True Strobe Technology
The front panel of the ST122 is shown below. The buttons have dual functions, selected by the Alt key at the lower right. The upper diagram shows the primary functions, the lower diagram shows the alternate functions.
Strobe display Pattern in the ring of LEDs rotates to the left if the note is flat, and rotates to the right if the note is sharp
Power On/Off Button
LCD. Displays the selected note, mode of operation, etc.
Mode button chooses open tunings for guitars, basses and other stringed instruments.
Note change buttons. Used to change notes when in manual mode.
Toggles between Auto and Manual mode.
Cents change buttons. Used to offset a note by a precise amount.
Selects Chromatic Mode
Alternate Button Functions
Sharp Tuning - raises the pitch of all notes one semi-tone at a time.
Steps backwards through the modes.
Setup - a variety of functions can be customized by the user.
Alt Key - hold this button down to access these functions.
Clear - resets the tuner (zeros out any offsets, flat/sharp tuning or changes to the A4 reference)
Backlight - there are 4 modes of LCD backlighting.
Change the A4 reference pitch. Default is 440.0 Hz, can be changed in .1 Hz increments.
The LED ring on the Turbo Tuner is a true stroboscope. The LEDs are driven directly by the analog input signal and electronically strobed, showing the actual stroboscopic effect between the input signal and internally generated frequency reference. This gives instant response and extreme accuracy.
We’re an odd lot around here. When a really high-end piece shows up for a review – last month’s Moonstone Vulcan Extreme, for instance – everyone seems intimidated at first, like when a really cute new girl would show up at school. Eventually, it will get picked up and played, but only after several rounds of “Oh my God, that’s beautiful!” and “How much is it?” But send in something less rarified – some cool pickups, a new stomp box, or a nice mid-level guitar – and all hell breaks loose. Everyone tries to horn in on the action, even our Production Manager, which is sad only when you discover he’s really a drummer. So when Sonic Research sent their compact ST-122 Turbo Tuner chromatic strobe tuner for us to review, history’s most pathetic catfight quickly ensued, with myself eventually emerging as the shallow victor over my editor, owing in part to my almost superhuman slapping skills, but mostly because I run surprisingly fast for a big guy.
After hiding safely behind locked doors, I decided to lose the instructions – it is a tuner, after all – and just live with the thing for a while. I easily tuned up my battered acoustic, with the Turbo Tuner being simple enough for even me to understand; hit the power button, place it in the general area of the guitar, and tune up. The built-in mic had no issues, performing well even with the extraneous racket of Adam banging on the door. Automatic note selection was fast as hell. Out of the box the ST-122 defaults to Auto/Chromatic mode, so it’s basically power up, plug in or start playing, and tune, with the strobe being bright enough to see clearly and the LCD large enough to read comfortably for even the worst of eyes.
Next, I decided I’d try intonating a Strat after slapping on a fresh set of strings. Again, it was ridiculously simple to get where I wanted by simply winging it – no manual referencing for this man’s man. However, curiosity eventually got the best of me, and scrolling through the ST-122’s various modes gave me a taste of this tuner’s capabilities, so, coming down from the high of my previous coup d’état over my editor, I admitted my fallibility and popped open the manual.
The buttons are straightforward, with the primary functions labeled on the buttons themselves, and the secondary functions, accessed by holding down the ALT button, labeled underneath their respective buttons. The BAKLITE [sic] button scrolls through Off, On, Key or a unique Sound function, lighting up when – you guessed it – a sound is made. The MODE button scrolls through the various tunings and instruments available while in alternate- tuning mode, offering everything from DADGAD to cello tunings. To get back to Chromatic mode, simply hit the CHROM button. Manual or Automatic operation is available in any mode, chromatic or alternative-tuning. The reference pitch can be changed from A=440Hz by hitting the ALT and A440 CHANGE keys simultaneously.
Many other secondary features are accessible here, such as Auto Power Off, Show Note Frequency, Power On settings and the all-important Restore Defaults, among others. Of note is the ability to enter in your own tunings, so whether you do a lot of Sonic Youth covers, or play dobro and pedal steel in a honky tonk band, the Turbo Tuner is worth a look. Heck, you could even merrily tune up your cello for that upcoming performance of Cabaret, and I wouldn’t judge you. Not after what I’ve just been through.
ENVIO Y ENTREGA:
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