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Roadie Automatic Guitar Tuner RD100 Roadie Tuner Automatic Guitar Tuner
- 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.
Much faster than some have said.
Took a few hours to fully charge out of the box. No problem there.
It has a "serial" mode that jumps from string to string. It works fine but you have to silence the string you just tuned before going to the next. Takes a little getting used to. No big deal.
A little awkward to hold, and the chuck bumps the other tuners on some guitars.
What I don't like:
It should always tune below then note and then back UP. If you've played guitar for more than 2 weeks you should know this. This device, with all it's clever technology, can't seem to manage that. As a result, if you give you strings a quick tug after tuning, as I always do, you're outta tune again. The tug is to make sure the string does not bind at the nut, and then release while I'm playing. This is a no-brainer.
So my recommended workaround is to detune your strings before using the Roadie, and then I will still give them a tug and retune once more.
Anybody who uses a capo knows even the best capo can throw a guitar out of tune. Maybe it's intonation. Maybe it's the capo tension on the strings. Some guitars seem more prone than others.
The roadie has "standard" tuning, plus a laundry list of suggested alternate tunings, plus the ability to create your own alternate tunings. You can also name them, which is great for finding them fast.
What it does NOT have is a simple capo mode, where you can effectively say, "tune this in standard mode for the 6th fret." Standard plus 6. That should be it.
INSTEAD, you have to create an alternate tuning for Bb Eb Ab Db F and Bb. And another one for the first fret, 2nd fret, 3rd fret, and any other fret you want to put a capo on.
I am hoping they will update the app with a capo mode some time in the future. As it stands now, I'm still testing. Mandolin and 12 string (both tuned down half a step) are next.
If you want to share this device with someone else, you will need to add the guitar to the device and sync it up. Easy enough, but if you're in a hurry and need to tune a guitar not sync'd up, then it may be easier to use a standard tuner.
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