SnarkClip-On Chromatic All Instrument Tuner
why: It''s cool, useful, inexpensive?
description: It resembles a space-age pocket watch, but the Snark Clip-On Chromatic Tuner is remarkably versatile in its positioning, due to two ball joints that connect the display to a curved arm, and the arm to the clip. It includes one-button on/off operation, a tap-tempo metronome, transpose function, and calibration controls. You can use either the vibration sensor or the internal microphone.
Snark Clip-On Chromatic All Instrument Tuner product page
Planet WavesSOS Strobe Pick Tuner
why: Extremely compact, take anywhere, works well ?
description: A tuning device that''s as ingenious as it is small. The SOS Strobe Pick tuner employs true strobe tuning—lights that blink at slower and slower intervals until perfect tuning is achieved, just like old turntables. And it''s in the form of a flatpick! The best thing is you use it like a flatpick, too: Aim the pick at the string you want to tune, and the strobe display activates. Since the SOS uses string vibration and light, it doesn''t require sound or a connection, and so is ideal for noisy settings.
Planet Waves SOS Strobe Pick Tuner product page
TC ElectronicPolyTune for iPhone
why: Tune all six strings at once using your iPhone?
description: TC Electronic stunned guitarists with their revolutionary polyphonic tuning system. Play a full, six-string chord and it will tell you which string (or strings) is out of tune. This allows not only for faster tuning, but for tuning within the context of a chord or key. Now the TC folks have app-ified their pedal so that iPhone users can take advantage of this amazing technology. The manufacturer asserts it''s a 1:1 port of the pedal''s functions, and even the display and interface are faithfully transferred from the pedal to the phone''s screen.
TC Electronic PolyTune for iPhone product page
PetersonStroboSoft 2.0 Deluxe Suite (VST/AU tuner plug-in)
why: Brilliantly complete, comprehensive plug-in tuning suite ?
description: StroboSoft is accurate to 0.001 semitones (1/10th of a cent), includes offsets of ±50.0 cents (in 0.1 cent steps) and can be calibrated in 0.1Hz steps within a range of 80Hz to 2,080.0Hz for ultra-accurate tuning. In addition to standard (equal-temperament) tuning, StroboSoft 2.0 includes Buzz Feiten plus 11 other tempered and “sweet” tunings, built-in and user-defined tunings, different-themed skins, realtime plotting of pitch variation, and a spectrum analyzer. StroboSoft upports high-resolution sampling rates (up to 96kHz) for use with a variety of high-end interfaces.
Peterson StroboSoft 2.0 Deluxe Suite product page
TASCAMTC-1S Solar Tuner
why: Here comes the sun!?
description: Solar power isn''t just for calculators anymore, and TASCAM is to be applauded for providing a tuner for planet-conscious musicians. You can charge the battery from either the onboard solar panels or your computer via USB. The TC-1S has both a built-in mic and a 1/4" input jack, and features multiple tuning modes: Bar, Strobe, Animation, Needle, and Fine (for tuning within one-cent accuracy).
TASCAM TC-1S Solar Tuner product page
why: Heavy-duty tuner in stompbox format?
description: The TU-3 is dirt-simple to operate. Sporting a bright, well-designed display with a 21-segment LED meter that spans the width of the entire pedal, operation of the TU-3 is hands-off and straightforward: Stepping on the pedal simultaneously activates the tuner and mutes the output, allowing you to tune silently. The TU-3 includes several innovative features, including flat tuning mode, the ability to act as a power supply for up to seven BOSS pedals, and a high-brightness mode for outdoor use.
BOSS TU-3 product page
KorgTM-40 Digital Tuner Metronome
why: Inexpensive tuner/metronome combo?
description: The TM-40 is Korg''s longest-established and best-selling tuner. It is both a plug-in/mic tuner and a full-featured metronome with lots of onboard buttons for easy and quick navigation. Tuning accuracy is displayed by a large, LCD “needle,” with multi-colored LEDs to show whether you''re flat, sharp, or in tune. These same LEDs blink in tempo to the music when in metronome mode. The TM-40 has a robust speaker and variable-pitch (A5–B4) sound output.
Korg ™-40 Digital Tuner Metronome product page
IntellitouchCT1 Capo Tuner
why: Capo and tuner?
description: If you use a capo, then this clever marriage is a godsend: The CT1 is a capo and a tuner. Now you don''t have to fumble with two gadgets tethered to your guitar. You can use this vibration-based (no mic, so it''s usable in noisy environments) single-action capo and chromatic tuner on both 6- and 12-string guitars. The pitch name and flat and sharp indicators are displayed on a large, multi-color backlit screen. The tuner''s reference point is variable from 430Hz to 450Hz.
Intellitouch CT1 Capo Tuner product page