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Korg CA-1 Chromatic Tuner  

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With a size similar to an audiocassette case, the KORG CA-1 chromatic tuner tuner supports a broad range of C1 (32.70 Hz)-C8 (4186.01 Hz), allowing s...Click To Read More About This Product

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Your new ace in the pocket with a wide range of pitch detection.

With a size similar to an audiocassette case, the KORG CA-1 chromatic tuner tuner supports a broad range of C1 (32.70 Hz)-C8 (4186.01 Hz), allowing speedy and high-precision tuning of wind, string, keyboard, and other instruments. This orchestral tuner is ideal for tuning even low-register notes containing numerous overtones that are often difficult to tune. A high-sensitivity mic is built-in, allowing easy and accurate tuning of acoustic instruments such as ukuleles. A separately sold CM-100 contact mic can also be used to send the vibrations directly to the tuner for even more accurate tuning.

Ultra-compact body with a "Tilt Slit"
Although the CA-1 Chromatic Tuner is small, thin, and light, don't let its pocket-sized body fool you. The CA-1 chromatic tuner packs the functionality needed for tuning a wide range of instruments. From studio to stage, tuning is easy and convenient. The back of the unit includes a unique arc-shaped "tilt slit" that lets you insert a plastic card for use as a handy stand.

High-precision LCD Meter
The meter section uses a LCD needle, combining the accuracy of an LCD with the easy visibility of a needle, and providing a stable display. Additional visual feedback is provided by LEDs that indicate pitch deviation.

Sound Out
In addition to visual tuning via meter, the CA-1 band and orchestra tuner can play reference pitches from its internal speaker (Sound Out) for tuning by ear. Each press of the Sound switch will cycle through the A4-Bb4 notes commonly used for tuning wind instruments. Or you can hold down the Sound switch to change the cycle to the semitone intervals from C4 through C5 (one octave), allowing reference pitches for any instrument to be sounded quickly.

Adjustable Calibration
The Calibration function (410-480 Hz) supports a wide range of standard pitches, and can be adjusted in 1 Hz steps for accurate and flexible tuning to any song or key. Thanks to the Memory Backup function, the Calibration and reference pitch are remembered even when the power is turned off.

(However, these settings will be initialized when the batteries are replaced.)

Auto Power Off Function
The power will turn off automatically, if the unit is left powered-on for 20 minutes without performing any operation, avoiding unnecessary battery consumption.

Approximately 100 hours of Continuous Use
Low-power consumption design allows an amazing 100 hours (approximate) of continuous battery life (A4 continuous input, meter mode, zinc-carbon batteries).

* Even if the pitch is within the detection range, detection may not be possible for instrumental sounds that contain a large number of overtones or have a rapid decay.

FEATURES
  • Ultracompact body with Tilt Slit
  • Ideal for brass band or orchestra
  • Large, high-precision LCD needle-style meter
  • Wide pitch-detection range from C1 (32.70 Hz)-C8 (4186.01 Hz)
  • Sound out reference tone from internal speaker
  • Adjustable calibration supports a variety of concert pitches
  • Auto power-off function
  • Memory backup function
  • Battery life: Approximately 100 hours of continuous use
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Dimensions: 3.25"H x 5.25"W x .9"D
  • Weight: 0.25 lb.
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KorgCA-1 Chromatic Tuner
 
4.7

(based on 37 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (23)
  • Good quality (22)
  • Functional (19)
  • Improves sound (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (19)
  • Concerts (9)
  • Back-up (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Novice (7), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A great tuner for anyone, anywhere or anything

Overall, this tuner is the best. Its simplicity, portablity, and accuracy make it perfect for anybody with any type of job to do.
SimplePortableFastEasyAffordable
A great tuner
This tuner is...Read complete review

