Gear Guide: Using the Right Power Supply For Your Strymon Pedal

In this installment of Gear Guide, let’s talk about power! A common question that we receive is what kind of power supply can be used with Strymon pedals.  There are many different options out there.  We know that some users like to use third party power supplies. Using the right power supply is important to ensure that your pedal will power up reliably, and you don’t damage your pedal.

Power Requirements

First, it is important to be aware of the power requirements for each of our pedals to ensure that your power supply will power up the pedal reliably.  There are three different power requirements for our pedals:

Strymon Flint Reverb Tremolo Pedal Strymon Mobius Modulation Pedal Strymon OB.1 Compressor Pedal
Our smaller pedals (blueSky, Brigadier, Deco, DIG, El Capistan, Flint, Lex, Ola, and Orbit) require a maximum of 9V DC and a minimum of 250mA current.   Our larger pedals (BigSky, Mobius, and TimeLine) require a maximum of 9V DC and a minimum of 300mA current. Our OB.1 compressor/boost pedal is all analog, so it has a much lower power requirement of 9V DC, and <20mA current. OB.1 can be powered by a 9V battery.

Strymon Power Adapter

We ship all of our pedals (except for OB.1) with a 9V DC power supply that provides 660mA of current with a 2.1mm center-negative barrel connector.  OB.1 ships with a 9V battery. We recommend using our included power supply, as they should always power up your Strymon pedals without issue.

If you are looking to power more than one of our pedals, we offer the Ojai high-current DC power supply which provides 5 high-current, individually isolated, ultra-low noise outputs.  Each output provides 500mA of current which can power any of your Strymon pedals.

Ojai high current pedal power supply

Non-Strymon Power Supplies

If you are using a third party power supply, please make sure that it provides a maximum of 9V, provides more than the minimum required current (mA), and has a 2.1mm center-negative connection.

We do realize that many players build boards that warrant the use of centralized power. In addition to our Ojai high-current DC power supply, there are several other supplies on the market that will work. The Voodoo Labs Pedal Power Digital, 4×4, and Mondo can each power at least 4 of our pedals with 9V isolated outlets providing sufficient current.

The Voodoo Labs Pedal Power 2+ can be used to power 2 of our smaller pedals (from outputs 5 and 6 only), but you would need to get their current doubler cable to power our larger pedals such as TimeLine, Mobius, and BigSky.

Pedal Power DigitalImportant note: Many third party power supplies have settings that can send more than 9V to your Strymon pedal. Ensure that you are familiar with the settings on your power supply to avoid damaging any pedals. For instance, the Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2+ has series of dip switches on the back. Always ensure they are set to the NORMAL position when used with any Strymon pedal.

There are other power supply options available from manufacturers such as Truetone, CIOKS, Dunlop, T-REX, Eventide, TheGigRig and many others.  Just make sure that the power supply you choose provides isolated 9V DC and at least 250mA (small pedals) or 300mA (large pedals) from a 2.1mm center-negative pin.

Isolated Power

We do not recommend using daisy chained power supplies as our digital pedals require isolated power.  Using a daisy chained power supply can yield additional noise and hum in your audio signal, so make sure to use an isolated power supply.

The same can be said about multi-outlet power supplies that can provide power to several pedals at once.  If the outlets of this type of power supply are not isolated, you may get additional noise and hum in your audio signal.

Troubleshooting

Here is some troubleshooting you can try that applies to pedals of any manufacturer.  If you’re using a third-party power source (such as those sold by Voodoo Lab, Ciocks, Dunlop, etc.) but are having trouble powering your pedal, try running through these steps:

  • Double-check the current and voltage requirements recommended by the pedal manufacturer.
  • If your pedal shipped with a wall adapter from the factory, try powering with that. If it powers up, it’s probably a setup issue with your third-party supply.
  • Check the current. Make sure the supply is capable of providing more current than the pedal requires. For example, if your pedal requires 200 mA, it’s probably best to provide it at least 250 mA to ensure it works properly under all circumstances.
  • Check the voltage. Some pedals are very specific about their voltage requirements. If the pedal requires 9V, be sure not to send it more than 9V, because excessive voltage can irreparably damage a device. On the other hand, some pedals, such as fuzz boxes, are perfectly happy running at anywhere from 9V to 18V. Just be sure you know what the manufacturer recommends.
  • Finally, check the polarity. Most pedals have center-negative power jacks, though there are a few with center-positive ones. Polarity is often indicated by a diagram on the pedal, but you may need to check with the manufacturer.

