Coda Music is the official distributor of Overtone Labs' tune-bot in South Africa.

Quickly and easily tune your drums with tune-bot, the user-friendly drum tuner for beginners and pros

Stop torturing yourself with manual tuning and spend time perfecting your groove instead.

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What's more important?

Although tuning is paramount, drummers understandably spend more time developing playing skills, not tuning skills.

After all, having great sounding drums mean nothing if your playing skills don’t level up.

The inverse is also true. It’s pointless having great ability but your drums sound like glorified trash cans.

Some drummers might not consider the sound of their drum kit a high priority, but nice sounding drums make it more enjoyable to practice and get better.

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Dave Grohl Doesn't Need The Tune Bot

Tune-bot helps you get to what's important, quicker

Many of the world’s top drummers can tune their drums by ear, but they know that time is money. They know that the longer they spend tuning drums, the less time they have to play drums.

tune-bot helps them eliminate setup time and frustration when tuning their drums.

tune-bot makes it effortless to get your drums tuned perfectly. And because it comes with the ability to choose from presets you set up, you’ll be banging out beats YOUR way in no time.

...it's like having a drum tech in my stick bag at all times.

Doug Meola

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Testimonials

Some of the world’s top drummers thrum with praise for tune-bot.

  • For fast and consistent setup night after night we count on tune-bot. No matter the city or venue, simply pull up your saved settings and soundcheck is a breeze.

    Ray Luzier, Drummer Of Korn, Holding A Tune Bot

    Ray Luzier
    KORN

  • Tune-Bot is an amazing product! It has not only made my life so much easier; it has also made drum tuning an excitingly fun experience. Tune-bot has helped me tune my drums to specific pitches for songs in different keys in the studio, and it has allowed me to save my favourite tuning settings. Of course, that is what it is supposed to do. It was made to Tune drums easily and it does that. Personally, what I have enjoyed most about Tune-bot is not its main features, but rather the way in which those features aided me as a musician. I have always had a weaker musical ear. I have been able to quantify that I am generally out by up to 20 cents. Sometimes I will hear a sharp note and think its flat, or the inverse. I have spent much time working on this, but drum tuning was a nightmare for me. I had no idea which lug to turn when, and no matter how many drum tuning tutorials I followed, it was always my ear letting me down. So, I would ask my teacher with 50 years’ experience to tune my drums, a seamless process for him. But Tune-bot changed all of this. By using its filter function, I have been able to understand what my ears are hearing. When I strike the drum close to a lug and I can see that it is off by 1Hz, my mind is able to make sense of what my ears are hearing, namely a rhythmic clash beating at one pulse per second. This makes sense of course. But without Tune-bot I would not have known if I were sharp or flat, nor would I have known if I need to tune the opposite lug up or down, and within seconds my drum was completely out of tune again. Thanks to Tune-bot my ear has improved greatly. Drum tuning is something I now take pleasure in.
    Timon Oosthuizen

    Timon Oosthuizen
    EastHouse

  • When I was a kid, I would have given a lot to know exactly how my drumming idols tuned their drums...now it is possible! With tune-bot, you not only can learn the exact—and I mean exact tuning combinations of your idols—but you can re-create your favorite personal drum sound to the most minute detail with this digital tuning device for drums. My drum tech, Pel, and I really love this ground breaking device because while I'm out on tour with P!NK, Pel can make every drum sound exactly that way we love it every night with the extensive memorized tunings stored in the tune-bot. Trust me; this device really is all THAT!

    Mark Schulman

    Mark Schulman
    Drummer for P!NK

  • Hey, I wanna play drums, not tune 'em. tune-bot helps me get to what I love ... FASTER.

    Arejay Hale

    Arejay Hale
    Halestorm

  • I'm having great success with the tune-bot. It's a very powerful tool that packs a lot of punch for the price. I've been using it on the road and in sessions. I especially like the fact that for studio applications, I can tune my snare and toms to specific resonant notes for the key of the song we are tracking. It will make your snare pop and your toms sing and sit right in the mix. I recommend it immensely!

    Rich Redmond

    Rich Redmond
    Session drummer

  • Hands free usage, easy to read in stage lighting and 80 save slots, this is a time-saver in every way.

    Morgan Rose

    Morgan Rose
    Sevendust

  • My toms have never sounded better!

    Nate Morton

    Nate Morton
    NBC's The Voice

  • We recently did a live record. I met the mix engineer in Nottingham and he was blown away by the drum sound. They had a main show - but if there was a sound issue, he could go to any one of the other five shows and grab 8 bars to fix it - and the drum sound never changed! I mean, how cool is that?!

    Brian Young

    Brian Young
    The Jesus and Mary Chain

  • tune-bot is an easy and effective way to tune your drums.

