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Guide to Choosing the Right Type of Tuner

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For most musicians, the correct tuner can make all the difference when it comes to enjoying your instrument and creating a hassle-free setup. Tuning an instrument is not the most romantic part of your music-making adventure, but it is arguably one of the most important. Often overlooked, picking the right tuner for your environment can impact your overall experience and sometimes over complicate the process. We were lucky enough to chat with the good people at Korg Australia, given they created one of the first needle-type tuners and remain one of the biggest players in the tuner game – it made sense we consult the experts.

At Home

Playing the guitar at home, be it strumming along to backing tracks or writing music in your living room – you want to have a tuner handy and ideally portable enough that it can be with you in any room with your instrument. This is where a clip-on tuner becomes really handy. Clipped onto the headstock of your guitar/instrument, the tuner can live here and go relatively unnoticed until you need to use it.

In this case, we would pick the Korg Pitchclip-2 clip-on tuner.

  • Small footprint
  • Super affordable
  • Long battery life
  • Easy-to-read led screen

Performing Live and Rehearsing

Playing in a band situation you can find yourself needing a few more features from your pedal such as; true bypass, multiple meter display modes, higher accuracy and pedal board friendly. All these functions give the player flexibility to match their situation and add to the experience. Pedal board real estate is a hot topic at the moment and the addition of small-format tuners are a must for many players.

We would go with the Korg Pitch Black range – the Korg Pitchblack Mini tuner.

  • Multiple meter display modes
  • Extended battery performance
  • Bright, large display

Pitchblack mini

Recording Studio

There are circumstances where portability is not paramount and a larger display can help with workflow whilst recording, be it at home or larger pro studios. When sitting in the studio using a multitude of instruments in one session, it is imperative that tuning is quick and easy as not to interfere with the recording process. Rack tuners have been used in this setting for years, permanently housed in a rack unit with a large display that can be seen across the room is ideal for recording studios large or small. Accuracy and multiple display features are also a must in this setting.

We chose the Korg Pitchblack Pro Rack Tuner

  • Large visual 3D meter
  • 3 display modes
  • Buffered output

So, if you’re looking for a single guitar tuner that is versatile and will cover most situations, we recommend the Korg Pitchclip-2, because there’s nothing worse than strumming your first chord and hearing it sound like your cat screeching after you’ve just stood on it.

Thanks to Korg Australia

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