Centerpitch CP10 Tuner/Metronome–NEW MODEL!
I have been a fan of the CenterPitch tuner for years. Specifically designed for brass, woodwind and bowed string instruments, CenterPitch attaches to your instrument with a soft rubber clamp and a ball and socket arm. It ‘feels’ the vibrations rather than hearing the sound, responding only to the instrument it is attached to. You can use it to tune up in a loud room, and can keep it on your instrument to do a quick pitch check ‘on the fly’ while playing in a band or orchestra. When practicing with drones (see Tuning Tactics) CenterPitch offers visual feedback to reinforce or fine tune your sense of pitch. With CenterPitch, you receive instant and constant feedback about your intonation, in context. This is far more informative than simply playing a couple of tuning notes before the concert.
Used in an ensemble setting, each player can have a tuner on his or her instrument, unaffected by the other sounds in the room. This presents myriad possibilities for working on group intonation. By watching the tuners, the entire group will gravitate towards perfect unisons and fifths, even pure tuned major and minor triads. Once they experience playing in a well-tuned ensemble (often for the first time), turn the tuners off and have them try it again using only their ears. The real key is using CenterPitch to train your ears, not replace them. If you are a music director, once you use CenterPitch with your group you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.
NEW AND IMPROVED!
After several years of success and thousands of grateful users, CenterPitch has been completely redesigned. The new model, CP10, retains most of the features of the original CP2, and incorporates many new and useful enhancements.
- Accurate to better than one cent over a seven octave range. (27 Hz – 6000 Hz)
- Transposition settings for concert, Bb, Eb, F and G instruments.
- Calibration from A = 410 – 450
- Two color backlit display changes from red to green when the pitch is centered.
- A metronome is built in, adjustable for tempo, beat and rhythm.
- Redesigned clamp mounts securely on all instruments (and eliminates the pesky rubber feet on CP2.)
- Smaller and lighter. (2.5 oz)
- Single battery requirement. Battery is included and should provide 30 hours of continuous use. Auto shutoff presents premature battery drain.
At first I thought the red/green display was more a gimmick than anything else, but I’ve found it to be quite useful, as the lights can be viewed peripherally. This reduces the temptation to stare at the display, letting the tuner make decisions that your ears should be making. Since the red light shows whether you are high or low on the pitch, you are encouraged to subtly move the pitch in one direction then the other, listening and searching for the ‘sweet spot’. If you see flashes of green, you are probably moving in the right direction. (When playing a pure tuned interval, you’ll have to ignore the lights and use the arrow display as indicated in Tuning Tactics–see below.)
EQUAL TEMPERAMENT vs PURE TUNING
All tuners are based on equal temperament. Realistically, if you are playing in tune within equal temperament tolerances you are doing pretty well. By associating specific CenterPitch displays with pure tuned intervals, however, you can get beyond the bias of equal temperament and teach your ear to hear the pure position for a given interval.
For example: a major third should be played approx. 14 cents lower than equal temperament. If your note is the third of the chord, the ideal display will be three arrows on the left and two on the right. A chart in Tuning Tactics shows you the adjustment for every interval, both in cents and CenterPitch display, as well as a detailed yet comprehensible explanation of equal temperament and pure tuning.
CENTERPITCH + TUNING TACTICS
CenterPitch and Tuning Tactics are a powerful combination for improving intonation, and are designed to work together. Quantity discounts are available.