A happy pedal is one that is powered with the correct current and voltage. Go forth and keep all of your pedals happy!

About Hugo
Hugo Hugo is Strymon’s customer support manager and calm voice of reason. When his cats stop yelling at him for food, he spends his time driving through local canyon roads and running marathons. He also loves to noodle on guitar and play old Nintendo games.

80 Responses

  1. Michael Eber says:

    After going through all the pedals on my board for rewiring and searching for every individual spec sheet, it is really nice to see a vendor publish how to hook their pedals to a Power Plus 2.

  2. Mark Oliver says:

    Hi,

    I just wanted to clear this up. Here: http://www.strymon.net/support/faqs/can-i-power-a-timeline-with-a-voodoo-labs-pedal-power-2-power-supply/ you say that you shouldn’t power a Timeline with a pp2+, but in this article you say that you can?

    Could you clarify please?

    Thanks

  3. Steve M says:

    Hey Hugo,
    Thanks for the tips about power. Curious if Strymon has any plans to build its own power source capable of handling multiple pedals. I’d buy one!

    Thanks a mil!
    Steve

  4. James V says:

    I’d like a Strymon power source as well!

  5. JB says:

    Hi, I bought this great unit a couple of years ago on 4/14/2012. I was rearranging my pedal board order, unplugged the El Cap and then plugged it back in. The lights flashed on, then immediately off now it will not power up when plugged in to the AC adapter it was using. It is dead, I think. Is there anything Strymon can do for me or a place to send it for repair? I love this pedal – there’s nothing out there remotely as unique as this unit – but it certainly should function longer than 2 years and 2 months. I have my original order E-statements. What are my options? Please help!!!

    • Hugo says:

      @JB – Sorry to hear that you are having trouble with powering the El Capistan. Please write us at support@strymon.net with details on the problem including how you were powering the pedal so that we can help you get this resolved.

  6. Jan says:

    Just want to add to this discussion that I can power both the Mobius and the El Capistan from the original Voodoolab Pedal Power 2 (not the PLUS) at the same time, by using two current doubler cables. One is connected to outputs 4 & 5 (100+250mA) and the other one to 6 & 7 (250+100mA). Very handy and they sound like they should. The Mobius even worked perfectly when I power it from two outputs that only provide 100mA (1-4), which means that it actually only needs 200mA. I could, in this configuration, however, not start up the pedal. It would only work of these outputs if I switched the power cables from 4&5 to those low current outputs one by one after having powering up the pedal. So it needs more power at its start-up than for its actual use. I thought this was interesting. Keep up the good work!

  7. Tom DS says:

    Thanks!
    This article made me realize that my Fueltank is causing a high frequency noise, used with the Flynt.
    Unpacked the original power source and all is well now!
    Thanks again!

  8. Kendall says:

    Hey, I was just wondering. If I buy a strymon big sky reverb, will I get the correct adapter I need to use. And can I use it will a pedaltrain volto?

    • Hugo says:

      @Kendall – Yes, the BigSky comes with its own power supply to use with the pedal. Also, you can use the Pedaltrain Volto as long as you only power the BigSky by itself with no other pedals being powered by the Volto. This is because the Volto does not have isolated outputs and powering other pedals with the BigSky will yield undesirable noise in your audio.

  9. Kendall says:

    So I should just plug it up by itself, and power the remaining pedals with the volto?

    • Hugo says:

      @Kendall – Yes, it would be best to power the BigSky on its own if you do not have a multi-outlet power supply with isolated outputs.

  10. Diego says:

    Hello! I’m going To hook up te timeline To a SKB Stagefive!
    Can I plug ir in on the 9V 1.2A outlet without ruining the pedal?
    Thanks Again!

    • Hugo says:

      @Diego – Looking at the specs of the SKB StageFive, the 9V 1.3A output is 9V AC and will fry the pedal if connected. Please make sure not to connect to this outlet. All of the 9V DC outputs on that pedal board only provide 100mA of current which is not enough to power up the TimeLine. You would need to use the factory power supply as this pedalboard does NOT have an outlet to power the TimeLine.

  11. Diego says:

    Thank you Hugo for talking the time to helpe me!
    Have a great day!

