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Anyone have a tuner that actually picks up drop A on a bass?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by TDSLaBassiste, Feb 17, 2014.

  1. TDSLaBassiste

    TDSLaBassiste Supporting Member

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    I have two clip-on tuners, a Snark and a Planet Waves and neither pick up my low A very well.

    I'd like clip-on, but maybe that's the reason they aren't working.
  2. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    My Polytune Mini goes down to low G flat.

    I have no idea what note a drop A is.
  3. mmbongo

    mmbongo Supporting Member

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    My Polytune does great if I tune the B string to A...is that drop A?
  4. Jefff

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    220 hz?...110?...55?
  5. TDSLaBassiste

    TDSLaBassiste Supporting Member

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    Woops, that's worded a little weird. Drop A would be tuning a B down to an A, yes.
  6. ggunn

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    Chime the harmonic at the 12th fret.
  7. Jefff

    Jefff

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    220 hz then.

    That's the note you are looking for. Look for a tuner that can get you there.
  8. ggunn

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    I think that A below the B string on a 5 string bass is 55Hz. Maybe even 27.5 Hz.
  9. TDSLaBassiste

    TDSLaBassiste Supporting Member

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    I try it and it definitely works better than ringing it out open, but still a bit shaky.
  10. TDSLaBassiste

    TDSLaBassiste Supporting Member

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    Pretty sure that's 110hz. Is an A on a four string bass 440hz? That seems too high.
  11. BassChuck

    BassChuck Supporting Member

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    I've had a couple of Snarks. When the battery gets low it has a hard time quickly reading a low E or D. Play the harmonic and get a new battery. Low A is pretty low. If the note you're aiming for is 27.5 Hz (and I think it is, the lowest note on a piano is 27.5) remember that normal human hearing is good to about 20Hz (textbook stuff). Below that you begin to hear the individual vibrations as separate events instead of a continuous sound.
  12. DeathFromBelow

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    My Korg Pitchblack handles low A just fine.
  13. mellowinman

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    Don't play that note.
  14. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member

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    The Turbo Tuner can do it with no shenanigans, glitches, or playing harmonics.
  15. TDSLaBassiste

    TDSLaBassiste Supporting Member

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    I'll definitely try this, The tuner hasn't needed a new battery in a year so it's a good possibility that it's dying.

    I'll check these out, thanks guys!
  16. Noot

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    That low A you are looking for is at 27.50 Hz.
    Of course, at that frequency you will mostly hear overtones and fret or plucking noise, not much gear can handle a fundamental that low.
  17. DwaynieAD

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    My Korg Pitch Black has been doing it for 3 years. And also whatever tuner Marko138 has in his rack.
  18. marko138

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    Korg DTR-1
  19. DwaynieAD

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    Carvin's 18 inch cab is the only one I've seen advertising to go that low. my 410 GK sounds great doing it tho.. so whatever.
  20. TDSLaBassiste

    TDSLaBassiste Supporting Member

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    My Fender Bassman 115 can do it, but not as cleanly as I like. I'm looking at a whole new setup anyway though so I'm not too worried with that.

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