If you’re looking for an all-purpose, useful guitar utility, look no further than Guitar Toolkit. You’ve found it.
Guitar Toolkit is the guitar iPhone app that every pro player I know has on their iPhone. It’s the one you’ll see somebody pull out of their pocket at a late-night jam session to check tunings or to look up a chord. At $9.99, it’s one of the more expensive guitar iphone applications out there, but look at what you get:
First, you get a quality tuner. This tuner is fast and accurate. It can be set in a variety of modes, to act as a chromatic tuner or set to specific tunings. It has a wide range and thus can be used to tune many different instruments. It comes set to concert pitch, A=440, but you can adjust it to meet your specific needs.
Second, Guitar Toolkit features a metronome with a fantastic tap tempo feature. Listening to a song, and want to figure out what tempo to program into Garageband to set up matching loops? Just tap your finger on the pad, and this application will give you beats per minute. Or you can dial in beats per minute manually, and get a nice even tempo. You can tweak the metronome to give you a time signature, as well – emphasizing the first beat of every measure, whether you want common time or any number of other options. You can even customize the sound of your metronome, meaning that your drummer can plug in an earphone and use this application as a click track. A stand-alone metronome with these features would cost many times the cost of this app alone.
There’s more. You also get chord and scale charts, mapped out on a fretboard. The interface is slick and very intuitive, and better than almost all of the individual chord- and scale- applications I’ve seen.
Plus you can set your scales to be displayed on any number of instruments: 6- or 7-, or 12- string guitars. 4-, 5-, or 6- string bases. Banjos, mandolins, and ukuleles.
In other words, Guitar Toolkit is a very powerful, highly flexible, versatile guitar iPhone app with a professional quality implementation and a slick, intuitive interface. If you want a comprehensive guitar application without any gimmicks, just a real, working tool, this is is the application to get. $9.99 may be expensive for an application, but it’s absolutely worth it.