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Does playing thru a tuner affect sound quality

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by lowdown53, Jul 27, 2013.

  1. lowdown53


    Jul 24, 2013
    Buffalo, NY
    Is there any noticeable difference in playing thru a tuner (Boss TU3) vs using a tuner port on the amp? :meh:
  2. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    The TU3 has a buffer, which can actually improve the sound if you have a passive bass and long cables, or if you're going straight into a passive direct box.
  3. esa372

    esa372 Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    Sometimes, yes. It depends on the tuner.

    I don't know about the TU3, but a quick A/B test should let you know.

    For example, the Korg DTR1000 and 2000 have been guilty of changing my tone, but the DTR1 is nice and clean.

    There are some who believe that ALL tuners change the tone, to the point of saying, "No tuner should have an 'output' jack".

    Trust your ears; the A/B test will tell you.
  4. Any tuner that has a "true bypass" should have no impact on the sound. If it does not, then it can.

    In reality, every time you add a cable and two more jacks, there's a theoretical impact on the signal, and the possibility of creating noise, but that doesn't keep people from successfully running through a whole music store worth of pedals.
  5. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    I just got a Polytune and I hear no diff but its quality; true bypass. Highly rated and it lives up to the hype. Outstanding piece of kit. I tried a couple of other brands and this kicks them all. The boss tu2 was second pick. Imagine: strum all strings at once and you see them all at once. Oops the A is out, pluck it and it switches to chromatic mode instantly. Technology rules. If you're looking, seek no further.
  6. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    I have a TU-2 and if it makes any difference I've never noticed it. There are two very relevant issues -

    First, does it make an AUDIBLE difference?
    Second, is that difference "better" or not?

    I suggest that it's not worth worrying about. Other factors in the signal chain are much more significant.
  7. Both of mine do, but I run mine parallel with my rig so the tuner is not part of my actual signal chain so it solved that issue. For example ill run the "sans amp" 1/4 out of my sans amp RBI to the power amp, but the dry 1/4 out which I otherwise wouldn't be using goes to the tuner. I can't mute and tune but I've gotten away from stopping and tuning between songs. It just kills the energy, so I just glance at the rack mount here and there while I'm playing to make sure I'm good. In all honesty with most of my basses as long as the strings have been stretched its not something I really have to worry about. I can hear if its way off
  8. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    Had one for awhile and like it a lot. I needed a second tuner so I thought I'd try the Korg Blackout. It's cool but not near as easy to use as the Polytune. It tunes OK and I can't tell any difference in sound, but it's harder to see in the dark than the Polytune so it takes longer.
  9. ggunn


    Aug 30, 2006
    Austin, TX
    I use a clip on tuner. It doesn't affect the sound at all. :D
  10. Scott in Dallas

    Scott in Dallas Commercial User

    Aug 16, 2005
    Dallas, north Texas
    Builder and Owner: DJ Ash Guitars
    Not as much as being out of tune.
  11. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    That made my day! :)
  12. ggunn


    Aug 30, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Are you talking to me? My clip on tuner works fine and is nearly as accurate as my Conn Strobotuner. I wouldn't use it for setting intonation, but it's plenty good for stage work.
  13. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    Pretty sure he is answering the thread title directly.
  14. Scott in Dallas

    Scott in Dallas Commercial User

    Aug 16, 2005
    Dallas, north Texas
    Builder and Owner: DJ Ash Guitars
  15. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Point: Scott!:cool: