Buddy Rich once said, “You don’t tune a drum…you tension it.” Well, up to now that’s been true. Popular tuning devices currently on the market focus on mechanical forces — either the torque of tension rods against the threads of lug receivers, or the surface tension of drumhead film.
But mechanical tuning is now a thing of the past, thanks to the Tune-Bot electronic drum tuner from Overtone Labs. This innovative yet user-friendly device (a major success on the recent 2012 NAMM) and it measures actual sonic frequencies, giving a true indication of a drum’s pitch. Thus it allows the drummer to tune musically instead of mechanically. With the Tune-Bot, drummers can quickly and easily achieve the same musical accuracy that guitarists have enjoyed for years.
The Tune-Bot offers a wide a variety of tuning options. You can use it to get a drum “in tune with itself,” tune any drum to a specific desired pitch, even get an entire drumkit in tune using specific intervals. And once the “perfect” tuning of a kit has been achieved, the Tune-Bot can memorize the setting for each drum, so that that same tuning can be recalled and re-established the next time the kit is played. This is an especially cool feature when it comes time for drumhead changes.
The Tune-Bot can be used with drums on or off the kit—with specific functional features tailored to each situation. The unit is compact and lightweight enough to fit in any stick bag, and it comes fitted with a simple clamp system that makes it easy to use. Best of all, the Tune-Bot is as affordable as it is useful.
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