Roadworn – Boss TU-2 vs Polytune

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Juho

If you have followed us for a while, you may have noticed how much Tom likes to tune his guitar. But that is okay, since there is nothing worse than playing out of tune, and because of that every guitarist should have a tuner to be used in the studio and on the stage. Of course there are guys who tune their guitars by ear in front of a full stadium, like Jimi Hendrix, but I guess that is just the minority of us. The rest of us use a pedal designed just for tuning.

Boss TU-2

When we started out, we both had a Boss TU-2 as a tuner. TU-2 is a real household name in the guitar tuner business, and there weren’t any real competitors at that time. As every Boss pedal, this one is solidly built and feels like it just cannot be broken. It can be used in bypass mode, where it lets the guitar signal through all the time, or then in the silent mode. Of course we use it in the latter, since we bought it to be able to tune in silence… All in all, Boss TU-2 does well what it’s supposed to do, but that’s it. There’s no cool features to boost your ego or anything, which is obviously the main reason to own any guitar gear.

Boss TU-2

TC Electronic Polytune

Then came out the brand new TC Electronic Polytune with its revolutionary feature called polyphonic tuning. All you need to do is to strum all the strings and Polytune tells you which ones are out of tune. They guarantee that this feature should enormously speed up your tuning time. So we had to get a couple of these, no questions asked.

Now we had our special tuner pedals with this cool feature. It even supports different tunings, like dropped-D, and I think you can download more tuning modes from their website. However, I didn’t find that polyphonic mode very useful, since if felt like it gives slightly different results every time. They say you should hit the strings gently, maybe even only with your thumb, to get the best outcome. But that isn’t how I really play… This causes problems, since if you tune your guitar with gentle a touch and then play hard everything will be out of tune. Luckily Polytune also has the traditional one-string-at-a-time tuning mode, which is noticeably faster than the one on TU-2. The only weakness is that Polytune crashes sometimes and won’t work before you reset it… There might be an update for that though.

Later on TC Electronic has also introduced the smaller Polytune Mini and Polytune 2. They also have the Polytune app for the iPhone which could be interesting. They say the app can be built only for the iPhone, since other phone manufacturers cannot be consistent with their microphone quality. Sadly I don’t really have any real use for an app like that since I use the pedal when playing the electric guitar and my acoustic guitar has a built-in tuner. 5€ would be a bit too much for an app you don’t need.

TC Electronic Polytune

 

Briefly in Finnish

Jos ootte seuranneet meitä pidempään, ootte varmaan ehtineet huomata miten innokas Tomppa on virittämään kitaraansa. Kuten kaikki fiksut ihmiset, myös Tomppa hoitaa virittämisensä virittämiseen tarkoitetulla pedaalilla, eikä pelkästään korvalla.

Aluksi meilläkin oli käytössä Bossin vakioksi muodostunut TU-2 -viritinpedaali. Se on toimiva ja kestävä pedaali, mutta ei käytännössä tarjoa mitään uutta ja erikoista. Onneksi TC Electronic julkaisi Polytunen, jossa oli ties mitä uusia ominaisuuksia.

Isoimpana Polytunen uudistuksena on mahdollisuus katsoa kaikkien kielten vire yhdellä kertaa. Käytännössä tää toiminto on kuitenkin aika turha, mutta onneksi yhden kielen virittäminen onnistuu myös ja on huomattavasti Bossin vastaavaa nopeempaa. Heikkoutena Polytune tosin välllä crashaa, jonka jälkeen se on pakko käynnistää uudelleen.

Heikkouksistaan huolimatta ajattelin pysyä Polytunen parissa. TC Electronic on nyt julkaissut myös Polytune Minin, Polytune kakkosen ja Polytune iPhone appin. Appi olis tietysti kiinnostava, mutta melkeen viiden euron hinta on aika suolanen ohjelmasta, jolle ei löydy oikeestaan mitään käyttöä.

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