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Korg TM-50 Combination Tuner & Metronome (Black)

You Pay: $29.99
Product Highlights
  • Wide Pitch Detection Range from C1 to C8
  • Use Functions Independently or Together
  • Tempo Range from 30 to 252 BPM
  • Supports a Range of Tuning Calibrations
  • 15 Metronome Rhythm Variations
  • Sound Out Produces Reference Pitch
  • Tap Tempo
  • Large Backlit LCD with Brightness Adjust

The TM-50 Combination Tuner & Metronome by Korg serves as both a utility and practice tool. It handles everything from basic tuning and a simple quarter note pulse, to pitch training and customizable subdivision.

The TM-50 allows you to use the tuner and metronome simultaneously. It features a two-level backlit LCD display, a newly designed virtual needle for fast tuning response, and even greater accuracy. The TM-50 is the perfect daily practice partner that will support your development as a performer.

Newly Designed Virtual Needle with Extremely Fast Response
The TM-50 features a redesigned meter display, allowing pitch to be accurately shown without any time lag. This extremely fast response to audio input will eliminate the problem of pitches passing by before they can be displayed accurately. This makes the TM-50 an excellent practice tool to develop stable and drift-free pitch.
Sound Out: Reference Tones
The Sound Out function produces a reference tone from the TM-50's internal speaker or headphones. You can specify the reference tone in a three-octave range from C3 to C6, which covers a wide variety of instruments.
Sound Back: Nearest Reference Tone
The TM-50 tuner can detect and inform you of pitch discrepancies, also it serves as a tool to help you hear and produce the correct pitch. As the tuner detects pitch, it sounds the nearest reference tone while the meter shows the difference. The pitch is indicated in both visual and audible form, training your sense of pitch.
Beyond Equal Temperament
Incorrect pitch is particularly noticeable for harmonic intervals of a third, yet by slightly skewing the equal-tempered pitch, you can obtain a more pure-sounding harmony. The meter scale of the TM-50 provides marks that indicate pure major and minor thirds relative to a given pitch. This is convenient for wind instruments, as well as vocal or a cappella practice.
Fifteen Rhythm Variations
Variations helpful for practicing a broad range of musical styles, including classical, rock, and jazz. The volume can also be adjusted, so you'll be able to use the metronome in any situation.
Two Types of Tempo Step Pattern
When setting the tempo, you can choose either "pendulum steps" where the tempo will increment or decrement in the same numerical steps as on a mechanical metronome, or "full steps" which allows you to specify any tempo between 30 and 252 in one-step increments. In addition, you can also use the tap tempo input to specify the desired tempo simply by pressing a switch in time with the beat.
Enhanced Visibility
The large LCD display has a backlight that lets you adjust the brightness in two levels. This ensures excellent visibility, even when you're performing on a dim stage or in an orchestra pit.
Memory Backup and Auto Power-Off
When you turn off the power, the TM-50 will remember the tempo, beat, rhythm, calibration, and reference tone settings you last specified. The Auto Power-Off feature will power the TM-50 down after twenty minutes without any sound input.
Tuner
Tuning 12 note equal temperament
Detection Range C1 to C8 (32 Hz to 4,186 Hz)
Reference Pitch C3 to C6 (131 Hz to 1,046 Hz)
Tuning Modes Meter Mode (AUTO), Sound Out Mode (MANUAL), Sound Back Mode (AUTO)
Calibration Range A4 = 410 to 480 Hz (1 Hz steps)
Accuracy ±1 cent
Sound Precision ±1 cent
Metronome
Tempo Range 30 to 252 BPM
Tempo Setting
  • Pendulum Step
  • Full Step
  • Tap Tempo
Beat Range Total 10 beats: "0 to 9" as "quarter-note" rhythm
Rhythm Patterns Duplets, triplets, triplets without the center beat, quadruplets, and quadruplets without the center beats
Tempo Accuracy ±0.3%
General
Input Connector 1/4" TS
Headphone Output 1/8" stereo
Meter Highly responsive LCD needle-type meter
LCD Brightness 2 level brightness adjustment
Internal Speakers 1 × 23 mm dynamic speaker
Battery Requirements 2 × AAA battery (3V total)
Battery Life (approx.) Tuner:
  • 70 hrs, LCD backlight off
  • 44 hrs, LCD backlight soft
  • 26 hrs, LCD backlight auto

Metronome:
  • 55 hrs, LCD backlight off
  • 35 hrs, LCD backlight soft
  • 22 hrs, LCD backlight auto
Dimensions (W x D x H) 4.37 × 2.91 × 0.71" (111 × 74 × 18 mm)
Weight 3.74 oz (106 g), including batteries
Korg TM-50 Combination Tuner & Metronome (Black)
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    5.0

    Improvement over Korg TM40

    By SaxBob

    from Allentown, PA

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    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Practice

      Comments about Korg TM-50 Combination Tuner & Metronome (Black):

      If you connect the Korg CM-100L Clip On Contact Microphone for Tuners, it plays the pitch to help ear training while tuning, which I use to help my students make the connection between the meter response to their playing verses the tone the TM-50 produces. Invaluable, in my humble opinion. It detects the same C1 to C8 range, but now produces 3 octave reference tones instead of 1 octove. Also, the tap tempo features is much easier to use on this TM-50 than the TM-40. I'm recommending all my students get this one, if they don't already own a Tuner and Metronome. I own other Korg Tuners, including the AT-12 I still find useful for piano tuning, and the TM-50 provides a more compact and versatile solution with all the necessary features most anyone would want (ok it, doesn't do temperature and humidity) to be concerned with before a performance or during practice. If you need more, then there's the OT120 at over twice the price. For me, the TM-50 is the perfect portable beat and pitch companion.

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