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Korg TM50BK Instrument Tuner and Metronome, Black

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  • Tuner and metronome can be used simultaneously or independently
  • Newly designed highly responsive LCD needle-type meter
  • Wide detection range from C1 to C8
  • A wide tempo range of 30-252 beats/minute
  • 15 rhythm variations let you practice with a broad range of musical styles
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Technical Details

Color: Black
  • The Korg TM series allows you to use the tuner and metronome simultaneously. Since this single unit is all you need for both pitch and rhythm training, it has become a favorite lesson tool for brass bands as well as many other types of musicians. The TM-50 is the latest model, featuring a two-level backlight that enhances the visibility of the LCD display. It uses a newly designed needle-style LCD for excellent response, and even greater tuning accuracy. In a first for this series, the entry-lev

Product Details

Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 5.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00923H7MA
  • Item model number: KORG-TM50BK
  • Batteries 2 AAA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (262 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 16, 2012

Product Description

Color: Black

Korg

TM-50 Tuner and Metronome

The Korg TM series allows you to use the tuner and metronome simultaneously. Since this single unit is all you need for both pitch and rhythm training, it has become a favorite lesson tool for brass bands as well as many other types of musicians. The TM-50 is the latest model, featuring a two-level backlight that enhances the visibility of the LCD display. It uses a newly designed needle-style LCD for excellent response, and even greater tuning accuracy. In a first for this series, the TM50 provides the Sound Back function which generates the reference tone that's closest to the input sound, giving you a great way to develop and refine your sense of accurate pitch. Available in a choice of two colors, black or pearl white, the TM-50 is the perfect daily practice partner that will support your development as a performer.

TM-50 by Korg
The TM-50 is available in black or white to suite your style. View larger

TM-50 by Korg
The TM-50 is more compact and lightweight, with a longer battery life. View larger
Outstanding Functionality

The TM-50 features extremely fast response to audio input from wind and other instruments, and the redesigned meter display method allows the pitch to be accurately and instantly shown without any time lag. Wind players will no longer experience the problem of their pitch changing spontaneously before it can be displayed accurately, ensuring that you'll be able to develop stable and drift-free pitch.

The detection range is extremely wide, extending from C1 (32.70 Hz) to C8 (4186.01Hz) which covers the note ranges of wind, string, and most other types of instruments. Even potentially difficult instruments that have a low pitch and numerous overtones can be tuned accurately, thanks to Korg's proprietary high-precision technology. The built-in high-sensitivity mic also allows easy and accurate tuning of acoustic instruments such as guitar and ukulele. Alternatively, you can use the separately sold CM-100L contact mic to send the vibrations directly to the tuner for even greater reliability.

Sound Out Function

In addition to visual tuning using the meter, you can use the Sound Out function to produce a reference tone from the internal speaker or headphones, and tune by ear. You can specify the reference tone in a three-octave range from C3 (130.81 Hz) to C6 (1046.50 Hz) which covers a wide variety of instruments.

Sound Back

The tuner can be used not only to detect and inform you of pitch discrepancies, but also as a tool that helps you develop the ability to hear and produce the correct pitch. That's why the TM-50 provides the proprietary Sound Back function. Detecting the pitch of your audio input, this function sounds the nearest reference tone from the speaker while the meter shows the pitch difference between your input and the reference tone. Since the pitch is indicated in both visual and audible form, this not only allows you to tune more accurately, but is also an ideal method for training your sense of pitch. Developing your ear in this way is an indispensable way to practice, especially for the beginner.

TM-50 by Korg
Produce reference tones, correct pitch, and detect pitch of your audio input

TM-50 by Korg
Large backlit LCD lets you adjust the brightness in two levels
Pure Major/Minor Third Interval Indicators

When performing in a brass band or orchestra, incorrect pitch is particularly noticeable for harmonic intervals of a third, yet by slightly skewing the pitch of a major or minor third interval from the equal-tempered pitch, you can obtain a more pure-sounding harmony that satisfies the ear. The meter scale of the TM-50 provides marks that indicate pure major and minor thirds relative to a given pitch simply by tuning. When the needle aligns with the appropriate mark, you'll be able to produce beautiful harmony when playing in an ensemble. This is extremely convenient not only for wind instruments, but also for vocal or a cappella practice.

Metronome Provides Convenient Options for Practicing a Variety of Music

Fifteen types of rhythms are built in, including time signature numerators from 0 through 9, duplets, triplets, triplets without the center beat, quadruplets, and quadruplets without the center beats. The tempo can be freely set in the range of 30--252 beats per minute. Sophisticated rhythms such as triplets and quadruplets with the center beats omitted can be useful for a diverse variety of styles including classical, rock, and jazz. The volume can also be adjusted, so you'll be able to use the metronome in any situation from personal practice in a small room to rehearsals in a studio.

Easy Tempo Settings

When setting the tempo, you can choose either "pendulum steps" where the tempo will increment or decrement in the same numerical steps as on a mechanical metronome, or "full steps" which allows you to specify any tempo between 30 and 252 in one-step increments. In addition, you can also use the tap tempo input to specify the desired tempo simply by pressing a switch in time with the beat.

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Large LCD for Enhanced Visibility

The large LCD display has a backlight that lets you adjust the brightness in two levels. In conjunction with the LED guide at the top of the display, this ensures excellent visibility, even when you're performing on a dim stage or in an orchestra pit. The characters shown in the display are also larger for improved readability.

