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Published on October 14th, 2011 | by Greg


Never Tune Another Way Again: PolyTune

One of the weird­er parts of mu­sic is that we’re still tun­ing in­stru­ments. Think about it: all of the new ma­te­ri­als and mas­sive changes in tech­nol­o­gy, and we still tune one string at a time, man­u­al­ly ad­just­ing. We played the game Rock­smith a while ago, and we kept tun­ing on each track. In some ways, it’s be­come a rit­u­al for many mu­si­cians, but au­di­ences gen­er­al­ly aren’t pa­tient while you’re sit­ting there strum­ming and tweak­ing.

It can’t ad­just things for you- yet- but it can make life eas­i­er, sim­pler, faster, and just all-around bet­ter. Not just for you, but for your au­di­ence, and then per­haps for all of mankind who could re­al­ly use the ex­tra time you’d oth­er­wise waste. The Poly­Tune from TC Elec­tron­ic is cute, small, and should now be con­sid­ered an es­sen­tial piece of gear. You can now tune with your ears shut (or plugged, or ring­ing from the last set), and we found it to be sim­ple and much faster than any oth­er method we’ve seen. Bassists aren’t out of luck ei­ther, the Poly­Tune will han­dle you odd fel­lows with­out miss­ing a beat.

Ba­si­cal­ly, it’s a screen with a bunch of pret­ty LED lights. You strum- all of the strings at once- and get an in­stant read­ing on what’s wrong and how to ad­just. Feed­back as you cor­rect is handy, and we com­pared against an­oth­er tuner and found ev­ery­thing to be spot on. The ref­er­ence pitch can be ad­just­ed; we didn’t try out the whole range, but it’s a nice fea­ture if you, er, pitch odd­ly. And this stomp­box tuner al­lows what they call true by­pass, so you don’t need to wor­ry about it chang­ing your sound. Bat­tery pow­er is via a 9V bat­tery, though a pow­er sup­ply is avail­able (sold sep­a­rate­ly). Lights and read­out were vis­i­ble even in the light, and the unit is built to with­stand some time on the road. All in all, this is the best tuner we’ve seen- and a sexy new piece of mu­sic gear for your bud­ding mu­si­cian or even the gui­tar en­thu­si­ast who has ev­ery­thing. And at on­ly $65 or so, it’s al­so a good deal.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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