Roadie Automatic Guitar Tuner RD100 Roadie Tuner Automatic Guitar Tuner
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- Connect Roadie to the peg of your instrument, strum the string and watch it tune in seconds
- 8 pre-set alternate tunings for guitars and ability to create custom tuning. - Customize your guitar strings in 1 cents increment
- Built-in string winder functionality
- Tunes 6-7-12 string guitars, ukulele, banjo with standard guitar pegs
- Plug-in your electric guitar to the app using the accompanying adaptor and tune in noisy environments
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Roadie Tuner is the ultimate guitarist's tool — an automatic guitar tuner that is quick, easy to use, and three times more accurate than the human ear. Complemented by a mobile app, this hand-held tuner adds new dimensions to music making by allowing you to freely experiment with alternate and custom tunings. Roadie is also the first device capable of tracking the quality of an instrument's strings, letting you know when your strings are old and need replacing.
From the Manufacturer
Plug your electric guitar into your smartphone using the accompanying Roadie Jack to tune in noisy environments. This adapter is a standard 6.35mm to ¼ inch guitar lead jack that you can use to record your music on your smartphone. Also included in the package is a micro-USB charging cable.
Tuning with Roadie is three times more accurate than the average human ear. Even in noisy environments, switch on noise cancellation and let Roadie deliver its perfect, crisp tuning. Detection range: A1 (55 Hz) - A5 (880 Hz). Detection accuracy: Less than ±1 cent. Tuning accuracy: Up to ±2 cents. The reference A 440 Hz setting is customizable in 0.1 Hz increments from 420 Hz to 460 Hz.
The accompanying mobile app is free and available in the App Store and Google Play for a wide range of devices: iPhone (4S & above), iPad (3rd gen. & above), iPad Mini, iPod touch (5th gen. & above) and Android devices running Android version 4.3 and newer and equipped with Bluetooth 4.0.
Roadie is sleek, easy to use and, most importantly, extremely accurate.” — Guitar World Magazine “During my time with Roadie, my handheld and pedal tuners haven't seen the light of day and the manual peg turner has lost its place in my gig bag permanently.” — Gizmag “The Roadie is nicely built, highly accurate, and easy to use. I’ve been using standard audio-based tuners for years and this is the first time that my guitar has sounded well and truly in tune.” — Techcrunch
Describe your product in 3 words.
Quick. Accurate. Magical.
How did you come up with the idea for this product?
It all started back in college when we met in a band playing music. During band practice, Bassam had to change tuning often between songs, which was not an easy task to do on a 12 string instrument. So we thought, “How come a product that eases the hassle of tuning doesn’t already exist?” Eventually what started off as a challenging project to solve a personal need ended up to be a great journey to develop a professional guitarist’s tool. After years of research and development, Roadie came to life.
What makes your product special?
Roadie completely automates the tuning process, reducing the human error and making tuning a quick, accurate and fun experience. Roadie is versatile: you only need one Roadie to tune all your guitars, ukulele, mandolin, banjo etc. Roadie is an all-in-one tool: tuner, string winder, and string doctor. This is what makes Roadie a one-of-a-kind product in the market.
What has been the best part of your startup experience?
The journey of bringing Roadie from prototype to product has been a thrilling ride for us and so far the best part of our startup. The Kickstarter crowdfunding experience was incredible, tripling our funding goal with more than 2000 backers. Following this, the excitement of launching a product for the first time to excited and welcoming customers. We were delighted to see a community of backers supporting us early on and believing in Roadie. Then we had to manufacture our first production, so we moved right next to our factory and made sure to build a great team and good relations with our suppliers as we knew they are the foundation for building an awesome product. Finally, after shipping and delivering Roadie to over 55 countries worldwide, it was priceless to see our backers respond positively and passionately about their Roadie experience.
