Looking for thoughts on the "Intunator" - for training intonation

July 15, 2019, 10:10 AM · https://www.intunator.com/en

It listens to what note you are playing, and plays the correct one into your ear via headphones. Only tempered intonation at the moment though.


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July 15, 2019, 1:27 PM · I have (beginner) students use it all the time now. I've found it very useful when drones alone won't work because they don't yet know what to listen for (usually if violin is their first musical instrument).
July 16, 2019, 10:16 AM · Drone -- just intonation. Intunator -- tempered scale. Not sure which is better or worse.

How fast does it respond?

July 16, 2019, 12:41 PM · I would not use any magic intonation machines, for a number of reasons.

There are much better ways to train your ear.

July 16, 2019, 1:56 PM · Paul Deck,
On my SamsungJ2 it responds in I would say about 0.3s. Take that with a grain of salt though.

I have tried using it a couple of times now and some weeks ago. As of now I still prefer to check my perception of the intonation AFTER I've played a phrase - I find this a bit too immediate actually.

Edited: July 16, 2019, 2:00 PM · I've used the auto-tune on this: https://www.amazon.com/Wowwee-Paper-Jamz-Pro-Mic/dp/B004T0CTCY to do the same thing. You can pick them up real cheap on ebay. I'm suprised the app works on android - it's so slow! The price is a real bargain.
July 16, 2019, 5:29 PM · "tempered" doesn't mean anything specific. It just means "adjusted" or "changed."
Edited: July 17, 2019, 12:00 PM · One would hope they don't offer an untempered scale!
July 16, 2019, 8:26 PM · I assume "tempered" means "equal-tempered" in the manner commonly used in modern piano tuning.
July 17, 2019, 4:47 AM · Yes, yes, I meant equal-temperament and I usually say that. I think I used the word "tempered" alone because its used on their website .
July 17, 2019, 2:02 PM · I really don't see it being useful for anyone but beginners, but for certain beginners it is often a life saver.

If you're intermediate or higher, I would highly recommend cello drones instead.

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