Recording software (DAW) should have a build-in tuner, period. Unfortunately all versions of the popular software program Ableton Live below version 9.2 didn’t have one (NOTE: Ableton included a native tuner in version 9.2, see UPDATE below). Now what?
Other options to tune your guitar (or other instruments and samples) in Ableton Live:
- Download the free GUITAR RIG 5 PLAYER. Not only do you get a Marshall amp sound-alike and a bunch of cool sounding effects, you also get a tuner!
- Download the free Max device fp-Tune. A device I found out about via Peter Kirn’s recent post on Max for Live devices.
- Use your phone: the BOSS Tuner is great and is available for Android and iOS users.
UPDATE: Version 9.2 of Ableton Live introduced the Tuner, a native Live audio effect which is extremely accurate. Great for tuning guitars, samples etc.
My favorite tuner is an old standalone tuner, that is 30 years old. on one side I plug in my bass and on the other side I plug in the PA…