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Korg Pitchblack PRO Rackmount Tuner   

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The Pitchblack PRO Rackmount Tuner is the latest in a series of professional quality rackmount tuners that Korg has produced since 1987. Korg's lates...Read More

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The Pitchblack PRO Rackmount Tuner is the latest in a series of professional quality rackmount tuners that Korg has produced since 1987. Korg's latest rackmount model features a new 3D visual meter that's so beautiful you'll think of it as an aspect of your stage performance. The 3-dimensional expression of light inspires a feeling that for want of a better word, is just cool.The visual element of your performance is key, so why not make your tuner an asset ather than a distraction?. Although it's in a rackmount form factor, the body is ultra-lightweight and slim, allowing it to be used anywhere. This is a new generation of rackmount tuner that every guitarist/bassist with professional aspirations should experience.

Stylish professional tuner.

FEATURES
  • Large 3D visual meter ensures unprecedented visibility
  • Lightweight, thin, and removable
  • Three meter display modes (regular, strobe, half-strobe)
  • Built-in cable checker
  • Mute function

Order today and streamline your stage.

SPECIFICATIONS

Pitchblack PRO Rackmount Tuner

  • Tuning: 12 Note Equal Temperament
    Detection Range: E0 (20.60 Hz) C8 (4186 Hz), Sine Wave
    Calibration Range: A4 = 436-445 Hz (1 Hz steps)
    Detection Accuracy: +/- 1 cent
    Display Mode: Regular / Strobe / Half Strobe
    Input impedance: 1 M Î (when tuner is on)
    Connectors
    Front Side:
    Input 1 (mono 1/4" jack) for Guitar /Bass
    Mute (mono 1/4" jack)
    Cable Check (mono 1/4" jack)
    Rear Side:
    Input 2* (mono 1/4" jack)
    *This jack is intended for use with the line output from an effect unit or keyboard; this cannot be used simultaneously with the INPUT 1 jack Output (mono 1/4" jack) DC IN (9V)
    Power supply: DC 9V, AC adapter(KA350)
    Dimensions (W x D x H): 16.93 x 1.93 x 1.73"
    When used with the rackmount adapters: 8.98 x 1.93 x 1.73"
    Weight: 363 g / 12.80 oz.
    Accessories: AC adapter, Screw x 4, Washer x 4, Rack mounting adapter x 2
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KorgPitchblack PRO Rackmount Tuner
 
4.3

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (12)
  • Functional (10)
  • Good quality (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (9)
  • Practicing (9)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Pitchblack Pro Rackmount Tuner

I've been searching and searching trying to find this tuner available and everywhere you turn its on backorder or out of stock. I was lucky enough to find one on ebay last week and...Read complete review

I've been searching and searching trying to find this tuner available and everywhere you turn its on backorder or out of stock. I was lucky enough to find one on ebay last week and it came in 3 business days. I paid ten extra for shipping but hey it was worth it. So far this tuner fits perfectly for what it was meant to do. Ive read alot of people complain about it being plastic, but if you think about it, the purpose of a rack is to protect your gear. So it shouldnt matter if its placstic or not, as long as your not choke-slamming your rack, it'll hold up just fine. The display is super bright and visible. I like the display options, vary for individual's taste. It recognizes quick, is very accurate. I give it a 5 out of 5. The blue lights look great coming from the all black unit. No complaints on this. I run my guitar through input, then output, then to my amp. I have a footswitch hooked up to mute it for silent tuning. Functions perfect, no loss in tone or anything. Don't listen to the elitests that call themselves tone purists. Just give it a try and find out what you lik efor yourself. Im very pleased with this product and I think you will be too if you can get your hands on one.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good lucks, not so great functionality

Really cool looking tuner with big display that is easy to see across a stage. Has some major downsides though, one of whic is that its very cheap plastic. It kind of bows...Read complete review

Really cool looking tuner with big display that is easy to see across a stage. Has some major downsides though, one of whic is that its very cheap plastic. It kind of bows out slightly in the rack, and the rack ears are just snap on plastic tabs. Should hold up fine in a protected rack, but just doesn't have a real confidence inspiring build, if you know what I mean ?

