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Korg CA1 Chromatic Tuner

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  • Compact Chromatic Tuner, ideal for brass band or orchestra
  • Wide range of pitch detection covers C1-C8
  • High-precision LCD needle-type meter for stable tuning
  • Sound Out produces a reference tone from the internal speaker
  • Calibration Function supports a variety of concert pitches
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Product Description

CA-1 Chromatic Tuner

The proven choice for any instrumentalist, our affordable CA-1 Chromatic Tuner is packed with features missing from other low-cost chromatic tuners. Pure Major and Minor Third indicators benefit any ensemble player. Auto Power Off preserves battery life.

CA-1 Chromatic Tuner
CA-1 Chromatic Tuner
Innovative Compact Design

This compact chromatic tuner supports a broad range of C1 (32.70 Hz)-C8 (4186.01 Hz), allowing speedy and high-precision tuning of wind, string, keyboard, and other instruments. This orchestral tuner is ideal for tuning even low-register notes containing numerous overtones that are often difficult to tune. A high-sensitivity mic is built-in, allowing easy and accurate tuning of acoustic instruments such as ukuleles. A separately sold CM-100 contact mic can also be used to send the vibrations directly to the tuner for even more accurate tuning.

Ultra-compact, LCD Needle-Style Chromatic Tuner

High accuracy and superb functionality have made Korg tuners the worldwide favorite. And now, the new CA-1 joins the best-selling CA series of band tuners. With even more features, like a pitch reference tone and marks for pure major thirds and minor thirds, the CA-1 Chromatic Tuner packs basic functionality and convenient tuning functions into an ultra-compact body.

Extended Range and Audio Tuning

In addition to visual tuning via meter, the CA-1 band and orchestra tuner can play reference pitches from its internal speaker (Sound Out) for tuning by ear. Each press of the Sound switch will cycle through the A4-Bb4 notes commonly used for tuning wind instruments. Or you can hold down the Sound switch to change the cycle to the semitone intervals from C4 through C5 (one octave), allowing reference pitches for any instrument to be sounded quickly.

Power Saver

The power will turn off automatically, if the unit is left powered-on for 20 minutes without performing any operation, avoiding unnecessary battery consumption. Low-power consumption design allows an amazing 100 hours (approximate) of continuous battery life (A4 continuous input, meter mode, zinc-carbon batteries). Even if the pitch is within the detection range, detection may not be possible for instrumental sounds that contain a large number of overtones or have a rapid decay.

CA-1 Chromatic Tuner
High-precision LCD Meter

The meter section uses an LCD needle, combining the accuracy of an LCD with the easy visibility of a needle, and providing a stable display. Additional visual feedback is provided by LEDs that indicate pitch deviation.


Product Hightlights:
  • Compact Chromatic Tuner, ideal for brass band or orchestra.
  • Wide range of pitch detection covers C1-C8.
  • High-precision LCD needle-type meter for stable tuning.
  • Sound Out produces a reference tone from the internal speaker.
  • Calibration Function supports a variety of concert pitches.
  • Auto Power Off function conserves battery life.
  • Memory Backup function.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 2.3 x 5.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B002PMHAVS
  • Item model number: CA1
  • Batteries 1 AAAA batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,170 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 26, 2009

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Very easy to use.
Panhia Xiong
Works great for acoustic guitars as well as electric, and also does a fine job on basses, too.
Mittentastic
I am just learning the bass guitar and this makes it a breeze to tune.
stephanie

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

65 of 71 people found the following review helpful By A. Dude on January 14, 2010
The Korg CA-1 is a chromatic tuner which allows you to tune in any key. It features a quarter-inch jack for input and a "+" and "-" key for tuning in another pitch close to what you're in. Say I was in G and wanted to go to G1. Hit the "+" button a couple times, and bam it's now calibrated for that pitch. It comes standard with a small condenser mic built in so you can tune a woodwind instrument, trumpet, acoustic guitar or small squirrel. Whatever you need to tune. Super simple and easy to use, Korg has a reputation for producing the best tuners on the market. Weather it's rackmount tuning you need or the cheap-o $20 CA-1 Korg has you covered. My first one worked until it was lost during a show. I am willing to put money down that it would have worked up until now when I needed to buy another.

