I’ve noticed there aren’t a lot of reviews for the Korg Pitchblack Advance tuner even though it’s been out for a couple of years now. I’m not sure why, because it’s awesome.
It took a little research for me to make my selection among the wide variety of pedal tuners available. I realize polyphonic tuners are the popular choice right now. The Korg Pitchblack Advance does not have polyphonic tuning. However, if you’re just looking for sheer speed and accuracy over the ability to tune multiple strings at once, there are still plenty of options out there. I quickly discovered that the Korg Pitchblack Advance was the best fit for me.
Most modern tuner pedals can do just fine to get you in tune within +/- 1 cent. Others can get within +/- 0.5 cents in polyphonic mode, while strobe mode can get within +/- .02 cents! That’s pretty darn accurate! The Korg Pitchblack Advance may not be designed to tune more than one string at a time, but the strobe mode can bring a single string within +/- .01 cents. That’s TEN times as accurate as most competitors.
This unit has plenty of range for everything I use it on. It handles everything I can throw at it anyway. Standard tuned 6 string guitar? Absolutely. Baritone tuned guitar? No problem! 5 string bass? Not even a glitch.
I even noticed my guitars sounding better than they had in recent memory, simply by being more in tune than I had previously been able to achieve. I mean, if you’re never in tune, why waste your time playing? Nobody wants to hear that. Even if you think it doesn’t matter, believe me. It does.
Here’s a quick list of important features from KORG.com
- Cutting-edge design, with a superbly visible display
- Ultra-high tuning accuracy of +/- 0.1 cents
- Four meter display modes
- True bypass has absolutely no effect on the sound
- DC out allows parallel connection for powering other pedals
- Completely eliminates noise caused by using a power supply
- Achieves up to 60 hours of battery life
Strobe mode is by far the most accurate (and fun to watch!). I’d even trust it to set the intonation on my instruments. It’s that good.
When it comes to durability, the Pitchblack Advance seems to be built like a tank, albeit a tiny one. Although this isn’t the smallest pedal tuner I’ve seen, it’s still quite compact. That helps out a lot with saving space when mounting this guy on your pedalboard. Extra real estate is always appreciated!
Considering that Korg is an industry standard in digital tuners, I’m glad I gave them a chance. The Pitchblack Advance is the clear winner in my book when it comes to absolute accuracy and durability in an affordable package.