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Peterson VS-R StroboRack Virtual Strobe Tuner  

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The VS-R StroboRack Virtual Strobe Tuner incorporates Peterson's patented Virtual Strobe technology in a single space rack format. Amazing accuracy (0.1 cent), a huge Strobe display screen, all metal ... Click To Read More About This Product

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The VS-R StroboRack Virtual Strobe Tuner incorporates Peterson's patented Virtual Strobe technology in a single space rack format. Amazing accuracy (0.1 cent), a huge Strobe display screen, all metal construction, Neutrik jacks, and banks of Sweetened tunings for electric, acoustic, bass, 12-string, pedal steel, resonator guitar, electric violin & instruments using the Buzz Feiten Tuning System. The large graphics tuning display can be used to display any message or slogan when not tuning. By simply entering your message using the front panel knob, it will then display when the tuner is in its non-muted "play" mode. The custom message can either scroll on the screen or come up line by line.

Ever tune your instrument as precisely as possible and it still sounds a bit off, particularly when you play in certain keys? Peterson's Sweetened tunings tap into the tempered tunings that make each instrument sound the best it can, across the board, in every key. The Peterson StroboRack's banks of sweetened tunings are programmed for specific instruments. Each is a well-tempered tuning for your specific type of instrument, and it sounds, well, sweet!

Upgrade your StroboRack for any type of signal with the optional SR-EX StroboRack Pro Input Expander.

Specifications
  • Accuracy: 0.1 Cent or within 1/1000th of one semitone (1/10th of one cent) over the entire range.
    Range: 16Hz to 3.6KHz
    Sensitivity: + 1mV to 5V
    Inputs: 2 input jacks
    Outputs: 1 output jack, 1 reference tone jack
    Mic: Built-in
    Mute: Front panel button, rear mute footswitch jack
    Lamp: Rear BNC connector for gooseneck lamp (lamp not included)
    Sweeteners: 30 Sweeteners, 8 user programmable, 7 Buzz Feiten Tuning System settings
    Concert A range: 390Hz to 490Hz (adjustable in 0.5Hz increments)
    Features: Exclusive Virtual Strobe Technology', Real-Time Operation.
    Power: 100 - 240VAC
    Weight: 5.7 lb. / 2.5kg.
    Dimensions: 19" x 1.25" x 8" / 482mm x 31mm x 203mm
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PetersonVS-R StroboRack Virtual Strobe Tuner
 
4.7

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (3)
  • Functional (3)
  • Good quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Back-up (3)
  • Concerts (3)
  • Practicing (3)
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    • Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Peterson VS-R StroboRack is rock solid

I purchased the Peterson Stroborack at my local Guitar Center. They did not have one in stock so they shipped it to me. The Stroborack tuner arrived packed inside the manufacturer's box which was...Read complete review

I purchased the Peterson Stroborack at my local Guitar Center. They did not have one in stock so they shipped it to me. The Stroborack tuner arrived packed inside the manufacturer's box which was placed inside a much larger carton by Guitar Center. I was a little concerned when I picked up the package from my front porch and things were rattling around. Opening the shipping box revealed that Guitar Center had placed a minimum of packing inside the shipping box which allowed the factory carton to slide freely around inside the shipping box. Further examination showed that one end of the factory carton had opened and allowed the Stroborack to slide around inside the shipping container. The factory carton is not strong enough to keep the product in the box and the tuner got bounced around during shipping. All I can say is poor job Guitar Center. Your shipping department people need training. Fortunately there is no apparent damage to the unit. Now for the good stuff. To say the Stroborack is built like a tank is an understatement. I think you could run over this thing with a tank and not hurt it! It is the heaviest built piece of rack mount equipment I have ever seen. If the insides of this thing are as good as the outside it will hold up to a ton of abuse. (In this case it did) Peterson gets an A+ for mechanical construction and design. As for tuning, I tuned several guitars and a bass with no problem at all. The tuner is extremely sensitive and it takes a light touch on the tuning keys to do the final tuning. Normally after I tune a guitar with my old tuner, I go back, play a few chords and fine tune by ear just to get things to sound the way they should. I didn't need to do that with this tuner. If you take the little bit of extra time required to fine tune your instrument additional "tweaking" isn't needed. It is obviously sensitive enough to set the intonation of your instruments although I have not done this yet. If you are in to drop and alternate tunings don't worry. There are a number of presets (called sweeteners) that have some of these predefined. Don't see what you want? There's room for to store 8 alternate tunings of your own. There is a test tone output that will give you any a properly pitched tone based on a note you play on your guitar or you can manually dial in any note you like to get the tone. The LCD display is large enough so that you can tune from across an average size room without having the walk over to the tuner. The message display function allows you to scroll or flash your own messages across the screen when you are not tuning. Seems a bit extravagant but it looks cool to have your band name or message scrolling across the screen. The only minor complain that I have is that there is no way to adjust the display's contrast. All in all this is a fine piece of equipment that I expect will last many years. I don't cover all of the features here. For more information go to Peterson's website and download the user manual. It is a little on the expensive side but is well worth the price.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Noisy design.

