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Chromatic tuning: What is it, and why is it better? 

James Morley, in By product, Core 2, Music insights
May 31, 2024 | min read

So, you know those nifty little gadgets called chromatic tuners? They’re like musical instrument fairy godmothers – they listen to the notes you play and tell you if you’re too high (sharp) or too low (flat), So here at Soundbrenner we just had to include chromatic tuning capabilities in the Core 2! Unlike those old-school tuners that only work with specific instruments like guitars or violins, chromatic tuners are like the Swiss army knives of tuning tools – they can handle any instrument that can make a decent noise.

A quick history lesson

Until around the mid — 19th century, different countries had a bunch of different tuning standards. France was first to standardize at 435 Hz, and then Italy decided upon 440. The debate around which tuning frequency is the best between A4 at 440 Hz or A4 at 432 Hz has been going on for ages and likely won’t end anytime soon! All you need to know is that 440 Hz has become the standard tuning for orchestras and traditional instruments since the 1950 mainly to make the trade and manufacturing of instruments easier for everyone.

Why bother with a chromatic tuner anyway, you ask?

  1. Versatility: With a chromatic tuner, you can tune pretty much any instrument under the sun – guitars, harps, pianos, even those fancy wind instruments. It’s a lifesaver for musicians who like to dabble in different sounds. 
  1. Accuracy: These bad boys are all about that precision tuning. Say goodbye to wonky notes – with a chromatic tuner, your sound will be on point every time. It’s like having your own personal pitch-perfect assistant.
  1. Ease of use: Forget complicated tech jargon – chromatic tuners are designed to be user-friendly. Even if you’re a total newbie, you’ll be tuning like a pro in no time.
  1. Real-time feedback: One of the best things about chromatic tuners is that they give you instant feedback on your playing. Need to tweak a note? No problem – the tuner’s got your back. It’s like having a virtual music coach cheering you on.
  1. Portability: this one speaks for itself, especially with the Core 2, not only is it just the size of a watch, but it’s also always on your wrist — So you’ll never be caught out!  Tuning up on the fly has never been easier.

In a nutshell, chromatic tuners are a musician’s best friend. They make tuning a breeze, help you sound your best, and keep the music flowing smoothly. So, next time you’re getting ready to play, remember to tune up with your trusty Core 2 chromatic tuner – your ears (and mine) will thank you!


Thanks for reading our article, “Chromatic tuning: What is it, and why is it better? ”. We at Soundbrenner are dedicated to helping musicians stay focused on what truly matters: their music. By creating innovative devices, such as Soundbrenner Pulse and Core, our goal is to deliver the best possible practice experience for musicians. Click here to find out more.

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