Tuning Meister - Software Function and Capabilities

       Please read through this tutorial and use it to learn the inner workings of the software. It may take a bit of time but as the entire concept is not very common, it will be hard to understand the graphs just by monkeying around through the software without this guidance. The videos of the program in action will be most useful.

    The main function of Tuning Meister is pitch tracking in real time - it gives a running graph of the pitch of a single musical line. That line can be from any source you can put into your computer - recordings of various types, and of course live microphone input. [See
Recording Control for a complete discussion of how to work with the various kinds of input you want to explore - microphone, CDs, any sound file, and so on. Anything you can listen to through the computer can be the source of the input to Tuning Meister by proper selection in the Recording Control]. Since experimenting with the software on a few recordings is a good introduction to the menus etc. before you move on to analyze your own singing or playing through the microphone, it helps to have an idea about what sort of music can be analyzed.
The most crucial point about the tuning abilities of this software is that it works only with a monophonic line of music; one note at a time only. For, say, double stops, or several instruments playing at once, it will hear the difference tone, or perhaps one of the notes if it is much louder, or perhaps be confused completely. There is no scientific way to separate a mix of sounds into its different components and get great accuracy about the musical frequencies. If you have trouble getting a good solid tuning trace, it is most likely because of interference from other sounds. However, good results can be obtained with an accompanied solo if the solo is quite dominating in volume. Hence it can be pretty successful with many recordings of Indian music if the drones and accompaniment are not prominent. For Western music, a recording of something like lute songs or a violin sonata will can be analyzed pretty well if there is no separate bass instrument - just lute and voice is a good subject for familiarizing yourself with the program. Other basically monophonic music would be appropriate as well. For live situations of singing or playing into a microphone and getting real-time pitch feedback from Tuning Meister, very close placement of the microphone will help overwhelm the sound from any accompanying instruments.
    Nevertheless, even with a good signal, pitch tracking is not an easy business, and you may often find spots where the trace of the tune has odd lines and blips, where Tuning Meister is momentarily confused. But I believe you can easily look beyond that to the main tracking line and make use of the information it gives you, even if there happen to be some noisy blips. It is a bit like watching somewhat imperfect TV reception - you still get the overall picture even if there is a small bit of "snow".
    Using separate microphones and input channels, there is a possibility of tracking the musical lines of a small ensemble. Exactly how to display this is under development and several choices are offered.

    The software uses slightly different terminology and functionality for working with western music, or raga music, so you can choose from separate paths for this tutorial depending on how you plan to use Tuning Meister. Of course it is perfectly adaptable to analyzing other music cultures as well.

    You may wish to bookmark this page in your browser; that way you can access this tutorial without launching Tuning Meister. This will be especially useful in case you run beyond your free trial period, as information about setting up the license, should you decide to buy the software, is contained in a page of this tutorial. In fact, you might want to read quickly about the licensing procedure here, before you continue the actual program tutorial.
    While trying out Tuning Meister at first, if you encounter problems getting a tuning trace yourself, you should consult the page about the
Recording Control right away.

Continue (raga music)                     Continue (Western music)

Instruments (raga)                            Instruments (Western)

Scales (raga)                                   Temperaments (Western)

Showing Altered Notes              Extended Temperaments (more than12 notes)

Two Channel Display                  
Staff Notation (experimental)

Instrument Tuning

Saving and Viewing Tuning Data

Miscellaneous Menu Items

Recording Control

License Procedure


Practicing raga music                     Practicing Western music