune my 1976 Fender Rhodes. Many gigs and a few tines later the dreaded process was immanent once again...only this time no SC5K. I already had the app on my phone for tuning my sax so I rolled the dice on the stretch tuning pack. Bottom line: works great. Thanks to Peterson for allowing us poor folk access to an otherwise unaffordable tool!
Accuracy plus
by Ibbyartist on 2016/07/01 18:26
The very best tuner I have found. Accuracy is the first and ultimately the final reason for a tuner app and it is excellent! Second features, and they are the ones you actually use. Half step, capo, sound booster. But first and foremost to me is accuracy and the on screen graphics are very readable. Wish all my apps performed this well on multiple fronts.
A great alternative to the bigger bench tuners.
by gmferguson on 2016/06/12 22:55
I have the StroboClip tuners for normal use, and this app on my iPhone and iPad for my bench when I'm working on my electrics. Simply connect a A/D converter to the iPhone or iPad and a regular guitar cord to the device. I do my own intonation so my guitars are dead-on always, and optimize the pickup height by raising them until I see the harmonics start to pulse. Recommended!
Outstanding App
by dconrad74 on 2016/05/15 13:06
When purchasing the app, remember what it would cost to purchase a standalone tuner from Peterson! This is a technically advanced app with myriad options and settings for the music teacher or advancing musician.
I never thought I would have a Peterson Tuner
by theMDog on 2016/05/12 00:03
I stumbled on to it in the App Store looking for other guitar apps. I did a quick check and yes this really is the same Peterson Strobe in a convenient always on my IPhone and iPad kinda way. I have used the mic function to set intonation on my Fender. It was so easy to use and so accurate. A quick minute later I had it tuned to standard in a snap. I have own several tuners from old pitch pipes to the latest Quartz tuners and the Strobosoft app beats them hands down. I love it.
Worth the money
by Tallmoegranados on 2016/05/04 23:15
I'll keep it simple. I'm not a touring musician anymore, I became a working father. But I still geek out over cool gadgets and this app is no exception. It does an excellent job with tuning, although I can't provide input on sweeteners or all that other stuff. Get it.
The best
by johnnya. on 2016/05/04 18:28
It's my security blanket #ffl
Excellent
by Vados200 on 2016/04/15 02:25
Great tuner. Accurate and easy to read. The input filter works well. Recently bought the spectrum tools and am finding them useful as well.
One little bug
by CatZelda on 2016/03/23 22:56
As a musician, it's very important to keep my instrument in tune. I like the idea of having a tuner on my iPhone (which is always with me) to help me tune my harp. However, even after purchasing the 47 string harp sweetener, it doesn't always register on the right notes. For example, I just played a B and it registered as an F# and tried to compensate for tuning, and then registered as a D# and the same thing happened. It makes it harder to tune the harp and it's quite irritating
Nice!
by 肖熊猫 on 2016/03/23 14:49
Great tuner. Very precise. Needs a PDF manual.
Fail
by GlenGurian on 2016/03/23 10:51
I'm a life-long Peterson user (since 1978); I've need had cause to look elsewhere for a tuner. Until now. As a guitarist I find this app fails -- even with the additional purchase of the Sweeteners -- to provide a solid tune. Far from it. One strum after verifying all strings hold tune with no abrupt swing sharp and a proper decay flat says it all: my instrument(s) are unplayable after a strobe app tune. Fail.
Excellent for piano tuning
by tchryen on 2016/03/22 00:48
After tuning my grand piano with a much more expensive application installed on a heavy laptop, I was never satisfied with the results in the highest and lowest registers. After retuning the piano with the extremely accurate iStroboSoft, I couldn't believe the new sound of the instrument. Just an amazing app for ten bucks plus another twenty for the keyboard sweeteners, which include stretch tunings for grands and uprights. For me, this app can't be beaten for both quality and price. Caveat: sweeteners cannot be shared
Worth the money
by Scola21 on 2016/02/06 16:43
My go to tuner, so convenient
BEST TUNER APP
by Sturmtrooper on 2016/01/28 05:43
The only app that lets you accurately set your guitar's intonation. Kind of pricey but worth it.
Disappointing
by GlenGurian on 2016/01/24 20:21
Longtime Peterson fan. But this app is garbage. It simply doesn't deliver - especially in the Sweetened settings.
Luthier’s Review
by colinsk on 2018/02/19 18:21
I have been a luthier for 30 years and have been using my Stroboconn for that long. I wanted something equivalent and portable. I wrote my first spectrum analyzer (FFT) for hardware I made in 1984 running on a Mac+. I have a lot of expectations when it comes to this software. With in app purchases I had to spend $30 to replace the mechanical strobe which seems expensive for an app. It does, however, function very well. Make sure to calibrate it. I also spent an extra $10 for having the spectrum features replacing my Mac+. (Well worth it.) I would really like a power meter feature. Beyond tuning I often need to measure string to string balance in piezo pickups. The other feature I would love to have is a waterfall display of the spectrum. It would be an easy add.
Almost Perfect
by GridUser on 2020/01/28 23:56
Bottom line, this tuner is everything the pros say about it. Since I only play guitar as a hobby (I find it to be somewhat less confounding than golf), I can’t add anything to the “learnedness” of their comments. I’m sure I’m only scratching the top layer of the surface of the capabilities of this app too. I do know it’s more accurate than any other tuning gadget I’ve ever used, including an A tuning fork, a gizmo that looks like a weird harmonica (guitar pitch pipe), the Intellitouch clip-on, and built-ins for my guitars and amps. I need to read up on some of the other things it can do, because I’m not doing anything other than tuning my guitars with it. I was going to give it 4 stars instead of 5 because the screen often jumps around uncontrollably, especially when tuning the low E string. It don’t remember it happening when I first got the app (though it might have). That means I have to guess at where the sweet spot is a lot of the time. This happens with all of my guitars. It’s probably something I’m doing wrong because I’ve not read about anyone else having this problem. Since it’s probably due to “user incompetence”, I didn’t feel right taking away a star from a review that I’m probably not even qualified to write in the first place. I need to look into that cable I read about in some of the reviews. It’s not usually loud when I’m tuning, but I’m wondering if that would fix my “jumping around” problem.
All Of These Positive Reviews Are Accurate.
by Riverbomb on 2019/06/04 11:26
This iStroboSoft tuner was the first paid app I installed on my first iPhone back in 2009 after learning about it via a very talented music producer who was the engineer at Dub Narcotic Studio in Olympia Washington. He used the iStrobosoft tuner to tune all of the instruments we used on some recording sessions there, all the while heaping praises on this supposedly incredibly accurate strobe tuner he had on his iPhone. At the time, the concept of professional quality studio gear on a phone was foreign to me, and a fairly new concept in general. Honestly back then the whole concept of apps on phones, let alone paying 10 bucks for an app on a phone, was a new concept in general. But after a week of working with my friend in the studio and witnessing the accuracy of the iStrobosoft tuner - as well as enjoying its beautiful interface - downloading and paying for this app was the first thing I did when I got my first iPhone a few weeks later. I have used it exclusively ever since, and it has been worth every penny. Peterson makes some of the best strobe tuners out there, and the price on such hardware can run in the thousands of dollars, so having access to that same Peterson quality in an affordable iPhone app is priceless!
BEST TUNER, Just GET IT!
by 30yrsOfMac on 2018/03/30 14:31
Finnally a tuner that does not flash and jump around and leave you gussing. So easy to slow down the strobe. Makes so much sense to pluck a string and let it resonate while the string is tuned. Very sensitive using my iPad Pro. Having cents show is a great feedback that further increases confidence. I've found the string's tuning jumps a few cents after letting go of the tuner. Easy to get use to and anticipate so you end up with tuining within fractions of cents. Also, never made sense to bang away at the string to keep the volume loud enough for my old clip on, or in line tuners. Not using a pick was a piece of information that didn't jump out at me. My local luther had made a comment that my guitar was tuned sharp. I had tuned my brand new guitar with a pick before heading to the luther.
Guitar hobbyist
by 66613187 on 2019/04/10 15:09
Peterson is the best, Love the Sweetened tunings for my acoustic guitar. However, I have to use GuitarTuna first before IStroboSoft can recognize the note or string correctly , then fine tune the guitar. This is especially true with cheaper guitars . “Peterson” please make an easy mode for the standard tuning we use 90% of the time. E A D G B E mode for a six string guitar only, all other notes are just off at this point.
Simply the best.
by spupilup on 2018/11/09 01:36
This tuner is incredible. It has helped me set the intonation on all 5 of my guitars with a degree of accuracy I could have never imagined. And for $10. It’s a no brained. Buy the app, you won’t regret it. I recommend the guitar tuning sweetener as well. Finally, if you want this tuner to preform like it’s in a lab spring for the adapter cable. You can plug your guitar directly into the phone (gotta use that stupid dongle) and it will take all the extraneous noise out of the act of tuning your guitar. Along with the money spent on the app, the $13 for the adapter was money well spent. I don’t care how good your sense of pitch is, this app, especially with the the adapter, is simply better.
Really great tool
by TCrawf3 on 2018/09/22 14:30
I looked into and tried clip on tuners like the Snark. It worked well but I saw reviews that suggested some finishes were marred by the clip on over time. I saw the Peterson website and pondered on which tuner would work best for me with classical and steel string guitars. Then I saw the iStroboSoft tuner. Fascinated, I purchased and used the tuner with my iPhone and iPad. It has become my tuner of choice. I really like how it handles the job of fine tuning my guitars. I tried the sweeteners but finally I settled on the normal setting and use the “cents” setting. I find on most of my guitars the intonation on the third string is a bit finicky . If you just recognize this, you can kind of view the tuning bars and cent values to create your own “ visual” sweetener values. Bottom line- get it if you are in a quiet setting to use it. I actually think there is a clip for this that allows tuning in noisy environments? For me, I like playing at the end of day when all is peaceful and quiet. This tuner is the first step in practicing every day. Great software!!! Great app- period.
