FolkFriend - A *free new app* for recognising tunes by audio
For more information check out >>> https://folkfriend.app/info <<<
Or just load it up yourself at >>> https://folkfriend.app <<<
Some time ago when I was learning lots of new tunes I became frustrated at constantly having to ask names of tunes I liked during sessions, I thought it’d be fun and rewarding to set about tackling the problem of automatically recognising a tune from audio recordings.
And so I built an app to do this - which I called FolkFriend!
Fast forward two and a half years and I’m FINALLY at the stage where I’m ready for FolkFriend to be used by the general public. I’ve been testing out the various components, for around a year now, and have been very grateful to a small number of my friends who’ve been testing the app for me on various devices to try and ensure FolkFriend runs smoothly on mobiles, both Android and iOS, and computers / laptops alike.
I became aware very early on (as soon as I shared my what-I-thought-was-original idea with a friend in a pub at a session!) that a service to do exactly this (Bryan Duggan’s TunePal) already exists, but I enjoy a challenge so decided so go ahead and make my own version anyway, and aimed to improve on what was already available on the market. FolkFriend was entirely my own design with no copying of any of TunePal’s approaches, and as such it performs very differently - most notably I specifically designed FolkFriend for use in sessions, although it also works fine with solo instruments. Since FolkFriend was designed from the ground up with playing in sessions in mind, it’s a lot more noise robust and handles sessions a lot better than other software.
Another massive benefit of FolkFriend is that it runs entirely offline, completely on your device. It runs as an app like any other, installed on your phone or laptop, except you view it through a web browser such as Google Chrome. This means you won’t find it on Apple’s App Store or Google’s Play Store. Once you’ve loaded it up once, you can search for any tune that’s on thesession.org by playing an instrument into it, playing a recording off Youtube or Spotify into it, tapping record in the middle of a session, or just searching by name - forever - never needing to connect to the internet again! When you do have internet FolkFriend will update in the background without you ever needing to do anything, to keep tunes and software up to date.
And all this is completely for free with no advertisements or any other commercial tie-ups! Think it sounds too good to be true? Try it just now!
To download and run the app simply visit >>> https://folkfriend.app <<<
To read more information >>> https://folkfriend.app/info <<<
- I want to make it clear that this is the first time I’ve made this project public and so there probably will be some teething issues with the app working on various devices… if you are on an older device there is a good chance that some of the fancy features used in the app simply won’t be available on your device and it probably won’t work :(
- In addition to this, while I’ve spent many months smoothing things out I’m sure there’s still bits of the app that will break in ways I hadn’t considered! To that end I’d really really appreciate any feedback whatsoever, even it’s just "it’s rubbish and doesn’t work on X device". Either comment below or email email@example.com. It’d be especially useful if you say what device / browser / FolkFriend version you’re using so I can fix problems more easily.
- FolkFriend works a lot better in some conditions and with some instruments than others, currently plucked instruments like banjos, whistles, and violas all seem to struggle a little more than others. I’ve been working on improving this but have decided my existing implementation is good enough for people to start using whilst I continue to improve things in response to feedback!
Please let me know what you think!