No real good alternative.
The tuner portion is great.

The unit has a flawed audio signal path design, it tends to create ground loops. Plan on using an isolation...Read complete review

No real good alternative.
The tuner portion is great.

The unit has a flawed audio signal path design, it tends to create ground loops. Plan on using an isolation transformer.

Although it uses an AC cord, it uses a typical wall wart that is lashed down inside the unit and the wiring bundles are held in place with hot glue (will obviously fail w/in 5 to 7 years). Found this out when Peterson customer support had me open the unit up to move a autodetection pin while attempting to solve the 60hz hum.

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4.0

I would buy this again...

By DALE

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about VS-R StroboRack Virtual Strobe Tuner:

I already had a StroboPlus HD which I loved, but I wanted to clean things up a little so wanted one I could put in my rack... I'm still getting aquatinted with the StroboRack, but liking it more the better I get to know it...

I wasn't pleased that when it arrived thought... It's packed in a box WAY too big for it and when I opened it up it had a big gouge in it under the screen... needless to say, I was REALLY disappointed that I'd have to return it and have it replaced and wait longer to get to play with it... To their credit though, Guitar Center, at a little prodding from me had the replacement shipped 2nd Day... I did have to go to Guitar Center to pick it up, where as I had the original one shipped direct to me, but then they may have wanted to make sure that the replacement wouldn't have any issues... and it did not, even though it was packed in the same OVERsized box as the first one was.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Superbly designed and built quality.

By Bob

from California

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound
  • Setting Intonation

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accurate Tunning
    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Peterson VS-R StroboRack Virtual Strobe Tuner:

    This is by far the best guitar tuner I have ever owned or used. The build construction and design is awesome. I'm very pleased with it and I have NOT experienced any grounding loop problems at all and it's a very quiet guitar tuner. I don't even know it on. I do buy good guitar amps and not cheap guitar amps that can create noise and grounding loops problems due to poor design. I'm also glad that Peterson decided to use hot glue to stop wires from flopping around. This will insure that the wires will not break due to movement and will ensure many dependable years of use due to using hot glue. I design test programs for electronic devices, cables, etc. and I realize the importance of using hot glue to support and stop wires from flopping around so that wires do not break. That's a very smart move on Peterson's part.

    (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A really great product.

    By Bob

    from California

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing
      • Setting Intonation

      Comments about Peterson VS-R StroboRack Virtual Strobe Tuner:

      I was a bit hesitant about spending all this money on a guitar tuner but after using it for a few months, I would still buy it even if it were MORE expensive. It's that good. So easy to use and its big display makes it so easy to read. It's also very accurate and very well built. I really like it a lot. As for foolishly griping about Peterson using Hot Glue in this unit, as one reviewer did, that's a brilliant move on Peterson's part because it keeps the wires in place and makes it very durable as well as very repairable if need be. Hot Glue is not that hard to take off but it's strong and it keeps wires from flopping around. When wires flop around too much then that's when they tend to break. Again, hot glue ADDS to the durability of this unit. Nice design on Peterson's part.

       
      5.0

      THE COOLEST TUNER IVE EVER HAD!

      By ZigZag

      from California California California!

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Peterson VS-R StroboRack Virtual Strobe Tuner:

          BUY THIS PRODUCT! I FELL IN LOVE WITH MINE! THIS IS VERY NICE! YOU WILL ALLWAYS BE IN TUNE AND IT LOOKS AND FUNCTIONS GREAT!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          VS-R StroboRack Virtual Strobe Tuner

          By Steelman

          from Taintsville, FL

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durability
          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Looks great

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Local Advertising
          • Tuning

          Comments about Peterson VS-R StroboRack Virtual Strobe Tuner:

          I bought this tuner to install in a rack I'm assembling. The tuner looks, feels, and works great. The manual is useful and easy to follow and understand. The tuner fits in a standard 1U rack space with no problems. Quality of construction is high and the tuner is very sturdy and weighs about ten (10) pounds. The LCD display is bright, clear, and large enough to read at a reasonable distance from the tuner. Just plug in your instrument, select a customized sweetener if you like, play a note, and it will automatically be recognized and displayed on the tuner while the screen scrolls left (flat) or right (sharp) to indicate the current note status. You can program eight (8) user presets (sweeteners as they are called) and for me that is a good feature since I play pedal steel guitar primarily. The display can be programmed to scroll or flash whatever message you would like to display while playing (band name, next gig, personal website, etc). A mute button allows you to tune your instrument without sending the sound output to your amplifier/speaking system for all to hear. Unmuting allows you to then continue playing as normal. There is an optional extender unit available for the rear of the tuner which allows for more and varied input/output connections but for my use, that was not required. I'm very pleased with this tuner and highly recommend it if you are looking for a very accurate rack mounted tuner.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great tuner

          By Michael Burgess

          from Denton, TX

          Comments about Peterson VS-R StroboRack Virtual Strobe Tuner:

          I was hit with sticker shock on this tuner, but I finally took the plunge. Here's my situation and experience with it. 1) I'm a bass player, so I found this tuner to be very responsive to bass frequencies. Some tuners you really struggle with to get a low e or b, but this one has no problem. 2) I use a rack. Good luck finding something else out there of this quality in a rack. You might find a used Korg on ebay, but your choice of something new is between this and behringer. 3) It's the little things. The back of this tuner has an input for a gooseneck light. Add that to the lights on the front of my power conditioner and it is extremely helpful. Overall, if you wait for a discount coupon and buy online, you could get this for less than 300 bucks. If you want accurate and reliable tuning, buy it. If you want to be frustrated and annoyed, pick up a behringer for less.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Peterson's VS-R StroboRack - It's everything I expected

          By Rick Rachkofski

          from Phoenix

          Comments about Peterson VS-R StroboRack Virtual Strobe Tuner:

          I have some experience with virtual strobes as a Peterson VS-1 owner, but the VS-R is a truly outstanding tuning device. The rock-solid stability of the virtual strobe image makes it so much easier to 'cage' that perfect frequency point. When it comes to getting it just right and you suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder as I do, this is the tool for you. Due to the constant string stretching and relaxing that takes place, tuning and retuning a pedal steel guitar can be draining (10 open strings, 3 pedals for 6 strings, and 5 knee levers for 10 strings). But now without all of that screen flutter (and I'm not being hyberbolic), this job is actually relaxing.

          The unit comes with many 'sweetened' tunings for a variety of instruments including the pedal steel. But I like to use a hybrid tempered tuning on my Fred Justice PSG so I preprogram two of the 'user programmable sweeteners' with all of my note variances; one set for the open strings and one set for the pedals and levers. Now I push the mute button and it defaults to the 'open string' set. After tuning those, I select the second set and finish with the pedals and levers. What a gas! I only have to touch the tuner twice for all of my note variances.

          Enough said. Strongly recommended.

          (9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Noisy design.

          By Richard Hummel

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Peterson VS-R StroboRack Virtual Strobe Tuner:

          No real good alternative.
          The tuner portion is great.

          The unit has a flawed audio signal path design, it tends to create ground loops. Plan on using an isolation transformer.

          Although it uses an AC cord, it uses a typical wall wart that is lashed down inside the unit and the wiring bundles are held in place with hot glue (will obviously fail w/in 5 to 7 years). Found this out when Peterson customer support had me open the unit up to move a autodetection pin while attempting to solve the 60hz hum.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best tuner made!

          By Tom Schupbach

          from Ellinwood, Kansas

          Comments about Peterson VS-R StroboRack Virtual Strobe Tuner:

          I installed this tuner in my rack which also includes a Rocktron Prophesy that has a built in tuner. When using both at the same time (easy to do, I also have a Line 6 G90 wireless that outputs to both at the same time, or mutes the Prophesy remotely for silent tuning) the Rocktron tuner shows that I'm in tune while the Stroborack is still calling for tighter tuning. The Rocktron was just as accurate as the Boss TU-1000 Stage tuner that I previously used, so that is an improvement on both of them! There are many more features in the Stroborack than just tuning, it is a great piece of gear for a professional. It's a bit much both in cost and functionality for beginners, but when you are serious about your music, you can't go wrong with this tuner! The quality of this tuner is excellent, I think you could run over it and not hurt it one bit! It will live in my rack setup (which gets moved a lot!) and give trouble free service for years to come. This is a tool, not a gadget and is priced accordingly. I would never go back to any other tuner!

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great...

          By JC Legion

          from Home

          Comments about Peterson VS-R StroboRack Virtual Strobe Tuner:

          This thing is great. It has more features than a Ferrari, tunes within .1 cent (10x better than most tuners)and is built like a tank. It's one of the sturdiest rackmount pieces I own. The price is up there a bit, but if you have that kind of money to spend, I would recommend it over the Korg DTR-2000 even.

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