Teüna stars in fun 6-minute video

Still from Teüna video demo

Doug Woods at the Sound Test Room YouTube channel made a quick video demo using Teüna to tune a guitar (boring) and four wine glasses (a great parlor trick).

Now Doug, having a lovely British accent and several years living in Spain, has quite missed my intended faux-European pronunciation of Teüna, which is supposed to sound very much like the way he normally says “tuner”. But it’s a great chance to see Teüna in action.

Announcing Teüna

An elegant chromatic tuner for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

Teüna running on an iPhone 5

After months of late night work I’m thrilled to announce Teüna, my first iOS app. Teüna is a chromatic tuner, for tuning any musical instrument or voice.

It’s useful for tuning the instrument right out of the case or for setting on your music stand to give you visual feedback on your intonation while you practice or play.

While there are many tuners available on the App Store, I’ve tried hard to make Teüna excel in three dimensions:

Beautiful

Inspired by the pocket watches of the 17th century, this is a tuner Bach or Mozart wouldn’t mind carrying. I’ve sought elegance and the feel of beautiful live tones–the colored background responds to tones instantly.

Accurate

Almost every tuner I’ve ever used are more accurate than my ears, but they often fail to “hear” quiet tones and especially low tones. As a 5-string bass player I have a vested interest in tuning the low notes (which are also hardest for me to tune by ear), and I think Teüna succeeds for them. It’s the best microphone-based bass tuner I’ve ever tried at least.

Fast

Detecting pitch quickly is obviously important, and Teüna does it well. But I still use an iPhone 4 and we have a first generation iPad. These older devices can still be useful, but not if you want to throw them across the room before they finish loading your app. Even with its beautiful graphics, Teüna’s launch time is competitive compared to other apps.

Teüna is available on the App Store now. I’m planning to write more about developing it. Look around, join my mailing list or subscribe to this blog or Twitter for announcements, and let’s stay in touch, okay?