I’m a huge music junkie, both as a listener and a performer. As any other musician might know, it’s often crucial that you get a sense of the different notes and pitches you’re hearing, playing or singing. That way you get a better understanding of music as a whole and can improve your own skills. An understanding of pitch is also necessary for tuning various instruments like guitars.
When I’m trying to match a specific pitch, my go-to device for several years has been my iPhone. I’ve used one app in particular as a pitch pipe for quite some time. And thanks to technology, I think it works even better than a traditional pitch pipe. However, recently a brand new app came out that measures pitch in a completely different way and it’s slowly becoming another favorite of mine. So let’s go over both of these iOS apps for perfecting pitch.
1. Pitch Perfect
Pitch Perfect has been my go-to digital pitch pipe for years because it has just about every single tool you could want when trying to identify the pitch.
The left tab is just a standard pitch pipe with notes from C to B or if you want you can switch it to F to E. Press and hold the button to hear your note. Simple. In the Notes tab, every single note from all the way down at C0 up to a B7 is supplied so you can hear the different pitches throughout their octaves. Then lastly, the Keys tab has different pitches for the keys of different songs you’re working on so you know where to start.
Tip: You can also add in pitches for songs you need to remember so they come in handy for performances. Go to the Songs tab on the right to do this.
The app also provides guidance for what the keys would look like in sheet music and also the sound frequencies of each pitch through the octaves. It’s overall a super handy tool to keep on your iPhone and it’s free. Get it in the App Store for iPhone and iPad.
2. Music Memos
Music Memos is a new addition to the App Store by none other than Apple, the company that’s always been big music fanatics. Apple bills it as an app specifically for musicians to take notes about creative ideas. You can type in notes or record audio and it automatically analyzes the sound and learns information about it like the key.
But one lesser known feature is the built-in tuner. This acts differently from a pitch pipe because the tuner won’t produce any pitches for you. Instead, when you sing or play a sound into your iPhone with the tuner enabled, Music Memos will tell you the pitch. It’ll even keep live monitoring if you go up or down the scale.
To access the tuner, just (ironically) tap the Pitch Fork icon at the top right. You can either record a sound here or just play or sing a note and the app will display the pitch. It’s not always 100% accurate, but it’s pretty solid for a free app using iPhone’s less than stellar microphone.