The idea behind entropy-based tuning is very simple: Since entropy is a measure of disorder, we expect the entropy of a well-tuned piano to be lower than the entropy of an instrument out of tune. A first test with real data led to the surprising result that a simple entropy-based iteration algorithm produces a reasonably-looking tuning curve.
Now we present a software which allows everyone to evaluate this new tuning method. With this software we do not aim to compete with high-end tuning devices and professional aural tuners, rather we would like to demonstrate that a single extremely simple formula can generate an acceptable tuning.
PitchPerfect is a free guitar tuner that eliminates the need of tuning a guitar conventionally and will automatically detect the note you are playing. Tune your strings quickly and easily to any note you want! No longer are you constrained by standard tunings, PitchPerfect includes more than 50 alternative tunings.
Rakarrack is a richly featured multi-effects processor emulating a guitar effects pedalboard. Effects include compressor, expander, noise gate, graphic equalizer, parametric equalizer, exciter, shuffle, convolotron, valve, flanger, dual flange, chorus, musical delay, arpie, echo with reverse playback, musical delay, reverb, digital phaser, analogic phaser, synthfilter, varyband, ring, wah-wah, alien-wah, mutromojo, harmonizer, looper and four flexible distortion modules including sub-octave modulation and dirty octave up. Most of the effects engine is built from modules found in the excellent software synthesizer ZynAddSubFX. Presets and user interface are optimized for guitar, but Rakarrack processes signals in stereo while it does not apply internal band-limiting filtering, and thus is well suited to all musical instruments and vocals. Rakarrack is designed for Linux distributions with Jack Audio Connection Kit.