Steady Tune Screenshot

SteadyTune from Agile Partners is a nicely designed and lightweight guitar tuning app for the menu bar of your Mac.

 

I use my iPad and iPhone so often for making music now that the idea of sitting down in front of my Mac with a guitar seems almost old fashioned. Yet… it does occasionally happen. For just that situation, Agile Partners has just released a new Mac app called SteadyTune that adds a very nice tuner for any stringed instrument right to your menu bar.

 

I run my iMac pretty hard, so the first question I had when Agile told me about their new tuner was how much headroom it would take up in terms of processing power. As a rule, I don’t like it when apps are always on if I don’t really need them there. However, Agile put a lot of effort into making sure SteadyTune is a super lightweight application that won’t drain your system resources. I’ve been playing with it a few days now and haven’t noticed any issues at all.

It’s beautiful too, both in terms of the way it looks and the way it performs. As you can see in the screenshot, it adds a discrete little tuning fork icon to your menu bar. Clicking on that quickly brings up a very nice looking tuning visualization. When you play a note into whatever standard sound input device you’re using (I happen to have a Blue Yeti plugged in all the time for everything from GarageBand to Skype calls), Agile’s all-new tuning algorithm displays a very stable and very accurate animation that is red when you’re out of tune and turns green when you hit the note. The line moves too, as you would expect, to show you whether you are sharp or flat.

Additionally, there are a few drop down menus inside the tuning window to let you choose between different instruments and a number of specific tunings to help you tune more accurately. If you’d like to see it in action, Agile has posted a video here – http://vimeo.com/68293923.

SteadyTune is available now for $4.99 U.S. from the Mac App Store.