I bought the iPhone port of TuneLab a few days ago, and finally got around to using it to tune the Omega yesterday.
Up until now I had been using Verituner Pocket. It worked fine, with my main gripes being a somewhat clumsy user interface and the fact that my old Pocket PC device’s battery could no longer hold a charge and had to be connected to the mains all the time it was in use.
I am happy to report that TuneLab works better for me on two counts:
- Inharmonicity measurements are more accurate because you can quickly make several measurements of IH for a single note and take the average
- The combination of phase display and spectrum display made it much easier to get clean bichord and trichord unisons. My aural skills aren’t good enough to tune unisons by ear so I have to rely on the electronic tuner to help me do it.
I used the automatically generated tuning curves and the supplied EBVT III temperament offsets.
The result is better than any tuning I have done with Verituner Pocket. The one thing I need to do is to increase the stretch in the top one-and-a-half to two octaves. It sounds a tad flat to my old ears.
I doubt I will ever be able to get an EBVT III tuning of the quality that an aural tuner can get using Bill Bremmer’s techniques. But what I can achieve on my own using TuneLab is pretty good anyway.