Board power supply advice please...

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Dark Horse, Jun 23, 2020.

  1. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Ok, I’m setting up a new board. I’m gonna need a power supply for it, and I’m trying to narrow the field down. I play in a ton of different venues and different states (and countries), so it’s gotta be stable and quiet. That said, my budget is around $150, but I could stretch it to $200 I guess if it’d make a substantial difference. Since it’s a limited board with no really high draw pedals, the less I can spend, the better.

    Here are the pedals I have for the board :

    DiCosimo 360+ preamp
    Union T&T LAB
    Union T&T Sub Buzz
    Way Huge Pork Loin
    Joyo Tuner
    Demeter Tube DI (has own power cord)

    I’ll probably add an octave pedal, like an OC2, Octavbre, or something. Also looking at delays, probably a Way Huge Supa Puss. Maybe.... maybe a tremolo. I’m open to suggestions on these pedals as well.

    So really the delay I think would be the largest current draw. The Demeter has its own wall power cord, and it may not be kept on the board anyway... just depends on how good the DI out on the DiCosimo sounds when I test it.

    Maybe a “good, better, best” on the power supply ?

    Thanks for your time and replies !!!
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2020
  2. GMC

    GMC Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2006
    Wiltshire, UK
    Strymon Ojai, it’s been powering my board for 2 years and it’s been faultless and quite remarkable
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  3. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

  4. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
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  5. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX

    That one looks great, but I’d have to get a larger model to accommodate 7 pedals if I add octave and delay, Which I think puts it over my budget
  6. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    Yep, I have two of them. I also have two of the large Trutone supplies, but for a smaller board you can't beat the Eventide/Cioks. If you have a Pedaltrain, the Grip mount is a must for easy no-drill mounting.
  7. GMC

    GMC Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2006
    Wiltshire, UK
    You can double up some of the ports, each port supplies 500mA. My Ojai is powering a Boss ES-5, a pair of Eventide H9’s, a Strymon Mobius, EHX Hog2, Source Audio After shock, C4 and hub, plus a compressor and a ZFX Mastotron. That’s 10 pedals. All the important stuff is isolated, I have no hums or earth noise and everything is stable. All from a single Ojai unit. All of the Strymon units use the same PSU and the distribution boxes are expandable.
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  8. MynameisMe

    MynameisMe What will you be remembered for?

    Dec 31, 2018
    The cheap daisy chained one I bought from amazon for like $ 12.00 is dead quiet. It’s only a five device though.
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  9. Iommian

    Iommian Supporting Member

    Jul 15, 2019
    This. I absolutely love my PowerMax. I’m powering 10+ pedals on my Pedaltrain Novo 18 smoothly and it’s dead quiet. It’s worth the extra investment. At $167 on Sweetwater right now, it’s hard to beat. There is also a new Eventide Powermini that I’m planning on purchasing for future board expansion (Sweetwater also has a sale on these right now as well).
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  10. scuzzy


    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
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  11. gunai


    Dec 22, 2016
    Joining the Eventide PowerMAX/CIOKS DC7 choir.
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  12. Yep, Cioks DC7. Cheaper than the Powermax, exact same thing.
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  13. Ric5

    Ric5 Inactive

    Jan 29, 2008
    I like 5, 8, 10, and 12 string basses
    look for a pedalboard with power built in
  14. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    May 24, 2006
    Before you can pick a power supply you’ll need to determine what the power requirements are for the pedals you want to use with it.

    You’ll need to know what current and voltage each pedal requires and make sure the power supply you’re getting provides those.

    Voltages are usually: 9, 12, or 18 volts DC. Some pedals can also be run at higher voltages for more headroom. So that’s something you’ll also need to take into consideration if you plan on doing that. You’ll also encounter the occasional pedal that uses AC rather than DC power. So that’s one more thing to look out for. Some power supplies provide an AC jack. But many don’t.

    Current requirements can range from just a few milliamps to over 500mA depending on the pedal. A pedal’s stated current requirement is the minimum amount of current it needs to operate correctly. This is the opposite of voltage, which is usually the maximum voltage you can safely use with it.

    So it’s ok to plug a pedal that requires 100mA into a jack the provides 500mA. The pedal will only draw as much current as it needs. It won’t damage a pedal like plugging it into the wrong voltage can.
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  15. SidNitzerglobin


    Feb 12, 2019
    The Strymons have seemed great to me, love their modularity & flexibility of the current available & they've seemed solid & silent. The Zumas give you 12/18V taps if needed.

    Haven't tried any of the ones the list so far.

    I've had a couple Cioks DC5s & they seemed to work well.
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  16. Medicine Man

    Medicine Man

    Apr 10, 2015
    Did anyone say Cioks yet?
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  17. Plectrum72

    Plectrum72 Supporting Member

    Voodoo Labs has a new offering coming out in July. I like that it is designed specifically for high current draw pedals as all of its ports are 500mA. It also accepts universal power (100v-240v) without having to flip a switch.

    Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 3 High Current 8-output Isolated Power Supply

    Edited to add: I just checked out the Eventide PowerMAX V2 7 suggested by others above. Seems to offer everything the Voodoo Labs Pedal Power 3 does and then some for $33 less through Sweetwater (on sale).
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2020
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  18. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Severed Asparagus?
  19. Seashore


    Jun 2, 2019
    I've been very happy with my Voodoo Labs Pedal Power 2+. Currently running 9 pedals, using the courtesy outlet on the back for the special wall wart my HOG pedal needs.
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  20. 707GK


    Jun 13, 2013
    MACRO POWER S12_Shenzhen Mooer Audio Co., Ltd.

    I’m using one of these, but the 8 output version as I don’t need the current draw this one offers. The pictures make it look bulky but it fits under my PedalTrain JR with plenty of room to spare. It’s a very solid unit. One switchable output and tons of isolated 9v outputs with up to 500mA isolated, depending on which output you choose.

    You can find the 12 output version for $170ish on amazon and I got the 8 output version for less than $100.
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