The new Boss Tuner app brings chromatic tuning to iOS and Android devices. The app was released earlier this week and is available as a free download. The user interface is based on the best-selling TU-3 tuning pedal. It provides tuning for guitar, ukulele and bass, along with other instruments. It can also be used as a tool for vocalists to check their pitch during practice
Boss branch into mobile technology
The Boss Tuner app is the first time Boss has lent its tuning technology to mobile devices. Many guitarists have installed free tuning software on the smartphones but there’s not a whole lot of confidence you can put in the average free app. I’d say it’s easier to put your trust in the company that in 1983 introduced the TU-12, the first automatic chromatic tuner.
Boss Tuner app works well in a pinch
The app works well for a quick tune-up if you don’t have your usual set-up present. I wouldn’t use it to replace your regular tuner completely though, especially in a noisy environment. It’s quick and easy to use in a quiet environment though. It downloaded in a matter of seconds. It’s one of the quickest downloads I can recall making from the app store, which is handy if you’re caught out and in a hurry.
The interface has a 21-segment meter and note display, which will be familiar to anyone who has a TU-3. The Bose Tuner app is nowhere near as rock solid as the real deal, though I guess we can’t expect too much from software that uses a phone mic. The app can play audible reference pitches from 110hz to 880hz for those who wish to tune by ear. It is available for on the App Store and Google Play.
Four new Boss hardware tuners
Boss have also recently released four new hardware tuners: The Waza Craft TU-3W Chromatic Tuner, TU-3S Chromatic Tuner, TU-01 Clip-On Chromatic Tuner and TU-30 Tuner & Metronome.
With a black metal chassis, the Waza Craft TU-3W is one mean looking pedal. The special edition stompbox is closely related to the TU-3. It has a redesigned circuitry and selectable buffered or true-bypass operation for the most transparent operation possible.
The compact TU-3S Chromatic Tuner is also based on the TU-3 design. The functionality is identical to the TU-3, although the pedal switch has been removed. It has always-on operation and is perfect for those looking to save space on their board. It’s designed for use alongside pedal-switching systems like the Boss ES-5 and ES-8.
The TU-01 Clip-On Chromatic Tuner is the most affordable option in the Boss line-up. The digital display tuner is designed for use with guitar, ukulele and bass. It’s fully adjustable for ease of use and folds down for transport.
The TU-30 Tuner & Metronome provides the key features of the TU-80 in a small package. Carried over features include Accu-Pitch function, several tuning modes and rhythm patterns, the ability to play reference pitches and more.