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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...Read More

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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 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.

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

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

Tuning your drums is no longer an all-day event. Order today!

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Tune-botElectronic Drum Tuner
 
4.3

(based on 43 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Functional (26)
  • Improves sound (25)
  • Easy to use (22)
  • Good quality (20)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (8)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (10)
  • Concerts (9)
  • Back-up (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (24), Professional musician (10), 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.

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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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5.0

Yes I would buy this again.

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from Greenville, NC

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Tune-bot Electronic Drum Tuner:

      Makes tuning so much easier..

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      4.0

      Some Trouble with the tuner

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      from Texas

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      Pros

      • Improves Sound

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Practicing

      Comments about Tune-bot Electronic Drum Tuner:

      I bought this tuner and hoped it would improve my drum sound. It didn't work on my toms very well. Had to use my drum dial on them but it works great on tuning the snare drum.

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      5.0

      Be patient~!

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      from Mississippi

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Tune-bot Electronic Drum Tuner:

          After 10 yrs drumming, you want the best sound, YOUR sound. This isn't a set it right quick and forget it tuner. But together with your ears it's a slammin' combination. First you get fundamental pitch of each drum to build on. Above all be very patient and you will be rewarded with 3 essential sounds, full resonant, note bend, and high attack lower resonance. The mistake most are making is lugs only need tiny tweaks, as in 1/16 to 1/8 lug turns or less when matching lug frequencies. This is serious gear and gets you 90% there, throw in your ears and it teaches so much about tuning each drum in YOUR kit and sound you want. Highly recommended~!

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Must-have for drummers!

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          from Iowa

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Tune-bot Electronic Drum Tuner:

            When I first purchased this I was a little nervous that it would be too "Techy" and hard to figure out, but as soon as I turned it on and hooked it up to my drums, I was literally done tuning them (perfectly) within minutes. (tuning drums by ear is quite time consuming.) The TuneBot is very easy to use, and now I cant even imagine having to tune my drums by ear, or even use a Drum Dial ever again.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            It works, really.

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            from Tacoma, WA

            About Me Experienced

            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.

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best Tuning Tool

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            from RIVERSIDE,CA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

            • Difficult To Use

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Tune-bot Electronic Drum Tuner:

            Yes you can tune by ear; however, you will not be 100% accurate. I don't care what you say. There is no way you are achieving identical pitch at each lug by ear. If you want your drums tuned to notes and in intervals of your choice(perfect fifths, etc.) this tool is for you. It is going to take a little bit of time to read the instructions and watch a couple Youtube videos on how to use the Tunebot but it is time worth spending. You can also accurately tune top and bottom heads and pitch bend for better attack (I always hated tuning by ear because as you tune the bottom head it throws the top head off a little bit and then each lug will throw off other lugs as you are tuning around the drum. The Tunebot gives you an easy way to measure the pitch at each lug to take the guessing game out of tuning. The tunebot website also gives you fundamental pitch measurements and then lug pitches for each size drum in your kit. I've used the torque keys and those are good to get even tension on the lowest setting before you use the tunebot, but that's about it. THE TUNEBOT IS THE REAL DEAL. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED PURCHASING THIS. Only CON is the interface needs to be more user friendly or just make an IPHONE APP I can purchase.

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            5.0

            A Very Useful Tuning Tool!

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            from Hampden, ME

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Confirms Good Tuning
            • Easy To Use
            • Encourages Experimenting
            • Saves Your Settings

            Cons

            • Lots Of Scrolling To Save

            Best Uses

            • Confirm Tuning
            • Experimentation
            • Repeatable Tuning

            Comments about Tune-bot Electronic Drum Tuner:

            Hands down the best tuning aid I've used and truly the only one that really works as advertised. It is not simple to use, but at the same time is not overly complicated if you take the time to read the instruction manual and already know a bit about tuning drums. It is much more accurate than the Drum Dial or devices which measure lug tension (both of which I own). As someone who considers himself fairly adept at tuning, it confirmed right away that my drums are in fact "in tune with themselves", so that was a nice affirmation! At the same time, however, I've always been reluctant to "experiment" with my tuning, so the real value of the TuneBot to me is that I now feel confident and encouraged to experiment with different fundamentals, varied top/bottom pitches, etc. and see immediately how it impacts the fundamental, sustain, attack and feel of each drum. This was a real eye opener to me. I can further do this knowing that I can always go right back to where I started if I don't like it! The Save feature is a little tedious to use (lots of selecting/scrolling) but an extremely useful feature nonetheless. It will be really handy when changing heads to quickly get the drums back to the sound I like with confidence. Even if you are an experienced tuner, you will learn a lot from this thing and have a ball exploring the sounds you can get from each your drums. Highly recommended!

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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            It's the time for excellence!

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            from Istanbul Turkey

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Tune-bot Electronic Drum Tuner:

                I've waited for a long time such a tuner like Tune-bot. The sound quality is so important for me so that I bought the Tune-bot and I'm happy with Tune-bot easy use by highly functionality and very good quality which improves my Tama Starclassic Maple Drum Kit by 10 pieces. I would like to thank you the Overtonelabs for this product. You can buy Tune-bot ıf you're meticulous for the your sound. Best wishes.

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                (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Nice, but not necessary..

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                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.

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                1.0

                There are cheaper alternatives

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                from Ohio

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                  Cons

                  • Extra Gear To Carry
                  • Over-priced

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Tune-bot Electronic Drum Tuner:

                    Basically it's an over-priced unit compared to the number of Smartphone Apps that are out there doing the same thing. Why carry this around, I already have my phone on me, with several tuning apps to choose from. This product is just out of date. Lost in the fast paced technology driven world.

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