It’s been a long time since i was on stage at a festival, one-footing the monitor and growling into a microphone. Since Dynamo ruled supreme gig gear has come on leaps and bounds. Not just that, options for musicians have become infinitely more hi-tech and affordable.
Today we’re looking at the Roadie 3 from Roadie Music – a veritable Swiss Army Knife for the gigging and non-gigging musician. Take a peak:
Roadie 3 supplied for review purposes
Roadie Music was formed and helmed by Hassane Slaibi and Bassam Jalgha, two engineers who decided to combine their passions for music and tech. They developed the company’s first award-winning product, the Roadie Tuner, in 2013.
The company has a small and dedicated team of 20 and with the support from their Roadie community have become laser-focused on their mission to combine music and technology. Having garnered worldwide attention and accolades, including the TechCrunch Disrupt 2014 Audience Choice Award they successfully released the more advanced Roadie 2 and Roadie Bass.
Roadie Music is a leading music-technology startup based in Seattle and Beirut. We create impactful innovations that enhance the lives of musicians through technology. Our flagship product the Roadie automatic tuner raised over $1,000,000 on crowdfunding platforms and is used by thousands of beginners and industry pros alike. We will continue to launch next-level tools carefully designed for musicians and music enthusiasts.
The Roadie 3 is an all-in-one tool which lets you restring and tune in one single step, quickly and effortlessly and even allows the user to customize the reference pitch and tune with a capo on.
It is ideal for almost any stringed instrument (including electric, acoustic, classical and steel guitars, ukuleles, banjos, mandolins, and more) but is very much suited for guitarists. (For Bass guitars the Roadie Bass model is ideal)
The unit allows the user to quickly tune up to standard tunings and also explore variant tunings with the touch of a button (who doesn’t want to fool around in DADGAD????). Any of the 150+ tunings can be favourited and even stored via the unit, and then referenced or implemented via the accompanying iOS/Android app.
The Roadie 3 utilises next-generation vibration detection to implement unsurpassed noise immunity and accuracy when tuning. Meaning the user can tune up even in loud places.
The unit features a clear full colour high resolution RGB LED screen (135 x 240 pixel matrix) and navigation buttons, housed in a comfortable non-slip grip coating. The unit features a metronome with vibrating and beeping modes.
String Gauge: Up to 75
Detection range: 27.5 Hz to 668.84 Hz
Dimensions: 3.5 x 2.0 x 1.0 inches
Battery: Rechargeable LiPo 500 mAh, USB type-C
Setup and connectivity: Easy sync via Bluetooth with our free iOS and Android application
Inside the box: Roadie 3 tuner, USB C-Type charging cable, quick start guide
Simply put, the Roadie 3 is a tuner, metronome and string winder all rolled into one. That’s the TLDR. Beyond that, the Roadie 3 represents speed, accuracy and precision for musicians and the opportunity to bypass the boring slog of physical tuning and restringing.
Roadie 3 is the perfect vehicle to go on a journey of tuning discovery. What puts many musicians off this journey traditionally is the laborious task of finding the perfect tuning and implementing it. With Roadie 3 the boring part of that journey is removed. Like going backpacking without the 36 hour flight time.
The Roadie 3 was sent down from heaven by the Prog-Rock Gods themselves. Not only a life-saver : Essential kit!
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