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Description

The Snail is an advanced audio analysis and instrument tuning application for iPhone.

See what your ears hear

As an analogue of the human cochlea where the different frequencies are split-up and analyzed, The Snail for iPhone uses a snail grid to visualize root note and overtone structures of an incoming sound very precisely via the integrated iPhone microphone. The Snail is based on newly developed audio technology making instrument tuning easy and audio analysis musical and fun to watch.

Tune any instrument with pristine precision

Version 2 offers an additional guitar tuning mode that is available in the tuning view. Just tap on a dedicated string name, play a note and adjust the guitar tuning accordingly. Another major improvement is the new split window mode. Whenever you do any adjustments to parameters you now see how the edits affect the visualization in the upper section. This works in both visualization modes. One mode is the snail grid, a complete musical overview of the audio spectrum. The other one, the tuner view, is especially designed to focus on the root note for tuning purposes. In both views there is a sine tuning oscillator available which is controlled simply by touching the desired note on the iPhone display. There are a lot of customizable parameters. No problem if you would like to tune transposing instruments or if you need a tuning reference other than 440 Hz.

Patented technology

The well-known Ircam institute for acoustic and music research in Paris is responsible for the new technology of detection and visualization. It is a patented invention by Thomas Hélie, CNRS researcher at the Sciences and Technologies for Music and Sound (STMS) Laboratory (IRCAM/CNRS/UPMC/French Ministry of Culture and Communication). Berlin-based company SKYLIFE is responsible for the iOS port of this Ircam technology. The Snail is also available for Mac and PC distributed by Plugivery.

Key features

• Precise audio analysis and instrument tuning in two modes.
• Snail view for a sophisticated visual representation of root note and overtone structures.
• Tuner view to tune instruments and to control pitches of voices and other sources.
• Fast access guitar tuning (GT) mode.
• Split window settings menu.
• Visual gain and mic gain controllers.
• Switchable auto detection.
• Touch sine tuning oscillator.
• 2 color modes: coherency index and magnitude.
• Adjustable grid range (octaves).
• Setup for transposing instruments.
• Many customizable parameters like tuning reference, frequency tracking and audio window size.

What's New

Version 2.0.0

The Snail - See what your ears hear

Version 2 offers an additional guitar tuning mode (GT) that is available in the tuning view. Just tap on a dedicated string name, play a note and adjust the guitar tuning accordingly.
Another major improvement is the new split window mode. Whenever you do any adjustments to parameters you now see how the edits affect the visualization in the upper section. This works in both visualization modes - snail and tuning view.

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5

6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Brilliant with a tiny flaw

Dhjdhj

Fantastic app, as is the plugin version. However, I got bitten today when I tried to use in my wife’s car to check the key of a song on the radio. As soon as I started the app, it promptly connected to the car phone via Bluetooth, disabling the radio.

There doesn’t seem to be an option to tell The Snail that it should use the microphone. Yes, I know I can turn off Bluetooth but I could just as easily use another pitch detection app too.

Please fix this

Slight drawback

Hotshot1339

The app doesn’t seem to be able to tune one single instrument while the rest of the ensemble is tuning and playing the same note as you. (There is a possibility that I was just very in tune today thought.)
Other than that the app seems to do everything as advertised.

Valuable tool

qwesterish

This goes beyond just tuning, it's about intonation and subharmonics. I am very pleased with this app. Great job Ircam Lab.

Information

Seller
INST RECHER COORD ACOUST MUSICALE
Size
22.5 MB
Category
Music
Compatibility
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Languages
Age Rating
Rated 4+
Copyright
© IRCAM
Price
$1.99

Supports

  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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