Tablets are a musician's best friend.
Here's one more reason Apple products have the undying love of the artsy-fartsy set. The iPad has taken some licks for not being a 'productive' device, but TC Electronic's new PolyTune app make it an irreplaceable tool for musicians. TC already launched a pedal tuner, and this app for iPhone, iPod and iPad helps you tune your guitar or bass guitar without fuss.
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PolyTune uses the microphone on your device and polyphonic technology to detect every note you play and display them on the screen. You'll be able to see in real time exactly what you are playing and where you need to tune up. Tuning will always be a pain, but at least this way you can do all your strings at once.
This app includes MoloPoly, which detects how many strings are being played at once and alters the display from polyphonic to chromatic mode. Chromatic mode offers two display choices, needle or 'stream'. Both view modes include a tuning magnet, and the app brags an accuracy of +/- 0.5 cent.
Drop-tuning for E-flat through B is also supported, along with a color-blind feature and full support for the retina display. You can purchase PolyTune from the App Store today for $4.99. For the next 3 days (Dec 16-19) you can buy it for a buck as part of an introductory offer.
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There don't appear to be any folding / telescoping iPad music stand peripherals yet. But this tall, twisty iPad stand will do the job and look good at the same time. Having the right tech might not win you any new gigs on its own, but the less you have to worry about anything but playing, the better you'll sound.