Overtone Labs in Andover, Mass., has updated its original Tune-Bot, which measures actual sonic frequencies to give a true indication of a drum’s pitch, allowing a drummer to tune musically instead of mechanically. The new Tune-Bot Studio ($149.95 MSRP) offers more reliable readings, a higher frequency range (which is better for tuning snare drums), a four-color display, streamlined keypad, and improved kit-saving options, all in a performance package that’s easier to understand and operate.
The Tune-Bot Studio offers a variety of tuning options. It can tune any drum to a specific desired pitch, or tune an entire drum set using specific intervals. And once the perfect tuning of a kit has been achieved, the Tune-Bot Studio can memorize the setting for each drum, so that that same tuning can be recalled and re-established the next time the kit is played. This is an especially cool feature when it comes time for drumhead changes.
The Tune-Bot Studio can be used with drums on or off the kit, with specific functional features tailored to each situation. It’s compact and lightweight, with a rubberized black finish and an efficient clamp system for improved grip on a drum rim. It comes in a plastic case that’s sturdy enough to fit in any stick bag.
For more information, go to tune-bot.com.