IK Multimedia UltraTuner Review – It’s the Best iOS Tuner Available

Ever since I got Amplitube it has become my go-to tuner. Whether I plug in or use the built-in mic on either iPad or iPhone, I always check my tuning in Amplitube before I get started playing – even if I am using another app! Now they have introduced UltraTuner, and it is the best tuner I have ever used!


Key Features:
• Innovative engine that allows responsiveness and high accuracy (+/- 0.01 cent)
• Dual modes: Stage and Studio
• Large tuning indication visible at a distance (Stage mode)
• Tuning history to see tuning variations over time (Studio mode)
• Useful not only for tuning, but also for non-chromatic instrument training
• Audiobus and Inter-app audio compatible

Ultra tuner stage mode

So when you think about a tuner, it is a pretty simple device – it detects and grabs a waveform and attempts to determine the frequency. This is something engineers have done with oscilloscopes for decades, and instrument tuners have similarly been around for quite a while.

But there is a difference between a $100 hardware tuner and an app that uses your phone’s microphone as the input. I have found that the built-in tuners in Amplitube or Garageband do well with a clean, direct guitar signal, but feed them a processed signal or use them in a noisy space and the performance quickly declines.

Ultra tuner studio mode 2

Enter UltraTuner. Featuring the ability to switch the interface to whatever is most useful, non-chromatic instrument tuning, and the ability to see the waveforms of your input, suddenly you have more power and control than with any tuner I’ve ever used.

For standard tuning, the ‘Stage Mode’ lets you quickly hone in on the right note. For more precision, switch to ‘Studio Mode’ and tweak your tuning until you freeze the frequency graph to the perfect pitch!

I tend to use Studio Mode more than anything else, as it gives me the best feedback to how close I am to perfect tuning. I have played around with some of the other functionality, from inter-app communications to non-chromatic capabilities and so on, but for me the best value is just using the tuner and appreciating how quickly and efficiently it works in any environment.

Ultra tuner studio mode

Price: $4.99 either as a stand-alone app, or you can buy it as an in-app purchase through Amplitube.

What I Like: Precision tuning; loads of features; stage and studio modes focus on specific needs.

What Needs Improvement: Nothing!

Source: Manufacturer supplied review code

Here is my hands-on review:

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Michael Anderson
I have loved technology for as long as I can remember - and have been a computer gamer since the PDP-10! Mobile Technology has played a major role in my life - I have used an electronic companion since the HP95LX more than 20 years ago, and have been a 'Laptop First' person since my Compaq LTE Lite 3/20 and Powerbook 170 back in 1991! As an avid gamer and gadget-junkie I was constantly asked for my opinions on new technology, which led to writing small blurbs ... and eventually becoming a reviewer many years ago. My family is my biggest priority in life, and they alternate between loving and tolerating my gaming and gadget hobbies ... but ultimately benefits from the addition of technology to our lives!