The team with Hotone are taking a different strategy in regard to their “design inspiration,” which as indicated with their line of Skyline pedals is centered around delivering the best performance without taking up the complete stretch of your standard guitar pedal. The saying “bigger is better” may be true in a number of cases, Hotone fit within the exception here as we turn towards their Skyline Tuner pedal.
As any session or live musician can easily attest, if you sound out of tune it’s going to damage your performance. Staying in whatever key (E standard, Drop C, etc.) your ax is setup for is pretty crucial, which is even more true while performing rock and metal standards that everyone and their mother has heard during the regular rotation on the airwaves. As such as tuner pedal is a discrete way of making sure you’re up to date without reaching for a clip-on piece of gear that got misplaced during the last gig.
The Skyline Tuner from Hotone may be one of many currently out in the middle of a complicated market cluttered with options, yet where Hotone thrive is by offering the same features of their competition while providing it in an unusually small construction. Smaller than the length of your common permanent marker, and roughly the width of three of said writing tools, the Skyline Tuner takes some getting used to but remains a viable piece of your rig nonetheless.
Hotone’s Skyline Tuner, much like the other effects available as part of their Skyline Series, is also equipped with a built-in volume booster; one can easily adjust the interested level via the knob above the LED tuning screen, with the comfort to alternate between a dramatic volume increase and zero change from your desired levels that existed prior to including the Tuner into your pedal board.
While first glance may understandably offer some low expectations, Hotone use that to their advantage and offer that surprise factor with their Skyline Tuner.