The last software tuner you’ll ever need.
by DoughBoy247 on 2018/04/09 13:06
Been using this app for about 5 years now and no app comes close to the tuning accuracy of this one. I’m a session musician (bass, guitar, piano) and an educator and I use this app almost daily. I also setup and repair bass guitars and use it to intonate strings which requires very precise tuning and the tuner handles it superbly. Peterson also sells an adaptor to plug in guitars to your phone/tablet; when I’m on stage I use the tuner out of my amp into my phone and it works perfectly. The only feature I’d love to see implemented is an Apple Watch app. It doesn’t need to have the strobe screen but just the note and cents would suffice.
I use it to intonate my guitars.
by omgbruce on 2017/12/17 17:11
This app is the best tuner I’ve ever used! The strobe interface is what makes this tuner easier to use compared to my other ones. Yes, it is very accurate and sensitive just like how they claim. I was unsure about it because I didn’t have an interface, so I’m just using my phone’s onboard mic. Everything works with the built in mics, and you get the option on boosting the signal with some type of noise reduction option. The only downside for me is not being able to directly plug into the tuner, but that is just my own fault. I highly recommend this app!
Has the developer abandoned this great app?
by EZ Lady on 2020/09/12 02:44
The main thing is that the app is very accurate and easy to read. I prefer it to most others for its simulation of a stroboscope...it seems to be more precise than the other app tuners I’ve tried However, the developers haven’t given it much love in a couple of years. It hasn’t been updated for newer iPhones, so visually it looks a bit shrunken. And I find that it freezes and crashes more often than any other iOS app I use. Developers, please step it up because this ought to be the reference standard! And users, beware that you’d be buying something that may not have much of a future...
Does what it is supposed to do
by AI in OH on 2019/06/16 23:32
The Peterson iStrobosoft software works as a strobe tuner for your iPhone. In my case, I put the sweetend tunings (because of licensing) on my old 5S, but I just use it for Music and Astronomy apps. I wish I could get some kind of deal to put them on both phones. As far as what is missing out of a sweetend tuning, how about some suggestions for 8 and 9 string guitars. Will update this review later to see how well it works with my Apogee Jam. Yes, it works great with the Jam. I also find the tuner is indeed very accurate.
Amazing Value
by Lowellipop on 2019/02/04 04:14
Buy the app, buy the Peterson adaptor cable for your iPhone, you have a strobe tuner for under $25. Amazing value and worlds better than the boss tuner I was using before and my guitars really come alive after tuning up with this degree of accuracy. Once you use this you’ll see what you were missing if you’ve never used a strobe tuner before. Unbelievable value, don’t think I’ve written a review for an app before but this is just outstanding!!
Please fix the audio!
by dextreme123 on 2020/03/04 03:16
I’ve been using this app everyday for my practice routine and I have loved it. It’s extremely reliable and the tools are great... but why can’t I use a metronome app at the same time? I don’t know if it’s just me, but while playing audio from another app (like a metronome app), when I switch to iStroboSoft the audio becomes significantly quieter, to the point where I can’t hear it anymore even at max speaker volume. Also, when listening to a metronome with AirPods, they disconnect when switching back to this app! Developers, please fix this problem so I can enjoy your app with my new wireless headphones.
Best tuner I’ve tried
by Duncan___ on 2019/06/23 18:32
This tuner is worth the money. I play trombone, so when I practice, I’m essentially tuning my brain and muscle memory more than my instrument. Sometimes I end up with strange tendencies that can be difficult to work out. This tuner is clean, accurate, and so visually obvious I don’t have to look at it directly, which makes this process much easier. I’d recommend it to any musician, especially wind players.
Yes, it’s worth every penny.
by M. S. N. on 2018/05/09 22:07
I used to use iStroboSoft back in the day on my iPhone 3G when I played a beat-up, bootleg Strat — pleasantly surprised to run into it on the AppStore today and glad to see it’s just as good as it was then. Better than the other tuners on the AppStore (I’ve tried them all). Absolutely worth ten bucks: your guitar - and the ears of your listeners - will thank you.
Untested portions of app
by harpist18 on 2018/04/30 13:29
I tend to lose faith in a developer that doesn’t test all functionality before release. There is a flaw with the in app purchase for extended ranges. iTunes is working just fine for other apps and music and some of the in app purchases, but not for extended range. Is it really that hard to test functionality before release? It causes me to wonder what else wasn’t tested. Low and high ranges with the app don’t work. Keep your handheld tuners!
The. Best. App. Ever.
by Baseman121 on 2017/12/30 05:50
I have pedal tuners on my big and small boards. They are the ok but was frustrated that often had trouble dialing in-tune that pleases the ear despite what the dial says. Discovered this app and ten minutes later tuning nirvana and discovered one guitar needs a serious set up. Easy to use and so accurate. Best $10 spent ever. Just get it!
Apple Watch compatibility
by Camshanks on 2020/02/03 15:13
This app functions perfectly for me. One thing that would add to its awesomeness would be to add apple watch capability. Just a thought.
Not updated for X/XS/XR displays
by Georgie010 on 2019/03/24 15:42
For an app that costs quite a bit more than the average mobile app (not including in-app purchases), there is no excuse for it to not be updated for the X/XS/XR displays 1.5 years after the X was released. Especially when updating apps for the newer displays does not take a lot of work.
Nice tuner to have in my pocket
by cf67polv5 on 2018/11/15 02:15
Wanted a tuner to set intonation. Did it by ear and was pretty close. But was still off a bit and wasn’t happy. (Guitars need a well tempered tuning.) The iStroboSoft with guitar sweetener showed me where I was off and needed to be, within 1cent. Also a great tool to have when trying out a new guitar. Tuner fits nicely in the pocket. I find that the room needs to be really quiet to do it right. For $16 with the sweetener it’s pretty good. Thanks for reading my review. Update: I found that setting the intonation with the sweetener on actually made the intonation come out wrong. I couldn’t find a way to shut it off so I set the intonation with my old boss tuner, then open tuned with the strobe sweetener on. That works much better.
Money Well Spent
by Battletrap on 2018/05/06 00:00
This app is probably my favorite app. I use this tuner often. It is extremely accurate and easy to use. After I purchased the app my iPhone died and I was happy to see it was restored through the Cloud when I purchased another phone. This truly is a great tuner.
The Best
by PapaGM on 2018/04/06 01:17
This is a. Excellent app. Just like the original big Peterson strobe tuner I still have. Every musician I have shown it to had bought the app. It is extremely accurate, reliable and easy to use. I have several tuners but I rely on this one. It is always with me on my phone or iPad. 👍👍
Great tuner
by BassPilotDave on 2018/06/04 14:12
I bought this tuner primarily for intonation my instruments. I also bought the jack to plug a 1/4” instrument cable into. The large display on my iPad is perfect for the bench and makes dialing in tuning easy. I also tune with the iPad mic when practicing (no other instruments interfering with the input).
Works but...
by jimmyteal on 2018/12/13 12:34
I remember my 8th grade orchestra teacher used to tune us 1 by 1 with a physical tuner just like this one so I was excited to see that this now exists for my iPhone! BUT..... I had to pay extra for the functionality to tune each violin string / had to download a sweetener. And After I dropped $15 i still don’t get all of the advertised features, plus the app isn’t optimized for iPhone X. So I that’s why I have a 2 star review. Thanks
Love it, but...
by Jdddj8383838 on 2017/12/03 21:41
Veteran band director and orchestral musician here. This is a great tuner. I find it very accurate and reliable. Put it up side-by-side next to my Peterson strobe tuner and they match perfectly. The $10 price is a bargain! HOWEVER, the app throws adds up over the app preventing you from using it once in a while. Why? I already paid for the app. Get rid of the adds, please.
Terribly disappointed
by Dendog55 on 2020/01/01 15:38
What a waste of $10. This thing can’t find Low E on a guitar and can only find other notes for a second before going blank. It’s like it can’t get enough signal although I tried the so called Boost option. Same results on iPhone and iPad. Hasn’t been an update in two years. Maybe it’s time. Until then can I get my money back?
BAAAADDD
by ZiggyWarsex on 2020/10/13 20:45
Using my iPad 2020s microphone for my acoustic yields zero results. Hardly functions at all. Barely rotates with noise cancelation on and off and boost on and off. Sweeteners are nice but don’t make it function any better. I only use strobe tuners, specifically a strobostomp that is fantastic. Idk why this app is this bad. Maybe I need to use a D/I box to get it to function correctly but that defeats the purpose of it being portable. DEFINITELY NOT WORTH THE MONEY
Great tuner. More sensitive that I ever thought a tuner could be
by Billy Joe Carl Bob Danny Frank on 2019/02/18 15:30
This is a killer tuner. Super sensitive have to use it with the noise filter on or it tries to tune everything in the room. Spent 9.99 and was not disappointed.
Excellent
by A Fan 1233 on 2020/07/19 15:35
Excellent all around, coming from a great company very much caring about sound. Thank you! Simple and really effective. I am using the string (violin) sweetener and it works perfectly.
The best!
by jay dog 28 on 2019/01/30 06:54
I absolutely love this tuner, the most accurate available. Other tuners get you in the ballpark, this is dead on. Worth the money, amazing piece of technology, a pleasure to use.
Really accurate tuner
by clubgibson on 2018/04/10 19:30
Simply put, if you want an accurate tuner in your pocket everywhere you go, this is the right buy.
Great app!
by KStover02 on 2020/06/15 12:10
I loosen the strings on my acoustic guitar when I’m not using it for a long time. This app together with an AppClip allows me to quickly get playing again.
No other tuner makes me hate myself this much.
by lasttbn on 2019/03/28 00:47
5/5, would buy again.
