While you may have used an iOS or Android strobe tuner, or perhaps a multi-thousand dollar real-life tuner, I guarantee you’ve never seen anything like this before.
Miso Media will be officially launching this HTML5 web strobe tuner on their corporate site before their Shark Tank episode this week. It uses Flash to provide microphone access until browsers support HTML5 audio in. For you musicians and vocalists out there, this is huge. Head over to the web tuner, and use your laptop or PC microphone to tune your instrument on a full stroboscopic tuner in real-time. Everything happens client-side, with nothing sent to the server and no data usage for users who may be on mobile plans. There is nothing to purchase, no complex hardware to lug around, and no setup required.
That said, not everybody has Flash and I’m certainly no big fan of Adobe’s business model. I wrote the web tuner in a completely modular way, with Flash being used for only the most bare minimum of microphone functions. Because of this, I’ve created a ‘demo’ HTML5 strobe tuner that you can use with audio files. No Flash is required, but you will need a browser that supports the html5 audio tag (Chrome for now, all other browsers to come soon). A musician I forwarded this to told me: ‘This is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen on the web, period.” I don’t know if it stands up to said proclamation, but I am terrifically proud of my work, and hope you enjoy it. The code is minified to protect their IP, but my hope is that some future version will be open source as their algorithms change over time.