You are going to buy a tuner for your guitar or a different (string)instrument. But what should you pay attention to when purchasing? What are the differences, and which type of tuner has the right fit for my situation? Inside Audio is here to help you out.
Buying a (guitar) tuner
A tuner is used to tune your instrument or to your instrument to a different tuning. Over time most instruments change pitch due to temperature, air density and due to stretched out strings. An instrument is generally tuned in a quint or quarter tuning, so when one or multiple strings are out of tune it sounds off.
What type of guitar tuner do I need?
There are different ways to tune an instrument such as:
- Using another instrument as a tone reference
- Using a pitchfork as a tone reference
The two options above are a bit tricky, to do this you need to have a good sense of tone and a trained hearing. Do try it from time to time because you cannot practice this skill early enough.
- A tuner (phone) application
- An electrical tuner (clip-on tuner)
Using a tuner-app or an electric tuner is probably the easiest and most comfortable way to tune a guitar. The tuner registrates the tone that you play and automatically displays the tone that sounds closest to what you played. The only thing you must do is tighten or loosen the string until it hits the right tone. Electric tuners usually work better than a tuner app because they have a vibration sensor build inside them. The app only uses the microphone in your device.
- A regular tuner
A regular tuner is, in essence, an electric tuner, but it usually has more options. It is possible to plug your instrument to the tuner with a cable, which makes the signal many times stronger. Alongside that, most of the regular tuners have a built-in metronome.
The difference between a chromatic or a non-chromatic tuner
Between tuners, there is a difference in a chromatic or non-chromatic design. A chromatic tuner recognizes all the 12 different tones of western music. This type of tuner can be used for almost all instruments. The non-chromatic tuner is designed for a specific instrument that requires a different tuning. This tuner only recognizes the tones of that instrument. In some cases, it is preferred to use a non-chromatic tuner because it is easier to use.