Nerds
by poshsoup on 2019/07/26 22:44
This is really nice how it can automatically calibrate to “Sweetened” tunings which tune you slightly flat like Taylor’s tuning style! But I have a request which is to make a tone generator which corresponds not only with an equal temperament reference but a chromatic set of reference tones that correspond with even sweetened tunings! Also can I make my primary tuner display Hz and Cents at the same time? Would be so cool!
The Highest Grade Profesional Tuner!! Without doubt.
by BoazAnimal on 2020/04/06 04:23
1) I try every quality music app that comes along. 2) I have been tuning pianos, reed organs, EVERY kind of stringed instrument... for nearly 60 years. 3) If I say it’s good, I have the critical experience to judge it, and prove it to myself. 4) If You are a pro, or highly experienced, throw out the apps that ‘try’, and get THE one that DOES.
Great but drains battery fast
by FasterThanILook on 2019/05/16 22:21
Great tuner app - I depend on this as a pro musician. Wish I didn’t have to force-quit after using, but it drains my iPhone 6S battery FAST if I don’t.
I love it!
by Navdave on 2019/07/10 04:31
I use this app and my Apogee Jam to intonate all of my guitars. Works flawlessly most accurate tuning app that I know of for the iPhone.
The best
by FlirGuy on 2019/07/01 20:54
This is one of the best tuners you will find anywhere. Very accurate and easy to use.
Good
by jendkngfid dj on 2017/11/13 02:31
The icon for the app is black and white but i cant make the tuner black and white. I thin im just being nitpicky though
The Best iOS Tuner By A Mile
by Schmotown on 2020/09/12 20:09
There are plenty of free or lower-priced tuners on the App Store but the Peterson stands over them all. Highly recommended +++
Most acurate tuner on iOS. But AUv3 please!
by TheRealDutchee on 2019/11/04 15:11
I love this tuner, but could you please update the app and make it a AUv3 plugin as well?
Simply the best
by John banger on 2018/12/02 08:50
If you need a tuner You won’t be sorry
Best tuner for the $$$:
by Johnny7guitar on 2019/07/15 02:36
Put my snarks in the drawer after using this tuner. Just like my Peterson VSS-C but a fraction of the price.
Umm there is a problem
by RRRRad on 2019/07/02 23:10
When I first purchased this app, it worked really great, but lately (last few months) it now skips or jumps, extremely frustrating!
Handy
by jonnyrocket1486 on 2019/04/30 02:26
Works very well!
Simply the best!
by NicholasMirth on 2020/03/08 15:11
Best mobile tuner, best accuracy. Essential for any instrumentalist!
IStroboSoft
by Happyplayer 3 on 2020/07/10 15:30
I don’t know what happened this app, but it won’t open for me and I just used it yesterday. It was the best of us kind when it opened.
Overpriced piece of crap
by Genrlgadget on 2019/09/04 10:48
Don’t buy. $10 out of the gate, and all of the sweetened tunings are an additional in-app up charge. And just to pour salt in the wound, the tuner does not detect pitch well. Huge waste of money.
iOS 11-only?!
by esxmac on 2017/10/19 05:47
Latest version requires iOS 11-only?! At least I didn't waste any money on in App purchases...
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Usage questions? ***Please contact us before posting an issue in the reviews.*** Peterson Support at info@strobosoft.com or call 708.388.3311 M-F 8am-5pm (CST) TRUSTED BY PROFESSIONALS FOR OVER 70 YEARS. ---iStroboSoft for iOS--- Peterson Strobe Tuners' popular StroboSoft tuning application for the iPod touch® and iPhone™. iStroboSoft™ offers the unmatched accuracy of a mechanical strobe tuner for the highest degree of precision available in a software tuning application. Plug in and tune your electrics and acoustics quickly and easily with 1/10th cent accuracy. peterson tuners has offered tuning solutions for over 65 years and is the only company specializing in hardware and software tuning products for all levels of musicians. FEATURES: • Stand-by mode to reduce battery usage or freeze the display. • Guided Mode Tuning offers an alternate strobe display that slows the strobe bands one-by-one as you come closer to tune. • Speed control for strobe display; dampen the response for a longer note display. • 12 Temperaments with adjustable root control. • Display all sharps note display. • Assisted Low Note Detection (ALND) helps capture very low frequencies. • Mains hum filter option reduces the chances of the tuner latching on to 50 or 60Hz cycle hum when using a direct line-in connection or while using the app during device charging. • Smooth, real-time strobe display allows you to achieve an unmatched level of accuracy. • Note/Octave window displays the correct note and octave for the note being tuned. • Cents display allows you to see how far out of tune your note is in cent values. • Tune in auto or manual mode. • Toggle the display to show: cents, Hz, MIDI note value for the note being tuned. • Glowing flat/sharp indicators assist when tuning a note very far from the target position. • Noise filter: Use the noise filter when utilizing an external mic or clip-on tuning device to help reduce the effect of extraneous environmental noise during tuning. • Input boost: The input boost will raise all input frequencies by +24dB. • Calibration mode: iStroboSoft can be calibrated to an external source guaranteeing 1/10th cent accuracy. • Drop/Capo mode: iStroboSoft will auto-transpose notes up or down to one full octave. • Adjustable Concert A: Change the Concert A reference of the tuner to accommodate tuning to a fixed instrument, such as a piano, or tune instruments that do not utilize the typical Western A440 reference. • Full screen mode permits the strobe display to be maximized on screen to allow better viewing from a distance. • Change strobe display colors to accommodate different lighting environments or set a preferred user color for those with limited color palette recognition. Use the built-in mic on your device for tuning or connect directly via the headphone jack using an approved adaptor cable or interface. Devices without a headphone jack can connect a pickup or mic using the lightning-to-audio adaptor. Optional adaptor cable for direct line-in access as well as mini capsule microphone available from Peterson. Support via email at: info@strobosoft.com or call 708.388.3311 M-F 8am-5pm (CST)
BAAAADDD
by ZiggyWarsex on 2020/10/13 20:45
Using my iPad 2020s microphone for my acoustic yields zero results. Hardly functions at all. Barely rotates with noise cancelation on and off and boost on and off. Sweeteners are nice but don’t make it function any better. I only use strobe tuners, specifically a strobostomp that is fantastic. Idk why this app is this bad. Maybe I need to use a D/I box to get it to function correctly but that defeats the purpose of it being portable. DEFINITELY NOT WORTH THE MONEY
The Best iOS Tuner By A Mile
by Schmotown on 2020/09/12 20:09
There are plenty of free or lower-priced tuners on the App Store but the Peterson stands over them all. Highly recommended +++
Has the developer abandoned this great app?
by EZ Lady on 2020/09/12 02:44
The main thing is that the app is very accurate and easy to read. I prefer it to most others for its simulation of a stroboscope...it seems to be more precise than the other app tuners I’ve tried However, the developers haven’t given it much love in a couple of years. It hasn’t been updated for newer iPhones, so visually it looks a bit shrunken. And I find that it freezes and crashes more often than any other iOS app I use. Developers, please step it up because this ought to be the reference standard! And users, beware that you’d be buying something that may not have much of a future...
Excellent
by A Fan 1233 on 2020/07/19 15:35
Excellent all around, coming from a great company very much caring about sound. Thank you! Simple and really effective. I am using the string (violin) sweetener and it works perfectly.
IStroboSoft
by Happyplayer 3 on 2020/07/10 15:30
I don’t know what happened this app, but it won’t open for me and I just used it yesterday. It was the best of us kind when it opened.
❤️it!
by BruN0B0 on 2020/06/25 07:58
string player. love it. love it. love it!
Great app!
by KStover02 on 2020/06/15 12:10
I loosen the strings on my acoustic guitar when I’m not using it for a long time. This app together with an AppClip allows me to quickly get playing again.
The Highest Grade Profesional Tuner!! Without doubt.
by BoazAnimal on 2020/04/06 04:23
1) I try every quality music app that comes along. 2) I have been tuning pianos, reed organs, EVERY kind of stringed instrument... for nearly 60 years. 3) If I say it’s good, I have the critical experience to judge it, and prove it to myself. 4) If You are a pro, or highly experienced, throw out the apps that ‘try’, and get THE one that DOES.
IStroboSoft
by Garden jams on 2020/03/12 21:41
This IS the Tuner you want.Yup, it is not free. Use sweeteners and tune. Tune ....TUNE !
Simply the best!
by NicholasMirth on 2020/03/08 15:11
Best mobile tuner, best accuracy. Essential for any instrumentalist!
Please fix the audio!
by dextreme123 on 2020/03/04 03:16
I’ve been using this app everyday for my practice routine and I have loved it. It’s extremely reliable and the tools are great... but why can’t I use a metronome app at the same time? I don’t know if it’s just me, but while playing audio from another app (like a metronome app), when I switch to iStroboSoft the audio becomes significantly quieter, to the point where I can’t hear it anymore even at max speaker volume. Also, when listening to a metronome with AirPods, they disconnect when switching back to this app! Developers, please fix this problem so I can enjoy your app with my new wireless headphones.
Apple Watch compatibility
by Camshanks on 2020/02/03 15:13
This app functions perfectly for me. One thing that would add to its awesomeness would be to add apple watch capability. Just a thought.
Almost Perfect
by GridUser on 2020/01/28 23:56
Bottom line, this tuner is everything the pros say about it. Since I only play guitar as a hobby (I find it to be somewhat less confounding than golf), I can’t add anything to the “learnedness” of their comments. I’m sure I’m only scratching the top layer of the surface of the capabilities of this app too. I do know it’s more accurate than any other tuning gadget I’ve ever used, including an A tuning fork, a gizmo that looks like a weird harmonica (guitar pitch pipe), the Intellitouch clip-on, and built-ins for my guitars and amps. I need to read up on some of the other things it can do, because I’m not doing anything other than tuning my guitars with it. I was going to give it 4 stars instead of 5 because the screen often jumps around uncontrollably, especially when tuning the low E string. It don’t remember it happening when I first got the app (though it might have). That means I have to guess at where the sweet spot is a lot of the time. This happens with all of my guitars. It’s probably something I’m doing wrong because I’ve not read about anyone else having this problem. Since it’s probably due to “user incompetence”, I didn’t feel right taking away a star from a review that I’m probably not even qualified to write in the first place. I need to look into that cable I read about in some of the reviews. It’s not usually loud when I’m tuning, but I’m wondering if that would fix my “jumping around” problem.
