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 invisibleâ€™ 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 thereâ€™s only one chance: Live Recordings, TV Gigs, etc.
Hereâ€™s what the company have to say about their systemâ€¦
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!). Whatâ€™s more, Tronicalâ€™s ITM (Individual Tune Memory) even takes the musicianâ€™s personal preferences into account. Individually saved presets such as open tuning, or special grunge- and slide- settings can be recalled in seconds.
Tronicalâ€™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.
TronicalÂ´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 â€˜pullâ€™ 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 â€“ even on the darkest stage! The â€˜Enterâ€™ button lets action to be confirmed quickly by simply hitting OK.
The guitarâ€™s condition remains untouched. No drilling, cutting or other constructional changes needed. No changes to the sound, weight, performance or appearance of the guitar.
Tronicalâ€™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.