May 18th, 2014 | by VoiceCouncil

Review: InTune App for iPhone

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Here’s a brilliantly simple game of precision hearing for singers

Item: InTune app (Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.)

Price: $0.99

Mic Rating: iTunes displays a rating of 4.5 stars

At a Glance: You say you have a good ear? This ingenious game puts your skill of pitch discernment to the test and promises to make you even better. The game play is outrageously simple: after hearing two consecutive pitches, you must indicate whether the second was higher or lower than the first. Starting with the distance of a half step, the pitches get closer with every turn, earning you more points as the difficulty goes up. The play stops after three strikes.

High Notes: The ease of play and instant feedback might just get you addicted, and will surely lead to better pitch discrimination. The game designer’s 25 years of intonation research are a concrete assurance that the app will deliver. The gap between the two pitches can shrink infinitely small (or as small as your device can handle); making your score infinitely huge—but only if your ear is good enough. The pitch gap is expressed as a percentage of a half step, making it easy to understand. Four game modes allow for interesting variations and, via Game Center, you can view your high scores and compete with others. Musical perfectionists and sound geeks beware: this game could become an obsession.

Off pitch: Since you only ever see your total score, it may be hard to follow how many points are on the line in a given turn. It would be nice if there was a way to revisit or review your mistakes.

A VoiceCouncil Reviewer’s comments: This is a brilliantly simple game of precision hearing. Where else can you repeatedly listen to minute pitch differences and monitor your own success at perceiving them? Singers may wonder if they will sing more in tune after playing this game. The fact is, no app can promise that. You may be good at comparing two pitches in this game, but matching your own voice to multiple external pitches throughout a song is quite another matter. Nope, this game can’t promise you a Grammy Award, but it will absolutely help you develop a more discerning ear—a skill vital to all musicians.

Purchase this App Here: www.wittenberg.edu/music/intune 

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Review: InTune App for iPhone, 1.0 out of 10 based on 1 rating

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  • Zounds!

    I found this a really useful addition. I already use Music Theory Pro on my iPhone 5, which has an interval ear-training section. But the difference is, that while MTP helps you name intervals, InTune focuses on much closer discrimnation between notes. And when you get one wrong, it gives you an easier one to get going again. The gap between notes is often – maybe even usually – much less than a semi-tone, so it is great for just sharpening or flattening your usual version of a note. If your bessie mate tunes her guitar sharper than you feel she should, when she accompanies you, this could be a great way of simply learning to go with the flow . . . I agree with the ‘low notes’ above but for the price of Crunchie bar, how can you go wrong? 9/10

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