Terribly disappointed
by Dendog55 on 2020/01/01 15:38
What a waste of $10. This thing can’t find Low E on a guitar and can only find other notes for a second before going blank. It’s like it can’t get enough signal although I tried the so called Boost option. Same results on iPhone and iPad. Hasn’t been an update in two years. Maybe it’s time. Until then can I get my money back?
Most acurate tuner on iOS. But AUv3 please!
by TheRealDutchee on 2019/11/04 15:11
I love this tuner, but could you please update the app and make it a AUv3 plugin as well?
Overpriced piece of crap
by Genrlgadget on 2019/09/04 10:48
Don’t buy. $10 out of the gate, and all of the sweetened tunings are an additional in-app up charge. And just to pour salt in the wound, the tuner does not detect pitch well. Huge waste of money.
Nerds
by poshsoup on 2019/07/26 22:44
This is really nice how it can automatically calibrate to “Sweetened” tunings which tune you slightly flat like Taylor’s tuning style! But I have a request which is to make a tone generator which corresponds not only with an equal temperament reference but a chromatic set of reference tones that correspond with even sweetened tunings! Also can I make my primary tuner display Hz and Cents at the same time? Would be so cool!
Best tuner for the $$$:
by Johnny7guitar on 2019/07/15 02:36
Put my snarks in the drawer after using this tuner. Just like my Peterson VSS-C but a fraction of the price.
I love it!
by Navdave on 2019/07/10 04:31
I use this app and my Apogee Jam to intonate all of my guitars. Works flawlessly most accurate tuning app that I know of for the iPhone.
Umm there is a problem
by RRRRad on 2019/07/02 23:10
When I first purchased this app, it worked really great, but lately (last few months) it now skips or jumps, extremely frustrating!
The best
by FlirGuy on 2019/07/01 20:54
This is one of the best tuners you will find anywhere. Very accurate and easy to use.
Best tuner I’ve tried
by Duncan___ on 2019/06/23 18:32
This tuner is worth the money. I play trombone, so when I practice, I’m essentially tuning my brain and muscle memory more than my instrument. Sometimes I end up with strange tendencies that can be difficult to work out. This tuner is clean, accurate, and so visually obvious I don’t have to look at it directly, which makes this process much easier. I’d recommend it to any musician, especially wind players.
Does what it is supposed to do
by AI in OH on 2019/06/16 23:32
The Peterson iStrobosoft software works as a strobe tuner for your iPhone. In my case, I put the sweetend tunings (because of licensing) on my old 5S, but I just use it for Music and Astronomy apps. I wish I could get some kind of deal to put them on both phones. As far as what is missing out of a sweetend tuning, how about some suggestions for 8 and 9 string guitars. Will update this review later to see how well it works with my Apogee Jam. Yes, it works great with the Jam. I also find the tuner is indeed very accurate.
All Of These Positive Reviews Are Accurate.
by Riverbomb on 2019/06/04 11:26
This iStroboSoft tuner was the first paid app I installed on my first iPhone back in 2009 after learning about it via a very talented music producer who was the engineer at Dub Narcotic Studio in Olympia Washington. He used the iStrobosoft tuner to tune all of the instruments we used on some recording sessions there, all the while heaping praises on this supposedly incredibly accurate strobe tuner he had on his iPhone. At the time, the concept of professional quality studio gear on a phone was foreign to me, and a fairly new concept in general. Honestly back then the whole concept of apps on phones, let alone paying 10 bucks for an app on a phone, was a new concept in general. But after a week of working with my friend in the studio and witnessing the accuracy of the iStrobosoft tuner - as well as enjoying its beautiful interface - downloading and paying for this app was the first thing I did when I got my first iPhone a few weeks later. I have used it exclusively ever since, and it has been worth every penny. Peterson makes some of the best strobe tuners out there, and the price on such hardware can run in the thousands of dollars, so having access to that same Peterson quality in an affordable iPhone app is priceless!
Great but drains battery fast
by FasterThanILook on 2019/05/16 22:21
Great tuner app - I depend on this as a pro musician. Wish I didn’t have to force-quit after using, but it drains my iPhone 6S battery FAST if I don’t.
Handy
by jonnyrocket1486 on 2019/04/30 02:26
Works very well!
Guitar hobbyist
by 66613187 on 2019/04/10 15:09
Peterson is the best, Love the Sweetened tunings for my acoustic guitar. However, I have to use GuitarTuna first before IStroboSoft can recognize the note or string correctly , then fine tune the guitar. This is especially true with cheaper guitars . “Peterson” please make an easy mode for the standard tuning we use 90% of the time. E A D G B E mode for a six string guitar only, all other notes are just off at this point.
No other tuner makes me hate myself this much.
by lasttbn on 2019/03/28 00:47
5/5, would buy again.
Not updated for X/XS/XR displays
by Georgie010 on 2019/03/24 15:42
For an app that costs quite a bit more than the average mobile app (not including in-app purchases), there is no excuse for it to not be updated for the X/XS/XR displays 1.5 years after the X was released. Especially when updating apps for the newer displays does not take a lot of work.
Useless
by mgr123456 on 2019/02/24 16:29
Worst tuner ever. Don’t waste your money.
Great tuner. More sensitive that I ever thought a tuner could be
by Billy Joe Carl Bob Danny Frank on 2019/02/18 15:30
This is a killer tuner. Super sensitive have to use it with the noise filter on or it tries to tune everything in the room. Spent 9.99 and was not disappointed.
Amazing Value
by Lowellipop on 2019/02/04 04:14
Buy the app, buy the Peterson adaptor cable for your iPhone, you have a strobe tuner for under $25. Amazing value and worlds better than the boss tuner I was using before and my guitars really come alive after tuning up with this degree of accuracy. Once you use this you’ll see what you were missing if you’ve never used a strobe tuner before. Unbelievable value, don’t think I’ve written a review for an app before but this is just outstanding!!
The best!
by jay dog 28 on 2019/01/30 06:54
I absolutely love this tuner, the most accurate available. Other tuners get you in the ballpark, this is dead on. Worth the money, amazing piece of technology, a pleasure to use.
Works but...
by jimmyteal on 2018/12/13 12:34
I remember my 8th grade orchestra teacher used to tune us 1 by 1 with a physical tuner just like this one so I was excited to see that this now exists for my iPhone! BUT..... I had to pay extra for the functionality to tune each violin string / had to download a sweetener. And After I dropped $15 i still don’t get all of the advertised features, plus the app isn’t optimized for iPhone X. So I that’s why I have a 2 star review. Thanks
Simply the best
by John banger on 2018/12/02 08:50
If you need a tuner You won’t be sorry
Nice tuner to have in my pocket
by cf67polv5 on 2018/11/15 02:15
Wanted a tuner to set intonation. Did it by ear and was pretty close. But was still off a bit and wasn’t happy. (Guitars need a well tempered tuning.) The iStroboSoft with guitar sweetener showed me where I was off and needed to be, within 1cent. Also a great tool to have when trying out a new guitar. Tuner fits nicely in the pocket. I find that the room needs to be really quiet to do it right. For $16 with the sweetener it’s pretty good. Thanks for reading my review. Update: I found that setting the intonation with the sweetener on actually made the intonation come out wrong. I couldn’t find a way to shut it off so I set the intonation with my old boss tuner, then open tuned with the strobe sweetener on. That works much better.
Simply the best.
by spupilup on 2018/11/09 01:36
This tuner is incredible. It has helped me set the intonation on all 5 of my guitars with a degree of accuracy I could have never imagined. And for $10. It’s a no brained. Buy the app, you won’t regret it. I recommend the guitar tuning sweetener as well. Finally, if you want this tuner to preform like it’s in a lab spring for the adapter cable. You can plug your guitar directly into the phone (gotta use that stupid dongle) and it will take all the extraneous noise out of the act of tuning your guitar. Along with the money spent on the app, the $13 for the adapter was money well spent. I don’t care how good your sense of pitch is, this app, especially with the the adapter, is simply better.
Really great tool
by TCrawf3 on 2018/09/22 14:30
I looked into and tried clip on tuners like the Snark. It worked well but I saw reviews that suggested some finishes were marred by the clip on over time. I saw the Peterson website and pondered on which tuner would work best for me with classical and steel string guitars. Then I saw the iStroboSoft tuner. Fascinated, I purchased and used the tuner with my iPhone and iPad. It has become my tuner of choice. I really like how it handles the job of fine tuning my guitars. I tried the sweeteners but finally I settled on the normal setting and use the “cents” setting. I find on most of my guitars the intonation on the third string is a bit finicky . If you just recognize this, you can kind of view the tuning bars and cent values to create your own “ visual” sweetener values. Bottom line- get it if you are in a quiet setting to use it. I actually think there is a clip for this that allows tuning in noisy environments? For me, I like playing at the end of day when all is peaceful and quiet. This tuner is the first step in practicing every day. Great software!!! Great app- period.
Great buy!
by Cotmbarry on 2018/09/04 00:33
Ten bucks for a great tuner!
Great tuner
by BassPilotDave on 2018/06/04 14:12
I bought this tuner primarily for intonation my instruments. I also bought the jack to plug a 1/4” instrument cable into. The large display on my iPad is perfect for the bench and makes dialing in tuning easy. I also tune with the iPad mic when practicing (no other instruments interfering with the input).
