Caffe Mac—legend or fact? Does this Shangri-la of no-compromise corporate consumables actually exist? And if Caffe Mac does exist, does its menu roundly trump the “food” we Mac|Life staffers must hunt and gather within the hostile-to-haute-cuisine hinterlands of our own corporate HQ? I was intent on answering these questions during a recent trip to One Infinite Loop. Read on for the full scoop—and don’t miss my paparazzi shots of The Steve!
Back in the olden days, before there was iPod, and even before Sony made music collections portable with the Walkman, the kids were known to enjoy music on the go with the help of a transistor radio. Larger than a shirt pocket, but small enough to carry around, they were especially popular in the middle decades of the 20th century and produced a distinctive kind of sound—thin and tinny, with a narrow frequency response and a tendency to distort at high volume. The effect was anti-high fidelity…but it was portable.
In addition to a metronome with tap tempo and a tuner that detects incoming pitch or plays tuned notes, a comprehensive chord chart shows the fingering for thousands of chords. You dial in any chord variation in the book, and the app will shows how to play it in as many as seven different ways.
This combo metronome/tuner provides both a flashing dot and optional audible click for the tempo. Rather than focus on guitar tuning, Orfeo lets you drag notes up and down a treble and bass clef from notes C2 to C6 and plays the tone for the selected note.
With seven types of guitar tunings available, two modes either auto-detect whatever string the input is closest to or let you choose which string to tune (with reference tones played in the earphones). A unique “waterfall strobe” tuner picks up very sensitive pitch fluctuations.
Choose from eight tunings, including standard guitar, banjo, cello and chromatic. Tones mode plays tuned reference notes for each string to listen to as you tune your instrument, while Tuner mode detects the pitch of the sound coming from the mic.
See the detected pitch in four ways: as a standard note (G2, F#4, etc.), as a string on a guitar (a green string indicates the correct pitch), as a note on a music clef, or as a waveform with its frequency in Hertz.
Metronome keeps time with a flashing red dot and an audible click. You can add presets to the eight included classically-named tempos (Adagio, Allegro, etc.). Buttons set the tempo to quarter-, eighth-, 16th- or 32nd-notes, and another button switches to double-time.