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Pedal Tuners - How low can they go?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by NKUSigEp, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. NKUSigEp


    Jun 6, 2006
    Bright, IN
    I haven't had to buy a tuner in years but one thing that USED to be a major issue was tracking a low B note or below. The Korg DTR-1000 has never had this issue but lately I've been considering a Polytune or a Pitchblack tuner. So my question is how well do pedal tuners track lower notes?
  2. bkbirge


    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
  3. The newer, smaller version of the Polytune, when set in 'single note' mode gets a B+ on tracking speed and accuracy with an open B IME. The Pitchblack gets an A, and as long as you don't need strobe accuracy, is probably the best value out there for a 'live gig tuner'.

    The 'king of them all' regarding accuracy and tracking is the Sonic Turbo Tuner. True strobe accuracy (i.e., you can literally use it on the bench for intonation work), A+ on tracking the open B... FAST.

    All three of these have true bypass, which means they won't suck the high end of your bass tone like the old Boss or Korg tuners. Also, the 'true bypass' design literally turns the tuner off when bypassed, so no battery drain when not tuning. So, batteries last a long time!
  4. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Alien Audio Fanatic!! Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Columbia, Md
  5. tink9975

    tink9975 Supporting Member

    Aug 10, 2006
    MoCo, MD
    I use the Turbo Tuner and tune a 5 string down a half step. It seems to grab the A# as fast as it does any other note.
  6. Swipter


    Sep 7, 2009
    That is an expensive tuner compared to the Korg.
  7. bkbirge


    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    Well, tuning accuracy and speed is more important to some people than others. For me, this pedal would be the last one I'd ever get rid of. It's the most used and useful one in my collection. It's so fast that I can practice scales on my fretless and check my intonation while I'm doing it. And it makes tuning a 12 string a breeze. Not to mention you can program in alternate tunings. If you order direct from the manufacturer it is cheaper than amazon...


  8. bigchiefbc

    bigchiefbc Supporting Member

    Oct 9, 2006
    Rhode Island, USA
    I use the Polytune Mini, and I tune my five-string down to ADADG. It gets the low A every time, although it does occasionally take a second or so to figure it out. No latency at all for B. I haven't tried lower than A.
  9. alec


    Feb 13, 2000
    Perth, Australia
    Joining the lovefest for the Turbo Tuner. It handles my Bb easily.
  10. RnBass


    Jan 3, 2010
    I just replaced my pitchblack with a polytune mini.
    Finally, tuning my Low B string is fast and easy.

    Smaller, faster, cuter:hyper:
  11. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Before I bought the Polytune Mini, I tested it down to a low G# just to make sure it would pick up a low B easily.
  12. Jean Baudin

    Jean Baudin

    Aug 27, 2003
    redwood city, ca
    Endorsing Artist: See Profile
    The Turbo Tuner will recognize a low C# string (almost an octave below low B) - The Polytune doesn't.
  13. G.Bisson


    Feb 26, 2009
    Pitchblack will do the trick just fine. No problems at all tracking a low A. It begins to struggle when dropping the B string down more than a whole step.
    Turbo Tuner if you are willing to spend a little more money for the fastest and most accurate pedal tuner available.
  14. edwinhurwitz

    edwinhurwitz Supporting Member

    May 13, 2003
    Boulder, CO
    Endorsing Artist: DR Strings, SMS, D-TAR
    Another vote for the Turbo Tuner. I've been a fan of Peterson tuners and all of a sudden, I lost both of my tuners. I decided to check out the Turbo and it is faster and easier to use. I did recover one of the Petersons (stroboclip), so now it will be a good backup.

    Don't waste money on cheap tuners. They don't get you in tune, you're better off using your ear at that point.
  15. My Turbo Tuner has successfully tuned (and intonate) a bass setup for Eb0. Jean has had it tune lower.
  16. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Turbo Tuner here too.