Tone Report Weekly Issue 114 - Page 58

SONIC RESEARCH ST-300 MINI STROBE TUNER REVIEW BY NICK RAMBO STREET PRICE $129.99 The interesting thing about Sonic Research is that the company hasn’t done any traditional advertising in almost a decade. Back in 2007, within a year of launching the first Turbo Tuner, it became obvious that most sales were happening as a result of the word-ofmouth recommendations of satisfied users the world over. But don’t let the lack of marketing fool you— Sonic Research is a juggernaut. NAME OF THE GAME GEAR REVIEW In my opinion, accuracy is everything when it comes to tuners—it’s the first spec I look for—and Sonic Research delivers. Other popular tuners on the market today offer ± 1 cent of tuning accuracy. The Turbo Tuner clocks in at ± .02 cents—nearly 50 times more accurate. Yeaaah. Tuning is usually one of the first things players learn how to do on a guitar. It’s 58 a simple task that begins most sessions. And while the “close enough for rock and roll” approach might work for some, it’s certainly not for everybody. // And while some might debate the necessity, practicality, or veracity of such an unparalleled accuracy claim, there’s certainly something to be said for the added peace of mind it offers. Unlike other mainstream tuners I’ve used over the years, I’ve never felt the need to doublecheck my tuning with the Turbo. So how does it work? Good question. The Turbo Tuner is a true strobe tuner. Its LED display is driven by the analog input signal for an instant response with zero latency. So what you see on the display is the actual waveform of each note relative to the Turbo Tuner’s internally generated reference frequency. Sonic Research ST-300 Mini Strobe Tuner