Author Archives: Chris

Resources Low (for now)…

…There is some stuff in the works that might allow me to spend more time on my apps… Well app (singular, as of today). It might be a month or two before this kicks in, but I have so many ideas for music and audio related apps and would love to actually have the time to spend on them… At the moment I barely have time to maintain DaTuner… One day I can quit my day job… 🙂

…I like ellipses…

Road Map II

EDIT: The Pro(free!) version is gone from the market and won’t be coming back.

So, about a month ago I posted the road-map for DaTuner. Well, I haven’t had much time to work on it, and so far almost nothing on the road map is complete. This is because the PRO version is now available in a FREE flavor.

This has been a work in progress for a long time and was taking a lot of my “extra” hours since the layout of the app had to be tweaked to allow for the ad without consuming too much of the display.

I hope that the addition of an ad-supported version will provide the additional revenue that will allow me to dedicate more time to actually completing the roadmap! So, in a roundabout way, it might help the items on the roadmap come to fruition faster, even if they have been temporarily held up as I worked on the ad-supported version.

So, now that that is complete, time to get back to the road-map!

Road Map

I would love to have the time to make another app for Android but the demands of life are too great at the moment so I will have to settle for incremental upgrades to the one I have (until it starts pulling in enough $$$ to justify more focus on it.)

Because my app time is so limited, each upgrade takes a week or more of part time work to implement and test.

This is my current road map:
1.) Provide the capability to select the note list to tune to [ie. 6-string guitar (submenu: standard, drop d, etc.])
2.) Enhance the auto-sensitivity mode so it increases the dB threshold gradually if many “noisy” samples are being captured, decreases gradually in presence of silence. Add a button for turning auto-sens on and off to the left hand side of the screen. This will allow auto-sensitivity threshold to be manually adjusted via touch on the sens. bar, just like the earliest versions of DaTuner.
3.) An enhancement to the pitch pipe that I don’t want to put here because it’ll be a big secret until it is released. 🙂
4.) Add a configuration screen to allow addition of custom temperaments and custom instruments.
5.) Allow configuration of reference frequency via a long-press on the screen.

Edit March 5, 2012: The second part of 2.), the button to toggle between manual and auto, is now complete, and is currently available in the new PRO FREE version.

Leave of absence

DaTuner hasn’t really been updated for the last few months – there are some cool updates on the way but due to non-app-related-life-happenings the app has unfortunately had to take a back seat.  The happenings are still happening for the next few weeks, so I will probably only be able to start updating the app again as February 2012 rolls around, assuming the Mayan Aliens haven’t destroyed us all by then.  Merry New Year!

DaTuner reviewed on AndroidPIT

AndroidPit has given DaTuner a positive review!

Bottom line:
I can recommend Tuner – DaTuner to all musicians, particularly to guitarists. The results are surprisingly accurate and the app is a chromatic tuning device, meaning it can help tune unusual tones, too.
This review is of the lite version, which I’m totally happy with. I will be buying the paid version very soon.

Read the rest by clicking on the silver robot trophy below.

AndroidPIT Android Market

Awesomeness! Thanks, guys!

DaTuner Pro Reviewed on AndroidCentral

Android Central has reviewed DaTuner Pro!  They refer to it as a strobe tuner, which is semi-accurate as it has an emulated strobe tuner in it, but really, it is mostly a chromatic tuner with an additional strobe functionality.

I’m not complaining – it was a great review.  Here is a quote:

For the Android-loving musician, I think DaTuner Pro is easily the best tuner you can have on your device. I used to give that title to gStrings, but DaTuner has proven to be so powerful, easy to use, and accurate, it’d be foolish to not use it.

You can read the rest of the review here

The benefits of negative feedback (AKA constructive criticism)

Just getting a one or two star rating without a reason is really frustrating.

However, getting a low rating together with a reason why is every developer’s dream, and I would say it’s better than a 5-star “it’s awesome” rating.

Here is why:  I got the following comment the other day, together with a 2 star rating:

“by Jon (September 3, 2011) not stable enough to use as a xylophone tuner. nSync (iphone) is the only one that works for xylo. otherwise great app – hope stability improves.”

I though: Not stable enough on xylophone?  Really?  So I downloaded a “xylophone” app and tried to tune it – sure enough – no go.  Then I spent the next half an hour (don’t really have too much free time these days) trying to figure out what was going on.  Quickly discovered that I must have a bug in the analysis routine causing this.  When analyzing the xylophone, the first analysis was fine, but the following ones (on the same data) resulted completely invalid results.

I haven’t quite figured out the bug yet, but when I do, the next DaTuner update will probably be much improved from the current one.

Thanks for the negative feedback, Jon!