  12. Josh says:

    Hello I just recently purchased the bigsky and I’m using voodoo lab pedal power 2+ and just wanted to make sure it would work on the 5 or 6 positions?? And also can the bigsky work with just the 1spot visual sound connection by itself?

    • Hugo says:

      @Josh – The BigSky pedal requires a minimum of 300mA of current to operate reliably. Outputs 5 and 6 on the Pedal Power 2+ only provide 250mA of current each. We recommend using a current doubler cable (available from Voodoo Lab’s website) to sum the current of 2 outputs such as 4+5 or 6+7 to provide 350mA of current which is enough to power the BigSky. You can also power the BigSky with a 1 Spot by itself without chaining to other pedals, but you can also use the factory power supply that comes with the pedal as well.

  13. Josh says:

    Thanks Hugo appreciate the help!

  14. Jon says:

    Getting ready to order a Mobius (literally in a few minutes). I power all my pedals from a PP2+ mainly for the isolated power. I am out of PP outlets so I have two choices, either us the power adapter that comes with the Mobius or get a PP digital. I want to keep all my pedals “isolated” and I am wondering if using the Mobius with it’s adapter will introduce ground hum. Long question made short (too late); is the adapter for the Mobius isolated or will I have to get the PP digital?

    • Hugo says:

      @Jon – You can use the factory power supply that comes with the Mobius and connect it to the courtesy outlet that is on the back of the Voodoo Labs PP2+ to power the Mobius.

  15. Eric says:

    I have been having an issue where the Strymon power supply keeps falling out of the power outlet. It won’t stay in a lot of power strips or other outlets unless I tape it down. I would love to keep using the Strymon power, but it is unpredictable and unfortunate when it falls out. Is this a common issue? Is there a work-around? Thanks.

    • Hugo says:

      @Eric – Sorry to hear that you are having trouble with the Strymon power supply. Which Strymon pedal are you having trouble with connecting the power supply to? If you plug in the Strymon power supply to another non-Strymon pedal with a 2.1mm power plug, does it also slip right off? The plug should feel secure when properly plugged in all the way with none of the metal from the barrel connector showing when plugged into our smaller pedals and very little exposed when plugged into our larger pedals. If you continue to have trouble, please email me at support@strymon.net.

  16. Pascal says:

    Hi! When I power up my Flint the lights flash on and then immediatly off… It seems to work fine but I just wanted to make sure that this is normal… Thanks!

  17. Bryan says:

    Hi, my gigrig generator, distributor and isolator will be plenty good enough to power a timeline with no issues, right? Just wanted to make 100% sure before I buy one next week. Thanks in advance for your reply!

  18. Leroy Jellicoe says:

    Hey guys, I am currently powering my Strymon pedals off ‘The Source power supply units” as seen below in the link

    Source pedal website Below

    http://www.guitarbits.com.au/

    Current rig setup below

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1617466305168578&set=pcb.1617485521833323&type=1&theater

    Ok my issue is that when I charge up the Source power units and when they have been fully charged I cannot not switch the Timeline, Bigsky or Lex on instantly. Rather I have to wait for a period of time lets say about 2-3 hours until the pedals some what cool down and allow the Strymons to energize. Note all the other pedals turn on instantly after full charging is complete… The Strymon’s are not daisy chained rather they have individual power.

    My question is have you guys at Strymon ever seen anything like this and is there anyway I can prevent it from happening and rather have the pedals switch on instantly????

    Cheers for your help

    • Hugo says:

      @Leroy Jellicoe – That is a unique power source that we have never tested before, but if the pedals are not powering up right away when connected, there must be something about how that power supply provides power after a charge. Each of the Strymon pedals require regulated 9V DC and 300mA of current to power up reliably. If this is not happening, the pedals must not be receiving what they need from that power source after charge. You should probably check with the manufacturer of The Source to see if they have any information on what is happening or if they have ever tested the power supply with Strymon pedals.

  19. Paul McShane says:

    Hi,

    I bought a Strymon Big Sky about 9 months ago. Tremendous pedal. I bought it from a reputable store in Europe – one of the largest retailers online. I live in the UK. I was supplied with the standard power supply, which came boxed, plus a 3 pin adapter. The power supply or the adapter, or a combination of both, is very temperamental. Sometimes it works fine and other times you have to give an slight adjustment to ensure that there is contact between the adapter and 2 pin plug. This can happen during playing and can cut the signal chain and can be a big problem, especially in live gig situations.