    Mike Braun

    Mike Braun
    Hall and Oates

  • tune-bot is the best way to keep my drums sounding and feeling consistent. Lug pitch matching keeps the drum balanced and singing to it's full potential. The large super clear screen, ability to save tuning preferences, quick response, easy to use and precise accuracy is just some of the reasons it belongs in any drummers or techs toolbox. It's a must have for any touring drummer especially for fly date backline kits.

    Kris Mazzarisi

    Kris Mazzarisi
    LMFAO

  • This ... Is Simply Amazing!

    Will Hunt

    Will Hunt
    Black Label Society

  • Pitch Perfect Every Time!

    Shaun Foist

    Shaun Foist
    Breaking Benjamin

  • As a professional musician I have found the tune-bot amazing. I've always tuned my own drums and percussion by ear but found the tune-bot gives it that precise edge! As a teacher, the 'Bot has aided in my students understanding in tuning and pitch and proved the importance of pedantry. It has improved both my students and my knowledge of pitch (and hertz) and precision. Its tuning is amazingly precise and the memory functions are ingenious and intuitive. That and I've never seen a cooler looking gadget.

    Stuart Pringle

    Stuart Pringle
    Ed Sheeran

  • I TESTED THE TUNE-BOT ON TOUR AND IN STUDIO. AND MY CONCLUSION IS THE FOLLOWING: COULDN'T LIVE WITHOUT IT ANYMORE!

    Phil Paris

    Phil Paris
    Session drummer

  • The tuning tool that I've found to be the most helpful/accurate is the tune-bot. It's based on pitch and not tension and can hear smaller differences in pitch than our ears can discern.

    Billy Goodness

    Billy Goodness
    Nashville session drummer

  • Since the first time I used the tune-bot I was blown away. Its the only true way of tuning your drums. This is a must have for every drummer!

    Chicago Steve

    Chicago Steve
    Session drummer

  • The Tune-bot is hands down the most innovative, resourceful and coolest drum tuning devices available to drummers, it affords me the ability to tune my drums to finite digital precision in any live or studio situation in a fraction of the time it previously took. Having the ability to experiment with various and new tuning options based on the proven science of the Tune-bot opens up a whole new world of sound possibilities for drummers. I am truly impressed with all of the great features that are packed into the Tune-bot. I especially love that it affords me the ability to have all of my perfect tuning settings saved for my whole kit and that they are so conveniently available and accessible, it's like having a drum tech in my stick bag at all times.

    Doug Meola

    Doug Meola
    Dead City Dolls

  • Tune-bot has become an invaluable tool for me as both a drummer and a producer. Not only does it help me tune any drum I use to perfection, but it helps me to mix my drums with great accuracy and efficiency! I am proud to join the Tune-bot family of artists.

    Steve Chen

    Steve Chen
    Surefire

  • Even though I tune my kit by ear, it can be a challenge to get the exact same tuning for sessions over time, or to swop out heads fast on stage. I set it up once and I have my entire kit saved so my tuned sound is always pitch-correct. tune-bot is the coolest, fastest, most consistently accurate way to help your ears tune the kit every time.

    Daniel East

    Daniel East
    Session drummer

  • If you've spent years searching for that perfect sound, if you've spent hours in a studio booth searching for that perfect tone, if you've rushed at sound check to get that perfect tuning, your search is over for the perfect tuner. Try tune-bot, the perfect tuner!!!
    I use DW drums, as you know the shells are matched according to pitch. I have programmed my tune-bot according to the pitch stamped inside each shell. So, when I put new heads on the drums, I don't have to waste time trying to find the right tuning. And as I tighten the head, the tune-bot is already set to tell me if the pitch is up or down, no time wasted

    Daryll Whitlow

    Daryll Whitlow

  • The tune-bot has added a new quick and effective way of drum tuning. It's Like my credit card. I don't leave home without it and it's a MUST have in your drum arsenal! I use it before all sessions work, rehearsals and shows. I can tune to notes and SAVE TIME! I recommend this to ALL drummers no matter what level of expertise you are.

    Kimball Hooker

    Kimball Hooker

  • After so many years of tuning in the dark, tune-bot enlightened and demystified drum tuning for me.

    Harald Tanschek

    Harald Tanschek

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Benefits

Using tune-bot will make your drumming life so much easier.

Here are some of the benefits of using this incredible tool for tuning your drums. 

Quick setup

tune-bot is a cinch to set up. Simply attach it to your drum with the convenient quick clip, switch it on, choose your setting and start tuning.

Easy to use

Like most gadgets, tune-bot comes with a learning curve. But it's not a steep learning curve to perfectly tuned drums. Once you've tuned your drums with tune-bot a few times it'll be like riding a bike: you'll never forget how to do it!

Myriad presets

tune-bot comes with the ability to store drum presets. That means you have, at your fingertips, a whole database of different drum tuning settings to choose from that YOU created. No matter the setup required, tune-bot can handle it.

Tunes to pitch, not tension

No two drums or drum heads are exactly the same. That means, even if you use the exact same tension on two drums, the outcome might be vastly different. But if you tune to pitch, which is what tune-bot allows you to do, you'll get the exact sound you want from each drum, every time.

