Hi, I’m Simon Parker and I am making an App called Timbre for the iPhone. It lets you see a picture of the Timbre (or tone) of your musical instrument, as well as telling you if your notes are in tune.
I started learning Clarinet when I was about 10 or 11, and played in different Concert Bands and groups until I started University, when I stopped.
Fast forward a couple of decades and I have a wonderful wife and 3 kids, and am working as a software engineer. I started playing clarinet again a few years ago, when the kids started learning musical instruments. I even joined a local community band (Inner West Community Band), which I’m really enjoying, and always learning.
When I started playing in a band, I downloaded a tuning app (iPhones didn’t exist when I learned). The tuning app I got was pretty good, but I thought it would useful if there was an app that could help me work on my tone. I’ve been interested in signal processing since studying it in my Electrical Engineering course at University and thought that it should be possible to do.
What I wanted was a way to visualise the Timbre of my clarinet in a way that makes sense musically. The usual ways of visualising timbre are only interesting for people with a good understanding of mathematics and physics. However, this information should be able to be visualised in a way that means something to musicians too.
Timbre is an app I made to do just that. It is available for testing at the moment. If you’re interested, please sign up to help me test the app and discover how it can be used to help people sound better.