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Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner  

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  • 100% True-bypass output keeps your tone intact
  • Choose from four types of display modes: Strobe, Half Strobe, Meter & Mirror
  • Compact pedal-sized guitar/bass tuner that fits in your pedal board
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Tune your guitar in style, with one of 3 limited edition colors.

The KORG Pitchblack Chromatic Tuner is now available in various collectible colors, but only for a limited time. The Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner offers you high precision, advanced functionality, and sleek style to make it KORG's most advanced guitar/bass stompbox-style tuner yet. The Pitchblack tuner has a tough aluminum die-cast body that will endure hard use on the road or in the studio. The large LED meter and note name display with light-emitting surface is easy to read in any setting from daylight to stage light to no light. The extremely smooth eleven-segment LED meter allows accurate visual tuning from any angle. The Pitchblack has a red LED to indicate on/off status and a tuning range of E0 (20.60 Hz) to C8 (4,186 Hz) with adjustable calibration between 436-445Hz.

Four display modes

The Pitchblack's LED meter can be switched among four display modes including: Meter, Full Strobe, Half Strobe, and Mirror.
Meter mode
Similar to using a needle meter, tune your instrument so that the green LED in the center of the LED display lights and both tuning guide LED's are lit. The tuning LED's will be to the right of center if your instrument is sharp, and to the left of the center if your instrument is flat.

Full Strobe mode
Tune your instrument so that the LED meters stop streaming and both tuning guide LED's are lit. The LED meters will stream from left to right if your instrument is sharp and from right to left if your instrument is flat.

Half Strobe mode

Tune your instrument so that the LED meters stop streaming and only the green LED in the center is lit and both tuning guide LED's are lit. The LED meters will stream to the right of center if your instrument is sharp, and to the left of center if your instrument is flat. When the pitch is correct, only the center LED will be lit.

Mirror mode

Tune your instrument so that the two LEDs on the left and right sides of the center LED meet in the middle and both tuning guide LED's are lit. The pitch lit LEDs will spread farther apart the more your instrument is out of tune. The left tuning guide will light if your instrument is flat, and the right tuning guide will light if your instrument is sharp.

100% True-bypass output keeps your tone intact
The Pitchblack mutes the input signal for silent tuning, and when you're not tuning the input is passed directly to the output jack without being affected by any circuitry (True Bypass). So even if you connect the Pitchblack between several of your favorite pedals, the signal will pass without going through the internal buffer amp, ensuring that the sounds you've created using your effects will not be colored in any way. The Pitchblack is designed to coexist transparently with other effect pedals.

A perfect fit in your pedal board plus the DC output powers other pedals
The Pitchblack is designed to fit conveniently into your pedal board system. It provides a DC OUT jack that can supply power to other effect pedals when the optional AC adaptor is used. By connecting optional DC cables, you can supply up to 200 mA of power to multiple effect pedals, simplifying the power connections in your pedalboard.

Features

  • 100% True-bypass output keeps your tone intact
  • Choose from four types of display modes: Strobe, Half Strobe, Meter & Mirror
  • Compact pedal-sized guitar/bass tuner that fits in your pedal board
  • Large bright LED meters clearly show any tuning discrepancy
  • A broad detection range from E0 (20.60Hz) to C8 (4,186Hz)
  • Calibration is adjustable from 436-445Hz
  • A 9V DC output jack is provided for cascading the power supply to other pedals

Four modes ensure the right graphic tuning style for you. Call or click today to order.

 

Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner Specifications:

  • Tuning: 12-note equal temperament
  • Detection range: E0 (20.60 Hz) -- C8 (4186 Hz)
  • Calibration range: 436-445 Hz (1 Hz steps)
  • Display modes (auto): Meter, Full Strobe, Half Strobe, Mirror
  • Input impedance: 1 MΩ (when tuner is on)
  • Connectors: INPUT (mono 1/4" jack)
  • BYPASS (mono 1/4" jack)
  • DC IN (9V)
  • DC OUT (9V)
  • Power supply: (9V battery) or 9V AC adaptor (KA181)
  • Battery life: approximately 5 hours (A4 continuous input, tuner on, display mode: Meter, using a 9 volt battery)
  • Dimensions: 2.67"W x 4.72"H x 1.85"D (including feet)
  • Weight: 0.64 lb. (including battery)
  • Included items: one zinc-carbon battery for verifying operation
  • * Specifications and appearance are subject to change without notice for improvement.
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KorgPitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner
 
4.7

(based on 102 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (85)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

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    (2)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (33)
  • Functional (32)
  • Good quality (30)
  • Improves sound (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (25)
    • Concerts (22)
    • Back-up (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (20), Professional musician (12)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    The most important pedal on your board

    So far so good but We all Know nothing lasts forever. If this one ever dies I'll definitely buy another.
    I have owned this pedal for well over four years and I have...Read complete review

