Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Tuner Review
Pros: Extremely easy to use, noiseless, and true bypass.
Cons: The bottom and battery compartment are made of plastic.
Overall: The Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Tuner has everything you need in a pedal tuner, and you can’t beat the price.
The Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Tuner is just about the easiest tuner to use on the market. Simply plug your guitar into it and tap the footswitch to begin tuning. The display screen shows large bright red letters indicating the key of each note you play, with helpful arrows instructing you whether to tighten or loosen your string depending on whether the note is flat or sharp. There are four display modes. The default is meter mode, which displays the letter of the note you play, and a rectangular red light that moves along a path and turns green when it reaches the middle of the pedal, indicating that your string is tuned to the note displayed on the screen. There are also two “strobe” modes, and a “mirror” mode that display various lighted patterns across the top of the pedal showing you whether you are sharp, flat, or in tune. Personally, I just leave the pedal in the default meter mode and it works perfectly.
The Korg Pitchblack Tuner has a durable aluminum body covering all sides except the bottom. Unfortunately, the bottom of the pedal, including the battery door, is made out of plastic. The exposed areas of the pedal are all housed in aluminum, however, so it should be durable enough to take on the road. The pedal can be used with either a power cord or a battery, which is conveniently included.
The Pitchblack offers true bypass, and doesn’t add any perceptible noise to your effects chain. Furthermore, there are no pops or clicks when you activate the pedal by stepping on the footswitch. When you do so, the pedal automatically kills the output so that you can tune visually without making a lot of noise on stage. When you are in tune, simply press the footswitch again and you are ready to play.
There aren’t any bells and whistles withe the Pitchblack Tuner, but who cares? It’s a tuner and it tunes your guitar so you can begin playing. You won’t have to plug or unplug any cords, or fiddle with any knobs or buttons. There’s beauty in it’s simplicity. And for around $70.00, buying a Korg Pitchblack is kind of a no-brainer if you need a tuner.