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Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner  Metallic Black 

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The KORG Pitchblack Chromatic Tuner is now available in various collectible colors, but only for a limited time. The Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner offers you high precision, advanced functionality, and sleek style to make it KORG's most advanced guitar/bass stompbox-style tuner yet. The Pitchblack tuner has a tough aluminum die-cast body that will endure hard use on the road or in the studio. The large LED meter and note name display with light-emitting surface is easy to read in any setting from daylight to stage light to no light. The extremely smooth eleven-segment LED meter allows accurate visual tuning from any angle. The Pitchblack has a red LED to indicate on/off status and a tuning range of E0 (20.60 Hz) to C8 (4,186 Hz) with adjustable calibration between 436-445Hz.

The Pitchblack's LED meter can be switched among four display modes including: Meter, Full Strobe, Half Strobe, and Mirror.
Meter mode
Similar to using a needle meter, tune your instrument so that the green LED in the center of the LED display lights and both tuning guide LED's are lit. The tuning LED's will be to the right of center if your instrument is sharp, and to the left of the center if your instrument is flat.

Full Strobe mode
Tune your instrument so that the LED meters stop streaming and both tuning guide LED's are lit. The LED meters will stream from left to right if your instrument is sharp and from right to left if your instrument is flat.

Half Strobe mode

Tune your instrument so that the LED meters stop streaming and only the green LED in the center is lit and both tuning guide LED's are lit. The LED meters will stream to the right of center if your instrument is sharp, and to the left of center if your instrument is flat. When the pitch is correct, only the center LED will be lit.

Mirror mode

Tune your instrument so that the two LEDs on the left and right sides of the center LED meet in the middle and both tuning guide LED's are lit. The pitch lit LEDs will spread farther apart the more your instrument is out of tune. The left tuning guide will light if your instrument is flat, and the right tuning guide will light if your instrument is sharp.

100% True-bypass output keeps your tone intact
The Pitchblack mutes the input signal for silent tuning, and when you're not tuning the input is passed directly to the output jack without being affected by any circuitry (True Bypass). So even if you connect the Pitchblack between several of your favorite pedals, the signal will pass without going through the internal buffer amp, ensuring that the sounds you've created using your effects will not be colored in any way. The Pitchblack is designed to coexist transparently with other effect pedals.

A perfect fit in your pedal board plus the DC output powers other pedals
The Pitchblack is designed to fit conveniently into your pedal board system. It provides a DC OUT jack that can supply power to other effect pedals when the optional AC adaptor is used. By connecting optional DC cables, you can supply up to 200 mA of power to multiple effect pedals, simplifying the power connections in your pedal board.

Chromatic floor tuner with a large LED display.

FEATURES
  • 100% True-bypass output keeps your tone intact
  • Choose from four types of display modes: Strobe, Half Strobe, Meter & Mirror
  • Compact pedal-sized guitar/bass tuner that fits in your pedal board
  • Large bright LED meters clearly show any tuning discrepancy
  • A broad detection range from E0 (20.60Hz) to C8 (4,186Hz)
  • Calibration is adjustable from 436-445Hz
  • A 9V DC output jack is provided for cascading the power supply to other pedals

Ideal for the bassist or guitarist. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS

Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner

  • Tuning: 12-note equal temperament
    Detection range: E0 (20.60Hz) -- C8 (4186Hz)
    Calibration range: 436-445Hz (1Hz steps)
    Display modes (auto): Meter, Full Strobe, Half Strobe, Mirror
    Input impedance: 1 M„¦ (when tuner is on)
    Connectors: INPUT (mono 1/4" jack)
    BYPASS (mono 1/4" jack)
    DC IN (9V)
    DC OUT (9V)
    Power supply: (9V battery) or 9V AC adaptor (KA181)
    Battery life: approximately 5 hours (A4 continuous input, tuner on, display mode: Meter, using a 9 volt battery)
    Dimensions: 2.67"W x 4.72"H x 1.85"D (including feet)
    Weight: 0.64 lb. (including battery)
    Included items: one zinc-carbon battery for verifying operation

    * Specifications and appearance are subject to change without notice for improvement.
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KorgPitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner
 
4.6

(based on 113 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (93)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (40)
  • Functional (39)
  • Good quality (37)
  • Improves sound (8)
  • Responsive (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (31)
  • Concerts (26)
  • Back-up (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (29), Professional musician (13), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The most important pedal on your board

So far so good but We all Know nothing lasts forever. If this one ever dies I'll definitely buy another.
I have owned this pedal for well over four years and I have...Read complete review