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Upon unpacking the Roadie Tuner, I noticed that the tuner itself was very lightweight. It seemed almost flimsy at first blush. More about that later. Included with the tuner is a small cable to connect the tuner to a USB port, and another cable to connect the guitar itself to my iPhone (standard 6.35mm to ¼ inch guitar lead jack). In the user's manual, there's a QR code for the IOS or Android app. You can also look it up manually, if so inclined. The tuner itself connects to the app via Bluetooth, so make sure it's enabled on your phone. After entering the basic parameters for the guitar (i.e. 6 string, 7 string, etc.) you can name the guitar profile. Now, the magic begins.
To start using the tuner, you need to calibrate the tuner with the guitar. When I saw the word "calibrate," I began to get a bit nervous. Calibration can sometimes be complicated and tedious. Not with the Roadie Tuner. You just tap calibrate on the app, put the tuner on the peg, pluck it again and again, and the Roadie tuner emits a tone when it's finished. That's all there is to it. No fuss at all. Initially, I used the iPhone 6's mic, and it seemed to take forever to calibrate. At that point I switched to the guitar adapter, and with just 3 or 4 plucks of the string, and it's done. Calibration and tuning the guitar took a total of approximately 3-4 minutes from low E to high E.
Since my Fender Strat is my "go to" axe, it really wasn't badly out of tune. I then tried out the Roadie Tuner on my Hot Rodded Traveler Guitar. To me this was going to make or break this tuner. Why? Well, first because I haven't used it since the early fall, and has sat in its case in a winter's worth of temperature and humidity changes, and also because the tuning pegs for this guitar are situated in the body, in a very tight space. Again, it only took less than 5 minutes to tune a badly out-of-tune guitar, and it fit well into a limited space! It was so easy, it's unbelievable! I'm looking forward to trying it on my Ric 360/12 with the tuning pegs at right angles to each other. Heck, I may just de-tune that guitar so I can have the fun of tuning it!...LOL.
Regarding the fact that it is so lightweight: At first it was difficult to determine how firmly to grip the Roadie Tuner as it calibrated and tuned my guitar. After the first automated spin of the peg holder though, I was able to match my grip to the force of the rotation of the peg holder. I honestly thought if I held it too tightly, I would break it, but not the case. It does seem to be sturdy enough to do its intended job.
While I haven't gone through all of the portions of the app, I've noticed that it can accomplish various tunings. Also, it can custom tune for times, when you just want to drop a string down a half step, and keep the rest of the strings in regular tuning. Heck, it even tells you when to change the strings!
I know that the Roadie Tuner is more expensive than most tuners. I have a whole bunch of 10-12 dollar ones that I bought in the past, since each one was never quite accurate enough, Then I went for the well known and expensive strobe tuners. They're great and very accurate, but it entails me moving the tuning peg back and forth for what seemed like forever. Now, with the Roadie Tuner, I can get the accuracy I want, at a speed that doesn't make people think I'm playing the "Tuning Song."
The Roadie Tuner is not cheap, but every time you use it, you'll appreciate the investment.
OK... So it's so useful when it works, that I bought another one. 26 days after purchase I start getting error messages. A day or two later, i hear the gears slipping again. This time still within the return period.
The thing is, there is no alternative. So after the return is processed I'll get another one.If it's used just for small adjustments, I think it will hold up. Get the guitar nearly om tune and the "polish it off" with the tool. Never use the winder.
Also beware of broken strings. A couple of time, it's gotten confused and snapped a string. It's a bit weak on drop tunings on the very low notes. I play a Baritone guitar in drop C. It has trouble with the low note.
If you can afford to blow a hundred bucks and are a bit lazy with tuning, go for it. "Band Industries" Please fix this!!@!@
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I love gadgets so I was instantly attracted the Roadie Tuner but, it's more than just a gadget, it is genuinely useful and works very well.
The app is very easy to use and also works really well.
I have a number of guitars and it's really helpful to be able to keep track of them individually in the app. Knowing when they were last restrung and having the ability to define custom tunings for them is so helpful. Having all this information in my pocket is just mind-blowing.
Well done Band Industries.
Expensive string winder.
Es stimmt ungenau. Beim ersten Versuch hat es mir die E-Seite zerrissen.
Taugt als Kurbel, aber als teurere