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Ibanez CS9 static hiss when playing?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by jamersonburton, Apr 14, 2020.

  1. jamersonburton


    Jul 22, 2011
    I've been using an Ibanez CS9 for a few months now and love the tone I get from it. When I think of chorus on bass, this is the sound I think of. I think many of us here can appreciate finding gear like that.

    A little thing I noticed was the amount of noise I get when I play through it. I do have an isolated power supply (voodoo labs) that I use to power it and that took care of the noise while I wasn't playing through it.

    However, when I send a signal through this pedal and the cs9 is engaged, I'm getting this faint distortion/static hiss.

    I have attached a sample of it here, you can can particularly hear it during the longer sustained notes and as soon I stop playing the noise goes away.

    This clip was recorded bass -->cs9 --> interface (unprocessed, flat di tone).
    As soon as I try and boost anything over 1k then this becomes very present.

    Is this a normal part of playing through an analog chorus pedal or is this defective? Anybody know how to fix it?
  2. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    I've had an Ibanez CS-9 for ~35 years, powered either via 9V battery or a Voodoo Labs psu, and it's never made a "faint distortion/static hiss"

    Of course, I've also never plugged it straight into a computer interface, it's always gone through a DI (impedance matching transformer) and/or mic preamp when recording. Do you hear that same noise when you play it through your usual stage amp?
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  3. jamersonburton


    Jul 22, 2011
    Yes, I am currently using one of two different heads, an Ashdown ABM900 and a GK 800RB. This problem happens with each amp and becomes considerably noticeable if I start bringing up the treble or pushing the high mids.

    I generally like brighter tones and the cs9 has a nice shimmery chorus. I'm trying to figure out if I have a defective pedal and I can just replace it with another cs9 or if that's the way the cs9 is and I have to look for something else. Interesting that yours through a DI doesn't produce the same sound I'm hearing with this one.
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