March 17, 2016
I seemed to have lost the ability to add a custom temperament in the Cleartune tuner app on my Galaxy S6 Android phone. This app is probably the most popular tuner app for early music performers and is available on both Apple and Android platforms. The ability to add custom temperaments to the already robust list of available ones is a huge plus. But on the temperament screen there was no button to add a new one. Steve at Bitcount support told me this: “Unfortunately the old Android menu button is how you’d enter a custom temperament on Android. Since they did away with it, users are left to either map one of their existing buttons to activate a menu click, or use a third-party app to generate the click. We’ve got an update planned, but it’s pretty far down our list and no idea when we might be able to get to it.”
It only took a little searching on the web to find that a long-press on the back button brings up the menu containing the option to add a custom temperament. Once you are on the temperament screen hold down the back button until the menu appears. This trick should work with any “legacy” app that used to rely on the old three-dot menu button.