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The music theory reference tool for musicians of all skill levels. Tonality allows you to view and listen to a large database of piano chords and scales and features a chord-recognition tool that can identify chords you play on your instrument.

Price $5.99
Author Bryce Hostetler
Type Tool
Supports Audio Unit (AU)
Rating total: 4.97825 (46), current: 4.97825 (46)
Version 8.0.1
Released 06/13/2019
Updated 10/15/2020
"Best music app tool I own, period!"
"Never downloaded an app so fast in my life"
"Excellent app for music theory. It is brilliantly supported by the developer who is continually updating it and adding more features. The app is indispensable for the reference and learning of music theory."

The ultimate chord, scale, and music theory reference tool for musicians of all skill levels. Tonality allows you to view and hear a large database of piano/guitar chords and scales. You can run Tonality as an AUv3 MIDI receiver and view piano chords that match MIDI input you route to it, or as a MIDI source and send chords to other apps.

- Chord dictionary with over 1,000 chords for piano and guitar
- Listen to a piano chord by tapping on it, or arpeggiate by swiping left or right
- Search for chords by root, quality, and/or extension
- Reverse search for chords containing certain notes (on piano or fretboard)
- Sort chords by key, number of pitches, etc.
- View different inversions and omittable notes
- View a table of related scales (especially useful for jazz musicians learning to improvise)
- Chord identification - record a chord through your device's microphone and Tonality will transcribe and identify it. Options include overtone rejection and tuning forgiveness.

- View guitar chord charts for all chords (even custom ones)
- Swipe across the strings to play each voicing
- Supports multiple guitar tunings and instruments
- Generate voicings by criteria such as fret range and number of fingers used
- Left-handed option

- Scale dictionary with over 500 scales
- Search for scales by root and name
- Reverse search for scales containing certain notes on a piano
- Sort scales alphabetically, by key, by number of pitches
- View scale degrees and note names
- View ascending and descending versions
- View scales on a piano and in the staff

- Open "Tonality: Chord Identification" as an Audio Unit MIDI processor and view the names of the piano chords/scales you play in real time
- Record identified chords and export as text/MIDI
- Add chords via catalog, scale chords, or fretboard
- Full control of the voicing: you can edit individual notes' octaves and velocities
- Grid sizes from 2x2 to 12x12
- Strum bar for performing arpeggios or individual notes
- MIDI trigger mappable with MIDI learn capability
- CC mapping on XY axes
- Multiple velocity sensitivity modes
- Supports drag and drop to reorder
- Custom presets can be saved and shared across hosts
- Patchstorage integration for community sharing
- View MIDI input in a grand staff. Also displays chord names in real time and lets you select the key signature to use

- Interactive circle of fifths: view key signatures and scales for major and minor keys
- Jump to relative or parallel keys
- View scale chords in the selected key (I, ii, iii, etc.)

- Learn to recognize notes, melodies, intervals, chords, and scales by ear!
- After each session, you can view what gave you trouble and create a level with just those things
- View detailed statistics about each training session and your training history

- View musical terms and their definitions/illustrations
- Tempo, symbol, articulation, dynamics, and more

- Special keyboard for typing chord symbols (and previewing them in real time)
- Works wherever the iOS keyboard does

- Create your own chords, scales, fingerings, ear training levels, and dictionary terms
- Change color scheme
- Choose the playback instrument (piano, electric piano, guitar, or any .sf2 file)
- Choose whether to hide "weird" chords like B# major
- Show only basic chords/scales (great for beginning musicians)
- Choose note naming (English or Solfège)
- Set speed for scales and length for chords

Version 8.0.1 release notes

+ Move midi learn mode toggle to the main chord pad page - Fix bugs when reordering pads with assigned triggers - Fix compatibility with older iOS versions (such as iOS 12) (8.0) One of the biggest updates yet! As always, if you have any questions, issues, or suggestions feel free to contact me at General: + Split layout for iPad + Option to view piano, guitar charts, or piano & guitar on the chord search page + Move chord charts to chord info page (one less click to get there) + Improved chord/scale recognition algorithms + Improved interaction with chord and scale results (piano views now act like chord pads in the results table and highlight the currently playing note) + MIDI input and output from the standalone app (in addition to previous support for AUv3) + Updated UI, better dark mode + Update for iOS 14 Guitar: + Guitar support for scales + Extremely fast guitar voicing generation, improved default results + Barre chord support + New fret range selector + View note names or intervals on chord charts if desired + Choose to view movable voicings only + Export chord charts as .png files + Chord chart palette – save your favorite voicings for easy access + Improved fretboard reverse search + Drag and drop support for chords and chord charts – even between main app and AUv3 extensions and vice versa! For example, you can drag chords from the ID audio unit directly onto a chord pad in the Chord Pads audio unit. Chord Pads: + Strum bar: easily play or strum individual notes from a chord pad + Quickly alter/extend existing pads in edit mode (swipe down to alter, right to extend) + Ability to import/export pad sets + Quickly choose chords from suggestions, catalog, or fretboard + Ability to set the key for a pad set + Multiple velocity modes and curves + CC mapping in audio unit - assign a continuous controller to the X and Y axes of each pad + Patchstorage integration (download patches directly from the presets menu!) + Randomize note on/attack for a more natural sound + Drag and drop guitar voicings onto pads directly from palette + Use ^ in custom labels to add superscripts + Updated GUI + Easier scrolling in edit mode - Fix bug where locked sustain would be deactivated when app is restarted from background - Stability improvements, especially in AU Chord/scale AU: + Ability to record detected chords and export as .txt/.mid + Guitar charts, scale info, and more from standalone accessible in AU + Improved lock mode + Fullscreen mode - Stability improvements Grandstaff: + Much faster response time + Improved lock mode - Fix occasional display glitches on iPad Circle of Fifths: + Better layout - Fix lags