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TASCAM TC-1S Chromatic Tuner  

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The TC-1S chromatic tuner has a built-in microphone as well as a 1/4" input for guitar and bass tuning. Its lightning-fast pitch detection is display...Read More

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OVERVIEW

A portable chromatic tuner for planet-conscious musicians.

The TC-1S chromatic tuner has a built-in microphone as well as a 1/4" input for guitar and bass tuning. Its lightning-fast pitch detection is displayed on a wide bar graph display for instant feedback. Four display modes are available, including fine pitch display for 1-cent accuracy and strobe tuning animation. The tuner can be calibrated to an external source such as a piano or other hard-to-tune instrument.

The TC-1S charges its battery via a USB input or from a built-in bank of solar cells on the front panel allowing six hours of continuous use or an amazing seven years of standby charge in darkness. It's wrapped in a shock-proof silicone cover that's available in multiple colors and keeps the Solar Tuner protected.

Included with the TC-1S is a nylon strap and clip. Snap it to your guitar or bass gig bag and it will stay charged all the time.

FEATURES
  • Chromatic tuner
  • USB input or solar-powered battery charging
  • 1/4" instrument/microphone input
  • Built-in microphone
  • Custom LCD display with note, sharp/flat indicators, bargraph for pitch deviation
  • Shock-resistant silicon case included
  • Includes strap and clip for attaching to instrument case
  • Four display modes: Bar, Fine, Strobe Animation, Needle
  • 12-note equal temperament scale
  • Pitch displayed in 1 cent steps (in fine mode)
  • Standby charge in darkness: seven years

SPECIFICATIONS

TC-1S Chromatic Tuner

  • 3-3/4"W x 3/4"H x 1-1/2"D
  • 2 oz.
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TASCAMTC-1S Chromatic Tuner
 
4.4

(based on 64 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (42)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (54)
  • Functional (54)
  • Good quality (48)
  • Improves sound (12)
  • Solar powered (5)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (37)
  • Back-up (35)
  • Concerts (18)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (36), Professional musician (19), Novice (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Idea, Well Executed!

The Tascam TC-1S Solar Tuner is a great idea executed very well. This is hopefully the first step in musical gear that is environmentally conscious, high quality and convenient to use. You...Read complete review

The Tascam TC-1S Solar Tuner is a great idea executed very well. This is hopefully the first step in musical gear that is environmentally conscious, high quality and convenient to use. You never have to change the battery in this tuner and the internal battery has a lot of reserves. What I usually do to charge mine is place it on my dashboard the night before so in the morning the sun will shine on the solar cells. By the time I'm ready to use it it is fully charged again.

Solar power coolness aside, this tuner is very accurate and it has a few different tuning options like strobe or fine tuning that really make this a quality product. I have bought tuners in the past that are calibrated a little bit off but this one is spot on and could be used for studio recording. I bought one of these as a Stupid Deal, lost it and immediately bought another one at the regular price.

The only drawbacks are there is no output jack so it is not able to be linked as a tuner on a pedalboard and there is no backlighting to see the display in the dark. Hopefully Tascam will develop a solar powered pedal tuner next.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not so good

I've used my old faithful blue Snark for years (for both my acoustic & electric guitars) & after trying out this tuner, I'm more of a Snark fan than ever- the...Read complete review

I've used my old faithful blue Snark for years (for both my acoustic & electric guitars) & after trying out this tuner, I'm more of a Snark fan than ever- the display lights up (in black & white only) and is gone right away. This quickly disappearing display makes fine tuning a challenge & as another reviewer said, "this tuner only has a tiny mic for an input,"which picks up ambient noise & thus makes tuning in real situations pretty much impossible - between the nearly instant disappearing display & the challenging mic - buy a Snark instead.

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5.0

TASCAM TC-1S Chromatic Tuner

By PearlDrummer

from OC, California

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Pros

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

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Tuning

Comments about TASCAM TC-1S Chromatic Tuner:

Great tuner, simple and easy to use.

No batteries ever required.

Can connect to it via 1/4 jack, or use its built in mic.

