Are my pedals safe? (help)

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Pi_Husky, Aug 10, 2022.

  1. Pi_Husky

    Pi_Husky

    Apr 18, 2022
    Califorina
    Hi guys, im putting a new pedalboard together and have a quick question about power for my pedals. There's a few pedals I have on all the time like my compressor and preamp, but as well as some pedals only that are on when I first turn on the board and turn it off, like my tuner. Will it do any damage whatsoever to my pedals having them activated when giving them power? (I have no valve pedals) Or should you keep them switched off before plugging in the mains? And I know a lot of you would just say "just turn it on and off with the switch" but having to do that every time I plug in is a bit annoying and I feel like that would wear out my switch way faster than my other pedals. Thanks!
     
  2. Naack

    Naack

    Mar 30, 2021
    Edmonton, Alberta
    You are safe with having them on. They are designed for this.
     
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  3. no issue and the switches are designed to last forever ( well not quite forever but )
     
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  4. Pi_Husky

    Pi_Husky

    Apr 18, 2022
    Califorina
    Ok! Thank you guys for the clearup!
     
  5. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    If you use an isolated power supply or any decent power supply you may be better off. I wouldn’t sweat it either way. Speaking as a guy with a bottle opener on my pedal board.
     
  6. Pi_Husky

    Pi_Husky

    Apr 18, 2022
    Califorina
    Haha, I used to be the same way :roflmao:, Im only now just getting a proper pedalboard (finally)
    Yeah, I use a Truetone Onespot powersupply! its a great little box! When you say "you may better be off." I assume you mean I may better be off with my pedals off and then turing them on and off again for setup and teardown?
     
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  7. your over thinking it man ! they are pedals ! let them be lol !!
     
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  8. Some pedals with buffered bypass turn on with the circuit engaged when you plug them in no matter what. Other pedals will stay how you last left them.

    Honestly, you're fine here. There's nothing to worry about.
     
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  9. Pi_Husky

    Pi_Husky

    Apr 18, 2022
    Califorina
    Yes lol, but for things like this, its you can never be too safe (especially when you put your money into this). I have seen, heard and experienced damaged or improper use of gear like this. Just wanted to be sure:)
     
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  10. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    I don’t abuse the pedals on my board but I definitely use them. I have a ton of pedals that I collect and mess with for fun but the few that are stuck to my board are living. I try to be careful to connect things properly and use good cables but I never worry about power-on cycles. I suppose there can be a surge but I’ve never worried about plugging in. Nothing lasts forever so if I ever smoked something I have it coming and I can live with that.
    I plug my board into a decent-ish surge protected strip but I’m not naive about suppression. Stuff can break. That’s why they use that delicious smelling blue smoke.
     
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  11. only thing is turn your pedal board on FIRST , then amp , turn OFF AMP first then pedal board.
     
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  12. Pi_Husky

    Pi_Husky

    Apr 18, 2022
    Califorina
    yeah, its just the pedals im concerned about
     
  13. Blue smoke it like the RED MIST for race car drivers , crap is blowin up !
     
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  14. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Right!?! Smells like grandpa’s electric train set. I love that.
     
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  15. your doing this to SAVE YOUR AMP ! the pedals can go swimming and be ok ! J/K dont get them wet.
     
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  16. Most(all?) pedals only switch the signal going to the output with the footswitch either mechanically or electrically. If power is connected to the power input, or a battery is in it and a plug is in the input then the power is always on to the electronics in the pedal.
    The red led only tells you how the output is switched, not if the pedal is "on" in terms of power.
    So there really is no way to not have them on when applying power.
     
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  17. I just learned something. :thumbsup: Thanks
     
  18. that keeps it from Popping into your amp , not all pedals are created equal , especially botique ones, they may not use proper startup and send a spike into the amp input, this is normal for studio startup also FYI.
     
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  19. Pi_Husky

    Pi_Husky

    Apr 18, 2022
    Califorina
    Exactly! Thats what im worried about! I use almost all Taurus MK2 pedals and one Taurus Silver line Vechoor
     
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  20. only thing is turn your pedal board on FIRST , then amp , turn OFF AMP first then pedal board.