Overall, this tuner is the best. Its simplicity, portablity, and accuracy make it perfect for anybody with any type of job to do.
SimplePortableFastEasyAffordable
A great tuner
This tuner is perfect for everything. There is nothing it can't handle. Its simple to use and it works well. There are a plethora of tuners that just have too many features and there is no reason for that. The CA-1 Chromatic Korg tuner is perfect with just 4 buttons and 3 easy to read lights above the screen that visually guides you as you tune. It is also super portable. There are a myriad of tuners out there that you make think are better, but when you look at a tuner for what it is, there is no reason for al of those other tuners. The simpler the better, and the CA-1 Chromatic Korg achieve that perfectly.
The quality of this tuner is great. Not only does it accurately tune your instrument but it was built for durability. I cannot tell you how many times I have dropped it or hit it, and still not a scratch. It looks brand new! While I am running around, I can't have multiple tuners as backups so I need something that will get the job done.
The value of this tuner is fantastic! Its is an affordable tuner that has exceeded my expectations. I can spend twice as much money on any other tuner, but this Korg will reign supreme.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

OK average tuner...

Personally I prefered my snark for the guitar over this, but for a student who uses it everytime they practice, it does the trick.. when I tried it, the only complaint was...Read complete review

Personally I prefered my snark for the guitar over this, but for a student who uses it everytime they practice, it does the trick.. when I tried it, the only complaint was seeing the LCD vs the snark. both relatively the same cost.. but it's durbale enough.. seen it take some spills and live.. more so than the spill my snark took the killed it.. so.. a average tuner, does the trick..

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A great tuner for anyone, anywhere or anything

By Josh Hare

from NJ

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Comments about Korg CA-1 Chromatic Tuner:

Overall, this tuner is the best. Its simplicity, portablity, and accuracy make it perfect for anybody with any type of job to do.
SimplePortableFastEasyAffordable
A great tuner
This tuner is perfect for everything. There is nothing it can't handle. Its simple to use and it works well. There are a plethora of tuners that just have too many features and there is no reason for that. The CA-1 Chromatic Korg tuner is perfect with just 4 buttons and 3 easy to read lights above the screen that visually guides you as you tune. It is also super portable. There are a myriad of tuners out there that you make think are better, but when you look at a tuner for what it is, there is no reason for al of those other tuners. The simpler the better, and the CA-1 Chromatic Korg achieve that perfectly.
The quality of this tuner is great. Not only does it accurately tune your instrument but it was built for durability. I cannot tell you how many times I have dropped it or hit it, and still not a scratch. It looks brand new! While I am running around, I can't have multiple tuners as backups so I need something that will get the job done.
The value of this tuner is fantastic! Its is an affordable tuner that has exceeded my expectations. I can spend twice as much money on any other tuner, but this Korg will reign supreme.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Tuner for The Price

By Junior

from Idaho

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound
  • Small Easy To Read

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Korg CA-1 Chromatic Tuner:

    Nice little tuner for a great price. You can't do wrong with Korg, a trusted name in the industry. Fits well in any hardshell or gig bag and puts you right back in tune in a loud venue. Perfect for what I was looking for!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Accurate and Easy to Use

    By Blue Chrome

    from Lexington, KY

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Korg CA-1 Chromatic Tuner:

        I haven't had the chance to use all of the functions on this, even though it can do a lot. I just use it to check the tuning on my bass from time to time and it is accurate and easy to use. I would highly recommend it if you need a tuner. Even in the dark, red lights will show on one side or the other when you are sharp or flat, and green when you're in tune.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very Good To Have Around

        By Ray

        from Miami, FL

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Great Mic
        • Great Tuning
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • For All Ocations
          • Practicing

          Comments about Korg CA-1 Chromatic Tuner:

          Very precise, has a good integrated mic, easy to use with just about all instruments.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very nice little tuner

          By Bigfoot

          from Florida

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Practicing

            Comments about Korg CA-1 Chromatic Tuner:

            This little tuner works really well & I thing it's fantastic for the price. Easily picks up my acoustic strings from a couple of feet away. The needle display gives a nice visual on the progress of your tuning.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            It's a tuner =)

            By NoahTheSlash

            from Los Angeles

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            Comments about Korg CA-1 Chromatic Tuner:

            Well, it's a tuner. So, it does it's job: It tunes. It's a bit difficult to understand at first, but once you get used to it, it's all good. I reason I give it a 4 in quality is because if you're trying to tune to a flat or sharp, it's difficult to tell when you're at the right note. But for "on the dot" tuning, it's great. I'm so glad I could get this.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Little Tuner

            By choffman1995

            from New Jersey

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            Comments about Korg CA-1 Chromatic Tuner:

            This is a great little tuner, as the title says. These are all we use for my high school music groups (wind symphony, full orchestra, symphonic band, marching band, etc). They're easy to use, small, and REALLY durable (figure a bunch of high school kids handling these). Get one now!

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            My favorite low cost chromatic tuner.

            By James

            from undisclosed

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            Comments about CA-1 Chromatic Tuner:

            I have more expensive tuners in racks and pedal boards, but sometimes I am just grabbing a guitar to go jam and these are great to keep in the case. They are pretty accurate for this general use and also work for altered tunings.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Perfect, simple tuner

            By Shay Park

            from Undisclosed

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            Comments about Korg CA-1 Chromatic Tuner:

            I bought my first ukulele and needed a simple chromatic tuner. So many have unnecessary features and are way too expensive. This is exactly what I needed at a great price.


            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A Handy Little Instrument

            By Chuck Makela

            from North Myrtle Beach, SC

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            Comments about Korg CA-1 Chromatic Tuner:

            I'm truly satisfied with the CA-1. It's simple to use, fits in your shirt pocket, and takes any doubt out of your mind as to whether or not your axe is in tune. Buy it. You'll like it.
            Just last week, I restrung a 6-string acoustic for a friend and eventually got to that point where you have to tune up the axe. You can go from memory on the low E, but you know you're not exactly on the money. The Korg CA-1 Chromatic Tuner solves this problem. Unless you have keen eyesight, the slim needle on the device is a little hard to read, but no matter, the middle green light gives you all the information you need to know. When it lights up you're in tune! The sound (playback) mode is also helpful. I first adjust my A string to the right pitch and work my way around from there. This is a great little product and you'll be in tune whenever and wherever you want to be.
            Korg puts out good stuff.
            For the price, you won't find anything else out there that gets the job done with accuracy.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Better than you'd expect

            By Tremolux66

            from Northern Virginia

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            Comments about Korg CA-1 Chromatic Tuner:

            I got one of these because I suspected the [much more expensive] clip-on tuners I'd been using weren't giving me accurate results, as later proved correct. I used this on an electric 12-string and a 6-string acoustic-electric, and both were much more in tune afterwards. It doesn't respond super-quickly, but if you are a little bit patient and keep picking the string it will eventually zero in. It occasionally fluctuates after getting the string in tune, but my clip-ons were doing that all the time. I do wish it had an output jack, but that's not a show-stopper. The clip-on tuners were convenient, but this tuner produces much better results.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Works good

            By TexasDave

            from Texas

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            Pros

            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Handy to have in your case

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Korg CA-1 Chromatic Tuner:

              Korg makes good stuff, No doubt about it. This tuner is OK, It does work like it should. The biggest problem for me is the size of the readout. Its small & hard to read. Its not back lit. Needs to be close to you to read it.
              It is accurate. Most experience players have a variety of tuners on there bench or bag, This one is Old School
              but it will fill a need at some point.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I'm impressed

              By KYChief

              from Midlothian, VA

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Practicing

                Comments about Korg CA-1 Chromatic Tuner:

                I replaced a Sabine STX that I've had for 15 years with this Korg CA-1. I've been using about 2 weeks and tune my acoustic guitars and mandolin with it. Performed excellently right out of the box. Haven't used the sound feature or tried calibrated tuning. It picks up the instruments sound very well even with background noise. I like that it uses a standard 9V battery. It's very lite weight and small enough to fit in your shirt pocket easily. I find it to be an excellent tuner and it's affordable.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great tuner

                By william

                from undisclosed

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                Comments about CA-1 Chromatic Tuner:

                Great tuner. I have an older G-12 model and this CA-1 is just as good.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                repeat customer

                By Psaltery Psue

                from Fairhope AL

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                Pros

                • Reliable Product

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Korg CA-1 Chromatic Tuner:

                  repeat customer... tuner in every zither instrument case!