Also the accuracy is just "okay", basically its like any old cheap pedalboard tuner, but in a rack. Fair price for the price I guess, but not the best tuner on the market.

Main issue for me though is the stupid power supply design. The plug in part of the adapter is about 2+ rack spaces tall. I have my Furman above my processor and had to move it to the top of the rack so I could have the power supply adapter positioned downward without hitting the gear below it, if that makes sense? Really dumb design for a rack item Korg!

They should of put a "line lump" in there at the very least, so then you'd have a normal plug, or maybe made it at a right angle. Either way, it would of worked better in a rack.

AC adapters are always a problem with rack power conditioners, but you'd think gear designed specifically for a rackmount would address this.
My L6 Relay for example sticks out sidways, so it easily goes into 1 rack space.

Finally, its really dumb you have to hit the power button to turn it on every time. All my other gear I leave "on" and with one switch on the Furman it boots up. This unit needs to have the power hit each and every time, even if you left it powered up when you turned off your main power supply.

Just all and all falls a bit short of what I would expet in a pro rack tuner

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5.0

Great Looking & Performing Tuner

By 

from Overland Park, Kansas

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Korg Pitchblack PRO Rackmount Tuner:

    This is a very effective tuner, both from its ability to quickly and precisely tune a guitar and it's high visibility display. It also looks cool on stage or in the studio.

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    5.0

    10/10 wuld buy again.

    By 

    from minneapolis MN

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Korg Pitchblack PRO Rackmount Tuner:

      I have this in my practice / gig rig its sweet the display options are also cool.

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      5.0

      could not be easier to use

      By 

      from Huntington WV

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Concerts

      Comments about Korg Pitchblack PRO Rackmount Tuner:

      I love this rack tuner its all but fool proof. And the cable checker has saved me more than once already

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Pretty good tuner

      By 

      from Atlanta, GA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Korg Pitchblack PRO Rackmount Tuner:

          The tuner looks good and tunes my bass, even on the lowest notes. That's what I hired it to do. So it's good.
          I don't know what some of these reviews are about flimsy construction. It goes in a rack, it's not meant to be bulletproof. One review even said it sagged in the middle when suspended in a rack because it was so flimsy. What?? It doesn't. It's fine.
          My only issue - when the tuner's powered on, it's tuning your instrument. So if you leave the tuner on, your audience gets to see all the notes you're playing as you're playing them. E-A-B-G-A etc. Great for people who want to learn your bass part. It's a little weird to me that you have to power down the entire tuner if you want those readouts to stop reading out while you're playing. Because it takes a few seconds to power back up when you need it again, it's not instantaneous. Seems like their should be a tuner off switch where you could bypass the tuner function but still keep the unit on. As it is, you have to turn the unit off if you want to stop the readouts.

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          4.0

          Great tuner for great price

          By 

          from North Carolina

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Korg Pitchblack PRO Rackmount Tuner:

            Looks cool on stage with the lights, also makes it very easy to see in daylight or stage lights.
            one complaint, the output is on the rear only a simple hole drilled in one of the ears lets you route a cable through the front to plug into a normal amp.

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            5.0

            Korg Tuners are the best!

            By 

            from Northern Minnesota

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast Quiet And Easy
            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Korg Pitchblack PRO Rackmount Tuner:

              I didn't love the plastic case, But the quality of the tuner made up for it! Very precise, and fast tuning, easy to use! Best of all it looks awesome! Half the fun of the show is watching my tuner now!

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              5.0

              AWESOME!

              By 

              from Chicago, IL

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Cable Tester
              • Dual Input
              • Easy To See Good Visibil
              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality
              • Tiny

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Anything
                • Guitar Setups
                • Live
                • Rackmount

                Comments about Korg Pitchblack PRO Rackmount Tuner:

                I needed another rackmount tuner with strobe capability for the studio; we were using the one in my guitar rack and it was getting old swapping out cables everytime I wanted to actually play my guitar.

