The Korg Pitchblack is the go to tuner for thousands of guitarists all around the world. But it was released in 2008 and tuning technology has moved on a lot since then. Now Korg are bringing it up to date with The Pitchblack Custom a much more powerful version with a new display and greater accuracy than ever before.
When you are tuning you want to get as close to perfect pitch as possible as even the slightest difference when tracking can sound terrible when recording. The original Pitchblack had an accuracy of +/- 1 cent while the new Pitchblack Custom has an incredible +/- 0.1 cent accuracy! This means when it says you are in tune you really are in tune.
Better Battery Life
Korg tuners have never been slouches when it comes to battery life but this one blows everything out of the water. With up to 30 hours of battery life one alkaline battery will easily last you weeks of use without needing to be changed.
Korg have come up with a revolutionary new display called the 3D Visual Meter. This extremely bright screen is not only easier to read due its larger size but it is also much more accurate than a traditional LED display. This means you spend less time guessing your tuning and more time actually playing.
Here's what Korg say about the Pitchblack Custom
Since its debut in 2008, the KORG Pitchblack pedal tuner has earned a reputation as a trusted and indispensable part of every pedal board, thanks to its high sensitivity, great visibility, and sturdy construction. Now, to continue the legacy of the Pitchblack, we introduce the Pitchblack Custom.
The Pitchblack Custom features the first vertical 3D visual meter on a pedal tuner. Three-dimensional lights and versatile display modes deliver an unprecedented level of visibility. In addition to allowing ultra-high +/- 0.1 cent tuning precision, it features true bypass switching that prevents any coloration of your tone. Designed with the needs of professionals in mind, the Pitchblack Custom will provide years of trouble-free operation. The durable aluminum die cast body provides a DC output that allows parallel connection for powering other effects pedals. The Pitchblack Custom offers unbeatable visibility and accuracy for all guitarists and bassists and is the clear choice for professionals.
KORG tuners have a 40-year history that began with the world’s first needle-style tuner. While we have produced many different types of tuners, including tuners with unrivaled precision and tuners with epoch-making functionality, these products were made possible by KORG’s unwavering commitment to quality. In other words, our attitude of sincerely listening to the voice of the user, our revolutionary ideas, and our high level of technological ability are what underlie the long history of KORG tuners.
Now, KORG announces a new lineup aimed at achieving even greater accomplishments. The name “Custom Shop” designates this tuner as a flagship model that is representative of KORG’s highest levels of technology. Its design features a beautiful meter displayed by a CMD panel, ultra-precision detection, and careful attention paid to appearance and feel. KORG’s high technological ability and commitment to quality have taken shape as the “Custom Shop” name.
3D visual meter creates a revolutionary visual effect
The 3D visual meter exemplifies the Custom Shop series. A large and easily visible note name indication and the distinct movement of brightly illuminated LEDs make the pitch difference and change instantly recognizable. This new 3D visual meter makes it simple to tune with a precision of ±0.1 cent.
Ultra-high tuning accuracy of +/- 0.1 cents
Designed with the professional user in mind, KORG’s Pitchblack Custom offers extremely accurate tuning with a detection range of +/- 0.1 cents, a level of precision that is uncommon of pedal tuners. With the Pitchblack Custom, players of all styles can now enjoy the same ultra-high precision offered in KORG’s flagship tuner, the Pitchblack Pro.
- Scale: 12 note equal temperament
- Detection Range: E0 (20.60 Hz) - C8 (4186 Hz)
- Calibration Range: 436 - 445 Hz (1 Hz steps)
- Detection Accuracy: within +/- 0.1 cent
- Input Impedance: 1 M (when tuner is on)
- Connectors: INPUT (mono 1/4" jack), BYPASS (mono 1/4" jack), DC IN (9V), DC OUT (9V)
- Power Supply: 9V battery or 9V AC adaptor
- Battery Life: approximately 15 hours (A4 continuous input, tuner on, display mode: Regular A, using a 9 volt zinc-carbon battery)
- Consumption Current: Maximum 40mA
- Dimensions (W x D x H): 68 x 113 x 45 mm/ 2.68" x 4.45" x 1.77" (including feet)
- Weight: 286g / 0.63 lbs (including battery)
- Included items: one zinc-carbon battery for verifying operation
- Accessories: AC adaptor (9V)