The Snail is a very high-precision frequency-domain analyzer that delivers an intuitive representation of sounds based on the scales and notes aligned in spectrally active zones.

It is available as a Standalone application for Mac and Windows OS, and AAX, AU and VST3 plug-in.

This plug-in offers a new way of tuning and analyzing an instrument in an extremely accurate way. It displays the intonation and visualizes music and sounds in a way that can help anyone improve their listening and intonation!

The inner workings of Snail comprises of two modes and three different display views :

The Modes:

Music Mode - is the most suitable to view your music with, if for instance it contains complex polyphonic content.

Tuner Mode - is the preferred to help tune an instrument as it increases the resolution of the analysis.

The Display Views:

Snail View - provides a representation of the fundamental frequencies and all related harmonics or overtones in real time.

Sound is displayed as 'blobs' along a spiralled view from the low frequencies in the center to higher frequencies (and their respective musical notes) up the spiral GUI.

Zoomed Tuner View - displays the hexagonal shape which rotates and slows down as you zero down to green on the exact reference frequency.

This display is the closest view to a traditional tuner while being incredibly more precise.

Sonogram View - offers a more standard representation of the sound spectrum over time (vertically), highlighting the prevailing frequencies.

This view provides more detail of the frequencies' energy for analysis.


  • Simple intuitive interface
  • Ultimate accuracy in tuning
  • Different combinations of views available
  • Audio player with waveform display to allow analysis of any song or sound
  • Live input for tuning of external sources
  • Tuner mode or Music mode
  • Adjustable Tuning Reference pitch
  • Transposing feature
  • Display of phase relationships possible
  • Hz information display
  • User adjustable colour schemes
  • Click and Tune
  • Color grid option
  • Show grid option


The Snail Preview Video
The Snail Preview
00:02:54 by Plugiman Aug 10, 2021
Here is a short preview of "The Snail" by ircamLAB. It's a high-precision frequency-domain analyzer that delivers, in real-time, an intuitive representation of any sound that you feed into it.
(FR) - Ircam The Snail au NAMM 2017 Video
(FR) - Ircam The Snail au NAMM 2017
00:06:17 by KR home-studio Jan 30, 2017
NAMM 2017 Frédérick Rousseau de l’Ircam nous présente dans la collection Ircam Lab, le Snail, un logiciel d’accordage et de visualisation musicale.
An audio tuner like you've never seen before at NAMM 2017 Video
An audio tuner like you've never seen before at NAMM 2017
00:06:19 by Ask.Audio Jan 21, 2017
Ircam's TheSnail is something different. It goes way beyond what other audio and music tuner apps do. Here's an exclusive video interview with its creator at NAMM 2017.
The Snail Teaser Video
The Snail Teaser
00:01:18 by IrcamLab Feb 9, 2016
Preview of "The Snail", the absolute tuner by IrcamlLab


Operating Systems :
  • Mac OSX
  • Windows
Formats :
  • AAX Native
  • Standalone Application
  • Audio-Unit
  • VST3

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The Snail


  • CPU: Intel or Silicon (ARM)
  • Mac OS 10.10 or higher
  • 2 GB RAM
  • An AAX, AU or VST3 compatible host/DAW for plug-in use
  • 64-bit only
  • Windows 7 or higher
  • 2 GB RAM
  • An AAX or VST3 compatible host/DAW for plug-in use
  • 64-bit only


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