To the review that says it's "Tinny" sounding...Dude, that's stupid. It's a tuner. It doesn't have an OUTPUT! You plug in your guitar or bass and tune. You can't say that a tuner has any kind of real sound, since you're not really playing through it. A stomp-box pedal tuner may sound "tinny", but that may only be because it might not be true bypass circuitry used. Anyways, this is a great product and completely mandatory if you play an instrument.
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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful By F. DELEON on October 1, 2010
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I had ordered the CA1 and CA-40 at the same time, but received the CA1 first, so I used it to tune our baby grand Wurlitzer (first time ever for me to tune a piano). The CA1 worked well indicating whether a string was solid on the note (green only LED) indicated on the display, or off the note (green and red LEDs). The great thing about the red LEDs on either side of the green is they tell you whether to tighten the pin more (when red LED to left of green is lit, i.e., string too loose) or loosen the pin some (when red LED to right of green is lit, i.e., string too tight). The first pass of tuning the piano took five and half hours, but to be fair, the piano was grossly in need of a tune. The CA1 did not pick up the higher octaves or the lower octaves but if you are patient and have "a good ear," you can tune, by ear, the octaves outside of the CA1's range. The CA-40 picks up more octaves than the CA1 (see my review) which speeds up the tuning process, but the octaves outside of the CA-40's range, though fewer, have to be tuned by ear, too. For the price difference, the CA-40 is a MUCH better buy for piano tuning.

Hint: Turn the CA1 or CA-40 upside down. If the string is too loose, the left LED will light but because you turned the tuner upside down, the LED will be to the right of the green LED... rightey tightey...leftey loosey...
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Remington on July 7, 2010
I really like this tuner. My only complaint is that it's somewhat hard to see the screen. It tunes great though. I tuned my four guitars and my daughter's two guitars all within about 20 minutes. This is the same model that our local guitar repair technician uses on the bench.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Sasha Q. VINE VOICE on February 3, 2010
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I purchased this tuner for my 12 year old granddaughter, who plays the cello and the bass. She loves it! I do not play a musical instrument, myself, so, while I cannot rate it personally, she states that it works perfectly for all of her tuning needs. I think that a recommendation that high might be helpful to others who are considering purchasing this tuner for a family member or a friend.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Moneeka C. Mann on December 28, 2009
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This worked great and was so simple.. We have a lap harp "melody harp" that's always needing tuning and i don't have any other instruments to tune it to. this worked great.. took me not time!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mackinaw on December 23, 2009
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Purchased this item for my daughter for High School marching/concert band. The small size is great as it fits well into jeans or uniform pocket, aslo fits well into flute case to bring home for practice. Owner 7-8 weeks, would buy again.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Courtney on July 3, 2011
This is an amazing tuner! You can buy one of these easily from almost any music store but I like to buy stuff from amazon anyway. However, IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A TUNER FOR GUITAR OR BASS, DO NOT BUY THIS TUNER! I play guitar, clarinet, piano, and tenor sax, I bought a guitar/bass tuner thinking "hey, its a tuner! and its cheep, it will work for all insterments!" But now I know that a chromatic tuner is meant for woodwinds, brass, piano, and SOME string insterments(i.e. violins, cellos, violas ect.) So whatever tuner you end up buying, I also suggeget getting the Korg CM-100L Clip On Contact Microphone that plugs into this, and many other, tuners because this tuner is very sensitive and will pick up almost any background noise, with the microphone, it filters out unwanted noise, so if you play in concerts or in noisy places, I suggest the mic. :) good luck!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Julia on July 8, 2012
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I thought I had a pretty good ear for tuning my harp - until I tuned it with the Korg Chromatic Tuner. Its as close to perfect as you can get.
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