So far so good but We all Know nothing lasts forever. If this one ever dies I'll definitely buy another.
I have owned this pedal for well over four years and I have used it almost every day since I bought it.
It has never failed me which is more than I can say for the tuner it replaced. (You know the one, It's that white one that almost everybody seems to own.)
When I went to the music store to buy a replacement for the defunct "TU" the guitar tech raved about this pedal and after being shown all the functions and the fact it was true bypass I was sold.
It is also a lot more accurate than the one it replaced. I guess I should add that I do guitar repairs and setups and therefore that should give you an idea of how much I use it.
Very well built and it really is true bypass. I have not been kind to either. I play out almost every weekend and it gets put in a tool bag along with guitar cables.a set of Cruz-Tools, a guitar stand amd a Mag-Light. Outside of a few scratches on the housing it does everything it's supposed to do.
The only complaint I have is the lettering on the front of the pedal where the plug-ins and calibration buttons are is very faint and hard to read. Hopefully they have resolved that.
I paid $89.00 plus tax for it four years ago and if my math is correct that adds up to about 6 cents a day since I owned it. That's a pretty good deal for something that's made me a lot of money.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

My least favorite tuner

I have a Fender RT-1000 tuner in my rack which I love. But, I recently stopped bringing my rack to gigs (pedalboard only). So, I needed a pedal tuner. I...Read complete review

I have a Fender RT-1000 tuner in my rack which I love. But, I recently stopped bringing my rack to gigs (pedalboard only). So, I needed a pedal tuner. I read reviews and spoke to a guitar store employee, who recommended this tuner. Well, I got one, and I think this is a highly overrated product. It's jumpy when you're tuning. Which is very annoying. But, most annoying is how it flashes flat repeatedly until you get close to "in tune". Then, with just a tiny turn, all of a sudden you're way sharp. It has never taken me so long to tune! Not only do I have rack tuner, but I also have a tuner in a very old multi-effects pedal. Both are way faster. It took me a while to figure out how much I didn't like this tuner. Had I reviewed it immediately, I would have given it a good review. Which may explain why it has such a high rating. But, I'm fed up with this crummy tuner. I'm getting a different one ASAP!

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5.0

Nice Tuner

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from St. LoUiS, mO

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Pros

  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

    Love my Korg pitch black!

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    4.0

    Not bomb-proof, but solid

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    from Steamboat Springs, CO

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    Pros

    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Pedalboard

      Comments about Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

      This tuner is solid, accurate and a great tuner for the price. That's all you can ask for. If I gigged alot I might want something tougher, but this tuner is solid and does the job well.

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      5.0

      My Go-To Tuner

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      from Pomona, CA

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • A tad bit slow

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

      These tuner is first of all very durable it has a nice casing and it appears to be very sturdy. The LED screen works very well in light and dark settings.I am very pleased with how accurate the tuner is. Although, I find it to be a little slower than the rest.

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      5.0

      An easy to use and extremely accurate tuner

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      from Baton Rouge, LA

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

        I picked up one of these recently on Musician's Friend's "Stupid Deal of the Day." The bass player (and all around gear guru) in one of my bands had highly recommended this tuner, largely because of the sensitivity and the fact that you can still see it clearly in any lighting condition. I am loving this pedal!

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        5.0

        Great little unit!

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        from Chippewa Falls, WI

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

            Plug it in and go! Easy to read display.

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            1.0

            This tuner makes a popping sound.

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            from New York

            About Me Professional Musician

            Comments about Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

            This tuner makes one heck of a pop sound through my rig when turning it on and off. DO NOT BUY! Also called Korg customer service and not any help. Clueless! I was going to buy the Polytune or the Boss pedal tuner. I think I will buy the Polytune next. I wish I never bought the Korg! Junk!

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            5.0

            Great tuner

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            from Saratoga, New York

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            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

              Great tuner. Easy to use. I bought it to use at open mics I host. When guitarists have to unplug their guitars, I tell them to just push the button and unplug. It saves me the trouble of running over to the sound board and turning the volume down every time.

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              5.0

              My husband likes it,its great

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              from East Longmeadow

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

                Bought for my husband, experienced musican with vision problems. Loves ease of use

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Perfect!

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                from Hanover, PA

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

                  Very impressed with this tuner. I have previously had no idea how to tune an instrument, so I decided to pick this one up after extensive research. I read the manual and it told me exactly what to do. Now I can tune my bass without any problems, and constantly have a consistent tone. It's a solid and reliable little thing, and I love it. You can't go wrong!

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                  4.0

                  4+ years, daily use, no problems

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                  from Tennessee

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Slight Lag

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

                  Korg sent me this as a replacement for a previous model under warranty. I will say Korg customer service is a lot better than most. I think it was actually like a month past warranty and they still replaced it with a newer better unit with no hassle.

                  As for the pitchblack- I've used it at least once a day for over four years and its always spot on and reliable. I don't think I've dropped it, but I've I've taken it out to play, on and off a pedalboard many times and it always powers up and is easy to use.

                  My only critique is that compared to other tuners I've used and owned this has a slight lag. I prefer to see the initial transient which should be slightly higher pitch and then settle down. A good tuner will show that, but this is still good enough for tuning on stage etc.

                  Oh, also, I think it has a decent buffer. Going into the pitch black first before other pedals seems to improve the sound a bit so I think it must be a nice buffer circuit.

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