Let's make this quite clear right at the start. This tuner is AWESOME. Tuning really has been the bane of my life for 30 years. I'd get a string tuned - go on to the next one - all the way through the six. Every one, as I thought, 'spot on'. I'd play a chord - it just sounded so wrong! So - start again. I'd spend more time tuning than playing. And intonation?! Just don't start me on that. Well - in one of the Harley Benton Facebook Support Groups, a chap gave a little review. Said this wee gadget was the best thing that ever happened to him. Said it 'did' intonation. I was intrigued. How could this be? It was a bit expensive - as I was used to paying less than 10 Euros for a simple clip-on tuner - but I headed on over to TC's website and had a look at the specs. I thought I'd give it a go - Thomann's guarantee meant I could always send it back, no questions asked, if it was no good for me. Weeeellllll. I took it out of its smart little box and pressed the small switch. Oo! It burst into life with a rather fetching moving line of green lights. "Ey up", I thought to myself "this could be good". I clipped it on my guitar and played a note. Lights moved back and forth. A letter appeared. It was only the darn note I was playing! As I tuned the string, lights continued to move - red and green ones. Vertically and horizontally. Until...when it was spot in tune, there were just two bars of vertical green lights and a horizontal bar of green lights either side. Slightly off - even just the slightest turn of a machine head - and some red lights would appear *to one side of the bars*, showing if the note was now sharp or flat. Wow. Easy tuning... I played another note - it again gave me the name of the note. I played an octave, to check for intonation of the E I had just tuned. Again - it gave me the name. Ever so slight red lights accompanying the green - indicating intonation would need a slight tweak. But I couldn't tell - it sounded great to me! And wait for it.....if you play a chord...it will tell you the name of the chord (as long as it isn't too complicated). And - in this case, you get a couple of bars for Each. Of. The. Six. Strings. String in tune - green lights. Slightly out - red lights above or below the green. All six strings at once. I really can't recommend this tuner enough. No more tuning woes. A permanent fixture, it is. Best 49 Euros I've ever spent on guitar related stuff. Who'd have thought it? And when you're not using it - it just sits there, black as anything, like the stealthy tuning ninja it is. Buy one you must.
This little thing is so precise! Very simple to use (really, it's a tuner, for crying out loud).
Strobe mode is extremely precise, and quick response as well. It doesn't seem too affected by picking noise or initial pitch rise when you strike a string too hard, which is very nice.
The poly-tune feature is a little hit-and-miss. Usually just gives ok results, but in most cases a little bit of individual per-string tuning will be needed, if you wanna be pitch-perfect. Not a huge deal IMHO. I mostly use this mode to check if all strings are still in tune, and that's it. Support for many more tunings would have been welcome, but oh well...
Also getting a free PolyTune VST plugin was really nice of TC! I can now tune my guitar in much the same way within my DAW, which is a blessing. Thanks for this, TC!
Overall a very, very, very good tuner. Might even be the last one you'll ever need.
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