Yes, it’s worth every penny.
by M. S. N. on 2018/05/09 22:07
I used to use iStroboSoft back in the day on my iPhone 3G when I played a beat-up, bootleg Strat — pleasantly surprised to run into it on the AppStore today and glad to see it’s just as good as it was then. Better than the other tuners on the AppStore (I’ve tried them all). Absolutely worth ten bucks: your guitar - and the ears of your listeners - will thank you.
Money Well Spent
by Battletrap on 2018/05/06 00:00
This app is probably my favorite app. I use this tuner often. It is extremely accurate and easy to use. After I purchased the app my iPhone died and I was happy to see it was restored through the Cloud when I purchased another phone. This truly is a great tuner.
Untested portions of app
by harpist18 on 2018/04/30 13:29
I tend to lose faith in a developer that doesn’t test all functionality before release. There is a flaw with the in app purchase for extended ranges. iTunes is working just fine for other apps and music and some of the in app purchases, but not for extended range. Is it really that hard to test functionality before release? It causes me to wonder what else wasn’t tested. Low and high ranges with the app don’t work. Keep your handheld tuners!
Really accurate tuner
by clubgibson on 2018/04/10 19:30
Simply put, if you want an accurate tuner in your pocket everywhere you go, this is the right buy.
The last software tuner you’ll ever need.
by DoughBoy247 on 2018/04/09 13:06
Been using this app for about 5 years now and no app comes close to the tuning accuracy of this one. I’m a session musician (bass, guitar, piano) and an educator and I use this app almost daily. I also setup and repair bass guitars and use it to intonate strings which requires very precise tuning and the tuner handles it superbly. Peterson also sells an adaptor to plug in guitars to your phone/tablet; when I’m on stage I use the tuner out of my amp into my phone and it works perfectly. The only feature I’d love to see implemented is an Apple Watch app. It doesn’t need to have the strobe screen but just the note and cents would suffice.
The Best
by PapaGM on 2018/04/06 01:17
This is a. Excellent app. Just like the original big Peterson strobe tuner I still have. Every musician I have shown it to had bought the app. It is extremely accurate, reliable and easy to use. I have several tuners but I rely on this one. It is always with me on my phone or iPad. 👍👍
BEST TUNER, Just GET IT!
by 30yrsOfMac on 2018/03/30 14:31
Finnally a tuner that does not flash and jump around and leave you gussing. So easy to slow down the strobe. Makes so much sense to pluck a string and let it resonate while the string is tuned. Very sensitive using my iPad Pro. Having cents show is a great feedback that further increases confidence. I've found the string's tuning jumps a few cents after letting go of the tuner. Easy to get use to and anticipate so you end up with tuining within fractions of cents. Also, never made sense to bang away at the string to keep the volume loud enough for my old clip on, or in line tuners. Not using a pick was a piece of information that didn't jump out at me. My local luther had made a comment that my guitar was tuned sharp. I had tuned my brand new guitar with a pick before heading to the luther.
My guitar has never been in tune before today
by zippppy123 on 2018/03/04 01:08
I’ve been tuning with harmonics for 40 years. Then I saw a video on YouTube showing clearly that harmonics are not correct, at least the fifth and seventh fret. I used this Peterson tuner to set my bridge intonation and tune my guitar and now it plays like a completely different instrument, this is a guitar I’ve been playing for 30 years. I feel like an idiot.
Update for the HD version?
by Rich1965Awesome on 2018/02/20 15:28
Are you planning an update for the HD version?
Luthier’s Review
by colinsk on 2018/02/19 18:21
I have been a luthier for 30 years and have been using my Stroboconn for that long. I wanted something equivalent and portable. I wrote my first spectrum analyzer (FFT) for hardware I made in 1984 running on a Mac+. I have a lot of expectations when it comes to this software. With in app purchases I had to spend $30 to replace the mechanical strobe which seems expensive for an app. It does, however, function very well. Make sure to calibrate it. I also spent an extra $10 for having the spectrum features replacing my Mac+. (Well worth it.) I would really like a power meter feature. Beyond tuning I often need to measure string to string balance in piezo pickups. The other feature I would love to have is a waterfall display of the spectrum. It would be an easy add.
The. Best. App. Ever.
by Baseman121 on 2017/12/30 05:50
I have pedal tuners on my big and small boards. They are the ok but was frustrated that often had trouble dialing in-tune that pleases the ear despite what the dial says. Discovered this app and ten minutes later tuning nirvana and discovered one guitar needs a serious set up. Easy to use and so accurate. Best $10 spent ever. Just get it!
I use it to intonate my guitars.
by omgbruce on 2017/12/17 17:11
This app is the best tuner I’ve ever used! The strobe interface is what makes this tuner easier to use compared to my other ones. Yes, it is very accurate and sensitive just like how they claim. I was unsure about it because I didn’t have an interface, so I’m just using my phone’s onboard mic. Everything works with the built in mics, and you get the option on boosting the signal with some type of noise reduction option. The only downside for me is not being able to directly plug into the tuner, but that is just my own fault. I highly recommend this app!
Love it, but...
by Jdddj8383838 on 2017/12/03 21:41
Veteran band director and orchestral musician here. This is a great tuner. I find it very accurate and reliable. Put it up side-by-side next to my Peterson strobe tuner and they match perfectly. The $10 price is a bargain! HOWEVER, the app throws adds up over the app preventing you from using it once in a while. Why? I already paid for the app. Get rid of the adds, please.
The best
by sorbett on 2017/12/01 19:33
The best iPhone tuner app, by far.
Being in tune is worth way more than $10.
by ProfessorX81 on 2017/11/19 04:49
It is a steal, even at $10. This app is a successful implementation of Peterson's virtual strobe proprietary technology. The application compares very favorably with my original 490 and my StroboStomp 2. I am a professional musician and stringed instrument tech, and even though I can tune to within 5 cents by ear, this is an invaluable tool to constantly have in my pocket. To the reviewer that defiled the ratings out of ignorance because it's "IOS 11 only" - if you have a legacy device, as I do, the workaround is to buy the application through iTunes on a computer, then "get" from the App Store on your device. To the others who removed a star because it doesn't have a pitch pipe or metronome - where in the description does it claim these features? This is a tuner, and a damned good one. A used replacement for my StroboStomp would be $70. Many naysayers here probably have a $100+ Boss TU-2 on their pedal board (it is crap, has no pitch pipe or metronome, and employs LEDs to get guitarists vaguely close, yet nobody's whining to Roland) Sorry to bristle at ignorant reviewers, but they detract from the quality of this tool. Get it, and tune up already!
Good
by jendkngfid dj on 2017/11/13 02:31
The icon for the app is black and white but i cant make the tuner black and white. I thin im just being nitpicky though
HELP!
by Jonnie Axtell on 2017/10/27 02:58
Sorry for the three star review, I love this app, I have forever… But I can't get to my Buzz Feiten sweetener, with the new update it's too high off of the screen. I can see it there but it won't respond to a touch because there's only a sliver of it visible.
iOS 11-only?!
by esxmac on 2017/10/19 05:47
Latest version requires iOS 11-only?! At least I didn't waste any money on in App purchases...
Excellent
by Cui Bono? on 2017/10/18 05:47
[Rig: iPhone 4 / iOS 7.1.2] Excellent, accurate tuner.
If only...
by Ron’s Songs on 2017/09/27 01:52
Wonderful tuner just as are all their products - in my experience. It might be perfect, if only they had included their sweetened tunings for Pedal Steel.
Some issues when used with line-in
by N2LLC on 2017/08/23 15:48
When used with a line-in adapter, you may need to close and restart the app. Otherwise, the mic stays on and the app can't get accurate input. This may have something to do with iPad going to sleep hole the app is in the foreground. A bit annoying since I do use this at work, and it requires repeated restart.
Best tuner app period!
by roger45365 on 2017/07/07 12:27
This is the best easiest to visually pin point tuning app out there period. I would give it 5 stars but at times it does display wrong note your are running, just pluck again.
Fantastic tuner
by ts532 on 2017/06/18 02:52
This tuner is fantastic. It's incredibly accurate. That being said, it's not meant to be used in a venue setting, the iPhone microphone isn't good enough to filter out ambient noises, but easily fixed with an input cable. Great app
Accurate and precise!
by dclayburn on 2017/06/12 13:32
Very pleased with the accuracy. I can really hear and feel the difference! The clip on feature is a great option for noisy situations. I can never go back to regular chromatic/needle tuners!
Best tuning app I've tried
by loondoo on 2017/06/02 19:54
Have been a long time fan of the Peterson line of strobe tuning apps and of Peterson's "sweetened" tunings. But must say that the I find the layout of the app to be my favorite above all of the other Peterson tuners. Aside from the very sharp and visible stroke display, I especially appreciate them listing how many cents your instrument is off from the desired tuning. Having the cents along with the strobe takes the iStrobo-Soft app over the top for me. Add to that the different tunings for almost every conceivable eclectic instrument makes iStrobo-Soft the one to get.
