pedal power

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whichd do you use thks

  1. Alkaline battern

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  2. Non Alkaline battery

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  3. power suppy

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  1. tone seaker

    tone seaker Well-Known Member

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    which do you use in older pedals Alkaline or Non alkaline or power supply? and why. they deffintly all sound different thks
     
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    Travis398 Well-Known Member

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    Power supply.....I like it easy no unplugging things and no changing batteries or checking batteries or buying batteries.......I think my power supply just paid for itself while I was typing this.
     
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    +1 on power supply. Don't like messing with batteries.
     
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    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    No point in batteries...
     
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    Vinsanitizer . Double Platinum Supporting Member VIP Member

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    Power supply exclusively.

    I don't know anything detectable about tonal differences except where voltage differences are concerned*, that's just way too anal for me to bother with. (By the way, wasn't it Eric Johnson and/or Steve Vai who started that "battery-tone" rumor in an early 90's magazine interview?). These days I don't see the point in using 9v batteries in any pedal except maybe a tuner, and even that doesn't make sense if every other pedal I use is run with a power supply.

    *Voltage differences: for example, the Fulltone OCD takes a 9v, but claims to sound "better" with an 18v power supply because it can take advantage of higher voltage. Or something like that. Otherwise, it's logic. An example of that being, say, in the case of time-based pedals: they consume a lot of power. So if you stick a brand new alkaline 9v (which actually starts out at about 9.5+ volts) in a delay pedal built to require 9.0v, its effect-ability begins to deteriorate immediately, resulting in poorer and poorer performance. (Or something along these lines, I don't have exact figures). So perhaps when players refer to "tone" where batteries are concerned, it's not so much about frequency response, it's more about how much effect is available at varying voltages. That being the case with alkalines, I would never use non-alkaline batteries (not even for wall clocks really). Also, lithiums are a pointless choice: first, they're the wrong tool for the job, second they're way too expensive. Lithium batteries are better suited for short-term, high drain devices like camera flashes and torch flashlights, etc., as I understand it.

    A constant, reliable voltage seems by far the best choice for powering pedals. You'll get consistent effect output, optimal reliability, less need for tweaking, environmental friendliness, and you'll save yourself the hassle and expense of ripping your pedalboard apart and replacing batteries all the time.
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    jimmyjames Well-Known Member

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    Power supplies, got a couple of adjustable voltage ones for treble boosters :yesway:
     
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    Power supply.
    Only have a few pedals, but a power supply with multi adapter costs about the same a 2 pack of 9 volts.
    So why not?
     
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    My PS have voltage regulation. Changes the tonal ballgame on both distortion and affecting the effect..
     
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    9V Alkaline, unless it doesn't have a battery.
     
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    Ufoscorpion Well-Known Member

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    I use a Sanyo eneloop pedal juice which is both I guess ? The pedal train volto is the same sort of concept.
     
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    I agree 100% with everything you have written , my problem lies in getting the right set up .
     
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    The only benefit I can see to using batteries is less possibility of noise being added to the signal chain. Anything else is snake oil.
     
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    Forget batteries unless you have only one or two pedals!!!
     
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    I have a couple Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus units under my board that power all my pedals. The only two I don't use my power supplies on are my Analogman Sunface and Beano Boost pedals. They sound better ran off of batteries. The only thing I don't like is I have to remember to unplug the cable from the input on those when I'm done playing so I don't drain the batteries.
     
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    Power supply except for my Cry Baby which doesn't have a power supply jack.
    Alkaline battery for it.
     
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    Power supply with a Furman pedal board power conditioner.
     
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    Vinsanitizer . Double Platinum Supporting Member VIP Member

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    What do you mean "getting the right setup"?
     
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    El Gringo Well-Known Member

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    Space issue with running the power supply / daisy chain tying them all together . Which I just don't like ergonomics wise with the daisy chain where they are practically on top of one another as in to close to each other and then figure in how I stomp on them .
     
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    Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 on the board and a Furman PL8C power supply in my rack that's the power source for everything.

    I do have a couple of vintage spec fuzz pedals and treble boosters i use a 9v with if i get them out.
     
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