Quiztones update – Audiofile Engineering go to ‘all in’ pricing model for their ear training app

Download from iTunes App Storequiztones logo 2Audiofile Engineering’s Quiztones app has been around on the App Store since 2011 and I first took a look at it in August 2012. As the title suggests, Quiztones is an app for testing your musical knowledge. However, before you start to think ‘I’ll name that tune in three….’ the testing here is focused on your ability to identify frequencies.

Now, while this might sound about as interesting as watching paint dry, it you do any serious amount of mixing, the ability to identify which frequencies you need to tweak for each instrument in order to stop your mix sounding like it was recorded in a shoebox is a pretty significant skill. Indeed, watch (if you are lucky enough) or read about any experienced mix engineer and how they go about crafting a mix, and you soon realise that (a) EQ plays a significant role in this process and (b) the workflow is drastically improved if you can quickly identify the problem frequencies in an instrument (and get to them quickly) rather than having to randomly sweep your EQ until (if you are lucky) to find the required spot.

Quiztones - just how good are your ears anyway?

Quiztones – just how good are your ears anyway?

The app underwent a rather nice overhaul of the user interface back in June 2015 when v.1.8 was released. The new look was slick and a definite improvement of the previous workflow. However, as before, the focus remains very much of ear training with options for identifying the pitch of tones, EQ frequency bands and changes in level (gain) all provided.

Anyway, a further update – v.1.9.0 – has appeared on the App Store over the weekend. The key change here is that the app now includes all the previously additional IAP content – which added a range of additional testing options – into the base app and users now only pay a single ‘all in’ price. The base app is now priced at UK£5.99/US$7.99 (which, if you are prepared to put a little practice in, will repay itself in no time through your ability to work with EQ much more quickly while mixing) and this now includes the ‘Pro’ content and the content aimed at testing using specific instrument sounds such as guitar, bass, strings and orchestra. The update also includes tweaks to ensure smooth operation under iOS10.

The new look is slicker but the tests just as challenging :-)

The look is slick but the tests can be challenging :-)

If you have never been fortunate enough to get a formal education in music or recording technology, in terms of you ability to quickly identify different frequencies, Quiztones – with sone suitable practice on your part – can give you a head start. It might not be as sexy a purchase as a new synth or effects app, but don’t ignore the potential of this kind of utility/training app to do good things for your music making…

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