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A first for percussionists, the Tune-bot Electronic Drum Tuner from Overtone Labs is a quick and accurate method to tune your drums. With a simple cl...Click To Read More About This Product

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A revolutionary new mechanism to help drummers find the optimal tone for their kits.

A first for percussionists, the Tune-bot Electronic Drum Tuner from Overtone Labs is a quick and accurate method to tune your drums. With a simple clip to the hoop and strike of the drum, the tuner will filter out overtones and give you a measurement of the pitch of the individual lugs in Hz or notes. This new invention is about to change the way you tune your drums, and more importantly, change the way your drums sound.

FEATURES
  • Lug pitch measurement
  • Overall pitch measurement
  • Frequency and note modes
  • Overtone filters
  • Difference mode
  • 80+ Save Slots
  • Easy to read display with backlight
  • Drum hoop clip

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Tune-botElectronic Drum Tuner
 
4.4

(based on 52 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (37)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Functional (32)
  • Improves sound (31)
  • Easy to use (26)
  • Good quality (26)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (8)

Best Uses

  • Concerts (11)
  • Practicing (11)
  • Back-up (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (28), Professional musician (11), Novice (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Product

This product works very if you have average intelligence and can READ instructions. For years I have tuned by ear and still do in most cases, however the Tunebot works very well at dialing...Read complete review

This product works very if you have average intelligence and can READ instructions. For years I have tuned by ear and still do in most cases, however the Tunebot works very well at dialing in a close tuning if you tune to a specific pitch. I play DW Collectors drums and each shell is stamped with a resonance pitch. I tune very close to what DW recommends and usually by 3rds depending on the key of the majority of songs I'm playing to. For the folks who have problems with using this device I would suggest (1) reading the instructions and follow each step exactly. (2) buying new drumheads (3) buying a drumkit that actually produces a percussive sound and tone or (4) start playing guitar. The Tunebot is not meant to replace your ears, but will put you in the ballpark relatively quickly and EASILY if you follow instructions. I will agree that it does produce some erroneous readings from time to time, but commonsense adjustments with the unit should remedy most of these. Using this, I've been able to completely retune a 5 piece kit in under an hr. It works far better than a drum dial or torque key. One of the most useful drum tuning products to come along ever. It will not replace your ears, but it will get you closer to where you want to be much quicker than any other method out there.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Tune-Bot Not!

I bought this product out of curiosity more than anything. And I got sucked in because I like new tech. I was interested to see what musical notes some of my drums represented...Read complete review

I bought this product out of curiosity more than anything. And I got sucked in because I like new tech. I was interested to see what musical notes some of my drums represented (to see if those shell frequencies stamped inside my drums actually meant something meaningful... They don't BTW). Now I feel ashamed that I was taken for a ride. It was a mistake. Ah, but there are no mistakes in life, just lessons...

As a practical and easy tuning device, this product is a waste of money. It has a hard time zeroing in on frequencies. It is easily affected by overtones, even with the filter. It doesn't work well on bass drums or snare-side heads especially, and you will not be able to use it in any type of noisy environment, like backstage, or if you have to change a head between sets. The Tune-Bot takes something very simple and makes it very, very complicated. It applies too much science, where science is just not necessary. We are tuning drums here, not flying the Space Shuttle.

Drums are not perfect pitch instruments, they are made of wood (a non-perfect, natural material), with polyester film stretched over them. So what if one lug is 5 Hz lower than another? If the drum sounds good, why over manage it? It will just make you nuts.

I've been playing drums for over 35 years. I'll share some simple, friendly advice to those of you less experienced: Learn to tune by ear and feel, and trust your ears. It's not as complicated as all the voodoo you see on the internet, or as all the folks with miracle tuning devices (like this one) make it out to be. The only tool you need is a drum key. Tuning is not that hard. And with just a little practice you can get really good at it, and get great drum sounds. No mathematical formulas, pitch measurements, filters, ratios, charts, etc. You shouldn't need a calculator to tune your drums!

Honestly, save your money and buy something you really need, or something to add to your kit to make more music. There is a lot of cool drum and percussion gear worth your hard-earned money. The Tune-Bot is not.

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(26 of 42 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Tune-Bot Not!

By Drum Monk E

from Hartford, Connecticut

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Cannot Think Of Any

Cons

  • Overkill For Tuning Drums

Best Uses

  • Door Stop

Comments about Tune-bot Electronic Drum Tuner:

I bought this product out of curiosity more than anything. And I got sucked in because I like new tech. I was interested to see what musical notes some of my drums represented (to see if those shell frequencies stamped inside my drums actually meant something meaningful... They don't BTW). Now I feel ashamed that I was taken for a ride. It was a mistake. Ah, but there are no mistakes in life, just lessons...

As a practical and easy tuning device, this product is a waste of money. It has a hard time zeroing in on frequencies. It is easily affected by overtones, even with the filter. It doesn't work well on bass drums or snare-side heads especially, and you will not be able to use it in any type of noisy environment, like backstage, or if you have to change a head between sets. The Tune-Bot takes something very simple and makes it very, very complicated. It applies too much science, where science is just not necessary. We are tuning drums here, not flying the Space Shuttle.

