NAMM 2017: IRCAM TheSnail Is An Audio Tuner Like You've Never Seen Before

Advanced audio analysis for your Mac or PC, and also your iOS device courtesy of IRCAM.  

Research experts IRCAM have come up with yet another clever application for working with audio in the form of TheSnail, a multi-talented piece of software that the developers describe as "a very high-precision frequency-domain analyzer that delivers an easy to understand representation of sounds based on the scales and notes aligned in spectrally active zones. It offers a new way of tuning and analyzing an instrument in an extremely accurate way, displaying intonation and visualizing music and sounds in a way that can help anyone improve their listening and intonation."

Currently available as a plugin for Mac OS X and Windows, it is also coming to iOS in the next couple of months. 

TheSnail Features

- Simple intuitive interface

- Ultimate accuracy in tuning

- Different combinations of views available

- Audio player with waveform display to allow analysis of any song or sound

- Live input for tuning of external sources

- Tuner mode or Music mode

- Adjustable Tuning Reference pitch

- Transposing feature

- Display of phase relationships possible

- Hz information display (* new with version 1.2.4)

- User adjustable colour schemes

IRCAM TheSnail

IRCAM TheSnail



TheSnail comes in all plugin formats for Mac OS X and Windows and costs $49. 

Read more about it here.


Hollin Jones was classically trained as a piano player but found the lure of blues and jazz too much to resist. Graduating from bands to composition then production, he relishes the chance to play anything with keys. A sometime lecturer in videographics, music production and photography post production, Hollin has been a freelance w... Read More


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