Korg Pitchblack


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07/07/2010 1:02 am


Here's a link to the Korg site for more images and detailed specs.
http://www.korg.com/product.aspx?&pd=295

$86.99 CDN at Steve's Music Shop
http://www.stevesmusic.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=4621

Pros
TRUE BYPASS
Easy to use
Nice big display, easy to read
Large LED's, easy to see
Small foot print
Multiple display modes (meter, strobe, etc)
Accurate +/- 0.1%

Cons
Strobe effect is not my cup of tea. Not a true strobe in my opinion.

Review
Simple, easy to use. Runs off a 9v battery or wall wart, but also has a 9v output so you can run another pedal off it. With the battery in, it will save any calibration you made and your preferred display mode.

Has a tuning range of E0 (20.60 Hz) to C8 (4,186 Hz) for you alternate tuning folks.

Can be calibrated from about A435 to A445. Mine was perfect out of the box. I read a review somewhere that the switch was 'flimsy', but I didn't find it to be. It is the same switch as is in my Tube Screamer. It has a metal housing, so the whole thing seems like it's going to last.

It's accurate to +/- 0.1%, and I found it real easy to dial in to accuracy. The LED's fade in and out rather then blink off, so you can really see when you are slightly off center pitch. Just a tiny tweak off with my tuning key and the appropriate LED would just begin to glow. It felt/appeared like an organic response to my adjustments.

Summary
It's a tuner. Does it's job and doesn't screw around about doing it. I would highly recommend it, and if it was stolen, I would certainly buy another.
...so ever since then, I always hang on to the buckle.
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Anders Mouridsen
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07/07/2010 3:45 am
... And it's insanely heavy, for some reason:)
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07/07/2010 11:45 am
Originally Posted by: Anders Mouridsen... And it's insanely heavy, for some reason:)

Die cast Aluminum? Maybe you have a model made out of something heavier?

This implies that you use one, so my confidence in it has gone up another notch. :)
...so ever since then, I always hang on to the buckle.
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07/15/2010 11:49 pm
Does this imply you are putting on in your bag of goodies?
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07/16/2010 12:19 am
Originally Posted by: RickBlackerDoes this imply you are putting on in your bag of goodies?

Getting a tuner was critical to switching over to a pedal chain. I can tune by ear or tune to an album just fine, but I have gotten awful reliant on tuners. So, I couldn't unhook the RP250 until I had one.

I use the amp's gain & reverb but not the other effects, so I want to get a chorus and delay pedals in short order. Those are the only effects I use much that I don't have.

Got a DC Brick power supply the other day and it's awesome. Cleaned that rats nest right up.
...so ever since then, I always hang on to the buckle.
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09/19/2010 4:17 pm
I have one too - it's very well made, and the default indicator arrangement is very easy to use as noted previously. No obvious tone suck, though I am not convinced that true bypass is always the way to go (see this page by effects chain master Pete Cornish) it probably makes sense in a tuner.

Great product - a bit pricey as tuners go, but very nice to have on a dark stage.
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09/19/2010 8:31 pm
Originally Posted by: jwsadler
Great product - a bit pricey as tuners go, but very nice to have on a dark stage.


I wouldn't say this is pricey at all compared to other tuners on its level.
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