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Help! Momentary pedal chain freak out!

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by adamsmatthewj, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. adamsmatthewj


    May 4, 2013
    So this weekend, after one complete soundcheck and one complete set, my pedalboard decided to become possessed and turn against me

    In the first few bars of the first song of the 2nd set, sudden loud popping, booming, complete loss of signal, and utter shock and embarrassment occurred. I ripped my tuner off, and went direct into that to the di box, and kicked my pedalboard to the curb for the whole 2nd set

    Believed it was either one of my first two pedals or one of my first two patch cables, so I removed those in between sets, and all was well for my pedalboard for the 3rd set (besides the fact that I had no octaver or overdrive!)

    Problem is, I just plugged the same two pedals and patch cables back in, and there's no problem. At all.

    Was something just loose? Is one of my patch cables going bad? Power cable? Was there a gnome in my power brick? Am I just crazy?

    (For the record I use fixed end patch cables, not the DIY kits or unsoldered ends or anything. If i did, I feel like that would have explained it)
  2. scottfeldstein

    scottfeldstein Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    West Bend, Wisconsin
    Could just be dust in the pots or the jacks. Unplugging it and plugging it back in might have shaken it loose and solidified the connections again.

    Or it could just be black magic.
  3. DirtyDuke

    DirtyDuke Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 13, 2012
    guelph ontario
    Partner Southampton Pedals, Partner CCP
    Gremlins has to be,
  4. jumblemind

    jumblemind I also answer to Bryan Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2011
    Hate that stuff, it just happens sometimes. Fixed end cables can get broken solder getting jostled around in transit. Can you get to the part where the wire connects to the sleeve to check for bad joints?

    I have bad luck with more than a couple of pedals in a row, so when I had a bigger pedal board I ran a passive loop switch at the beginning of the chain that would bypass everything in the event of catastrophic failure mid song. Something to consider for peace of mind at future gigs. Hope you get it sorted.
  5. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    When you write 'power brick', are you actually using a Dunlop DC Brick(as opposed to a Voodoo Labs Pedal Power)? The power outs on the Dunlop are not isolated from each other; that MIGHT have caused problems, who knows? Also, were the connections from the power source to the individual pedals secure? If you had any non-true bypass pedals, and a power hook-up got loose or intermittent that might have caused some noise/signal interruption.
  6. adamsmatthewj


    May 4, 2013
    No i don't have a dunlop power brick (I usually love their products tho!) but I think it was a loose power cable to my boss octaver, that would lose the buffer and my signal would die

    Idk that's the best I can figure!

    Might still replace one of the patch cables just in case tho lol

    Hey I guess craziness happens to us all
  7. adamsmatthewj


    May 4, 2013

  8. johnbegone

    johnbegone Supporting Member

    Sep 16, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    This was happening to me for a while and I couldn't figure it out. I had 15 pedals and a 8 loop bypass strip and it would just go out sometimes, but it would be random. Kicking the pedalboard hard usually made it come back on. I eventually found fault with two different patch cables. They were the PlanetWaves custom kit ones, so I figured a connection was starting to come loose depending on how the cables would bend.

    Sucks, but that's the life of a pedalboard. Just gotta be very patient to trouble shoot.