Voltage Question

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by alec, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. alec


    Feb 13, 2000
    Perth, Australia
    I have an EBS MicrobassII that can take regular 9v DC or 48v phantom power. Does this mean that it could handle any voltage between 9 and 48 or is phantom power different to what a regular power supply provides?
  2. father of fires

    father of fires Commercial User

    Nov 29, 2006
    Chief of Medicine at Damnation Audio
    I doubt it. The pedal is most likely set up for either 9 volt or phantom power. It probably turns the 48 volt into 9 volt.
  3. NO it can not. The 48 volt phantom from the board is different. It's stepped down internal, but this is for the XLR ONLY.

    If you run anything other than 9volts DC through the DC jack bad things can (probably will) happen.

    My experience with EBS is that they are really prompt with tech. questions. Email them through their website if you need more help. www.bass.se
  4. Steve Dallman

    Steve Dallman Supporting Member

    What Got2SadowskyNYC said. Phantom power is supplied from the PA mixer, through the XLR cables to the pedal through the XLR jack. It has nothing to do with the 9v DC jack, except that if the pedal gets power through the XLR jack, it doesn't need power through the 9v jack.
  5. If phantom is on the DC jack and battery are automatically deactivated.

    If you lift the ground on the XLR you LOOSE the phantom power so you have to have an alternate. Battery or power supply.

    On a side note:

    EBS does have "phantom" than can power their pedals from one of their heads, through the jacks on the pedals. It's a cool idea but requires the EBS pedals to be directly before the amp, no other pedals between an EBS amp and EBS pedal, and you have to use TRS cables rather than the normal TS instrument cable.
  6. alec


    Feb 13, 2000
    Perth, Australia
    Thanks for the advice. Confirms what I suspected.

    I emailed EBS previously about an issue with this unit but never got a response.
  7. Really? I've always go a reply in about 24 hours.

    They even send me a free replacement switch for a pedal. From Sweden.