Power supply question

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    bman62526 New Member

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    Greetings, fellow gearheads. I just purchased my first AA gear and I can't wait to dig in once it arrives. I decided on the AA6, because I have an existing Pedaltrain board and I'm going to rebuild my board around this piece.

    I have a question regarding power supply. My Pedaltrain is powered by a Voodoo Lab Pedal Power Plus 2. From what I've read it offers more than adequate protection against surges and failed power cables, but I've never owned a solid state multi-effects pedal before so I'm wondering about power. Can I power the AA6 off my Voodoo Lab power supply using one of the DC output jacks, or do I have to go direct to an AC outlet using the supplied AA6 power supply cable?

    I'd really prefer to use the PP2+ that I already paid for and mounted on my board, but I'm new to the whole DSP solid state pedal world. Thanks!
     
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    Jace Nuzback Senior Member

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    The AF6 requires a minimum of 800mA of current.
    The PP2 simply can't provide that even with a current doubling cable using two powered outputs.
    So you'll either have to use the factory power supply for the AF6 or use a different power brick.
    If you're open to that idea, I highly recommend the True Tone Pro power supplies.
    They work differently than the VooDoo Lab:
    "A major benefit of using a switching power supply is that it can handle far more current (power being pulled out of it) than any transformer-based power supply. Although we had to put power rating labels on each output to satisfy certification agencies (yes, we actually certified these, unlike most companies), the outputs can generally handle far more than the label shows. For example, you can connect a 300mA pedal to a 200mA output, without causing any problems. With a transformer-based power supply, you can’t get away with that. The important thing is to not exceed the total of all the labels. With a CS7, the output labels add up to 1900mA total. That means the total current draw of all your pedals should be less than 1900mA. That total current rating is roughly double the current load of the most common power brick, for a lot less money."
    https://truetone.com/cs7/
     
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    Thanks, Jace. I might have another option. The PP2 has another AC outlet on the back, besides the IEC connection. I am using that one additional AC outlet to power a small power strip that I have mounted underneath the board. It's just an inexpensive box store average power strip (no built in surge protection) but it's connected to the PP2. Could I plug the AF6 into that power strip then? Would I NEED to upgrade to a better power strip, or am I OK because it's getting its AC power from the PP2? Sorry...I am new to all of this! If you don't think that will work then I can look into the True Tone Pro, which I may do either way, just wondering if I can use more of the gear I've already invested in. Thanks again.
     
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    Jace Nuzback Senior Member

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    It should be fine, but you may want to contact Voodoo Lab and ask them.
    They don't say much about it in their manual.

    Tel: 707 545 0600
    Mail: Voodoo Lab, 3165 Coffey Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
    Email: info@voodoolab.com
    Forum: www.voodoolab.com/forum
     
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    I decided to just take your advice and go with the Truetone 1 Spot Pro CS7 :D
    While thinking over my options, it occurred to me that I've always wanted to build a 2nd, smaller pedalboard, to use for my acoustic rig. Now I can move the PP2 to that smaller board and start fresh with the main one! My AF6 is out for delivery today. Woo hoo! Thanks again for the input.
     
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    Jace Nuzback Senior Member

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    Sounds like things will work out fine then.
    Here's some info you may find useful with your new AF6:
    Tone Tips

    https://atomicamps.com/forum/index.php?threads/tone-tips.1830/


    Foot switch assignments

    https://atomicamps.com/forum/index.php?threads/assigning-foot-switches.2054/


    The manual and the editor can be downloaded from this page:

    https://atomicamps.com/atomic-amps-support/

    If you're going to be using your unit on stage using CAB IRs

    going in to an FRFR you should download and try these presets:

    https://atomicamps.com/forum/index.php?threads/new-stage-volume-presets.2705/


    http://atomicamps.com/forum/index.php?threads/stage-volume-presets-2.2706/


    One last thing; make sure 48V phantom power is never sent from the mixer

    to the unit via the XLR connection. This will cause bad noise and damage the

    unit over time. You can pick up a phantom power blocker to use between the mixer

    and the unit to make sure this never happens:

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/prod...o4T4zd40bJycSh5FDr3hY-F6yYCFQ0J4aAo3VEALw_wcB
     
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    I'm using a Truetone 1 Spot Pro CS6 powering my AA3, and it works like a charm :)
     
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    Same here!
     
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    once upon a time I had misplaced the power supply for my AA, and I had an extra test-bench PC power supply sitting around, so I used its 12V output, with an adjustable buck converter, soldered on a lead and barrel connector, and adjusted it down to 9V. It ran very well, with less switch noise than the stock PSU, so if one is handy, options abound.
     

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