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Help! Darkglass b3k... issues :(

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Melodie, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. Melodie


    Dec 6, 2011

    Ok got this through the post today, could not wait to use it and well... theres something wrong!

    Literally the worsr buzzing / humming noise i have ever heard...

    Playing it through a GK mb500 and a barefaced super 12, ive checked all the wires all fine, using the power supply from my zoob b2. My bass is active with emg HB's

    As soon as i turn the attack boost, on the buzzing sound is multiplied by about 10 in volume.... i literally have to turn the gain right down on my head to get rid of it but then obv i have no volume. I just cannot work it out.

    Its as if its lacking power, it cannot handle my E string.

    Ive seen the videos for this pedal, and even with the horrible buzz I cannot not get it to sound anything like it...

    Maybe i have a faulty one but... has anyone else has this problem...

    Proper gutted as ive never been so excited to try a pedal! :(
  2. gidbass

    gidbass Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Did you try a different power supply? Some are noisier than others. I use a onespot with the daisychain and don't notice any additional noise at all.

    Good Luck!
  3. Melodie


    Dec 6, 2011
    I dont think it would be the power supply though... works fine with my zoom, no noise at all...
  4. rratajski

    rratajski Commercial User

    Jul 1, 2008
    Mount Laurel, NJ
    Did you contact Darkglass/Doug/Spencer?
    Always contact the builder or company before heading to the forums.
  5. Just because a power supply works with one pedal, that doesn't mean it will work with all pedals. The B3k has been identified to be sensitive to what kinds of supplies it works with.

    Also, contact Doug.
  6. willsellout

    willsellout Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2002
    Key West, FL
    This is the second time in as many weeks that this has popped up. I hope it's just power supplies. I haven't had any issues with my B7K using a 1 spot or my Zoom B3's power supply, which could point to something being wrong with the pedal, rather than the power supply.

    Personally, I'd trade sensitivity for the ability to have more freedom in power supplies, if that is indeed the problem.
  7. +1 seriously people!!
  8. BrandonBass


    May 29, 2006
    just curious, is urs fnnish or us made?
  9. NKUSigEp


    Jun 6, 2006
    Bright, IN
    The specs I could dig up on the power supply are that it's 9v DC and 300 mA output but no mention for if it was center negative or positive. So that might be the problem there.
  10. 1Spots are center negative, therefore it requires a center negative supply
  11. NKUSigEp


    Jun 6, 2006
    Bright, IN
    I know...I was referring to the zoom power supply.
  12. gadgetgirl

    gadgetgirl Supporting Member

    Dec 1, 2005
    East Coast
    I had the Finnish model and ultimately returned it. Using a Voodo LabPedal Power 2+ helped minimize the noise considerably.
  13. Melodie


    Dec 6, 2011
    Hello! Yep i have contacted the supplier, mine is USA made
  14. Melodie


    Dec 6, 2011
    lol it is the power supply... i just popped and boroowed one from a friend... virtually silent!!! yay :)
  15. alec


    Feb 13, 2000
    Perth, Australia
    Zoom B2 power supply is centre negative.
    I'd try another power supply to confirm, but it sounds like the problem is with the pedal.

    *edit - good to hear!
  16. Melodie


    Dec 6, 2011
    :) this pedal is insane, already found my sound!
  17. Darkglass

    Darkglass Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 10, 2008
    Helsinki, Finland
    Douglas Castro, Founder: darkglass.com
    Great to hear that everything turned out fine.
    I always recommend Visual Sound's 1spot or other power supplies designed for pedal usage! (Vodoo Labs, T-Rex, etc)

  18. Melodie


    Dec 6, 2011
    Thanks Doug, I shall be purchasing something decent for it! :)
  19. Darkglass

    Darkglass Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 10, 2008
    Helsinki, Finland
    Douglas Castro, Founder: darkglass.com