Drums are not perfect pitch instruments, they are made of wood (a non-perfect, natural material), with polyester film stretched over them. So what if one lug is 5 Hz lower than another? If the drum sounds good, why over manage it? It will just make you nuts.

I've been playing drums for over 35 years. I'll share some simple, friendly advice to those of you less experienced: Learn to tune by ear and feel, and trust your ears. It's not as complicated as all the voodoo you see on the internet, or as all the folks with miracle tuning devices (like this one) make it out to be. The only tool you need is a drum key. Tuning is not that hard. And with just a little practice you can get really good at it, and get great drum sounds. No mathematical formulas, pitch measurements, filters, ratios, charts, etc. You shouldn't need a calculator to tune your drums!

Honestly, save your money and buy something you really need, or something to add to your kit to make more music. There is a lot of cool drum and percussion gear worth your hard-earned money. The Tune-Bot is not.

(10 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Great idea...but disappointing.

By PJ

from Kent, WA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Quality

Cons

  • Difficult To Use

Best Uses

    Comments about Tune-bot Electronic Drum Tuner:

    I got a Tune-bot for Christmas, and I am disappointed. I read the instuctions, watched a couple of videos, and tried it. And tried and tried...After a few days, I gave up. I've tried tuning two snares & two toms, with no luck. I can hit the head at the same lug three-four times, and get a wildly different reading each time. I've tried the filter, same thing. I wonder, is this still a prototype? I've never used a Drum Dial, so I can't compare the two. Save your money, trust your ears.

    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Product

    By Rudedog-gWrft

    from Nashville

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

    • Average Intelligence Req
    • Ave Required

    Best Uses

    • Concerts

    Comments about Tune-bot Electronic Drum Tuner:

    This product works very if you have average intelligence and can READ instructions. For years I have tuned by ear and still do in most cases, however the Tunebot works very well at dialing in a close tuning if you tune to a specific pitch. I play DW Collectors drums and each shell is stamped with a resonance pitch. I tune very close to what DW recommends and usually by 3rds depending on the key of the majority of songs I'm playing to. For the folks who have problems with using this device I would suggest (1) reading the instructions and follow each step exactly. (2) buying new drumheads (3) buying a drumkit that actually produces a percussive sound and tone or (4) start playing guitar. The Tunebot is not meant to replace your ears, but will put you in the ballpark relatively quickly and EASILY if you follow instructions. I will agree that it does produce some erroneous readings from time to time, but commonsense adjustments with the unit should remedy most of these. Using this, I've been able to completely retune a 5 piece kit in under an hr. It works far better than a drum dial or torque key. One of the most useful drum tuning products to come along ever. It will not replace your ears, but it will get you closer to where you want to be much quicker than any other method out there.

    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    It works, really.

    By IRlkStDx0

    from Tacoma, WA

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    Pros

    • Functional
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

    • Learning Curve

    Best Uses

    • Tuning In Quiet Room

    Comments about Tune-bot Electronic Drum Tuner:

    This thing works. I have constant ringing in my ears from my time in the military. So it is hard for me to pick out small differences in tone. So for me I can get a drum tuned much more quickly with a tunebot. Is it necessary for everyone? No. Do some of us need it? Yes. Am I embarrassed about needing it? No.
    Yes it can have issues with snare side heads especially if your snare bed is extra deep or narrow. But if for some reason you cannot get this thing to zero in on a frequency or you have trouble getting the head at each lug to the same frequency, you have one of three problems. 1) Your bearing edge is not perpenidular to the shell of your drum. Take off your head and hoops, place the bearing edge on a flat surface and if a carpenter square or other device to guage a 90 degree angle doesn't line up perfectly to the shell all the way around, the tunebot will have troubles. (but then so does your drum). 2) Your drum is not perfectly round. 3) there is too much other noise going on in the room.
    In essence this thing is a small computer. Garbage in = Garbage out. I am confident that most problems with this thing are user error. Once you get over the learning curve and understand how to get it working you will appreciate it.
    One tip, if you are having issues with getting consistent readings, try holding the tune bot above the center of the drum as you tap around the head. Sometimes leaving it clipped to the head in one place does not work.

    (6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Nice, but not necessary..

    By OCDDrumFeel

    from Lumberton, NC

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    Pros

    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Great Feel From Drums
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

    • Crutch For Tuning
    • Difficult To Use

    Best Uses

    • Feel
    • Precise Sound

    Comments about Tune-bot Electronic Drum Tuner:

    Basically, this does exactly what it says it does. You can, indeed, tune your drums and get very good tuning and sounds with it. Primarily, I got this because I was curious.

    Here's the main positive from me: I can tune my kick drum with it so that not only is there short sustain, but it has a great rebound! That is truly the best thing that I will get out of this, and why I will continue using it.

    Now, what are the cons? well, it costs a pretty penny for one. Not really worth it unless you tune your drums with great scrutiny, like I do. Second, whenever I tune a bottom head on a snare, I have to basically "reset" the bottom head to get a pure tone. It IS possible to tune kick and bottom-side snares with this, but you have to know how. And frankly, most people will not have the patience to go through the processes.