Charges solar, or via usb.

Great tuner, simple and easy to use. And again, no batteries are ever required. You can not go wrong here, the reason I bought two. GOOD STUFF!

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4.0

Be Green

By chews-cruise

from Ohio

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Uses Solar Power

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about TASCAM TC-1S Chromatic Tuner:

      Nice unit that works well compared to my current tuner. Going Green!

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      5.0

      TASCAM TC-1S Chromatic Tuner Black

      By PearlDrummer

      from OC, California

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound
      • Simple And It Works

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Tuning Your Instrument Or
      • Tuning Your Voice

      Comments about TASCAM TC-1S Chromatic Tuner:

      This thing works great.

      NO BATTERIES ARE EVER REQUIRED!

      Works way better than I expected. I own two. It is built well and is solid. Has a built in mic as well so you dont need to plug into it. Can come in handy, makes it far more versatile.

      It just works great and is very simple to operate. Not much left to the imagination. It works and is priced right. You cant go wrong here, this thing is awesome.

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      1.0

      Not so good

      By David

      from Humboldt County, Ca

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      Pros

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use
        • Hard To Use On Acoustic
        • Not Functional

        Best Uses

          Comments about TASCAM TC-1S Chromatic Tuner:

          I've used my old faithful blue Snark for years (for both my acoustic & electric guitars) & after trying out this tuner, I'm more of a Snark fan than ever- the display lights up (in black & white only) and is gone right away. This quickly disappearing display makes fine tuning a challenge & as another reviewer said, "this tuner only has a tiny mic for an input,"which picks up ambient noise & thus makes tuning in real situations pretty much impossible - between the nearly instant disappearing display & the challenging mic - buy a Snark instead.

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          3.0

          Great idea but..........

          By rjantn

          from Nashville, TN

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          Pros

          • Functional

          Cons

          • Difficult To Use

          Best Uses

          • Backup

          Comments about TASCAM TC-1S Chromatic Tuner:

          I love the idea of solar but I find this difficult to use and hard to read. I think it would have been better if it didn't have so many options and he display was easier to read. It is accurate. For the blow out price I can't complain. I'll use it for outdoor trips. I ordered the clamp on Fishman at a buck or two more and I'm hoping it is more user friendly.

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          3.0

          Nothing to write home about

          By kedgel

          from Bonita Springs, FL

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional

          Cons

          • Poor Quality

          Best Uses

          • Backup

          Comments about TASCAM TC-1S Chromatic Tuner:

          First, the idea of clipping it on the case to keep it handy and charge it, good idea, bad design. It broke off the second time I hauled it to a gig. Also, it has yet to come up to a full charge with solar power--and I play every week on a sunny restaurant deck. Since it broke and can't hang on my case, I'll have to remember to USB charge it. NOT convenient. It will do in a pinch for a backup, I guess.

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          5.0

          Great little tuner!

          By Fent

          from Upstate NY

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Quality

          Cons

          • None so far

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about TASCAM TC-1S Chromatic Tuner:

          My other tuner started giving me problems,so for the cheap investment I gave these a try.It seems to work just fine,and I wont need batteries or looking for spare outlets.

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          5.0

          Tuner

          By Jean

          from Warrenton, OR

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about TASCAM TC-1S Chromatic Tuner:

            Great sale price.

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            5.0

            I would buy this product again and recommend it

            By BOB

            from UPSTATE NEW YORK

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • GREAT QUALITY

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about TASCAM TC-1S Chromatic Tuner:

              again excellent product with and excellent price...

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              3.0

              It Works...I Think

              By Jerry The Saxman

              from Hollywood, CA

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • It Displays The Note
              • Packaged Neatly
              • Solar Option

              Cons

              • Dark Display
              • Directions Hard To Read
              • Most Gigs Not In Sunlight
              • Small Function Difference

              Best Uses

              • Basic Tuning

              Comments about TASCAM TC-1S Chromatic Tuner:

              Appears to be high quality. Good value. I need more time to experiment with it. Better directions would be helpful.

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