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  A gift for a friend

                  By Bluegrass Betty

                  from South Lebanon, OH

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Tuning Autoharp

                    Comments about Korg CA-1 Chromatic Tuner:

                    A friend loaned me one and I really liked it. So, when another friend asked me to order him one, I looked for it and found it at Musician's Friend. Very easy to use

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great for the price!!

                    By Joe

                    from Illinois USA

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Tunes About Anything

                      Comments about Korg CA-1 Chromatic Tuner:

                      Didn't like the way my Snark was working on my bass so I bought this.The 1/4in in & out is nice if you want to use it with a amp.Internal mic works good.I did pick up the vibration mic for my Acoustics.Has a built in stand on back but still kinda hard to keep it put.The cord weighs so much more than the tuner it pulls it off the table if your not careful.VERY accurite compared to the Snark(cheep red one).Made the job of intonation adjustments very easy.Was into the technical side of music for years.....Less than a year actually playing & having alot of fun.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      OK average tuner...

                      By T-man716

                      from Buffalo, NY

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Functional
                      • Good Quality

                      Cons

                      • Difficult To See Lcd

                      Best Uses

                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Korg CA-1 Chromatic Tuner:

                      Personally I prefered my snark for the guitar over this, but for a student who uses it everytime they practice, it does the trick.. when I tried it, the only complaint was seeing the LCD vs the snark. both relatively the same cost.. but it's durbale enough.. seen it take some spills and live.. more so than the spill my snark took the killed it.. so.. a average tuner, does the trick..

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      a classic

                      By RonJeremyIsGod

                      from anywhere

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                      Comments about Korg CA-1 Chromatic Tuner:

                      any given situation if its a tuning I can't do by ear I'll use this no matter if its a cheap guitar, floating a floyd rose , tuning a bass to tuning a guitar with the wiring disconnected I always turn to korg. Perfect for home use to in the studio. Only thing i wouldn't use this for is playing live and having say two guitars and no one back stage with me, I'd imaging I'd look stupid constantly having to change tunings with one of these , i'd rather a pedal version in that case. only ONE way this can get better, a light up LED screen and an easier way to put in new batteries.
                      tune to anything since it shoots up letters instead of just saying standard tuning without any extra effort, its simple and works great, this is why they call them chromatic tuner of course. Has a microphone built in so you can tune bass guitars to just sing in it or put the thing up to the speakers of your computer and get notes and it even plays notes for those who got a good ear for music.
                      I've used this on pretty much every big brand as I've owned 20+ guitars and the same results every time, bass guitars and acoustics this always does the trick. Its fast and accurate and believe me I've tried many other tuners. So regardless if I got to tune a bass to really low tunings , 7 strings , 8 .. in any tuning even the ones I have to wikipedia this shines through. It hasnt broken and the batteries last very long.
                      the only other tuner I've liked as much was my Line 6 Pod XT's back in the day because when I was recording tracks and i felt i was out of tune it was on screen. But seriously you hear the over used term worth every penny , without a doubt this is. I've dropped it so many times and it still works like new.

                       
                      5.0

                      Best Tuner

                      By American Dan

                      from Bethlehem, Pa

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                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Carry
                      • Sturdy

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday
                        • Practicing
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Korg CA-1 Chromatic Tuner:

                        The ability to use it chromatically is amazing in a practice setting, because before you even turn your amp on you can plug into the tuner, get set, and then shred away. Also works well with all acoustic wind instruments. The mic is not so sensitive it'll pick up every little noise, but not useless. Amazing little piece of gear to always keep in you bag/pocket. Easy to change out 2 AA batteries and they power it for a pretty long time. Nice, bright green and red lights tell you when you're okay so you see on stage. Not preferred for live guitar performances, but if necessary, it's quick, reliable, and accurate.

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