Accurate

tune-bot's accuracy is unsurpassed. When you tune your drum set using tune-bot you can rest assured your drums are tuned perfectly. tune-bot lets you tune to specific notes or frequencies, putting you in charge of your tuning. And not only does it show your drum's fundamental pitch, it also lets you tune each tension rod (lug pitch) to perfection.

User-friendly display

Because of the multi-coloured display, tune-bot is easy to understand, which means you won't be frowning in frustration, trying to figure out how to tune. And because the display is crystal clear and large, you won't struggle to read it, even if you're in a smokey or low-light environment.

Rugged design

tune-bot comes in a hard plastic shell, making it resistant to knocks. Tuners are usually thrown into bags along with musical instruments, not carried around in hard-shell bomb-resistant cases. So you'll be glad to know that tune-bot is able to handle a bump.

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What can you tune?

You can use tune-bot to tune any tunable drum, including kick drums, snare drums and Toms. You can even tune timbales (pailas), congas and bongos with tune-bot.

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  • Snare Drum
  • Tom Drum
  • Kick Drum
  • Bongos
  • Congas
  • Timbales (pailas)

How to use

tune-bot is so easy to use that you’ll be banging on perfectly tuned drums in no time.

Quick start guide

These quick-start guides will show you how to use tune-bot, so you can get to playing. There are two main steps to tuning your drums: finding your drum’s fundamental pitch and matching lug pitch (tension rod pitch).

PLEASE NOTE: these are merely the basics. Once you’re comfortable using tune-bot you can start tuning with more advanced settings.

Measuring fundamental pitch

Follow these steps to find your drum’s fundamental node (the lowest and loudest pitch your drum produces).

Step 1
Position the drum in such a way that both heads resonate freely. It’s probably best to mount the drum on a stand, but you can also hold the drum by the hoop.
Step 2
Clip tune-bot to the drum’s hoop. The microphone end must be over the drum head.
Step 3
Press the power button.
Step 4
Strike the drum in the centre of the head. tune-bot will display the fundamental pitch. If the red LED doesn’t flash, you didn’t strike the drum hard enough.
Step 5
When you strike the drum tune-bot displays the frequency (in Hz), as well as the nearest musical note, on its LCD. The needle will indicate whether you’re sharp or flat. If the needle points left you’re flat; if it points right you’re sharp. Loosen or tighten the tension rods to get the desired result. The needle will point straight up when a drum is in tune.

Matching lugs (tension rod tuning)

Follow these steps to tune your drum’s lugs (AKA tension rod tuning) to match your fundamental pitch.

Step 1
Position the drum so the bottom head DOES NOT vibrate. Your drum throne should work well for this purpose. Or a flat surface.
Step 2
Clip tune-bot to the drum’s hoop. The microphone end must be over the drum head.
Step 3
Press the power button.
Step 4
Strike the drum one inch from any lug hard enough for tune-bot’s LED to flash. A typical lug note (tension rod note) should cause the tune-bot to display a reading 20% to 100% higher than the fundamental note.
Step 5
Adjust the tension rod by tightening or loosening the lug as required.
Step 6
Now do the same thing around the drum. Strike one inch away from every lug and adjust the pitches by tightening or loosening the tension rods. Try to get all lugs within 2 hertz of each other. For greater accuracy, move tune-bot as close to the lug you’re working on as possible.

How-to videos

These handy videos show you how to use tune-bot.

Tommy Rickard

Tommy Rickard gives a rundown of how to set up tune-bot Studio, how to measure fundamental pitch and how to tune each tension rod (lug pitch). He also explains what tune-bot’s filter mode is and how the saving system helps you save different drum scenarios. Tommy also explains why the high range mode is a handy addition to tune-bot Studio.

Drum tuning 101

In this video one of the Overtone Labs guys goes through a variety of drum tuning styles. He also explains how the tune-bot calculator (app downloads available down below) helps you to tune your drums.
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Tech specs

Tuning range

30–400 Hz, 1C–4G

High range

30–450 Hz, 1C–4A

Frequency resolution

± 0.5 Hz

Response time

750 mSec.

Power

2 AAA Batteries

Dimensions (cm)

10 x 6 x 5.5

Weight

70g (without batteries)
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Shipping

We ship tune-bot to any South African destination.

Simply contact us and we’ll quote you a price and availability.

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Drum-tuning app

Overtone Labs has developed a handy app for drummers to help them make the most of their tune-bot drum tuner.

You can download the app for Android or iPhone.

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Don’t wait any longer.

If you’re an amateur drummer eager to spend more time drumming than tuning, get tune-bot.

If you’re a long time drumming pro, get tune-bot and benefit from even quicker setup time, which allows you more time to refine your already insane skills, or more time doing what puts cash in your pocket, which is play, not tune.

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