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Tascam TC-8 Chromatic Tuner/Metronome   

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The TC-8 from TASCAM is the ideal tuner and metronome for educators, students and professionals. The chromatic tuner features a fast detection chip a...Click To Read More About This Product

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Quick pitch detection and a large, easy-to-read display.

The TC-8 from TASCAM is the ideal tuner and metronome for educators, students and professionals. The chromatic tuner features a fast detection chip and 5" wide, backlit LCD display for instant pitch feedback. Four display modes are available for the clearest display. The tuner can be calibrated to a piano or other installed source, and eight tuning modes include historic and alternate tuning modes for period instruments. An oscillator plays through a built-in speaker for groups or classes.

In addition to features for guitarists, the TC-8 acts as a desktop metronome. The metronome ranges from 30 to 300 BPM with seven accent values, played through a built-in speaker. The LCD also conducts the beat for visual feedback, and Tap Tempo is available for finding the metronome value of your own music. A flip-out stand, music stand clip and tripod mount offer other mounting options.

FEATURES
  • Chromatic tuner
  • Tuning modes: Equal Temperament, Pythagorean, Mean tone, Werckmeister III, Kirnberger III, Kellner, Vallotti, Young
  • Metronome with 30-300 BPM range and seven accent values
  • 5" wide backlit LCD display with note value and bargraph displaying pitch deviation
  • Four display modes: Bargraph, Fine, Strobe Animation and Needle
  • Oscillator for playing pitch
  • 1/4" in jack
  • Built-in speaker for pitch and metronome
  • Built-in microphone for acoustic instruments
  • Tuner Calibration mode
  • Flip-out stand for tabletop use with hooks for music stand mounting
  • Tripod mount

Tuner/metronomes don't get much better than this. Order the TC-8 now!

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TASCAMTC-8 Chromatic Tuner/Metronome
 
4.0

(based on 82 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Functional (61)
  • Easy to use (55)
  • Good quality (49)
  • Improves sound (16)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (6)
  • Not functional (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (52)
  • Back-up (21)
  • Concerts (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (51), Professional musician (23), Novice (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Tascam TC-8 Chromatice Tuner

I do like the strobe tuner function, but found the other tuning functions not as useful for violin and mandolin. Price was great, quality is good. It's maybe bigger than I care...Read complete review

I do like the strobe tuner function, but found the other tuning functions not as useful for violin and mandolin. Price was great, quality is good. It's maybe bigger than I care for, BUT it has a really nice feature that allows you to mount it on your music stand. Two legs in the back fold out and allow you to slide it onto the front of your music stand. It's angled perfectly for quick tuning and isn't in the way of turning pages. There's also a backlight which is very useful in settings without much light. Tascam builds quality products and this is one.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It's Okay for Tuning

This device seems to work well as a tuner. I like the fact I can plug a cable in to tune, and it has a microphone for my non-electric acoustic. The on/off...Read complete review

This device seems to work well as a tuner. I like the fact I can plug a cable in to tune, and it has a microphone for my non-electric acoustic. The on/off button on the back is a bit small and the hooks to hang it on the music stand seem a little loose. I checked the tuning against a couple of tuners and it is really not bad.
The downside to this device is the metronome. If you are playing, you can't hear it. It is very, very quiet. So for that reason, half of it is useless. I would recommend as a tuner, not recommend as a metronome.

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Got as a free Gift, It's OK

By tuliegirl

from USA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Does Tuning Well

Cons

  • Metronome Not Loud Enough

Best Uses

    Comments about TASCAM TC-8 Chromatic Tuner/Metronome:

    As a guitar player tuners like this just are not convienient. I got this as a gift so I can't fault it for being in the format that it is.

    It tunes ok, tried it just once, just to see if it would work.

