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Source Audio Power Supply

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by apdamron, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. apdamron

    apdamron

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    i know the manual says other power supplies could damage the pedal, but i wanted to know if anyone has tried using a normal power supply with the BEF pro or MWBD pro. The reason I ask, is I just bought a ps-55 pedalboard but I'm a bit concerned to use the built in 9v DC now... :help:
  2. Gadgetjunky

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    mine actually work better without the stock power supply. Worked fine with 1Spot and now my mxr mc403.

    I understand you cautiousness
  3. Skrogh

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    Anything that supplies a regulated, well filtered 9 volts, and is capable of supplying 250mA of current (I think it's 175mA w.o. the HH) should be fine.
    I have noise on my SA pro pedals, if I use the supplied European PSU.

    Does anyone know how SA pedals feel with a daisy-chained 1Spot?
  4. Gadgetjunky

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    well, daisy chain is what they recommend against. Mainly because of noise that can happen and the concern of underpowering. I used a 1spot for a long time, but only 1 SA pedal. When I got 2 I started using Sa power supplies just to be safe. Then I was having noise issue with my Freeze pedal and decided with 8 pedals, it was time to get a good power supply.

    I think a quality isolated power supply would be fine.
  5. Smallequestrian

    Smallequestrian Supporting Member

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    Voodoo Labs Pedal Power Digital is really nice for these. That said, I ran mine on a daisy chain with a 1spot quite successfully for a long time before I made the switch.
  6. Dash Rantic

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    I use a Voodoo Labs Pedal Power 2 with my MWBD Pro, never have had an issue.

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  7. LSMFT6

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    The Voodoo Labs PP2+ works fine, but be sure to use the #5 or #6 power slots because the others don't have enough mA.
  8. rsmith601

    rsmith601 Gold Supporting Member

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    The only thing that is really bad is high voltage (much more than 9v) and/or the wrong polarity. We see at least one returned pedal a year where it looks like 18-24 volts were applied!! We have tried many different power supplies, and most work fine so long as there is more than 120ma or so. 250ma is clearly ideal.
  9. Gadgetjunky

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    Wow, I can see how that could happen by accident with multiple voltage power supplies. I think I will tape over my 18v ports on my power supply to avoid that. Are the pedals fixable after being overpowered?
  10. Skrogh

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    By the way did you change the design on the European psu. I made a note to you about a year ago, that there is no cap after the lm7809 in the psu, this results in some very bad noise (radiostations, led blink, hum etc) I ended up prying mone open and atickin a 470u on there.

    But recently i've been looking into the theory of switchmode psu's. Underpowering should not be a problem with the 1spot. 15watts is quite a lot.
  11. rsmith601

    rsmith601 Gold Supporting Member

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    We generally fix anything which is sent back to us to fix. Most of the over-powered pedals can be fixed by putting in a new voltage regulator. We did get a HH3 back this week that must have gotten 24 volts. It looked like an Imperial Star Destroyer went after it. :meh:
  12. Gadgetjunky

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    my stock psu (and I have 2 and tried both) would make my BEF Pro power up in a non-functional state about half the time, when you kicked on a preset, quite nasty sound would come out, then cycling power reset it to normal. Since using the MC403 I haven't had that issue which is good, I could survive without my BEF Pro. Now my MWBD pro has an appointment with Jesse, apparently I have unit #48 and it needs the new firmware to be compatible with my midi hub.
  13. apdamron

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    yea the pedals were acting kinda funny so i did so more research, gonna make two parallell cables for the ps-55 that'll end up pushing 200ma a piece
  14. scottfeldstein

    scottfeldstein Supporting Member

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    I use a 1 spot to power four pedals: a tuner, an MXR compressor...and two Pro Source Audio pedals. I have no problems, except some noise when I plug in my Hot Hand receiver. This may or may not have anything to do with how it's all powered, however. Not sure.

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  15. rsmith601

    rsmith601 Gold Supporting Member

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    We just cracked open 3 units and they all have caps as they should. Can you send me/Jesse email on this? We need to know more about your power supply and where is came from.
  16. ManuelJG

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    Well, I power 11 pedals with a powerall and I get acceptable little noise. I've also noticed I get a weird noise too when I plug in the hot hand receiver but it is not loud enough to be considered as a problem.

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