NAMM06: Breakthrough Guitar Tuning Technology Unveiled

Stay tuned with the PowerTune automatic self tuning system   19-Jan-06

All guitarists know the consequences of going out of tune so having a system for automatically tuning the guitar would be a godsend. That system may now have become a reality as Tronical GmbH have unveiled the first invisible’ automatic self tuning system for electric guitars. Tronical say this is a groundbreaking innovation in the construction of traditional instruments and, with the new PowerTune system, every guitarist can now forget about the danger of a detuned instrument in situations where there’s only one chance: Live Recordings, TV Gigs, etc.
Here’s what the company have to say about their system…
This is a dream come true: The guitar that tunes itself automatically now is a reality. Perfectly tuned in seconds (less than 2 seconds in fact!) at the touch of a button, virtually undetectable, even in front of the audience! All this happens with an accuracy that is beyond manual tuning (typically 0.2 cent!). What’s more, Tronical’s ITM (Individual Tune Memory) even takes the musician’s personal preferences into account. Individually saved presets such as open tuning, or special grunge- and slide- settings can be recalled in seconds.
Tronical’s PowerTune TM is a modular system that can be retro-fitted to virtually any available guitar make or model, without the need for destructive rebuilding or re-working. The guitar can also be returned to its original state at any time, if needed.
Tronical´s PowerTune System consists of three modular main components:-
  • PowerHead-Locking Tuners
    Contained in standard-size housing, these Servo pegs consist of a servo motor and high-performance gears, along with intelligent servo electronics. Tuning stability is further guaranteed by the quality, high-grade lock mechanics.
  • Tune Control Bridge and TuneCore-Controller
    The link between the Piezo-equipped bridge and the tuning analysis represents the core (or Commando Centre) of the complete PowerTuneâ„¢ System. From here, the current tuning of the guitar is monitored and the actions of the Servo-tuners are controlled. Through the use of highly integrated electronics, the TuneCore Controller can be accommodated within a space that would otherwise prove limiting.
  • TuneControl-MultiKnob
    A multi-functional pot, with unique control button. Available in various finishes and styles to complement the design of different guitar models. The Volume knob in the ‘pull’ position becomes a raster potentiometer that offers tunings for the different strings. Built into the pot are active electronic multi-coloured LEDs which, in conjunction with the optical lens, offer superb control over all settings and tunings – even on the darkest stage! The ‘Enter’ button lets action to be confirmed quickly by simply hitting OK.
    The guitar’s condition remains untouched. No drilling, cutting or other constructional changes needed. No changes to the sound, weight, performance or appearance of the guitar.
Tronical’s PowerTune System is intended to be available in stores worldwide from June 2006. The price to be announced but the manufacturers claim that it will definitely significantly under $1000 USD.
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