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Peterson Announces V-SAM at Winter NAMM Show

Jan 21, 2003

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Peterson introduces the "V-SAM", a combination of programmable VIRTUAL STROBE tuner, AUDIO tone generator, and METRONOME in a hand-held format. It marries the Virtual Strobe Technology first introduced in the VS-1 tuner with new, brighter, high-contrast display.

The V-SAM's "tuner mode" expands upon the Peterson VS-1 with an even wider variety of alternate temperaments and the ability to select temperament tonal roots. In addition, the user can create and store custom temperaments and use them with the same flexibility as preset ones. The V-SAM automatically detects a note being played in real-time and is accurate to 1/1000th of a semitone. It can transpose displayed notes based on any of 12 scale notes. The ultra-wide 410.0 to 490.0Hz range of the V-SAM's Concert A pitch reference makes it a good choice for "Early Music" instruments such as harpsichord, lute, recorder, and Baroque flute. The "Bass Shift" feature allows effortless tuning of double bass (including instruments with fingerboard extensions), tuba, and euphonium.

A built-in speaker is included for the audio tone generator/tuner, and a pre-amplified signal is provided to drive a P.A. or headphones. These new and expanded features permit definitive measurement and control of the intonation of orchestral instruments, allowing tuning and real-time scale rehearsal for stringed instruments such as violin, cello, and concert harp as well as all brass and woodwind instruments in all keys, all tonal roots, and all temperaments--a first. The high-output tone generator within the V-SAM offers an unprecedented 10 octaves of audible tones, which conform to a selected preset or custom temperament and are adjustable in 0.1cent increments. This permits ear-training possibilities previously unavailable in a hand-held device.

The V-SAM's audio/visual metronome allows tap or dial-in tempo, adjustable beats per measure, beat subdivisions, and a stopwatch function. An exclusive "INTRO" feature automatically silences the audible output of the metronome after a pre-selected number of measures--perfect for setting a clean start and tempo without being "handcuffed" to the metronome beat for an entire song. All settings can be saved as power-on defaults.

The Peterson V-SAM is housed in a durable rubber boot with detachable, adjustable stand and powered by batteries or the supplied AC adapter, making it a very rugged yet portable device. Optional extras include a TP-1 clip-on pickup and a handsome, embroidered carrying case. The combination of Peterson's incredible Virtual Strobe Technology with full tuner programmability, audio tones, and feature-filled metronome makes the V-SAM a versatile resource for the busy Band Director and a "must have" for any classroom, practice room, or marching field!

For more information, visit their web site at www.petersontuners.com.
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