My Critical Review
by soundanswer on 2017/05/20 17:44
I would love to love this, but after buying all the in-app purchases I don't. There are aspects of this tuner which are great, however as an iPhone app it is not perfect. In the studio environment it works well, but as soon as there is any ambient noise it gets confused and becomes unusable. I can't use it in any sort of live environment with the iPhone's internal mic. While the sweeteners are a neat idea I haven't found them to be particularly useful because I don't think they follow the intonation abnormalities uniformly. Whenever I use them my instrument is just out of tune, especially with other instruments that have all been "sweetened." From a tweakhead, let's-see-all-the-options-that-exist viewpoint, it's pretty neat. However, these options aren't particularly useful for just tuning my instrument quickly and PLAYING. I find that when I use it I am CONSTANTLY using it. I play a chord after it is tuned and it sounds AMAZING, incredible in fact. However after a few minutes it's out slightly and not in a good way. I find that I don't have this problem with other tuners. I open GuitarToolkit when I'm in stage, and I tune up quickly, and I don't have a problem later. This strobe tuner is very nuanced, and makes my guitar sound incredible for a short bit- but as for an average "sounds good" it doesn't seem to hold up. I really want to LOVE this tuner, and I do in certain (mainly studio) situations. However with all the options I spend too much time trying to figure out what is right for my needs at the time and I waste a lot of time and don't seem to end up with an instrument that is as playable. Possibly Peterson could add a "live" mode that gives a quick usable tuning for a live situation, is less affected by background noise. I think the tuner can already do it- but it is a lot of menus to jump through and things to think of when all I want to do is play an instrument that is in TUNE. I use it on acoustic guitar, electric bass, and mandolin. I do use it, and will continue to. I hope that Peterson either does some training videos on how to get the most out of the tuner, and uses real playing and gigging musicians -or- they tweak the interface to make it easier. As a note, you can't get to the options on an iPad in landscape orientation. You need to flip it into portrait. This is annoying because I use Logic Remote on my iPad on a mic stand in landscape, when I want to switch to the tuner and if I have to tweak any option I have to pop the iPod out of the stand. Anyhow, 3 stars. I hope to give it a 5 star in the future.
Precision Tuner
by (KP) on 2017/04/28 06:07
This tuning app is exactly what I've been looking for. I was looking for a tuner that could tune to exotic (eastern) temperaments and was about to drop $150+ on a hardware tuner then I found this. Displays cents and hz accurately so you can tune and/or set intonation on any instrument in whatever temperament you want once you do the math. I also brought the world 'sweetener' upgrade to set the frets on a sitar and it worked nicely. Highly recommend for tuning instruments outside of equal temperament.
Best tuner app for iPad
by BallisticMystic on 2017/04/21 14:37
Simple, easy to use and extremely accurate. Customer service is very responsive :)
Best tuner on the App Store
by cfanaic on 2017/03/25 13:45
This is an incredible tuner. I love my Stomp Classic, and this app brings the Peterson accuracy to my phone. It is one of my most used apps. It's absolutely worth the money, even if it wasn't the only good chromatic tuner on the App Store. I can't imagine anything better.
World Class
by Kokomo65 on 2017/03/13 16:22
Pretty much as good as it gets when it comes to iOS tuners. You will not be disappointed.
Used to be good. Not any more
by KahBill on 2017/02/25 21:17
I don't know what happened. Used to be good but after the last update doesn't even come close. My cheap on clip on tunes my guitar better! Wrong notes in display shows sharp or flat sometimes when the note is right on and no other notes are ringing.
The best tuner app
by Jim-ph on 2017/02/17 11:06
Used to be the best. Pretty useless with my iphone 6s now. Hears total BS. Incorrect notes. Incorrect pitch.
Very accurate but wrong note labels
by Corkyjon on 2017/02/16 00:57
I also have a stroboscopic pedal which I've retired since I got this app. You always have your iPhone handy. Even when the moving bars are accurate the wrong note can show in the display, even when all other strings are muted. This usually happens on low E and I wonder if the phone's mic is not sensitive to low frequencies and a harmonic is being heard. Only other complaint also relates to low sensitivity of iPhone mic, in that electric guitars may not be loud enough to trigger the app unless played through an amplifier. Peterson sell an external mic for this but I figure if I have to carry a mic I might as well bring my pedal. All in all I use this app extensively.
Works as advertised
by Stewgotts on 2017/02/12 00:35
I used to own a Peterson Virtual Strobe Tuner. This app is even better! I use it to setup the intonation on my electric guitars. Plus, I bought the sweetener pack for guitar. Very happy!
The ONLY tuner for iOS
by j2plase on 2016/12/28 20:04
You're a professional musician this is the only tuner you will ever need. Incredible accuracy from your phone. Since the iPhone came out I've had this Tuner and it's incredible
Accurate and easy to use
by lexpost on 2016/12/28 16:30
Fast, accurate response, easy to read and interpret. Love it.
Must buy.
by Mic Whiskey on 2016/12/22 16:26
Excellent accuracy. Works with interfaces. Better than a real one. 10 bucks. Just buy it. 5/5 DML
best tuner for features, accuracy, ease of use
by first_fiddle on 2016/12/14 01:00
Stunning! For years I used the fine "Tunelab" PC program to tune my piano, and a variety of small apps and sound sources to tune violins and violas. IStroboSoft is much easier to use and more accurate than just about anything other than Peterson's expensive hardware aimed at full-time piano tuners. This is my pick for the #1 app to add to your iPad or iPhone!
Best iOS Tuner
by SZimmie on 2016/11/26 15:50
I've been using Peterson tuners for about 15 years. They are all excellent. This one is no different. Having a strobe accurate tuner in my pocket is phenomenal.
Best tuner ever
by J.J.joyjoy(: on 2016/11/23 01:30
I own an actual Peterson StroboFlip tuner, and I also love this app. Peterson is all I use to ensure tuning accuracy... All I want for Christmas is that you guys make this APPLE WATCH compatible!!! Pretty PLLEEAASSE??? 😉 Thank you!
Excellent tuner!
by Lame-oh on 2016/11/12 21:52
Much more stable / less jumpy / easier to use than other i-app tuners I've tried. Makes my guitar sound great. Worth every penny and more!
Fantastic tuner. Bagpipe "sweetener" is also excellent
by Matt Willis Bagpiper on 2016/10/13 17:36
I purchased this tuner to help tune my pipe band (Scottish highland pipes). For an extra $10, you can buy the "World" sweetener pack that has a GHB (great highland bagpipe) setting. I can get me and my pipers so much better in tune using this than other bagpipe tuning apps, or even stand-alone tuning devices. The only nit is it takes a few too many clicks to adjust the Hz (as the pipes are constantly moving as you play), but that is too minor to take a star away from an otherwise excellent app.
Very accurate
by Solidfoot on 2016/09/10 21:37
I downloaded this onto my iPhone 6, tuned my acoustic guitar in about 45 seconds, and was pleased at how simple it was to use. I found it because of a friend's suggestion - definitely worth it!
Excellent, precise, all environment tuner
by John D'Aversa on 2016/08/25 19:45
I use a Peterson Classic Stomp tuner on my pedal board for tuning my electric guitars so I came to this app with high expectations; and my expectations were met. I'm combining this app with a Peterson Pitch Grabber Clip-on headstock microphone and the precision is AWESOME. Shop around for a good price on the PItch Grabber. I found mine for $11.95 no shipping/no tax new. So, don't settle for list price on the Pitch Grabber. Now, time to play some guitar!
Excellent
by GeneNT on 2016/07/09 23:49
A few years ago I had access to a Peterson Strobe Center 5000 which I used to tune my 1976 Fender Rhodes. Many gigs and a few tines later the dreaded process was immanent once again...only this time no SC5K. I already had the app on my phone for tuning my sax so I rolled the dice on the stretch tuning pack. Bottom line: works great. Thanks to Peterson for allowing us poor folk access to an otherwise unaffordable tool!
Accuracy plus
by Ibbyartist on 2016/07/01 18:26
The very best tuner I have found. Accuracy is the first and ultimately the final reason for a tuner app and it is excellent! Second features, and they are the ones you actually use. Half step, capo, sound booster. But first and foremost to me is accuracy and the on screen graphics are very readable. Wish all my apps performed this well on multiple fronts.
A great alternative to the bigger bench tuners.
by gmferguson on 2016/06/12 22:55
I have the StroboClip tuners for normal use, and this app on my iPhone and iPad for my bench when I'm working on my electrics. Simply connect a A/D converter to the iPhone or iPad and a regular guitar cord to the device. I do my own intonation so my guitars are dead-on always, and optimize the pickup height by raising them until I see the harmonics start to pulse. Recommended!
Outstanding App
by dconrad74 on 2016/05/15 13:06
When purchasing the app, remember what it would cost to purchase a standalone tuner from Peterson! This is a technically advanced app with myriad options and settings for the music teacher or advancing musician.
I never thought I would have a Peterson Tuner
by theMDog on 2016/05/12 00:03
I stumbled on to it in the App Store looking for other guitar apps. I did a quick check and yes this really is the same Peterson Strobe in a convenient always on my IPhone and iPad kinda way. I have used the mic function to set intonation on my Fender. It was so easy to use and so accurate. A quick minute later I had it tuned to standard in a snap. I have own several tuners from old pitch pipes to the latest Quartz tuners and the Strobosoft app beats them hands down. I love it.
Worth the money
by Tallmoegranados on 2016/05/04 23:15
I'll keep it simple. I'm not a touring musician anymore, I became a working father. But I still geek out over cool gadgets and this app is no exception. It does an excellent job with tuning, although I can't provide input on sweeteners or all that other stuff. Get it.
The best
by johnnya. on 2016/05/04 18:28
It's my security blanket #ffl
Excellent
by Vados200 on 2016/04/15 02:25
Great tuner. Accurate and easy to read. The input filter works well. Recently bought the spectrum tools and am finding them useful as well.
One little bug
by CatZelda on 2016/03/23 22:56
As a musician, it's very important to keep my instrument in tune. I like the idea of having a tuner on my iPhone (which is always with me) to help me tune my harp. However, even after purchasing the 47 string harp sweetener, it doesn't always register on the right notes. For example, I just played a B and it registered as an F# and tried to compensate for tuning, and then registered as a D# and the same thing happened. It makes it harder to tune the harp and it's quite irritating
Nice!
by 肖熊猫 on 2016/03/23 14:49
Great tuner. Very precise. Needs a PDF manual.
Fail
by GlenGurian on 2016/03/23 10:51
I'm a life-long Peterson user (since 1978); I've need had cause to look elsewhere for a tuner. Until now. As a guitarist I find this app fails -- even with the additional purchase of the Sweeteners -- to provide a solid tune. Far from it. One strum after verifying all strings hold tune with no abrupt swing sharp and a proper decay flat says it all: my instrument(s) are unplayable after a strobe app tune. Fail.
