Behringer VP1 Vintage Phaser bleed a swirling background noise when not engaged, any way to fix it?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by NoiseNinja, Jan 7, 2021.

  1. NoiseNinja

    NoiseNinja Experimental-psychedelic-ambient-noise-drone Inactive

    Feb 23, 2011
    After having tried several phasers, some considerably more expensive ones too, I finally settled for a Behringer VP1 Vintage Phaser, and I absolutely love how it sounds.

    Exactly the right effect for my application.

    However when not engaged it bleeds a swirling background noise that really annoys me and makes it unfit to use for recordings.

    It's not really like it actually modulates my signal when not engaged, just adding this annoying background noise to it.

    And just so that you know I've already tried running it on it's own dedicated power supply, but without it fixing the issue.

    It's a pretty accurate clone of the original big box EHX Small Stone but the new version just doesn't sound the same, and far from as great, even if EHX claims that it is the same circuit, so getting that instead is not an option.

    So my question is if there is any way to fix the swirling background noise that the Behringer phaser produces when not engaged, some kind of mod, preferably not too advanced, as I, even if I do know how to solder, am not exactly all that well versed with electronics or comfortable doing complicated procedures?

    I would even be willing to pay to have a mod done to it that fixes it, but I live in Europe so it will have to be done by someone living there too.
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2021
  2. Without opening the guts it looks like it'd be pretty easy to replace the switch with a 3pdt for true bypass switching. It's a huge enclosure, so any competent modder should have no trouble.

    Another thing you could do would be to get a true bypass looper, which is a seperate pedal with the bypass switching inside, but I don't know the European builder scene.
  3. NoiseNinja

    NoiseNinja Experimental-psychedelic-ambient-noise-drone Inactive

    Feb 23, 2011
    Thank you! :thumbsup:

    Don't know how come I didn't think of a true bypass looper myself, seems like the obvious solution to me.

    Brilliant solution.

    Found this one, a One Control True Bypass Looper, that wouldn't take up much space and is relatively affordable as well :

    But I am still interested if a relatively simple and easy mod exists that I could do myself, so I don't have to add extra pedals to fix the issue.

    If anyone has a detailed step by step walk though of how to implement a 3pdt switch for example, as you suggested?
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2021
  4. This is the best I can do on short notice. It's about making a pedal, but the I/O is the same inside as out.

    beavis audio research
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  5. FilterFunk

    FilterFunk Everything is on the ONE!

    Mar 31, 2010
    I can't help with the noise, but here's a tip about the Tone switch:

    Try putting it right between the upper and lower positions. I get a sweet in-between tone when I do it, and I've had a couple of worked with both of them.

    The VP-1 really is a great-sounding phaser.
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