Power supply questions

A place for the string slingers, pedal freaks and amp snobs in our midst.

Moderators: Kent, Joe., analogdigital, infradead, lisa, parasitk, plord, sduck

Post Reply
User avatar
Pockets McCoy
Boll Weevils In Yo Field
Posts: 405
Joined: Wed Feb 18, 2009 3:33 am
Location: New Orleans

Power supply questions

Post by Pockets McCoy » Fri Mar 06, 2009 10:57 pm

I'm running a pretty long pedal chain. An obscenely long pedal chain...I think there's 26 of them, and I have a suspicion I'm having power troubles. Everything turns on and works, but I just hooked everything up all together for the first time (got a package with more patch cables, so I CAN hook everything up at the same time...), and all of a sudden I'm getting this really high-pitched "weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee" going on. It's not loud, so it's not feedback of any kind, or pretty much anything related to the effects of the pedals because I get it when they're all off. I have a sneaking suspicion that I'm having trouble because of trying to run this huge fucking chain off of one outlet and a power strip, but I'm not sure exactly what that trouble is. I've tried taking a few potential culprits out of the chain (line 6 FM4, trogotronic 667, moogerfoogers, digitech xp-1000) and the sound remains. I also tried plugging into a different amp, and still it haunts me. Ordinarily I'd just put up with it, because I put up with all sorts of noise from what I'm running as it is, but this is a new noise that's somehow perceptible even when I've got a really hot signal running through the whole thing, and the volume of it never seems to increase...It's like the pedal chain equivalent of the raven. As I said, I'm running this all from one outlet, which is probably really, really dumb, but outlets are hard to come by in this house, and that one outlet's got a power strip plugged into it, which has 2 1-spots, a 12v trogotronic power supply, the digitech xp-1000 power supply, the other trogotronic's (very high voltage) power supply, and the amp's power cord. Having said all that, I guess what I'm wondering is: Is this the cause of my troubles or should I start to look elsewhere, for faulty patch cables and the like? :help:

User avatar
Pockets McCoy
Boll Weevils In Yo Field
Posts: 405
Joined: Wed Feb 18, 2009 3:33 am
Location: New Orleans

Post by Pockets McCoy » Mon Mar 09, 2009 12:44 am

Well, I figured out what was wrong, and it seems like it's something that would be a pretty easy quasi-mistake to make, so I'll just put the word out: Don't try to power Moogerfoogers with the 1-Spot reverse polarity jack adapters (even though 1-Spot suggests using them). I don't know why, and I don't know how it fails to work, but I busted out another power strip for their individual adapters, and now everything's wonderful again. Not to bash 1-Spot by any means at all...I still love them to death, and I still use 3 of them, but they just don't happen to be the right way to make Moogers foog. :snowman:

User avatar
Muff Wiggler
wait, what?
Posts: 7815
Joined: Fri Nov 24, 2006 12:19 pm

Post by Muff Wiggler » Mon Mar 09, 2009 2:51 am

sweet! glad you got it sorted and thanks for the 'fooger tip!

Post Reply

Return to “Guitars, Basses, Amps & FX”