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AC adapter for active basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by XIbanez4lifeX, Dec 3, 2005.


  1. XIbanez4lifeX

    XIbanez4lifeX

    Nov 15, 2005
    Ohio,USA
    Ok, the first thing that comes to your mind is probally "Just go buy the darn 9-volts you cheap ##$^%."

    I was just wondering why no company considered in addition to using a 9 volt battery, an adapter so you can plug your bass in while you are sitting at home and then when you go gig use the battery. A little adapter jack right next to where you plug the cable in on your bass would suit well.

    Like for effect pedals they have the ac adapter so you can save batteries.


    Just a thought :bag:
     
  2. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    A person or two on TB has wired a stereo cable setup that runs to a box that provides the power. Basically, you feed power into the ring terminal, ground on the sleeve, and get instrument signal on the tip. It's really a pretty easy ssetup if you have a pedal board. Also, you could wire in a switch to allow for use of a passive bass, or a regular active.
     
  3. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    You mean something like this ?
    [​IMG]

    Yeah, that would be beyond coolness. :ninja:
     
  4. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    I thought about using an ac adapter too. Apparently, as I was told, there will be problems with electrical noise, unless you have a really fancy wall-wart.
     
  5. XIbanez4lifeX

    XIbanez4lifeX

    Nov 15, 2005
    Ohio,USA
    Heeeyyyy Jazz


    Yes something like that!!! :hyper: :hyper:
     
  6. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    It comes with Lightwave systems.
    It basically works like a cellphone.
    You have a big battery in the bass that you charge with a wallwart.
    Mine will last for 32 hours of playing and charges in less than an hour.
     
  7. Personally I have wondered why bass amps dont have phantom power and XLR cables for bass.
     
  8. hasadari

    hasadari

    Jun 23, 2005
    Alembic Series 1 and Series 2 electronics can be externally powered with power supply and their 5-pin cable.
     
  9. Ian Perge

    Ian Perge Supporting Member

    May 11, 2001
    Evansville, Indiana
    IHO with the minimal current draw of your typical active electronics, it's akin to hunting rabbits with an elephant gun. Far too much wiring and additional components to go wrong for something I wouldn't even consider an improvement.

    Whenever I change by batteries I sharpie the date on them - every six months they get changed whether I hear any sound degradation or not.
     
  10. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    "Whenever I chance by batteries I sharpie the date on them - every six months they get changed whether I hear any sound degradation or not."

    good idea.

    so if one plays bass about 10 hrs per week how long will a 9 volt last(like a good quality energizer)?
     
  11. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    It completely depends on the electronics, not 2 are alike.
    With a 2 band Stingray for example you can expect well over 1000 hours.
    The Line6 Variax will only go for a few weeks at best.
     
  12. XIbanez4lifeX

    XIbanez4lifeX

    Nov 15, 2005
    Ohio,USA
  13. For what it's worth, I did some extensive testing with different brands of Batteries a couple years ago (school project), and found that they basically all last the same amount of time. It's just the cost that's different. That's what I found anyways.
     
  14. malthumb

    malthumb

    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    [​IMG]

    As noted by hasadari, the black rectangle next to the 1/4" input is the XLR type port for the 5-pin connector to the external power supply that comes with Alembic Series I and Series II basses. No battery required. On the flip side, if you spring for a Series I or Series II, cost of batteries may not be your top level concern.

    For what it's worth, the top space in my rack houses the external power supply for my Alembics. The older models had a smaller floor box in place of the rack mount. I have one of those, too.

    [​IMG]

    Peace,

    James