Compact and Lightweight

For the body color, you can choose either black or pearl white. The TM-50 is even more compact and lightweight than previous models, and also boasts longer battery life. Attention has been paid to every detail, even including the back cover, and a newly designed folding stand is provided for stability in a free-standing position. The new battery cover is now unified with the main case, eliminating any possibility of loss.

Memory Backup and Auto Power-Off

Even when you turn off the power, the TM-50 will remember the tempo, beat, rhythm, calibration, and reference tone settings that you've specified (these settings will be initialized when you replace the battery). The Auto Power-Off feature will automatically turn off the power if twenty minutes have elapsed without any sound being input to the tuner while the metronome is not running.

Customer Reviews

Very easy to use.
Mike Cherry
When I practice alone, I can hear it fine and sometimes I use one headphone if I'm playing a louder passage.
Jason Neukom
As a pretty decent musician, this has everything I need in a metronome and a tuner!
Alysa

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

108 of 108 people found the following review helpful By P. Schmidt TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 14, 2012
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
There are quite a few pocket sized electronic tuner/metronomes out there for musical instruments, and many of them are not very distinguished in terms of utility, functionality and quality. This Korg model is the best one I have seen, and at an affordable price. Korg is or course a leader in this field, and Yamaha's "Dr. Beat" metronomes are more powerful and flexible, but this little unit does pretty much anything a busy musician needs.

The tuner is intended for instruments that make a reasonably sustained sound, so it is not a guitar tuner. I have not tried it for pianos, harpsichords and the like. I think it is best used with wind instruments or others that can produce tones os a few seconds duration not counting the decay.

The tuner has a sweep needle that is part of the large backlit LCD display. You can turn the backlighting off to save battery power. There are also three bright LED lamps for Flat, In Tune, and Sharp, allowing you to tune when too far away to read the LCD sweep needle.

The tuner allows tuning to different pitch standards over the range 410-480Hz, with A-440Hz being the default, and the display shows this number in large digits, and also shows the note name, e.g. Ab, etc.

The tuner can listen to your instrument, either through its built-in microphone or by plugging the cable from an electronic instrument into the 1/4" phone jack on the side of the unit. The tuner can also produce any pitch, either over the built-in speaker or silently throught the 1/8" headphone jack.

A nice feature is the "Sound Back" which plays back the in-tune pitch that is closest to the pitch you play with your out-of-tune instrument.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Marylee Lannan on January 12, 2013
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I love it. The only thing keeping it from five stars is that I can't get the volume on the metronome loud enough to hear when two people are playing.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By NathanD on March 12, 2013
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I had seen these reviewed before, and happed to catch this one on sale. Hands down, this is the best tuner I have used. It is very accurate and resposive, and the ability to output tuning tones is great too. The metronome feature is a huge plus, and makes this tuner well worth the extra cost. I also like the ability to use the tuner and the metronome at the same time. The line-in works great when it is too noisy to tune accoustically - it works well with my electric instruments as well as with a clip-on tuning pickup. And the headphone jack makes it easier to listen to the metronome beat over the sound of my instrument. The backlight really makes a huge difference in dim rooms too, although I haven't used it long enough to say how it impacts battery life yet. Really, I can't think of anything I would change about this device!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Blessed by Jesus on July 31, 2013
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This is an awesome little devise!! I was always unsure if my violin was in tune or not (only possessing relative pitch). Using both the metronome and the tuner at the same time is rather confusing to me but some one probably appreciates that feature. All around a good product.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By maamaakrystal on May 29, 2013
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Works well. The metronome lightup to the beat really helped my son keep tempo. Wish it could adjust louder. My son has to be right by it to hear it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By RUSSELL ALLEN KITCHENS on June 25, 2013
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
New student of violin and music reading and I find that this is helping a lot. Great for tuning, finding the correct notes, and learning timing.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cindy on March 1, 2014
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
As a tuner, it's pretty kick ass, I looked at a lot of different models of tuners, yet finding an accurate tuner is trouble some, they mostly get you in the range but you really need to tune your ears to find the right intonation and tone. I couldn't find a decent head stock tuner worth a damn and a half! Cheap droppings of plastic crap if you ask me... And I have had a lot of cheap tuners!

I realized the reality that even the pricier ones have gotten some complaints in the rear department for being cheap as well.... Then while scrolling through Amazon I found this tuner for about 25 bones, and I can honestly say that it's the most accurate stand alone tuner you can find in that given price range, sure you can spend more money on something else, but this will do the job of getting you in, or damn near to tune! So why pay out the ass to half ass it when you can do it for less?

I gave the Korg TM50BK only 4 Stars because one, the metronome, well, it's pretty much useless to me, can't even hear the damn thing? The other reason why it lost a star was because right after I ordered it, I found out that they had one with a built in linear recorder!!!... Well that just pissed me off, naw meeen! I could have used that feature for practice and it would have come in handy so I would recommend you get the one with the linear recorder so you can keep track of how crappy you may sound... Knowing if you sound like crap or not helps a lot in the practice department for all you newbies out there.

As for a Tuner, if that's all it was, it gets 5 Stars, you can even calibrate it, that helps when doing alternative tunings and it beats fudging around with tuning forks and guess work. So if your looking for a reviewer to help you find a guitar tuner (less metronome) worth a bit more than the plastic it's made of, here it is.... Thanks for shopping with us. :-P
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