New to Pedalboards - Assessing Options
I could use a good dose of TB wisdom on an upcoming decision. I have never had a pedalboard before but now that I've collected effects I wan't to put one together.
My budget is about 120 max for the moment. And as I see it I have three options. Before I run through them, know that what is represented in the pictures isn't entirely accurate - but it represents the size of the pedals well. The variations are that 1) The MXR distortion will be a Darkglass Vintage Microtubes and 2) the Crybaby will actually be Moog Expression Pedal for the Lowpass (thus, it connects directly to the Moog with no other sourcing).
For now, I would like to leave the specific effects out of the discussion and focus on how the board itself will come together. Any and all input is very welcome!
Option 1 (the simplest): But a Gator "Small" Powered pedalboard (http://www.chicagomusicexchange.com/...ll-pedalboard/). It would have enough space, but I am however concerned that a lot of what I read says that Moogerfoogers shouldn't be connected with anything besides their power adaptors (for more information check out http://legacy.moogmusic.com/faq/?con...d=17&cat_id=3&).
Option 2 (my preferred size): Get a Pedaltrain Mini and have a compact board - which I would really like. The only issue is - I don't know what to do without power on this setup. A picture is attached below of the mini setup I had planned.
Option 3 (a two-stage/expensive approach): Get a Pedaltrain Junior and (for now) run a conventional powerstrip (to plug the Moogerfooger directly in to) and a 1-Spot for the rest of the pedals. I would eventually get a Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus to replace the power strip - but that would be far down the line (as I cannot afford both the Pedaltrain Junior and the VL Power 2 at the same time).
Like I said, I am new, and if there are things I'm not considering/better options let me know. I appreciate your input!
A One Spot will work fine for the mini. Also, I would ditch the huge moog low pass and look into something more pedalboard friendly.
I know the Onespot will work for everything - but I've read you should not use them with Moogerfoogers (not enough power or something like that). I might look into getting away from the Moog down the line but for now it is staying - I still have to purchase the Darkglass and pay for the board. You're right though - the thing is a brick haha.
Also, I have heard the Onespots can be loud - and I want to avoid unnecessary noise for when I am practicing in my apartment at lower volumes. Thoughts?
i've had my one spot daisied and powering as many as 11 pedals with no issue. i don't own a moog, so i can't help with that.
don't just think in terms of how everything will fit, but also how easy it is to get your feet to those pedals. i don't know how you run your effects, but some of those look kinda tight! but if it works for you, then rock it man!
Build a pedalboard.
Then you can join my little club.
A couple of other things regarding the mini: the way you have the moog and volume/wah pedal on the mini, the board will never fit in the case. The boss pedals are too close together, you have to allow space on the top for the power jack, and on the bottom for the screw.
@ mattbass: good point, the compressor at least I won't have to kick on and off too much - so I gave it the worst real estate haha. I've heard great things about the One Spot - I just don't know what to make of this article: http://legacy.moogmusic.com/faq/?con...d=17&cat_id=3&
I really don't want to fry a $250 effect - so I don't know if I need to get it its own outlet or not (which makes this whole thing much more expensive and complicated).
So if we were narrowing it down to the Junior - I'm still lost as to what to do for power. Supposedly Moogs need "9+ volts minimum, 200 ma, and a "TIP Positive" connection. I have no idea what all that means and whether I can use a Onespot or the Gator board with it.
yeah, i wouldn't want to take a chance on a $30 pedal, much less a moog!
is there any space to run a power strip underneath the board? i don't have any experience with those boards in particular.
I was wondering about that too, there is enough to mount other power supplies, so I'm assuming so - that might be a good stopgap in the meantime though, good thought.
I agree with mattbass6945. Make sure you can get at everything good. I created my pedalboard and once it was all set up and finalized I brought it to practice and was jus so flustered trying to kick things on and off on the fly. If you can get at everything comfortably then thats great. Just something to think about. My board was so cramped and sloppy. It was not fun to re-work it all once it was put together. Here is a picture of how sloppy and cramped it was. Also, keep in mind a powerstrip with one spots in it will NOT fit underneath the board. The one spots are too tall. I had to waste that space on my board to keep the powerstrip running along the top
I had it all planned out to have the powerstrip mounted underneath and I was extremely bummed to find out it wouldn't fit. I was bummed to lose the space and have to cramp everything in so much tighter and I was bummed because it just looks so sloppy with all that crap mounted on the top
Thanks for the heads up musicman - sorry to to hear you had to find out the hard way, looks like the power strip will be making an appearance on top. I'm trying to rework the layout to see if I can't still get away with a junior - but I may have to go with the PT1
No problem. I wish I had known ahead of time. If you can use other adapters it will probably fit. The one spots are just so tall that it wont fit underneath. If I was you I would just get the PT1 because you will be able to do whatever you want with your gear without worrying about space and because I would be willing to bet that within a few months of finishing your board your gonna start thinking about how cool it would be to have a delay, or a chorus, or a fuzz etc etc and you will wish you had the space haha.
Haha, you're probably right - do want a delay. Have you ever tried/thought about zip tying the power adaptor on the back bar, but pointing away from the board. Essentially covering up where the Pedaltrain logo is? Would that perhaps be a viable option?
Alright, I think this might be the setup I'm shooting for. Signal chain starts at the distortion, the cry baby is actually an expression pedal plugged directly into the moog only, and the chain runs from the compressor to the amp.
The moog will be powered from the adaptor directly and the the rest of the pedals will be hooked up via One Spot.
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