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Peterson Virtual Strobe Rackmount Tuner

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Product Description

Peterson Strobe tuners are among the most accurate tuners on the market!
The Peterson VS-R StroboRack represents the latest release featuring Peterson’s now legendary Virtual Strobe tuning technology. With Peterson’s 1/10-cent accuracy - up to 30 times better than the accuracy of needle/LED tuners - the StroboRack is the most accurate rack tuner on the market today.

Precision Accuracy
An important advantage of Virtual Strobe Technology is that no in tune/out of tune decision is ever made electronically-a process inherently subject to inaccuracy. Your eye simply interprets the motion of the pattern as an indication of tuning error relative to the target pitch. Only this method provides the high level of resolution in a Peterson strobe tuner that allows unprecedented accuracy in tuning to standard pitches and permits one to utilize the subtler shades of altered temperaments and Sweeteners found as presets in our tuners. It is this superior precision that also allows user-programmed tunings with up to 1/10th cent resolution settings to be achieved.

Huge Sweetened Tuning Library

The StroboRack’s tuning library contains a whopping 34 tempered and exclusive Peterson Sweetened tunings (see side bar). Along with the popular GTR and BAS presets, the StroboRack features unique new presets for acoustic guitar, DADGAD, 12-string guitar, baritone guitar, E9th, C6th and Universal steel guitar, Dobro and resonator guitar, and electric violin, as well as tuning and intonation offsets for Buzz Feiten Tuning System equipped guitars. User-defined presets allow a user to tie an instrument's Sweetener to a drop/capo setting in order to create a uniquely-named preset for instant recall from the front panel.

Built Like a Tank

The StroboRack’s enclosure is a uniquely cast piece that makes the chassis incredibly strong and impervious to the rigors of the road. All jack sockets are by Neutrik, guaranteeing optimal connection quality and long-lasting durability. The StroboRack supports use of a rear-mounted detachable BNC rack light for patching in gear under low-light conditions. Remote mute control is available with standard third-party pedals. (BNC rack light and mute pedal not included.)

Backlit, Customizable Display
Even in the darkest of situations, the large, easy-to-see display allows hassle-free tuning from far away.The display's contrast is optimized for tuning in very bright environments as well, for stage or outdoor use. Easily replace the backlit StroboRack logo on the display by programming your band name, your hit song name, or anything you want your audience to read when you aren't in tuning mode.

Add an SR-EX Pro Expander for More I/O

The optional StroboRack expansion module allows users to add balanced, stereo and mono input/output jacks to an existing StroboRack, enabling use with stereo, hybrid and balanced instrument signals. An on-board, independent active DI, and footswitch-selectable channel outputs and presets make the StroboRack the logical choice for professional live & studio use.

VS-R Specifications

  • Accuracy: 0.1 Cent (1/1000 Semitone)
  • Size: 19 W x 8 D x 1.75 Inch H 48.2cm)W x 20.3cm)D x (4.5cm)H
  • Weight: TBA
  • Limited Warranty: 1 Year From Date Of Purchase
  • Frequency Range: 16Hz -3600Hz
  • Concert A: 390Hz - 490Hz
  • I/O: Neutrik 1/4 inch Input/Output (SR-EX Expander Adds Neutrik XLR In/Out)
  • Power: 90 ~ 250v (Automatic Switching Supply)

Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  708-388-3311 Warranty:  1 Year
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Overall Rating
Playability and Feel
Now I'm perfectly in tune.
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
The first thing I noticed, before even opening the box, was how heavy it is. Tough *Metal* construction save the plastic buttons, data wheel, and screen. It's not cheap, but it's not built cheap either. The mic picks up my acoustic guitar just fine, as well as my voice and even a few TV shows and movies.
How has it stood up over time?
I've only had it a few short months, but no problems expected particularly after it was installed in an SKB 2-space rack sitting on top of a mid-late 90's BBE 462.
Your general opinion of this product.
I used to use the built in tuner of the Boss GT-8 before recording or playing but now I take a few seconds to plug into the Peterson and eliminate any dissonance in my guitar's tuning. That perfectly in tune sound commands attention in a way that a garage-band sounding out of tune instrument cannot.
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
Easy to use, easy to tune, even easy to set up your own banner to display when you're not tuning. Two input jacks plus a microphone for acoustic instruments. It appears to be hard to get stuck with this tuner despite the many options it presents.
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
I have not yet used the tuner in my signal chain, only directly plugged in with no audio monitor so I cannot speak to whether it colors the sound or performs true bypass at the hardware level.
How did the stain or paint job look?
Feels like relatively thick steel body. I don't see the paint getting a chance to chip inside the case, but it spent a few weeks naked and didn't pick up a scratch so my experience was that it holds up quite well.
How was the action out of the box?
Front panel buttons and dial all work fine, rear power switch a bit inconvenient buried in the rack right next to the power cable but I expect this tuner most often ends up in a rack with a power conditioner leaving the switch rarely used. It's never been a problem, but I do turn on the phantom power from time to time while trying to power up.
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