    I was wondering whether there is anything you could do? Is there a more suitable plug that I can exchange my current one for or alternatively is there one that is fitter for purpose – a replacement.

    Many thanks.

    Paul.

    • Hugo says:

      @Paul – Sorry for the trouble with the power adapter you received with the pedal. We are not too familiar with the adapter that is supplied in the UK, but we provide the same power supply with our pedals as are available in the US, which is why a prong adapter is necessary. Please send me an email to support@strymon.net with any pictures you can provide of the power supply and the adapter from different angles so we can help you with this.

  20. Kristopher says:

    I recently had a Voodoo Lab PP2+ die on me suddenly. I shipped it to Voodoo Lab for repairs and then plugged my El Cap and Brigadier in with their Strymon power supplies. I immediately noticed increased headroom and more dry signal coming through. I had always had a problem with my two small box Strymon pedals sounding “weak” and I’m beginning to think it was my PP2+. For the record I always used outputs 5&6 for them as recommended. So…in researching possible replacements for my PP2+, I read from Voodoo Lab’s website that the PP2+ and 4×4 actually supply 9.3 Volts to more accurately simulate a 9V battery. Could this be related to my not liking the way the El Cap and Brig behave on my PP2+? Is 9.3V safe for Strymon pedals? I really would like a definitive answer before I spend any more money on power supplies.

    • Hugo says:

      @Kristopher – Thanks for supporting Strymon! 🙂 There is nothing wrong with using 9.3V with your power supply as voltage fluctuation is pretty normal with most power supplies. Our pedals work with constant power where they draw more or less current depending on the voltage, but you want to make sure that your power supply outputs within the 9V range.

  21. Dave says:

    Plugged my Timeline into a 9V AC adapter. Opps. Can it be fixed?

    • Hugo says:

      @Dave – Hi Dave, I received your message and left you a voicemail along with sending you an email with details on how we can get your pedal fixed. Please give us a call or just reply back to the email I sent you to set up a repair with us.

  22. Mattias says:

    Yesterday I tried to power my TimeLine, but the light of the supply started flickering and nothing happened. I used the supply from my BigSky and everything worked perfectly. Is the supply from my TineLine busted? The light keeps flickering when I plug it into an outlet. It would be a tremendous bummer, as it’s only a few months old and a new supply feels like a lot of money when I just spent all my money on other gear.. Cheers!

    • Hugo says:

      @Mattias – Sorry to hear that you are having trouble with the power supply of your pedal, but glad to hear that the pedal is working fine with another power supply. Shoot me an email to support@strymon.net to help you get this sorted out.

  23. brandon says:

    Will the Mod Tone Power Plant supply the Strymon Timeline?

    Thanks!

    • Hugo says:

      @brandon – Although the ModTone Power Plant has isolated outputs, they do not provide enough current to meet the minimum requirements for our pedals (except the OB.1). The TimeLine requires 9V DC and at least 300mA of current, but the Power Plants highest current DC outputs only provide 200mA. Other power supplies like the Voodoo Labs Pedal Power Digital, 4×4, and Mondo along with the CIOKS DC-10, Big John, and CIOKOLATE will work.

  24. Laurence says:

    I have 3 small boxes (blue sky, el capistan, and deco) and a pp2 plus. Can I use outputs 5 & 6 for blue sky and el cap, then use the deco’s original power supply plugged into the “courtesy outlet” on the pp2 plus?

    • Hugo says:

      @Laurence – Thanks for being a Strymon customer! 🙂 Yes, you can use those outputs for 2 of your pedals and the courtesy outlet on the back to power your 3rd Strymon pedal.

  25. Bryant says:

    Hi, I am thinking about purchasing a BigSky to pair with my Timeline. I currently use a PP2+ and have my timeline on outputs 5 & 6 (250mA + 250mA). Can I use a current doubler on outputs 4 & 5 (100mA + 250mA) to power my timeline and another current doubler on outputs 6 & 7 (250mA + 100mA) to power the BigSky? Thanks!

    • Hugo says:

      @Bryant – Thanks for supporting Strymon! 🙂 Yes, you can use a current doubler with outputs 4+5 to get 350mA of current and another current doubler with outputs 6+7 to power your other pedal as well.

