Go Green: Tascam’s TC-1S Solar Tuner

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TASCAM
TC-1S Solar Rechargeable Tuner
List Price: $49.99
www.tascam.com

Tascam has introduced the first solar-powered tuner. It’s a small hand-held device that features both a ¼” standard mono jack for plugging in an electric or acoustic-electric guitar, bass or microphone, but also has an on-board microphone for picking up acoustic sounds.

Unlike most other tuners on the market, you won’t ever have to worry about plugging in an AC adapter or changing out the battery on the TC-1S. A solar panel on the device’s front surface recharges the TC-1S’s built-in manganese lithium battery in artificial light as well as natural light (though it’s not advised to leave the tuner in direct light for long periods of time). The tuner also has a Mini-B USB port that can be used to charge the device using connections like a computer or wall outlet. You will have to buy a USB cable separately.

The TC-1S’s tuning bar meter displays a pitch guide circle in the center and has +/-50 cent notations at either end. The tuner comes with four tuning modes, which can be activated with a Mode button that shows on the 7×5 segment display on the far right of the bar meter. In Needle mode, the tuner shows detuning in three bar increments. In Strobe mode, the signal is shown as a thick flow. In Fine mode, the tuning is more precise and in Meter mode, each bar represents 2.5 cents. You can also calibrate the TC-1S to an external source, like a slightly out-of-tune piano.

The TC-1S comes with a rubber cover and a strap and is available in six different colors.

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