    The problem with this tuner/metronome is the the metronome is not loud enough to practice with. Usually metronomes will have a mono ear phone port so you can hear click. The metronome is unusable to me because of this.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Tascam TC-8 Chromatice Tuner

    By Mad Mando Fiddler

    from Reno

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Practicing

      Comments about TASCAM TC-8 Chromatic Tuner/Metronome:

      I do like the strobe tuner function, but found the other tuning functions not as useful for violin and mandolin. Price was great, quality is good. It's maybe bigger than I care for, BUT it has a really nice feature that allows you to mount it on your music stand. Two legs in the back fold out and allow you to slide it onto the front of your music stand. It's angled perfectly for quick tuning and isn't in the way of turning pages. There's also a backlight which is very useful in settings without much light. Tascam builds quality products and this is one.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great tuner/metronome

      By mcd69

      from Kingsport, TN

      About Me Experienced

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about TASCAM TC-8 Chromatic Tuner/Metronome:

        Other than the small on/off switch, the device is very easy to use. The display is easy to see and gives you usable information.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Tuner. Metronome is a real plus

        By GraceFull

        from Birmingham, AL

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality

        Cons

        • Display Lacking Contrast

        Best Uses

        • Songwriting

        Comments about TASCAM TC-8 Chromatic Tuner/Metronome:

        I have a number of tuners and bought a couple of these to have on hand, as you can't have too many. Nice to even have one in each guitar case if you play out much. The metronome is a great added feature when I am writing to nail down the tempo I am feeling at the time. Only negative is that the display screen's black on grey background is a little hard to see. It is somewhat better with the backlight turned on, but still doesn't jump out at you. But it *is* sufficient and all and all I consider it a great tuner. I gave it a 5 for having the metronome, which was probably the added selling point for me.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        It's Okay for Tuning

        By Chris

        from Dallas, TX

        About Me Novice

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about TASCAM TC-8 Chromatic Tuner/Metronome:

            This device seems to work well as a tuner. I like the fact I can plug a cable in to tune, and it has a microphone for my non-electric acoustic. The on/off button on the back is a bit small and the hooks to hang it on the music stand seem a little loose. I checked the tuning against a couple of tuners and it is really not bad.
            The downside to this device is the metronome. If you are playing, you can't hear it. It is very, very quiet. So for that reason, half of it is useless. I would recommend as a tuner, not recommend as a metronome.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Too Complicated

            By scoop

            from philly, pa

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Functional

            Cons

            • Difficult To Use
            • Too Complicated

            Best Uses

            • If You Have Time

            Comments about TASCAM TC-8 Chromatic Tuner/Metronome:

            A tuner should be a no brainer, plug in and use. If you have to read a manual it's a waste of time. I have been a pro-musician for over 30 years. No one should tolerate this level of complexity from a inexpensive tuner. Difficult to use is an understatement. Not worth much.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Too much whiz and not enough bang"

            By Slewfoot

            from Mineral City Ohio

            About Me Novice

            See all my reviews

            Pros

            • Good Quality

            Cons

            • Difficult To Use

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about TASCAM TC-8 Chromatic Tuner/Metronome:

            Never could get a good 440 E out of this thing; in fact, can't get any good tuneing out of it the metronome is good, but if you're one of the old-school rockers like me who spent too much time dancing to close to the big speakers ya can't hardly hear the thing. And when ya start playen its no good.

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good enough compare to price

            By bbaadd

            from Los Angeles

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Poor Quality

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about TASCAM TC-8 Chromatic Tuner/Metronome:

            Good enough with cheap price

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            RE: Tune and Time

            By Fretman Jim

            from Claremont, California

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            Pros

            • Functional
            • Good Value For The Price

            Cons

            • Difficult To Use
            • Fragile Offon Switch
            • Weak Metronome Volume

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about TASCAM TC-8 Chromatic Tuner/Metronome:

            Good value was the buy point for me I feel the design was rather poor i.e. weak metronome sound;flimsy on/off switch. Also instruction booklet overlooked proper metronome switch use. The metronome function uses a rocker switch. You press one side of switch to stop/start metronome and the other side to begin the visual timing beat. No mention of this in the accompanying booklet. Tap/beat sound is barely audible at max volume. This is okay if you can look at the beat cycling on the screen but barely audible/unusable if you must look at the music and rely on the metronome beat sound.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            In Tune

            By pH

            from Hayward WI

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Many Setups To Remeber
            • Multiple Setups To Rememb

            Best Uses

            • All Musical Instruments
            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about TASCAM TC-8 Chromatic Tuner/Metronome:

            Great Price for a quality/multi-purpose tuner. Use of a couple AAA batteries also a plus.

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