    It gets 3/5 stars because it works, I like it, but not everyone will. Plus, it doesn't train you to listen and tune by ear. Would I recommend to a friend? Yes, but only if they are just as OCD about their drum-tuning as myself. Otherwise, you're better off using your ears and two drum keys.

    (6 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Does not live up to its claims

    By D4G

    from U.S.

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    Pros

    • Check Drum Note

    Cons

    • Doesnt Do What Mfg Claims
    • Very Innacurate

    Best Uses

      Comments about Tune-bot Electronic Drum Tuner:

      Simply stated this device, in my opinion, does not do what the mfg claims. I could not get a consistent or accurate reading at the lugs, even with the filter on and in differential mode. I worked on this for well over 2 hours on a 10" tom. The mfg suggests getting within a range of .5 in differential mode for tuning yet, no matter how consistently I struck at 1 inch from the lug as recommended, I would get lug readings that varied, at times, over 20 full points. This is on the same lug and not between lugs, fairly new heads, on a fairly new Tama set with perfect edges.

      I am really confused by all the high reviews wondering if employees of the manufacturer populated these as I could not get it to work even with instructions and online videos.

      I returned the device and am back to using my trusty analog "Drum-Dial". I was hoping the Tune-Bot would shorten the time to fine tune my drums but, for me anyway, it failed at all levels.

      Other comment, the online video demo was done with a pre tuned drum, which made it a convincing video. Also, the person demonstrating mentioned having your drum pretty much tuned before using the device, using the device to "fine tune", which to me seems to defeat the purpose of plunking down that much cash for a device to tune your drums.

      I'd love to hear from the manufacturer comments or suggestions.

      (6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Tool

      By TheWays

      from SW Washington

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      Pros

      • Functional
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Tune-bot Electronic Drum Tuner:

          I have had this tuner for several months and tuned 3 different drum kits with it. I can tune each drum on my rock kit(bass and 5 toms) in about 30 minutes then about 10 minutes of fine tuning after I get the kit back together. It sounds great.

          Two key things for me:
          1. The big issue this solves for me is to get each drum very close to in-tune AND properly spaced in relation to each other. I used to get each drum to sound great by itself and then put the set together and the sonic spacing between drums would be uneven. Not a big deal on my jazz kit with only two toms ... but a big deal on my rock set with 5 toms.
          2. Be realistic about the tuning you're trying to accomplish ... I can't get a super low fundamental tone at the low reso setting ... just too big a spread between top and bottom heads ... the low tuned head won't hold the pitch. I have had much better success with the high or mid reso spread ... in tune the resonance sounds so good I have rarely had to use other muffling.

          My best advice is go directly to their web site as soon as you get this and read both the 7 page manual and the 10 page tuning tips. Once you understand the concept of fundamental pitch and spacing the top and bottom heads to control resonance, use the tuning calculator to dial in the tuning you're after.

          This is a great tool ... understand how to use it to accomplish what you're after and it's worth every penny.

          (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Better than Peanut Butter & Sliced Bread

          By Hack Wall

          from South Carolina

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          Pros

          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

          • Difficult To Learn
          • Time Consuming To Learn

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing
          • Studio

          Comments about Tune-bot Electronic Drum Tuner:

          Have always "thought" my drums were tuned...I was close, but now I'm dead on !! And once I heard the full notes I spent the time to experiment with my 10 drum set and selected different tone patterns. I have never been so pleased with my vintage Ludwigs.

          Yes, difficult to learn, but then easy to use. OK, I will tune your drums for you cause I love playing with this device.

          Had a recent drummer in the studio who called back the next day to rave about my drum sounds, it took that long to get over his initial shock. The bass is a 2nd Octave D note and it moves the hair on your legs as you play. Full notes give much greater sound penetration.

          You can't go wrong with tuning your drums using this device (it ain't a toy), it took me about 20 hours on the Acoustic Ludwigs and the LP Percussions in my studio. Next I will attack the E-Drums.

          Sure hope the Guitar Center stores start using these to tune the demo drums, sure would make for more pleasant visits.

          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Tune bot for banjos

          By Harry

          from Philadelphia

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Functional
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

          • Difficult To Use

          Best Uses

            Comments about Tune-bot Electronic Drum Tuner:

            I am using the tune bot to tune a banjo head. The note recorded by the tune bot was rather inconsistent after each tap (even after applying the filter). But after a while I do believe it help me find the note I was looking for and improved the tone of my banjo.

            (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A "must have" for any level drummer.

            By Shep

            from Durand MI

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Tune-bot Electronic Drum Tuner:

                I got this baby in the mail last night. This morning I tuned 2 sets of drums in about an hour (mine and a set for a friend). I went to the Tune Bot website and used the "tuning calculator". Simple! Put in the size of your drums and if you want alot, med, or a little resonance and go to work. I tuned mine to Hrtz (per the chart) and they sound GREAT! Get it! Easy to use right out of the box. Even includes 2 AAA batteries! Can't wait for my drums to sound awesome at every show

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