Thursday, March 24, 2011

Polytune Guitar Tuner - iPhone App

Polytune is a polyphonic guitar tuner that allows you to tune all strings at once.  Or rather, the display will show you the state of tune of all the strings while strumming the strings.  The guys at TC Electronic have released the functionality of this pedal in an iPhone app.   In short,  I LOVE THIS TUNER APP!  And at 1/20th the price of the physical pedal, you can't go wrong!


 


 


Pros:


- Displays all 6 strings state of tune at once.   Strum and go.


- Lightning fast pitch determination and display updates


- Sensitive enough to show changes in pitch when applying the slightest bit of pressure on the guitar neck


- No cables required for the iPhone app.  Sound is detected through the iPhones built-in microphone.


Cons:


- Alternate tunings ?


 


I tested the app with the phone sitting on the arm of my chair and a Marshall MG 10 practice amp 2 feet away and with my Blackheart BH5H 10 feet away and it performed great in both instances.   Sound is picked up through the phones built-in microphone so you'll want to keep any background noise to a minimum. (TVs, fans etc)


It also tunes for Bass guitars which I don't have so I can't comment on that.


This tuner is a real game changer.  I don't think I could ever go back to standard, non-polyphonic tuner now.


 


Check out the videos on the Polytune site and decide for yourself.


 


 


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Halp! Please Give - BP MS150 Ride

Mark you calendars!  This April 16-17 2011, I will be participating in the BP MS 150 charity ride to help raise money for people living with MS


The BP MS 150 is a 2-day, 180-ish mile bicycle ride from Houston to Austin that takes place every year with thousands of participants pedaling their butts off to help raise money for a worthy cause.


My goal is to raise *at least* $550 for this ride.   If you would like to donate, please visit my donation page:


http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/arturo.cisneros   and click "Donate to Participant"   The link is secure and the money goes directly to the National MS Society. Every little bit helps and is very much appreciated! 


As an extra incentive to give, I've decided that I will personally crochet an item for those who donate in the following amounts.


A - $25 - Tiny owlet
B - $50 - 2 Tiny owlets
C - $100 - Small amigurumi Pig/Panda (or animal of your choice)
D - $150 - Poseable Cat, Panda or Bear
E - $250 - All the above (One of each type)


Please allow 4 - 6 weeks for delivery.  I can only crochet so fast!!