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TC Electronic’s PolyTune 3 offers buffer and true bypass modes

by Stephen Charlton2017/04/21

TC Electronic know a thing or two about tuning, having developed the world’s first polyphonic tuner, the PolyTune. Now they’re back with the PolyTune 3, and there’s one big upgrade from the previous versions. The Danish boffins have now included the choice between true bypass and buffered modes.

Bonafide Buffer pedal squeezed into PolyTune 3

TC Electronic Polytune 3 Bonafide Buffer

The TC Electronic Bonafide Buffer.

Previous PolyTune pedals offered true bypass only. The PolyTune 3 basically packs the TC Electronic BonaFide Buffer pedal into the package of a tuning pedal. The Bonafide Buffer ($65) is an analog pedal intended to prevent any tone loss resulting from long cable runs.

TC Electronic make tuning a breeze

Polyphonic tuners are of course known for rapid and ease of tuning compared to the tedious process of tuning strings one-by-one. The buffered mode of the PolyTune 3 can be run in an “Always On” mode, so you can check tuning even when the pedal isn’t muted. TC Electronic have also included a strobe mode for higher precision during recording sessions. The chromatic tuner offers 0.5 cent accuracy while the strobe tuner provides ±0.02 cent accuracy.

There’s no word on pricing yet, but the currently available PolyTune 2 ($85) and Polytune 2 Mini ($89) are competitively priced. Presumably the new buffer feature will raise the price a bit though. The Polytune 2 could remain a popular pedal if they keep shipping it at a lower price than the new design.

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Stephen Charlton is a musician, journalist and editor.

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