Bram Bos Tunafish

A sequencer that's small but perfectly formed

  • £16
Cook up some stinkin' tunes with Tunafish.

Our Verdict

Tiny yet feature-packed, Tunafish represents terrific value.

Pros

  • 1.8MB installation file. Cheap and simple.

Cons

  • Some stuck notes with certain plug-ins.

Pointing out that not everyone needs all the features of a full-on DAW, Bram Bos has brought us what must be one of the smallest VST-compatible sequencers ever.

Despite its size (the install file weighs in at a meagre 1.8MB), though, Tunafish offers plenty of features, including reverb, delay and flange effects, a built-in sampler, MIDI learn, and the facility to play up to ten instruments or samples at once.

A standard piano roll-style display is used to input notes. Your sequences can go on for as long as you like and are known as Segments. Several Segments can be arranged to form a complete song, which can then be mixed down using the extremely simple mixing console (just ten faders, basically).

Automation can be recorded (though you can´t edit it), and you can even freeze parts if your CPU starts to overload.

While we had a bit of trouble with some stuck notes on certain VSTi´s, Tunafish is still a real bargain.