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Tascam TC-1S Chromatic Tuner

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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
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 67 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (43)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (55)
  • Functional (54)
  • Good quality (49)
  • Improves sound (12)
  • Solar powered (6)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (40)
  • Back-up (37)
  • Concerts (19)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (38), Professional musician (19), Novice (8)

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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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Idea, Well Executed!

By Steve DeBoard

from Venice, CA

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Accurate
  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Portable
  • Solar Powered

Cons

  • No Backlight
  • No Linking Capabilities

Best Uses

  • Backup
  • Concerts
  • Practicing
  • Tuning

Comments about TASCAM TC-1S Chromatic Tuner:

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great tuner

By saxmanpf2

from Milwaukee, WI

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about TASCAM TC-1S Chromatic Tuner:

      This is a really nice chromatic tuner for a great price. I love the fact that it's solar powered, and the colors add a little fun to a boring thing like tuning.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A must for the traveler

      By Taxlaw1

      from Metuchen, NJ

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about TASCAM TC-1S Chromatic Tuner:

        What a great tuner.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great tool

        By Taxlaw1

        from Metuchen, NJ

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about TASCAM TC-1S Chromatic Tuner:

          Picked up one of these out of curiosity. A Solar charged tuner? No way. Well I am very surprised at how well it works.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          tuner

          By nwaz

          from chloride az

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Practicing

            Comments about TASCAM TC-1S Chromatic Tuner:

            A little larger than I was expecting but that is OK. I bought it on sale so I had to take pink. Not my color. will fix that. Other than that no problems with this tuner.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            survivalist tuner! in pink!

            By Jeff Uglyshoes

            from SF Bay area, California

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Convenient
            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Solar Powered

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Camping
              • Concerts
              • Outdoor
              • Practicing

              Comments about TASCAM TC-1S Chromatic Tuner:

              I bought two in bright pink. ... that way none of my fellow musicians are likely to steal them. The clip allows for attachment to a gig bag.. and it is great for outdoor shows as well as for clubs. Easy to see and to recalibrate (in case you like to tune down).. the best part. no batteries that you need to change. It recharges using the sun.. so I call it my survivalist tuner. When the world falls to the zombie apocalypse (or the power goes out and you dont have batteries) you can still kick it on a well tuned acoustic. Love it, will be buying more to give away as stocking stuffers this year.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Works Brilliantly!

              By Rideout89

              from Olympia, WA

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              Pros

              • Accurate
              • Easy To Use
              • Fast
              • Seems Durable

              Cons

              • Larger Than Expected

              Best Uses

                Comments about TASCAM TC-1S Chromatic Tuner:

                This tuner is better than I expected. I bought it because I thought it'd be neat to have a rechargeable tuner, and the solar part seemed nifty too. However, it turns out this thing out paces several fancier, more expensive tuners I've used. It is very fast, smooth, and seems pretty darn tight with its accuracy. Also, the colored part of the case is a removable silicon-esque shell, so that's fun.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Precision Tuner

                By ItMatters

                from Iowa

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Functional

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about TASCAM TC-1S Chromatic Tuner:

                  This is a chromatic tuner that will let you tune your instrument to the
                  exact pitch. It is very sensitive, and so will respond to extremely
                  small changes in pitch. It has strobe, needle, fine, and microphone
                  modes that make adjusting your instrument until it is in tune easy.
                  It is a precision tuner that will not disappoint you.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Awesome

                  By rmjstudio

                  from planet earth

                  About Me Professional Musician

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality

                  Cons

                  • No Backlight

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Concerts
                  • Everything
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about TASCAM TC-1S Chromatic Tuner:

                  love this little guy.
                  took it apart to see what kind of battery.
                  It uses a PC motherboard battery,which will last a very long time!

                  no backlight makes it hard to see in very dark places no big deal unless your a back stage guitar tech.

                  if you don't want the strap "theft-loss"to come off just tape the latch or get a screw down type from your local hardware store.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Fun to use

                  By slo-blu

                  from VA

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                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality
                  • Improves Sound
                  • Many Fearures

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about TASCAM TC-1S Chromatic Tuner:

                    Solar charged ! Cool !

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Bulky, awkward

                    By Sam

                    from Rochester, NY

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

                    • Functional

                    Cons

                    • Bulky
                    • Slow Battery Charging
                    • Susceptible To Amb Noise

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup

                    Comments about TASCAM TC-1S Chromatic Tuner:

                    I purchased 2 of these. Saving the planet 1 battery at a time. They are large and not easy to use with my accoustic guitar or my fiddle. Seems the microphone picks up more ambient noise than instrument noise because you can't mount the tuner on the instrument. I stopped using them after 1 day.
                    I would not want this on stage.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    No complaints.

                    By Horncastle

                    from Hampton, VA

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about TASCAM TC-1S Chromatic Tuner:

                        I have no complaints about this tuner. The product description is accurate. However, I bought this item because it was on sale and was a really great deal for the money. I do know I would never buy it at the MSRP or the regular price. If they are ever on sale again, I will probably buy several more as gifts for my students.

                        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        works fine, not for a keychain

                        By Rich S

                        from Washington DC

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Usb Charging

                        Cons

                        • Big - Almost 4

                        Best Uses

                        • Practicing

                        Comments about TASCAM TC-1S Chromatic Tuner:

                        Definitely not made for a keychain: size is: 3-3/4" x 3/4" x 1-1/2". The color differences are from a rubber case around the unit. Besides solar, it can be charged with a USB mini cable if you byo. Tuner is sensitive and accurate. I got it on sale, at it's normal selling price, there are better alternatives (snark) unless you require eco-friendly charging capability.

                         
                        3.0

                        Looked too good to be true, and was!

                        By Ted

                        from Boston, MA

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • Poor Quality

                          Best Uses

                          • Backup
                          • Practicing

                          Comments about TASCAM TC-1S Chromatic Tuner:

                          The tuner on my cell phone is a much better, and easier tuner to use, but the price on the Tascam was hard to resist. The 1st unit sent was inoperable. A replacement
                          was sent that works, but is a very basic tuner.

                           
                          5.0

                          Don't judge a book by its cover

                          By Twinkle Toes

                          from Belleville WV

                          About Me Novice

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Practicing

                            Comments about TASCAM TC-1S Chromatic Tuner:

                            Work great for practice. Easy to use and stays charged all the time. Would like to be able to connect it to my insturment.

                             
                            4.0

                            Unfortunately it's no longer in production

                            By 12Stringer

                            from NW Missouri

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                            Pros

                            • Chromatic
                            • Good Quality
                            • Rechargeable Battery
                            • Solar Powered

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Backup
                              • Concerts
                              • Practicing

                              Comments about TASCAM TC-1S Chromatic Tuner:

                              I ordered several of these to give to a friend who is a missionary overseas and does not have access to things we take for granted like batteries. Tascam produced a winner with this and what is unfortunate [as the title states] is that it is apparently no longer in production according to Tascam's website.
                              In addition to being able to charge the batteries using solar power. The unit can be charged by connecting it to one's computer with a USB cable. The only thing which prevented this unit from getting a five-star rating is that a USB cable is not included.
                              Other than that, the unit works as designed and uses several different modes--even a strobe tuner setting if one wishes, and being a chromatic tuner, can be used with many different instruments.

                               
                              5.0

                              TASCAM TC-1S Chromatic Tuner

                              By Aram

                              from undisclosed

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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!

                               
                              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!

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  TASCAM TC-1S Chromatic Tuner Black

                                  By Aram

                                  from undisclosed

                                  About Me Professional Musician

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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.

                                   
                                  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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