Korg CA1 Chromatic Tuner Reviews


Korg CA1 Chromatic Tuner

  • Compact Chromatic Tuner, ideal for brass band or orchestra
  • Wide range of pitch detection covers C1-C8
  • High-precision LCD needle-type meter for stable tuning
  • Sound Out produces a reference tone from the internal speaker
  • Calibration Function supports a variety of concert pitches

With a size similar to an audiocassette case, the korg ca-1 chromatic tuner tuner supports a broad range of c1 (32.70 hz)-c8 (4186.01 hz), allowing speedy and high-precision tuning of wind, string, keyboard, and other instruments. This orchestral tuner is ideal for tuning even low-register notes containing numerous overtones that are often difficult to tune. A high-sensitivity mic is built-in, allowing easy and accurate tuning of acoustic instruments such as ukuleles. High accuracy and superb fu

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Korg OT-120 Orchestral Tuner

  • Chromatic tuner with a wide 8 octave detection range that supports band and orchestra instruments.
  • Dual display provides both a needle-type meter and an LCD for excellent visibility.
  • Sound Back mode plays a reference pitch for the note that’s closest to the input pitch. The meter indicates the discrepancy between the input and the correct pitch. (This feature requires the additional purchase of the CM-100L microphone.)
  • Multiple Temperaments support historical tunings
  • Transpose mode is convenient for wind instruments. The factory package dimensions for the KOR OT120 is 3.75″ (W) x 5.75″ (D) x 2.5″ (H)

The Korg OT-120 chromatic meter-type tuner specifically addresses the needs of the orchestral musician. The OT-120 also includes those “nice touches” born of actual experience in the orchestra pit with features such as a durable, soft case with belt clip to you put your tuner where it will be easily accessible, instead of sitting in your case or on the floor. TH OT-120 also includes a tilt-back stand. Built-in. The angle is ideally suited for playing while standing so the tune is visible. The Ko

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3 Comments/Reviews

  • Saabtturbo says:
    87 of 89 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Better than expected for piano tuning., January 12, 2009
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    This review is from: Korg OT-120 Orchestral Tuner (Electronics)
    I purchased this for tuning my violin and piano, assuming it would do a great job on the violin (it does) but was wary of how it would work on the piano. I had been using a Peterson Virtual Stobe tuner for years, using standard piano-tuning techniques and equipment, and preferred tuning to a strobe rather than to a needle or LEDs. But battery leakage had put my VS out of commission. With the Peterson VS having its own imperfections, and a new one now running 3-4 times the cost of the Korg OT-120, I decided to give the Korg a try. (I also purchased the clip mike just in case its built-in mike balked at some of the overtones on my older piano.) I now use the Korg OT-120 regularly, not only to tune my piano and violin, but also as a practicing aid for the violin. It’s very responsive and useful in verifying that I’m hitting pitch. After a few months of use I can say that the Korg OT-120 has exceeded my expectations for ease-of-use, value, and effectiveness for tuning my violin and piano, and for practice (strings). The tone generator is useful for ear training as well as for tuning. The display is smaller than I’m used to on the Peterson, but then again the Korg is much more portable. The clip microphone has come in handy for tuning some of the trickier strings at the lower and higher octaves, but I don’t need to use it very often. Although I prefer the strobe for how it linearly visualizes pitch adjustment, it took less than half a tuning session to re-adapt to a needle/LED style display. Note: The Peterson has a larger number of tuning temperments than the Korg, so if you’re tuning for early music make sure to review the temperments available on the Korg before buying. Nor can you store custom temperments on it.

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  • Gustavo Beaklini "Gustavo Beaklini harpist" says:
    26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Korg OT-120, October 22, 2008
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    I am a harpist in Brazil and I need a tuner that helps me tunning 47 strings quick and precisely in less than 15 minutes berofe concerts and practice time. Korg OT-120 helps me in this job.

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  • M. Cromwell says:
    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Very good, economical tuner for harpsichord, September 9, 2011
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    This review is from: Korg OT-120 Orchestral Tuner (Electronics)
    The Korg OT-120 is a very competent and functional tuner at a reasonable price. It is very easy to use. Less than 15 minutes after first opening the package I had tuned one rank of my 61 note harpsichord to Werckmeister III at Baroque pitch, and I was immediately pleased with the results.

    I had been using a Boss TU-12H, which can only do equal temperament and does not allow for changing of the base pitch. Aside from those limitations, I can now hear that it was also never very accurate. Even after meticulously tuning every string, I often found my instrument still sounded quite harsh. I always had trouble with the Boss TU-12H’s needle going wild and never really settling in on a clear reading, so I often had to rely on my ear (which is still not very good), often resulting in an inconsistent tuning.

    After tuning with the Korg OT-120, there was a significant improvement. I never realized my harpsichord (which is a budget model) could sound this good. The Korg OT-120’s needle is much more stable, usually centering on a reading very quickly, though somewhat slowly for the lowest notes. I did have some trouble getting a response on the three or four highest notes on my keyboard, but on my instrument they are pretty quiet, so that is most likely the reason (rather than just the highness of the pitch itself). The display is good and easy to read considering the size, and I like that the back lighting can be turned on or off as you need it, to help conserve battery life. It’s nice that it comes with a case, but it must be completely removed from the case to use it.

    I purchased it with the optional CM-100L contact microphone, but found that there weren’t a lot of places to connect it on my instrument that worked well, at least for all the notes. I ended up moving it about three times, but it did seem to increase the accuracy overall, so I do think it was worth it. Unfortunately the mic doesn’t fit inside the case with the tuner (unless you really want to jam it in there).

    All in all, the Korg OT-120 exceeded my expectations and was very much worth the price. I would recommend this tuner to anyone who wants a versatile, easy to use and reasonably priced tuner for a harpsichord or any other classical instrument.

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