Excellent for piano tuning
by tchryen on 2016/03/22 00:48
After tuning my grand piano with a much more expensive application installed on a heavy laptop, I was never satisfied with the results in the highest and lowest registers. After retuning the piano with the extremely accurate iStroboSoft, I couldn't believe the new sound of the instrument. Just an amazing app for ten bucks plus another twenty for the keyboard sweeteners, which include stretch tunings for grands and uprights. For me, this app can't be beaten for both quality and price. Caveat: sweeteners cannot be shared
Worth the money
by Scola21 on 2016/02/06 16:43
My go to tuner, so convenient
BEST TUNER APP
by Sturmtrooper on 2016/01/28 05:43
The only app that lets you accurately set your guitar's intonation. Kind of pricey but worth it.
Disappointing
by GlenGurian on 2016/01/24 20:21
Longtime Peterson fan. But this app is garbage. It simply doesn't deliver - especially in the Sweetened settings.
Luthier’s Review
by colinsk on 2018/02/19 18:21
I have been a luthier for 30 years and have been using my Stroboconn for that long. I wanted something equivalent and portable. I wrote my first spectrum analyzer (FFT) for hardware I made in 1984 running on a Mac+. I have a lot of expectations when it comes to this software. With in app purchases I had to spend $30 to replace the mechanical strobe which seems expensive for an app. It does, however, function very well. Make sure to calibrate it. I also spent an extra $10 for having the spectrum features replacing my Mac+. (Well worth it.) I would really like a power meter feature. Beyond tuning I often need to measure string to string balance in piezo pickups. The other feature I would love to have is a waterfall display of the spectrum. It would be an easy add.
Almost Perfect
by GridUser on 2020/01/28 23:56
Bottom line, this tuner is everything the pros say about it. Since I only play guitar as a hobby (I find it to be somewhat less confounding than golf), I can’t add anything to the “learnedness” of their comments. I’m sure I’m only scratching the top layer of the surface of the capabilities of this app too. I do know it’s more accurate than any other tuning gadget I’ve ever used, including an A tuning fork, a gizmo that looks like a weird harmonica (guitar pitch pipe), the Intellitouch clip-on, and built-ins for my guitars and amps. I need to read up on some of the other things it can do, because I’m not doing anything other than tuning my guitars with it. I was going to give it 4 stars instead of 5 because the screen often jumps around uncontrollably, especially when tuning the low E string. It don’t remember it happening when I first got the app (though it might have). That means I have to guess at where the sweet spot is a lot of the time. This happens with all of my guitars. It’s probably something I’m doing wrong because I’ve not read about anyone else having this problem. Since it’s probably due to “user incompetence”, I didn’t feel right taking away a star from a review that I’m probably not even qualified to write in the first place. I need to look into that cable I read about in some of the reviews. It’s not usually loud when I’m tuning, but I’m wondering if that would fix my “jumping around” problem.
All Of These Positive Reviews Are Accurate.
by Riverbomb on 2019/06/04 11:26
This iStroboSoft tuner was the first paid app I installed on my first iPhone back in 2009 after learning about it via a very talented music producer who was the engineer at Dub Narcotic Studio in Olympia Washington. He used the iStrobosoft tuner to tune all of the instruments we used on some recording sessions there, all the while heaping praises on this supposedly incredibly accurate strobe tuner he had on his iPhone. At the time, the concept of professional quality studio gear on a phone was foreign to me, and a fairly new concept in general. Honestly back then the whole concept of apps on phones, let alone paying 10 bucks for an app on a phone, was a new concept in general. But after a week of working with my friend in the studio and witnessing the accuracy of the iStrobosoft tuner - as well as enjoying its beautiful interface - downloading and paying for this app was the first thing I did when I got my first iPhone a few weeks later. I have used it exclusively ever since, and it has been worth every penny. Peterson makes some of the best strobe tuners out there, and the price on such hardware can run in the thousands of dollars, so having access to that same Peterson quality in an affordable iPhone app is priceless!
BEST TUNER, Just GET IT!
by 30yrsOfMac on 2018/03/30 14:31
Finnally a tuner that does not flash and jump around and leave you gussing. So easy to slow down the strobe. Makes so much sense to pluck a string and let it resonate while the string is tuned. Very sensitive using my iPad Pro. Having cents show is a great feedback that further increases confidence. I've found the string's tuning jumps a few cents after letting go of the tuner. Easy to get use to and anticipate so you end up with tuining within fractions of cents. Also, never made sense to bang away at the string to keep the volume loud enough for my old clip on, or in line tuners. Not using a pick was a piece of information that didn't jump out at me. My local luther had made a comment that my guitar was tuned sharp. I had tuned my brand new guitar with a pick before heading to the luther.
Guitar hobbyist
by 66613187 on 2019/04/10 15:09
Peterson is the best, Love the Sweetened tunings for my acoustic guitar. However, I have to use GuitarTuna first before IStroboSoft can recognize the note or string correctly , then fine tune the guitar. This is especially true with cheaper guitars . “Peterson” please make an easy mode for the standard tuning we use 90% of the time. E A D G B E mode for a six string guitar only, all other notes are just off at this point.
Simply the best.
by spupilup on 2018/11/09 01:36
This tuner is incredible. It has helped me set the intonation on all 5 of my guitars with a degree of accuracy I could have never imagined. And for $10. It’s a no brained. Buy the app, you won’t regret it. I recommend the guitar tuning sweetener as well. Finally, if you want this tuner to preform like it’s in a lab spring for the adapter cable. You can plug your guitar directly into the phone (gotta use that stupid dongle) and it will take all the extraneous noise out of the act of tuning your guitar. Along with the money spent on the app, the $13 for the adapter was money well spent. I don’t care how good your sense of pitch is, this app, especially with the the adapter, is simply better.
Really great tool
by TCrawf3 on 2018/09/22 14:30
I looked into and tried clip on tuners like the Snark. It worked well but I saw reviews that suggested some finishes were marred by the clip on over time. I saw the Peterson website and pondered on which tuner would work best for me with classical and steel string guitars. Then I saw the iStroboSoft tuner. Fascinated, I purchased and used the tuner with my iPhone and iPad. It has become my tuner of choice. I really like how it handles the job of fine tuning my guitars. I tried the sweeteners but finally I settled on the normal setting and use the “cents” setting. I find on most of my guitars the intonation on the third string is a bit finicky . If you just recognize this, you can kind of view the tuning bars and cent values to create your own “ visual” sweetener values. Bottom line- get it if you are in a quiet setting to use it. I actually think there is a clip for this that allows tuning in noisy environments? For me, I like playing at the end of day when all is peaceful and quiet. This tuner is the first step in practicing every day. Great software!!! Great app- period.
The last software tuner you’ll ever need.
by DoughBoy247 on 2018/04/09 13:06
Been using this app for about 5 years now and no app comes close to the tuning accuracy of this one. I’m a session musician (bass, guitar, piano) and an educator and I use this app almost daily. I also setup and repair bass guitars and use it to intonate strings which requires very precise tuning and the tuner handles it superbly. Peterson also sells an adaptor to plug in guitars to your phone/tablet; when I’m on stage I use the tuner out of my amp into my phone and it works perfectly. The only feature I’d love to see implemented is an Apple Watch app. It doesn’t need to have the strobe screen but just the note and cents would suffice.
I use it to intonate my guitars.
by omgbruce on 2017/12/17 17:11
This app is the best tuner I’ve ever used! The strobe interface is what makes this tuner easier to use compared to my other ones. Yes, it is very accurate and sensitive just like how they claim. I was unsure about it because I didn’t have an interface, so I’m just using my phone’s onboard mic. Everything works with the built in mics, and you get the option on boosting the signal with some type of noise reduction option. The only downside for me is not being able to directly plug into the tuner, but that is just my own fault. I highly recommend this app!
Has the developer abandoned this great app?
by EZ Lady on 2020/09/12 02:44
The main thing is that the app is very accurate and easy to read. I prefer it to most others for its simulation of a stroboscope...it seems to be more precise than the other app tuners I’ve tried However, the developers haven’t given it much love in a couple of years. It hasn’t been updated for newer iPhones, so visually it looks a bit shrunken. And I find that it freezes and crashes more often than any other iOS app I use. Developers, please step it up because this ought to be the reference standard! And users, beware that you’d be buying something that may not have much of a future...
Does what it is supposed to do
by AI in OH on 2019/06/16 23:32
The Peterson iStrobosoft software works as a strobe tuner for your iPhone. In my case, I put the sweetend tunings (because of licensing) on my old 5S, but I just use it for Music and Astronomy apps. I wish I could get some kind of deal to put them on both phones. As far as what is missing out of a sweetend tuning, how about some suggestions for 8 and 9 string guitars. Will update this review later to see how well it works with my Apogee Jam. Yes, it works great with the Jam. I also find the tuner is indeed very accurate.
Amazing Value
by Lowellipop on 2019/02/04 04:14
Buy the app, buy the Peterson adaptor cable for your iPhone, you have a strobe tuner for under $25. Amazing value and worlds better than the boss tuner I was using before and my guitars really come alive after tuning up with this degree of accuracy. Once you use this you’ll see what you were missing if you’ve never used a strobe tuner before. Unbelievable value, don’t think I’ve written a review for an app before but this is just outstanding!!
Please fix the audio!
by dextreme123 on 2020/03/04 03:16
I’ve been using this app everyday for my practice routine and I have loved it. It’s extremely reliable and the tools are great... but why can’t I use a metronome app at the same time? I don’t know if it’s just me, but while playing audio from another app (like a metronome app), when I switch to iStroboSoft the audio becomes significantly quieter, to the point where I can’t hear it anymore even at max speaker volume. Also, when listening to a metronome with AirPods, they disconnect when switching back to this app! Developers, please fix this problem so I can enjoy your app with my new wireless headphones.
