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Review: Boss TU-12H High-Range Chromatic Tuner

Submitted On July 1, 2013 by Contributor:
Boss TU-12H High-Range Chromatic Tuner


No - Sound

Build Quality

Ease of Use


Overall Value

Total Score

85/ 100

Review Details

Price: $60


Wide range of tuning for instruments (C1 to B6)


Dedicated built in microphone for tuning acoustic instruments, as well as 1/4 inch jack for guitars/bass. 


Nice needle metering with LED lights




Expensive, especially given whats available for tuning with iOS apps and DAWs

My Review

I’ve owned the Boss TU-12H chromatic tuner since high school (well over 10 years) and its still going strong! Though it looks like this item has been replaced by the Boss TU-12EX chromatic tuner, I still find mine gets significant usage, especially as an instrument tuner, as it has a built in microphone to pick up acoustic signals, as well as a quarter inch jack for your guitar or bass. Though I do have iOS tuner apps that are nice to always take with me (as I usually have my iPad with me) I find for actual studio use the Boss TU-12 is much quicker and easier to use than any iOS app. Instead of fumbling around trying to launch and app, wait for it to load, etc, I just pick up the Boss tuner, slide the power switch and tune. Very quick. I also personally find it does a better job than the free iOS tuner apps out there, especially for instruments, as most free iOS apps seem to be focused more towards tuning a guitar.

However, that being said, if my Boss TU-12H were to break, I would not purchase another one. Why? Because with todays iOS apps you can get the same basic functionality for under $5 and you can even get basic tuners for free! In fact, most DAW’s have built in tuners these days, and if you already have your guitar connected via DI and/or your mic setup, its really easy to add a plugin to the insert before hitting record. Though its nice to have a dedicated unit by the mic at all times, it is a luxury given the available apps for your phone. Or if I still felt the need for a dedicated physical tuner, I would probably end up buying/trying a snark, though I don’t have any personal experience with them.

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