    So far so good but We all Know nothing lasts forever. If this one ever dies I'll definitely buy another.
    I have owned this pedal for well over four years and I have used it almost every day since I bought it.
    It has never failed me which is more than I can say for the tuner it replaced. (You know the one, It's that white one that almost everybody seems to own.)
    When I went to the music store to buy a replacement for the defunct "TU" the guitar tech raved about this pedal and after being shown all the functions and the fact it was true bypass I was sold.
    It is also a lot more accurate than the one it replaced. I guess I should add that I do guitar repairs and setups and therefore that should give you an idea of how much I use it.
    Very well built and it really is true bypass. I have not been kind to either. I play out almost every weekend and it gets put in a tool bag along with guitar cables.a set of Cruz-Tools, a guitar stand amd a Mag-Light. Outside of a few scratches on the housing it does everything it's supposed to do.
    The only complaint I have is the lettering on the front of the pedal where the plug-ins and calibration buttons are is very faint and hard to read. Hopefully they have resolved that.
    I paid $89.00 plus tax for it four years ago and if my math is correct that adds up to about 6 cents a day since I owned it. That's a pretty good deal for something that's made me a lot of money.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Nice aesthetics but unreliable

    I liked this pedal a lot when I first got it. I preferred its simplicity, button footswitch, appearance, and the fact that it's true bypass to the ubiquitous yet functional Boss tuner...Read complete review

    I liked this pedal a lot when I first got it. I preferred its simplicity, button footswitch, appearance, and the fact that it's true bypass to the ubiquitous yet functional Boss tuner pedals. However, it ultimately proved unreliable in live situations. Too many times when trying to tune between songs I found myself looking down at an unresponsive display. After the third or fourth time I had enough and went back to using the Boss TU-2 I kept as a backup. I've since switched to a TC Electronic Polytune, which has worked well so far.

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    2.0

    My least favorite tuner

    By Superhand

    from Dallas

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          Comments about Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

          I have a Fender RT-1000 tuner in my rack which I love. But, I recently stopped bringing my rack to gigs (pedalboard only). So, I needed a pedal tuner. I read reviews and spoke to a guitar store employee, who recommended this tuner. Well, I got one, and I think this is a highly overrated product. It's jumpy when you're tuning. Which is very annoying. But, most annoying is how it flashes flat repeatedly until you get close to "in tune". Then, with just a tiny turn, all of a sudden you're way sharp. It has never taken me so long to tune! Not only do I have rack tuner, but I also have a tuner in a very old multi-effects pedal. Both are way faster. It took me a while to figure out how much I didn't like this tuner. Had I reviewed it immediately, I would have given it a good review. Which may explain why it has such a high rating. But, I'm fed up with this crummy tuner. I'm getting a different one ASAP!

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          5.0

          Nice!

          By Denny Harvey

          from Louisville Ky

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

            This is a nice tuner. Different modes let you configure the best way for you to tune your instrument. Has built in muting when engaged. Overall build is very sturdy and looks like it can go the distance. Can power by battery or adapter. If you need a good, easy to read, tuner, this is it!

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            5.0

            Korg Pitchblack

            By JdE37083

            from Lafayette, TN

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Great Display
            • True Bypass

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

              This is a great little tuner with true bypass, so it won't color your sound. Tunes perfectly and very easy to use right out of the box. The display can be seen from a distance, on a dark stage or in sunlight. It's slightly smaller than your typical pedal so the small footprint leaves plenty of room on the pedal board... I have been using the tuner for years. It's a great tuner at a great price. Definitely need to add this to your pedalboard.

              If lost, stolen, or damaged I would defintely replace it.

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              5.0

              Nice Simple Tuner

              By GreenBay4

              from Woodstock, GA

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              Pros

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

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

              This is a nice, simple, straight forward tuner. A couple of the other reviews state that the stomp switch does not click when pressed. I'm not sure what they are talking about. It may not be as strong as a click on other true bypass pedals, but it definitely does click.

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              5.0

              great

              By Jim-jqVKH

              from Arizona

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

                  nice addition to the setup

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                  5.0

                  Great tuner, great price!

                  By Turtle

                  from It's friggen cold here...

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

                    I have tried many of the pedal tuner options out there, and I can say without a doubt, the Pitchblack can stand with any of them, and is better than most of them.

                    It tracks fast, and is accurate on all my basses (4, 5 & 6 strings).

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                    5.0

                    Excellent Basic Tuner

                    By Mark

                    from Mason City, IA

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

                      I've had this tuner for over a year with no problems. It does it's job well and is easy to see. I mostly use it to tune my bass but it works well for my guitars also. I also use it to mute my signal as needed. It doesn't eat up batteries either. All in all it is just a good reliable tuner pedal. No complaints.

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                      4.0

                      Great tuner!

                      By SamBoxold

                      from Millville, MA

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Functional
                      • Good Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Concerts
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

                        This thing does it's job.
                        It's a simple, easy to use, easy to read tuner, with bright LEDs, and a quick responce.
                        What more do you need?

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                        5.0

                        Solid

                        By RustD

                        from Iowa

                        About Me Novice

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Functional
                        • Good Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Practicing

                          Comments about Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

                          I haven't played much in 20 years, but I picked this up and a new Epiphone Limited Edition ES-335 PRO Electric Guitar for my kids and me to play Rocksmith2014. This is a very easy to use tuner. There may be some delay when going through the Rocksmith TS-usb to computer connection in the through mode, but I don't notice any going straight into my amp or pre.

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                          5.0

                          Works well. Recommended

                          By Jazzy M

                          from Bozeman, MT

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Functional

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner:

                              I don't know what to say except that it is easy to use, and it's very fast. I have had it about a month and have had no problems with it. I would recommend it to anyone.

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