Best tuner I’ve tried
by Duncan___ on 2019/06/23 18:32
This tuner is worth the money. I play trombone, so when I practice, I’m essentially tuning my brain and muscle memory more than my instrument. Sometimes I end up with strange tendencies that can be difficult to work out. This tuner is clean, accurate, and so visually obvious I don’t have to look at it directly, which makes this process much easier. I’d recommend it to any musician, especially wind players.
Yes, it’s worth every penny.
by M. S. N. on 2018/05/09 22:07
I used to use iStroboSoft back in the day on my iPhone 3G when I played a beat-up, bootleg Strat — pleasantly surprised to run into it on the AppStore today and glad to see it’s just as good as it was then. Better than the other tuners on the AppStore (I’ve tried them all). Absolutely worth ten bucks: your guitar - and the ears of your listeners - will thank you.
Untested portions of app
by harpist18 on 2018/04/30 13:29
I tend to lose faith in a developer that doesn’t test all functionality before release. There is a flaw with the in app purchase for extended ranges. iTunes is working just fine for other apps and music and some of the in app purchases, but not for extended range. Is it really that hard to test functionality before release? It causes me to wonder what else wasn’t tested. Low and high ranges with the app don’t work. Keep your handheld tuners!
The. Best. App. Ever.
by Baseman121 on 2017/12/30 05:50
I have pedal tuners on my big and small boards. They are the ok but was frustrated that often had trouble dialing in-tune that pleases the ear despite what the dial says. Discovered this app and ten minutes later tuning nirvana and discovered one guitar needs a serious set up. Easy to use and so accurate. Best $10 spent ever. Just get it!
Apple Watch compatibility
by Camshanks on 2020/02/03 15:13
This app functions perfectly for me. One thing that would add to its awesomeness would be to add apple watch capability. Just a thought.
Not updated for X/XS/XR displays
by Georgie010 on 2019/03/24 15:42
For an app that costs quite a bit more than the average mobile app (not including in-app purchases), there is no excuse for it to not be updated for the X/XS/XR displays 1.5 years after the X was released. Especially when updating apps for the newer displays does not take a lot of work.
Nice tuner to have in my pocket
by cf67polv5 on 2018/11/15 02:15
Wanted a tuner to set intonation. Did it by ear and was pretty close. But was still off a bit and wasn’t happy. (Guitars need a well tempered tuning.) The iStroboSoft with guitar sweetener showed me where I was off and needed to be, within 1cent. Also a great tool to have when trying out a new guitar. Tuner fits nicely in the pocket. I find that the room needs to be really quiet to do it right. For $16 with the sweetener it’s pretty good. Thanks for reading my review. Update: I found that setting the intonation with the sweetener on actually made the intonation come out wrong. I couldn’t find a way to shut it off so I set the intonation with my old boss tuner, then open tuned with the strobe sweetener on. That works much better.
Money Well Spent
by Battletrap on 2018/05/06 00:00
This app is probably my favorite app. I use this tuner often. It is extremely accurate and easy to use. After I purchased the app my iPhone died and I was happy to see it was restored through the Cloud when I purchased another phone. This truly is a great tuner.
The Best
by PapaGM on 2018/04/06 01:17
This is a. Excellent app. Just like the original big Peterson strobe tuner I still have. Every musician I have shown it to had bought the app. It is extremely accurate, reliable and easy to use. I have several tuners but I rely on this one. It is always with me on my phone or iPad. 👍👍
Great tuner
by BassPilotDave on 2018/06/04 14:12
I bought this tuner primarily for intonation my instruments. I also bought the jack to plug a 1/4” instrument cable into. The large display on my iPad is perfect for the bench and makes dialing in tuning easy. I also tune with the iPad mic when practicing (no other instruments interfering with the input).
Works but...
by jimmyteal on 2018/12/13 12:34
I remember my 8th grade orchestra teacher used to tune us 1 by 1 with a physical tuner just like this one so I was excited to see that this now exists for my iPhone! BUT..... I had to pay extra for the functionality to tune each violin string / had to download a sweetener. And After I dropped $15 i still don’t get all of the advertised features, plus the app isn’t optimized for iPhone X. So I that’s why I have a 2 star review. Thanks
Love it, but...
by Jdddj8383838 on 2017/12/03 21:41
Veteran band director and orchestral musician here. This is a great tuner. I find it very accurate and reliable. Put it up side-by-side next to my Peterson strobe tuner and they match perfectly. The $10 price is a bargain! HOWEVER, the app throws adds up over the app preventing you from using it once in a while. Why? I already paid for the app. Get rid of the adds, please.
Terribly disappointed
by Dendog55 on 2020/01/01 15:38
What a waste of $10. This thing can’t find Low E on a guitar and can only find other notes for a second before going blank. It’s like it can’t get enough signal although I tried the so called Boost option. Same results on iPhone and iPad. Hasn’t been an update in two years. Maybe it’s time. Until then can I get my money back?
BAAAADDD
by ZiggyWarsex on 2020/10/13 20:45
Using my iPad 2020s microphone for my acoustic yields zero results. Hardly functions at all. Barely rotates with noise cancelation on and off and boost on and off. Sweeteners are nice but don’t make it function any better. I only use strobe tuners, specifically a strobostomp that is fantastic. Idk why this app is this bad. Maybe I need to use a D/I box to get it to function correctly but that defeats the purpose of it being portable. DEFINITELY NOT WORTH THE MONEY
Great tuner. More sensitive that I ever thought a tuner could be
by Billy Joe Carl Bob Danny Frank on 2019/02/18 15:30
This is a killer tuner. Super sensitive have to use it with the noise filter on or it tries to tune everything in the room. Spent 9.99 and was not disappointed.
Excellent
by A Fan 1233 on 2020/07/19 15:35
Excellent all around, coming from a great company very much caring about sound. Thank you! Simple and really effective. I am using the string (violin) sweetener and it works perfectly.
The best!
by jay dog 28 on 2019/01/30 06:54
I absolutely love this tuner, the most accurate available. Other tuners get you in the ballpark, this is dead on. Worth the money, amazing piece of technology, a pleasure to use.
Really accurate tuner
by clubgibson on 2018/04/10 19:30
Simply put, if you want an accurate tuner in your pocket everywhere you go, this is the right buy.
Great app!
by KStover02 on 2020/06/15 12:10
I loosen the strings on my acoustic guitar when I’m not using it for a long time. This app together with an AppClip allows me to quickly get playing again.
No other tuner makes me hate myself this much.
by lasttbn on 2019/03/28 00:47
5/5, would buy again.
Nerds
by poshsoup on 2019/07/26 22:44
This is really nice how it can automatically calibrate to “Sweetened” tunings which tune you slightly flat like Taylor’s tuning style! But I have a request which is to make a tone generator which corresponds not only with an equal temperament reference but a chromatic set of reference tones that correspond with even sweetened tunings! Also can I make my primary tuner display Hz and Cents at the same time? Would be so cool!
The Highest Grade Profesional Tuner!! Without doubt.
by BoazAnimal on 2020/04/06 04:23
1) I try every quality music app that comes along. 2) I have been tuning pianos, reed organs, EVERY kind of stringed instrument... for nearly 60 years. 3) If I say it’s good, I have the critical experience to judge it, and prove it to myself. 4) If You are a pro, or highly experienced, throw out the apps that ‘try’, and get THE one that DOES.
Great but drains battery fast
by FasterThanILook on 2019/05/16 22:21
Great tuner app - I depend on this as a pro musician. Wish I didn’t have to force-quit after using, but it drains my iPhone 6S battery FAST if I don’t.
I love it!
by Navdave on 2019/07/10 04:31
I use this app and my Apogee Jam to intonate all of my guitars. Works flawlessly most accurate tuning app that I know of for the iPhone.
The best
by FlirGuy on 2019/07/01 20:54
This is one of the best tuners you will find anywhere. Very accurate and easy to use.
Good
by jendkngfid dj on 2017/11/13 02:31
The icon for the app is black and white but i cant make the tuner black and white. I thin im just being nitpicky though
The Best iOS Tuner By A Mile
by Schmotown on 2020/09/12 20:09
There are plenty of free or lower-priced tuners on the App Store but the Peterson stands over them all. Highly recommended +++
Most acurate tuner on iOS. But AUv3 please!
by TheRealDutchee on 2019/11/04 15:11
I love this tuner, but could you please update the app and make it a AUv3 plugin as well?
Simply the best
by John banger on 2018/12/02 08:50
If you need a tuner You won’t be sorry
Best tuner for the $$$:
by Johnny7guitar on 2019/07/15 02:36
Put my snarks in the drawer after using this tuner. Just like my Peterson VSS-C but a fraction of the price.
Umm there is a problem
by RRRRad on 2019/07/02 23:10
When I first purchased this app, it worked really great, but lately (last few months) it now skips or jumps, extremely frustrating!
Handy
by jonnyrocket1486 on 2019/04/30 02:26
Works very well!
Simply the best!
by NicholasMirth on 2020/03/08 15:11
Best mobile tuner, best accuracy. Essential for any instrumentalist!
IStroboSoft
by Happyplayer 3 on 2020/07/10 15:30
I don’t know what happened this app, but it won’t open for me and I just used it yesterday. It was the best of us kind when it opened.
Overpriced piece of crap
by Genrlgadget on 2019/09/04 10:48
Don’t buy. $10 out of the gate, and all of the sweetened tunings are an additional in-app up charge. And just to pour salt in the wound, the tuner does not detect pitch well. Huge waste of money.
iOS 11-only?!
by esxmac on 2017/10/19 05:47
Latest version requires iOS 11-only?! At least I didn't waste any money on in App purchases...
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