SUMMER NAMM SHOW, NASHVILLE, TN, June 20, 2008 — Korg displays the pitchblack+ guitar and bass pedal tuner as part of its newly-created advanced tuner series. This tuner was designed to satisfy the needs of professional players in both live and studio applications. Two instruments can be connected at once and tuned independently using the tuner’s comprehensive range of tuning modes, including open D, open G, open A, open E and DADGAD. The player, producer or engineer can also create, save and recall up to five custom tuning programs with the temperament of his or her choice. This is ideal when recording or performing with ethnic instruments and stretched tunings. The pitchblack+ also supports tuning for seven-string guitars and six-string basses as well as flat tuning up to seven semitones below standard pitch.
When two different guitars or basses are plugged into the pitchblack+, it will employ a separate calibration, tuning mode, flat tuning and display mode for each. If a single instrument is connected, the player can specify two different settings and switch between them with the Input Select footswitch. When tuning is active, the sound is muted. True Bypass assures that the instrument’s tone is not colored or compromised when the tuner is not in use.
A large 13-segment LED meter combined with two sharp and flat indicators provides high visibility and ensures accurate tuning under all light conditions and viewing angles.
Two display modes, Single or Double, are user selectable. In Single, the user can choose between Meter, Full Strobe, Half Strobe or Mirror tuning modes. Meter mode tuning is similar to a traditional needle-style meter. In Full Strobe mode, the LED meter stops streaming, and both tuning guide LEDs light up when the correct pitch is achieved. In Half Strobe mode, the LEDs stream to the right of center if the instrument is sharp and to the left of center if it is flat. When the correct pitch is achieved, only the center LED lights up. Mirror mode uses a combination of LEDs to indicate how close or far a note is to the correct pitch. When in tune, the two LEDs on the left and right sides of the center LED meet in the middle of the display.
When Double mode is selected, the user can choose Focus Mode 1 or Focus Mode 2, two newly developed modes that offer even greater precision with excellent visibility.
The pitchblack+ was designed to fit into a standard pedalboard system, and the unit’s DC OUT can supply power to most other effect pedals when the optional AC adaptor is used. It features rugged cast aluminum construction for extra durability.
The new pitchblack+ Chromatic Pedal Tuner provides a broad tuning range of E0 (20.60 Hz) to C8 (4186 Hz) and calibration that is adjustable in a range of 436-445 Hz.
The Korg pitchblack+ Chromatic Pedal Tuner is now available with a U.S. MSRP of $200.00. As with all Korg tuners, it features a three-year extended warranty.