                SO, I bought one of these babies. I got it last night - and I am planning on ordering another. First, my other rackmount tuner is also a Korg - just a later model. This Pitchblack is about 1/3 of the size, which is great for angled racks where you can run into space problems. It seems like it's an inch deep, but the quality is incredible. It has 2 inputs, which I do use (one for direct in, one for my wireless system). I noticed right away that there was no input selector button - so I didn't understand. I tested this - I plugged both inputs in, and plugged into #1. It picked up my guitar and started tuning it right away - with great accuracy, I love the strobe on this. Then I plugged a cable in #1 and put my guitar in #2 to see how it would work. It picked up my guitar in #2 as well, so there's some sort of "smart switching" in this. I dig it. Excellent quality, very easy to see because of it's V shaped meter, lightweight, and super accurate.

                If you're looking for something reasonably priced to do guitar setups with or just to get that perfect tune on stage - this is the way to go. Super sleek, flat face, and great lighting. I will be ordering at least 1 more of these (and giving away my old strobe!!!)

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                3.0

                Good lucks, not so great functionality

                By 

                from Columbus, Ohio

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Easy To See From A Far
                • Looks Cool

                Cons

                • Plastic Build
                • Power Supply Design

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Korg Pitchblack PRO Rackmount Tuner:

                  Really cool looking tuner with big display that is easy to see across a stage. Has some major downsides though, one of whic is that its very cheap plastic. It kind of bows out slightly in the rack, and the rack ears are just snap on plastic tabs. Should hold up fine in a protected rack, but just doesn't have a real confidence inspiring build, if you know what I mean ?

                  Also the accuracy is just "okay", basically its like any old cheap pedalboard tuner, but in a rack. Fair price for the price I guess, but not the best tuner on the market.

                  Main issue for me though is the stupid power supply design. The plug in part of the adapter is about 2+ rack spaces tall. I have my Furman above my processor and had to move it to the top of the rack so I could have the power supply adapter positioned downward without hitting the gear below it, if that makes sense? Really dumb design for a rack item Korg!

                  They should of put a "line lump" in there at the very least, so then you'd have a normal plug, or maybe made it at a right angle. Either way, it would of worked better in a rack.

                  AC adapters are always a problem with rack power conditioners, but you'd think gear designed specifically for a rackmount would address this.
                  My L6 Relay for example sticks out sidways, so it easily goes into 1 rack space.

                  Finally, its really dumb you have to hit the power button to turn it on every time. All my other gear I leave "on" and with one switch on the Furman it boots up. This unit needs to have the power hit each and every time, even if you left it powered up when you turned off your main power supply.

                  Just all and all falls a bit short of what I would expet in a pro rack tuner

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Disappointment

                  By 

                  from Buenos Aires, Argentina

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Very Precise

                  Cons

                  • Hiss

                  Best Uses

                  • Maybe Bass Tuner

                  Comments about Korg Pitchblack PRO Rackmount Tuner:

                  For the money, its'a good tuner, very precise and fast. BUT, as a guitar player, I have to put it in front of my preamp (VooduValve) to use the feature of silent tuning. In that position, it changes slightly the tone of my guitar, not bad but different, but it hisses like Godzilla, using high gain (I play metal, what can I do...). I compared its "buffered" bypass with the one of a Corona chorus, and the noise was a lot lower. Also built a simple j-fet buffer myself, and the noise was almost zero. I can only say that the circuitry Korg used in its buffer is lame, to say the least. So beware guitar players, test the thing so you won't be disappointed like me. If you're a bass player, however, everything's gonna be all right.

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                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Accurate, but cheaply made

                  By 

                  from Knoxville, TN

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Korg Pitchblack PRO Rackmount Tuner:

                    This tuner seems to work well, but is cheaply made. All plastic. The rack ears are thin, plastic snap-in parts. The input jacks are plastic. It weighs only a few ounces. I don't expect it to last very long. The only real reason to buy this is if you absolutely need a rack-mounted tuner and cannot afford the Peterson.

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