If you’re a musician, the little things like tuning can sometimes get on your nerves. If you play live, it can be near impossible to hear yourself think, let alone tune your instrument. The traveling, changes in climate, and stress of being on stage can all make tuning way more difficult than it needs to be. And even if you’re in the studio, a simple task like tuning up before recording can take you out of your creative headspace before you even begin. Enter, the Roadie 2 Automatic Instrument Tuner from Band Industries.
Upon blazing past their latest Kickstarter campaign, the folks at Band Industries have done some amazing work to bring the Roadie 2 to life. The basis is simple: a handheld, intuitive tuning device that takes away the stress of tuning from almost any stringed instrument. All the user has to do is place it on the tuning peg and pluck the string. Through the magic of haptic feedback, the Roadie 2 can tune an instrument in even the noisiest of environments, with accuracy of less than +/- 1 cent. Once the string is in tune, the Roadie 2 vibrates to let you know to move on to the next one. That’s pretty freakin’ sweet.
It comes equipped with an easy to see OLED screen, as well as 12 existing presets for alternate and open tunings if you so desire. There’s also a free, optional app which allows you to create and sync custom tunings for all your instruments to your smartphone and tablet devices. It even keeps track of your tuning and string stats to let you know when it’s time to change them. All this in a device that fits in your pocket or gig bag. We live in the future, people.
Additionally, there is a bass guitar option that will be available in the near future. At this rate, the Roadie 2 looks to be an extremely flexible and user-friendly tuning option for any string player.
The Roadie 2 is expected to ship October 2017 and retail for $129. For additional info on the Roadie 2, head on over to their website and tune up your knowledge.