#1
Finally.

I finally got my freaking Polytune. And yes, it really is worth it.



Polyphonic Tuning:



Strobe Tuning:



Needle Tuning:













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The review:

I never owned a true tuner pedal before; always used handheld Korg tuners and whatnot. After a long time of fighting with these at gigs, I decided I needed to buy a tuner. Right when I began looking, however, I heard about the Polytune. I waited for quite some time, but I committed tonight and went out and got it.

If you want a review of features, go to the TC Electronic's site; it's got plenty of advert. Works like a charm, showing an LED graph of intonation across all strings, needle tuning or strobe tuning for individual strings. Can be switched to guitar or bass mode for all of these, and tunings can be set all the way down to B tuning.

It works great. Switches between single string and polyphonic tuning quickly and easily. The LEDs are awesome. I was actually amazed at how clear and bright they are not only in darkness, but in bright light. Now I haven't put it out in the sun, but I can at least see it way more clearly than my Tube Screamer's LED.

The button layout on top is convenient. The tuning mode/down tuning buttons are small enough that you won't bump them, but they aren't hard to hit, even with short fingernails.

The case candy was cool too. Pre-cut velcro to fit around the rubber bumpers, TC Electronic stickers. It's a nice package. For $100 even, it definitely beats out the Korg Pitchblack or Boss TU-3. If you want a great, useful pedal, go for it.
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#2
I hear these things have trouble with the low E in Polyphonic Tuning. Any comments on this? I'm in the situation with hand tuners at gigs you were in right now -_-.
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#4
Quote by enselmis
What happens if I plug in my 7 string?

HNPD!!


It flips out and just reads the top 6. It works in monophonic mode, so honestly it's worth getting since it'll have the same functionality as normal tuners + the polyphonic mode for your six strings.
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#6


i have one too, they rock. mine has no problem with the low E.
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#7
cool, I never herd of this tuner before. I need to keep this in mind whenever I spring for a good pedal tuner.
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Quote by IsThereLoveInSp
I hear these things have trouble with the low E in Polyphonic Tuning. Any comments on this? I'm in the situation with hand tuners at gigs you were in right now -_-.
I've got a Polytune (have for several months now) and haven't had any of the 'issues' I've read about online.
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#9
Looks awesome HNPD!!! Sorry for the off topic but which is better this or the BOSS TU-2/3?
#10
Quote by dizzle_312
Looks awesome HNPD!!! Sorry for the off topic but which is better this or the BOSS TU-2/3?


Quote by Kevy Absolution

For $100 even, it definitely beats out the Korg Pitchblack or Boss TU-3.


My take.
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#12
The pedal is impractical.


Unless you can tune 6 strings at once, why get this at all?!


Just get a turbo-tuner, pluck the string at the speed you like, tune it up and move on to the next string.


There's no difference in speed of tuning whether you pluck all strings and tune them one by one or pluck one and tune it with a fast feedback tuner such as turbo tuner.


So i'll say this polytune is just a gimmicky tuner with no practical advantage.
#13
^ No, it actually is faster. Say one string is out of tune, but you don't know which one. Strum all six and the out of tune string shows up red. So much easier than checking all six. I've got the Polytune iPhone app and i really like it. Now if only I could get rid of my Pitchblack then I could get the pedal form...

Happy new tuner day!
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#14
I like the concept of the pedal. It seems to work great too. HNPD

Now..

^ I realize you can check all string with just a strum but for accuracy and the quickest response time the TT ST-200 wins.

I still see people going back between the two though. Great pedal
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#15
Yeah dude the last time I was tuning at a gig I was so far behind the rest of the band that they started the next song without me, every 123ms counts!


No but really, I think the PT saves time with the overall tuning anyways.
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#16
The point is that the time is cut because you need not hunt for the out of tuned strings. In most cases, between songs you're either still in tune or one string is off. The major selling point other than the polyphonic tuning is the clear display, and since it's the same price as other tuners, I still think it's advantageous.
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#17
Another PolyTune owner checking in. No problem with the low E for me. Works perfectly!
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#18
I want one, now.
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#19
I love the whole polyphonic thing. Kudos.
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#20
Quote by sfx
The pedal is impractical.


Unless you can tune 6 strings at once, why get this at all?!


Just get a turbo-tuner, pluck the string at the speed you like, tune it up and move on to the next string.


There's no difference in speed of tuning whether you pluck all strings and tune them one by one or pluck one and tune it with a fast feedback tuner such as turbo tuner.


So i'll say this polytune is just a gimmicky tuner with no practical advantage.

it's a great use of advancing technology, but I agree Sonic Research Turbo Tuner ftw.
#21
Quote by ze monsta
it's a great use of advancing technology, but I agree Sonic Research Turbo Tuner ftw.


I'm not quite informed on the Turbo Tuner. What is the big advantage with it?
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#22
Quote by Kevy Absolution
I'm not quite informed on the Turbo Tuner. What is the big advantage with it?


I don't know what's 'turbo" about it, but it does have .02 cent accuracy. In contrast the Polytune is .5 and the Pitchblack is a whole 2 cents.
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#23
^I'm pretty sure the pitchblack is 0.2, not 2
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#25
Eh, a fifth and half a cent aren't a big enough difference for me to fret. The human ear can rarely hear less than 5 whole cents.

For example, listen to this:

http://www.aqdi.com/5.wav


It's A430, A435, A440, A445, and A450. I have pretty accurate pitch (debated perfect, but that's another argument for my professors) and I can't even hear it unless I can play them in a different order.
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#26
Quote by Kevy Absolution
It flips out and just reads the top 6. It works in monophonic mode, so honestly it's worth getting since it'll have the same functionality as normal tuners + the polyphonic mode for your six strings.
Deftones guitarists uses one and he tunes his guitars to funky tunings, sometimes as low as F#. How does it work in that instance?
#27
Quote by AngryGoldfish
Deftones guitarists uses one and he tunes his guitars to funky tunings, sometimes as low as F#. How does it work in that instance?


I personally haven't tried it, but theres a button at the top and as you press it, the tuning setting changes down from E, Eb, D, etc, down to B.
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#28
So it won't pick up the note unless you ask it to? In which case it's useless for eight-string guitars or drop A tuning.
#29
The polyphonic mode is, yes. Unless its all dropped not just one string. It's still chromatic...
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#30
Again, yes, it only works for six and four strings and down to B tuning.
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