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Korg TMR50BK TMR-50 Tuner Metronome Recorder - Black

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  • Tuner, metronome, and recorder can be used simultaneously or independently
  • Internal Mic and speaker make it easy to record and play back your performance
  • Loop Play function lets you repeat a desired region of a recorded track
  • High-quality linear PCM recording/playback - record up to 100 tracks (about 20 minutes)
  • The Sound Out function produces a reference tone in a three-octave range from the built-in speaker
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Product Description



TMR-50 Tuner, Metronome, and Recorder

The TMR-50 is the ideal partner for a musician of any level who wants to improve their performances. It features extensive tuner and metronome functionality that will help improve both pitch and rhythm. The tuner, metronome, and recorder can each be used simultaneously or independently. Up to 100 tracks of high-quality linear PCM can be conveniently recorded onboard, while the USB port provides easy transfer of recorded data and song files between the TMR-50 to a computer. With its built-in mic and speaker, plus 15 built in rhythm variations, the TMR-50 makes it easy to practice difficult passages. Available in a choice of two colors, black or pearl white, the TMR-50 is the perfect daily practice partner that will support your development as a performer.

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Ideal for a musician, the TMR-50 is available in black or white. View larger

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Featuring high-quality linear PCM recording and playback. View larger
High Quality Linear PCM Recording/Playback

In spite of its affordable price, the TMR-50 features high-quality linear PCM recording/playback (44.1 kHz / 16-bit, monaural). It's also able to automatically optimize the recording level as appropriate for the volume of your playing, ensuring great clarity and excellent sound. A maximum of 100 tracks can be recorded (total time approximately 20 minutes), which provides ample space for recording instrumental practice.

USB Connectivity

If the TMR-50's recording memory fills up and you want to save data, you can copy it to your computer via the USB connection. The data is saved in WAV format, so you'll be free to listen to your practice sessions on your computer whenever you want. Standard WAV format files can also be copied from your computer to the TMR-50 and they can be listened to through the built-in speaker or headphones*; for example, you may find it convenient to store the original recording of the song that you want to practice.

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Features extremely fast response to audio input from wind and other instruments

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Copy data from the TMR-50 to your computer via USB connection

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Practice a variety of music with fifteen types of built-in rhythms and easy tempo settings

TMR-50 by Korg
Large backlit LCD lets you adjust brightness in two levels to ensure easy visibility
Outstanding Functionality

The TMR-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 TMR-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.

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 TMR-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 TMR-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 TMR-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.

Product Details

Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 5.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B0099RW19S
  • Item model number: KORG-TMR50BK
  • Batteries 2 AAA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,639 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 April 13, 2004

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Nony Moose on June 15, 2014
Color: Black Verified Purchase
Mid-2015 Update:
Ok, I'm sure that I tried "everything" to improve the volume when using the Recorder function before I wrote my review below, but the other day I recorded something using the contact mic clipped to the bridge of my cello, and The volume on playback was good! Now, the quality of the recording is not great, but it is useful for hearing what you sound like if you are working on a piece (assuming you are not a pro of course.) i also see that the price is even lower now, and there is a "new and improved" contact mic with a more robust connection between the wire and the device. My older version has started to separate there, so I would recommend the new version.

I paid up for the TMR50, which on the day that I bought it was $50 more than the TM50 (today it is only $40 more; insult on top of injury). I wanted the "sound back" feature and I really wanted the recording feature. I also paid $5 more for the black than the white (that day) because the white gets smudged with use.

I play the cello. "Your mileage may vary."

* The tuner itself is very fussy / sensitive, more so than my basic Korg tuner. I don't consider that a huge negative, but the fluctuation from flat to sharp to flat while bowing an open string may drive some people crazy. And sometimes it just stays green so it is not impossible to get in sync with it. It's just fussy. I have a very resonant cello with lots of overtones, which may have something to do with that. I am not an expert.

* The metronome is great. Does what you would expect, and I like the tap feature.

* The "sound back" function is sort of annoying, but I still use it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kristin A. Muller on September 29, 2014
Color: Black Verified Purchase
Intelligent, thoughtful and considered design. This is a device that conforms to the needs of a user, as opposed to poorly designed devices to which the user must conform. The 3 functions: recorder, metronome, and tuner are independent when used separately, but when used together, they integrate in a cooperative ergonomic manner. For example, the metronome is automatically muted after the introductory beats during recording. The recording quality is quite good but can only be appreciated if the file is transferred via USB to be heard on a capable system. Although the miniscule built in speaker is adequate for note tones and metronome beats, it is incapable of quality musical rendition, and makes no attempt to accomplish such. However an output jack is available for directly driving an amplifier or a small headphone. The built in mic is good. To avoid audio feedback, the "sound back" feature can only be used with either or both an external headphone or mic. This useful feature detects the note being played while simultaneously outputting the closest note for comparison. The tuner is accurate, and responsive with perfect damping. The metronome has many useful features.
The fold out stand seems a bit inadequate but it works. The unit would be improved with a larger display and a smaller "KORG" brandish.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 16, 2014
Color: Black Verified Purchase
I've used the recorder for a demo and got the job, works well. The metronome is a metronome has sight and sound features that are customizable so that works well. The tuner does well for standard and alter tunings but I think the mic is a bit sensitive will display different note/string and you have to quiet everything and reset.....kind of annoying but not to bad. The accuracy is spot on so that really is the important thing, the only improvement I can think of is changing the stand to something like a metal wire that encompasses the whole perimeter of the back for better support.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John C Zarli on November 7, 2013
Color: Black Verified Purchase
It does everything it says, quite easily. Actually has 3 power buttons and each of the 3 functions (tuner, metronome & recorder) has its own buttons. No confusing double duty buttons. I bought this through Amazon warehouse at quite a discount, but at new price I'd question whether you really need more than the tuner. I'd still recommend a Korg tuner, but this one is for gadget lovers which I confess to being.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jmhr on May 10, 2015
Color: Black Verified Purchase
I like the metronome. Easy to tap the tempo in, and from there, tap it up or down with the tiny but usable arrow keys. Easy to turn start and stop, too.

I like the tuner. It seems pretty accurate (for guitar). The plan is to use it for violin too, but haven't had the chance yet.

I paid the extra $20 for the recording function. I do not like the way it works. The mic sensitivity is too low, and not adjustable. This means the recording level is frustratingly low. The playback is also extremely limited in volume level. So for practicing a singing part, I have to be a few inches away from the mic. I understand there may be a reason to have low sensitivity setting, especially with some band instruments, to prevent overloading/clipping. But why not provide a high-medium-low, or better yet, a 1-10 setting? And why does the output need to be so weak.

Korg really dropped the ball on the added feature. Seems like they had a product, the TM50, and thought, "How can we make a lot more $$ on this without requiring a significant investment? Let's add an old recording circuit we have lying around." Seems that way, anyway.

For the convenience of the combined features in a small package, and despite the very poor recording function, I will probably keep this unit. But unless you really need the convenience, save your money for a separate, superior recorder, maybe an Olympus, and just get the TM50.
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