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Korg Pitchblack Pro Tuner

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by thunder_dan, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. thunder_dan


    Nov 18, 2010
    Does anyone have any info on this product? Why is availability so limited? How is it in regards to other rack mount tuners? I'm getting rid of the pedal board and going rack and this tuner looks interesting..any thoughts? Advice? Experienced owners? Thanks.

  2. There are none available in the states, so I ordered one from Japan off eBay a couple weeks ago. (At a high premium might I add) Supposed to be here tomorrow. I can provide a review of it once I finally get it.
  3. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    Save the very expensive Peterson and the cheapo Behringer, it is the sole rack tuner on the market.
    Nothing special to say about it other than it serves as a guide for tuning.
  4. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I don't like rack tuners. I don't want gear nerds seeing when I drift out of tune.
  5. :D
  6. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Manager of Digital Brand Development and Product Development at GHS Strings

    Not quite. The Rocktron VersaTune is a rack tuner with the functionality of the Peterson at a lesser price point.
  7. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    Oh yeah, that's one more.
  8. SiSoldier


    Oct 28, 2013
    Los Angeles
    I picked up one of the last pitchblack pros before christmas for $100 and I love it. It looks awesome in my rack and it dials in faster than my guitarist older korg rack tuner.
  9. thunder_dan


    Nov 18, 2010
    Thanks fellas. Hey snack pack let me know how that works out for you. I have one on order as well, should be here in a couple of weeks. Yeah, gear nerds bother me too Jimmy, but I only have one bass up at the moment and I only de-tune once. Going to use it more for that than touching up during the set. Thankfully the J-bass stays in tune well, even under some intense beating.
  10. It is awesome. Got one before the holidays, from the first batch that arrived. I love it.
  11. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once... Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2013
    I've had one backordered since before Christmas.
    Availability keeps going from 'Next Week' to 'a few weeks' (where it sits at last check today...)
    I'm (always...) working on fretless intonation and I want a nice big display I can watch (instead of the fingerboard) to help with that. I have a pedal tuner - but it mutes while tuning which defeats my purpose.

    I suppose I have no choice but to remain patient. Can't imagine what the holdup is tho.
  12. therhodeo


    Feb 28, 2011
    Owasso OK
    I was really disappointed when I read the spec'd accuracy.
  13. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once... Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2013
    If I can learn to play fretless +- 1 cent it will be mission accomplished ;-)
  14. I've had one on order from Sweetwater for almost a month and only heard from my sales engineer (or whatever fancy thing they're calling the sales guy) once about 3 weeks ago saying that they had confirmation from Korg that they would receive a large shipment around NAMM. One week after NAMM and still no further information...

    As far as the +/- 1 cent accuracy goes, it's a rack tuner that will live in my amp rack. Why do I need something more accurate than 1/100th of a given note? I don't recall any of the Korg rack tuners being more accurate than that and they're an industry standard. I've also found that a more accurate tuner usually means standing in front of the thing for a good bit longer, and who wants to waste stage time fiddling with being accurate within .1 cents?
  15. Got my Korg Pitchblack Pro from Japan today. It tracks very well, although I can't speak for low B, I only play 4 bangers. The 3d effects are neat, and it looks good in my rack. All said, I'm very happy with my investment. Highly recommended if you are in the market for a new tuner. The only thing I don't care for is that the rack ears are plastic,
  16. thunder_dan


    Nov 18, 2010
    Thanks for the review SnackPack..I ordered mine before Xmas and still waiting for it..I know that "large shipment" went TO NAMM and not TO the retailers. Rockstars always get first dibs! It's cool. Not too jazzed about those plastic rack ears, but I'm sure I can wrestle some metal ones up somewhere.
  17. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once... Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2013
    The Sweetwater product page today shows availability as "within a week."
    It's been between that status and "a few weeks" a few times already.
  18. AndyLES


    Aug 25, 2008
    New York
    Weird...there's two of them on the shelf of my local Sam Ash in Forest Hills. I had no idea they were scarce.
  19. philvanv

    philvanv Gerbil Turds, Kitsap County Turd Core

    Jul 2, 2012
    and at the bottom it says thank you, and now you can shag off
    I like mine alot.
  20. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once... Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2013
    I think it's more like 'limited availability.'

    Evidently Korg is shipping, if slowly, into a big backlog. So they're trickling, slowly if evenly, into the distribution chain.

    Sweetwater got a bunch, but they had a big waitlist. Some earlier on the list than me got their product. My number is supposedly coming up 'soon.' I told that they are told to expect a small shipment next week - not enough to reach my spot on the list. But I should be good for the delivery after that. We will see.