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9 volt pedals that tolerate/benefit from 18 volts

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by jbybj, Feb 16, 2014.


  1. jbybj

    jbybj Supporting Member

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    I just procured a Voodoo Labs ISO 5. One of the supplies being 18 volts, I have started to research what pedals I have that might be able to use the 18 volt source. So far, it seems that Dunlop advises not to go over the recommended voltage for any MXR pedals. I didn't find anything definitive on the EH site. So I ask you to share. Let's start of list of "9 volt" devices that will gladly accept, or even benefit from an 18 volt power source. I prefer actual experiences, but hearsay is o.k., just qualify it as hearsay.

    Thanks, JBY

    (yes, I did a couple of searches and did not find any such compilation. If I missed something…………………)
     
  2. Downunderwonder

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    It's not to be considered a must try out by any means but Catalinbred ring modulator Heliotrope goes "fine" on 18v. Did I mention it's an acquired taste?
     
  3. Downunderwonder

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    Trace gp7 eq and SMX compressor require 18v with odd jack size and centre negative polarity. Both highly recommended. The red and green Godlyke leads get you there, they don't use sfa amperage.
     
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  4. vegas532

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    Fulltone Bass-Drive, Full-Drive, OCD, and Fat-Boost
    Malekko Omicron Chorus and Vibrato
     
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  6. ilansgroove

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    3Leaf Audio Wonderlove works on 9V and 18V ....
    sounds better with 18V
     
  7. MightyMiloQuinn

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    3leaf Proton, EQD Monarch, SGFX Stutterbox (actually all SolidGoldFX pedals apparently), lots of Pigtronix stuff...
     
  8. MightyMiloQuinn

    MightyMiloQuinn Supporting Member

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    Also EQD Depths, Infanem Small Echo Array, SubDecay Vitruvian Mod...
     
  9. IncX

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    foxrox octron 2 (or maybe octron 1 too)

    dr scientist tremolescense

    catalin bread echorec
     
  10. Adamixoye

    Adamixoye A PT Pro is cool for worship, right? Supporting Member

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    Empress, according to their website (no first hand experience).
     
  11. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once... Gold Supporting Member

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    Many of the AnalogMan circuits tolerate or prefer 18V.
     
  12. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    I have never found the extra 9v to net any significant changes in all of the pedals I've tried that had that option and I have tried more than a few.
     
  13. Epidrake

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    X-otic effects have a bunch of pedals that can run on either 9 or 18 volts. I have to admit that I have never tried to use 18 volts even though I have heard they do benefit from higher voltages.
     
  14. Adamixoye

    Adamixoye A PT Pro is cool for worship, right? Supporting Member

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    I think "benefit" is also a bit of a questionable term in this context, considering that some people go the other way and use "sag" controls (lower voltage) to "benefit" certain pedals. I think "tolerate" is the better word, and then it's up to the individual whether the higher voltage provides what could be termed a "benefit."
     
  15. HolmeBass

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    xotic EP Booster is soooo much better at 18v. The Full-Tone Bass Driver was a bit better at 18, but I never gigged with it at 18. The 3Leaf Proton is a bit different, but the least change from 9 to 18 V in my experience. But if you have an EP Boost, run it at 18V.
     
  16. IncX

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    things distort less on 18v ... if it does not distort at 9v, then you wouldnt notice much changes at 18v
     
  17. Jon Moody

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    They have a new power supply coming out that will allow you to run 8 separate 18v pedals; saw it at NAMM.
     
  18. jbybj

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    I thank you for the responses so far. It's not that I seek better performance, though I understand that there may be more headroom at 18 volts for some applications, it's more that I don't want to have a power outlet sitting unused. I'd like to plug that 18 volt to something and not destroy it. For myself, I'm not looking to buy something new to fill the 18 volt slot, but put something there I already own. From the responses so far, I may have some luck with my EQD Rainbow Machine, my 3Leaf GR1, or Subdecay Noisebox. It sure would be convenient if I could run an EH XO micro synth or a Source Audio Soundblox Pro at 18v……….

    Catalinbred ring modulator Heliotrope goes "fine" on 18v
    Trace gp7 eq and
    SMX compressor require 18v
    Fulltone Bass-Drive,
    Full-Drive,
    OCD, and
    Fat-Boost
    Malekko Omicron Chorus and Vibrato
    3Leaf Audio Wonderlove works on 9V and 18V
    3leaf Proton,
    EQD Monarch,
    SGFX Stutterbox (actually all SolidGoldFX pedals apparently), lots of Pigtronix stuff
    EQD Depths,
    Infanem Small Echo Array,
    SubDecay Vitruvian
    Modfoxrox octron 2 (or maybe octron 1 too)
    dr scientist tremolescense
    catalin bread echorec
    Empress, according to their website (no first hand experience).
    Many of the AnalogMan circuits tolerate or prefer 18V.
    xotic EP Booster is soooo much better at 18v
     
  19. Adamixoye

    Adamixoye A PT Pro is cool for worship, right? Supporting Member

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    Which is why at 18V it's not always a benefit. If it's a dirt box, maybe you want more distortion. For some other non-dirt pedals, like certain compressors, some people consider the distortion a feature, not a bug.
     
  20. fasto

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    Catalinbread SFT @18V really shines ... i never went back to 9V.
     
  21. FretNoMore

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    Several (including myself) have posted the opposite opinion. I didn't like mine at 18V at all, too loud and not a nice overdrive sound.

    It probably varies depending on the rest of your gear (active vs passive pickups, etc). And taste, of course.
     

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