IRCAMLab Update ‘The Snail’ to version 1.2.4


Following the successful launch of The Snail, with input from the QA team and customer feedback, a redraft of the manual for furthered clarity, the IRCAMLab developers have been at work implementing a series of new features that will surely enhance workflow and the usefulness of The Snail, and highlight it as the premier tuning analysis software and plug-in avaiable on the market! With lots more features planned for a posed version 2 in the not too distant future, here are the details for this 1.2.4 current update…


The Snail [1.2.4]
What’s New Guide


Users shall need to recreate their presets for this new version. Older presets are not compatible and do not recall correctly. Manually copy your settings for each parameter to a text file and then proceed to recreate them in the new version.

Product Name Change

  • The product name has changed to The Snail; previously Snail Analyser.

[ Standalone ] Active Input

  • Input is now active by default when you launch the application. It has a preset fade-in to avoid pops/clicks/feedback.


  • Presets do not recall as expected.

  • Clicking ‘Revert To Default’ and then back to a preset failed to reload preset.

  • Note names (“Flats”) are cut off in Zoomed Tuner view.
  • Recompile for El Capitan.
  • AU Validation across Mac OS’s and DAW’s.

Interface Update

MIDI Note Octaves Have Changed

  • C4 is now MIDI note 60 (middle C). Previously it was C3. DAW’s have different octave numberings, we thought this the best.

Hz Information Display

  • In Snail, Zoomed Tuner and Sonogram views you will now see the Hz information display box in the top right-hand corner. As you center your mouse pointer on a note/thick blue line, you will see a green spot to indicate you are on that note. If you move away from the center you will see either a up or down arrow to indicate you can sharp ↑ or flat ↓.

    A reference chart for note frequencies and their MIDI note names is avaialble in the manual.

    All views (Sonogram, Snail, Tuner) are proportionate to and displayed in a logarithmic scale. This means, as you move the mouse pointer to higher notes or octaves the scale is reduced. If you want finer resolution view of the frequencies please adjust the window size of The Snail interface or utilise the Zoomed Tuner view to visualise a 7 note span (of which you can select by entering Tuner mode, turning off Auto-Detect and clicking on the thick blue line for the center note you desire and just above the octave break lines for the note in the Snail view).

Key Commands

  • In standalone, you can now press the “d” key to turn on/off Auto-Detect.

Settings Panel Update

The Grid Range Has Changed (Respective of the MIDI Note update)

  • Bb-1 to G9

Cut Off Frequency Has Been Renamed

  • Cut Off Frequency is now called “Frequency Tracking”. This parameter sets a +/- range for frequency analysis. For precise tuning analysis, the optimum setting is 2Hz. If you have a sound however with lots of modulation (pitch deviation) happening, raising the frequency setting in conjunction with the Window Size will allow smoother analysis, particularly for low frequencies.

Colour Mode Order

  • The Colour Modes have been reorganised to match the same as the left-hand panel.

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