  26. Robby says:

    I’m powering my Timeline with a PP2+ using 5 and 6 power outs with a current doubler. Is the timeline still only getting 9V? I know this is what everyone is saying to do, but I’m afraid that I’m sending 18 V to the pedal.

    I also know that there is a “Voltage doubler” cable that I would assume would be for sending 18 volts to a pedal. I just want to be 100% sure I’m doing this right so I dont blow up my timeline!

    • Hugo says:

      @Robby – Yes, using a CURRENT DOUBLER cable only sums the current from the 2 outputs being used with this adapter. So the pedal is still receiving 9V when connected to 2 9V outputs with a current doubler cable.

  27. Jan says:

    Hi guys,
    first of all, thank you for your great products.
    Unfortunately i’m currently having a noise problem with the strymon timeline which i use over a Diago powerstation. As you recommend for the TimeLine i need an isolated power supply to get rid of the noise. Diago offers such an adaptor to provide that but with only 110mA max.
    I’ve already seen that it is working with the timeline (on YT), but i’m kinda confused where is the failure in this equation.
    Thanks for your help in advance
    Jan

    YouTube-Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zWB9yHfD4E
    DIago: http://www.diago.co.uk/adaptors/isolator.html

    • Hugo says:

      @Jan – Thanks for supporting Strymon! 🙂 The current power setup you are using with the Diago power supply is not isolated and it is causing the noise you are getting from the pedal. If you provide isolated power, you must provide at least 300mA of current minimum to have reliable operation of the pedal. If you provide less, it may not power up or can just shut off in the middle of usage if there is a demand for more current.

  28. Isai Pena-Cruz says:

    So I have a BlueSky and I see it can be powered through the Voodoo Lab PP2+, but can I also power it through a 1Spot adapter instead of the PP2+? I saw that it could be used for the BigSky, but I wanted to make sure it can be used for the BlueSky too before plugging it in. Thanks

    • Hugo says:

      @Isai Pena-Cruz – Thanks for supporting Strymon! 🙂 We do not recommend powering our pedals with a 1 Spot if you will be daisy chaining with other pedals as this can create noise in your audio from sharing the ground with other pedals powered with this power supply.

      • Isai Peña-Cruz says:

        Ah ok thanks! Now if I use the 1spot to solely power the blue sky and not daisy chain would that be ok? I mean I have both the PP2+ and the 1Spot, which would be best to use?

  29. Isai says:

    Ah ok thanks! Now if I use the 1spot to solely power the blue sky and not daisy chain would that be ok? I mean I have both the PP2+ and the 1Spot, which would be best to use?

    • Hugo says:

      @Isai – Yes, you can try using the 1 Spot to power the blueSky by itself and you should not get additional ground hum noise. I would recommend just using the PP2+ output 5 or 6 with the standard black power cable and the DIP switch set to NORMAL.

  30. CC says:

    I am using the power supply that came with the unit but still have a lot of noise. It all goes when I unplug the Mobius. I’ve only had it 6 months but don’t gig with it because of the noise it makes.

    • Hugo says:

      @CC – Sorry to hear that you are having trouble with the Mobius pedal. What is the connection setup that you are using the Mobius in? Is this noise present if you use the following isolated signal chain: guitar => Mobius LEFT INPUT; Mobius LEFT OUTPUT => amplifier input? Please check this out and let me know by sending an email to support@strymon.net.

  31. Jason says:

    Is there any way to run a Blue Sky in to a Cioks Schizophrenic?

    • Hugo says:

      @Jason – Thanks for checking out the blog! 🙂 As the blueSky requires 9V DC and at least 250mA of current, the Cioks Schizophrenic cannot provide enough current to power the pedal is it’s maximum current output provides only 75mA. We recommend a power supply that can provide at least the minimum 250mA of current to power the blueSky.

  32. Davide Palamara says:

    Hi, I bought two pedals(TImeline and Mobius) and I noted that when I use the same power supply (handmade) for TImeline and Mobius I can hear a sound like a G# from my amp. If I use just one pedal with his original power supply(Strymon) and one pedal with my power supply the noise sound disappear. My power supply have 10 outlet power 9V 750mA and 2 aoutlet 12V 750mA. All isolated outlet.

    • Hugo says:

      @Davide Palamara – Sorry to hear that you are having trouble with powering the pedals. This noise you describe happens if you are powering the pedals from the same non-isolated power supply. If the 10 9V outlets share the 750mA of current, then these outlets are not isolated. Can you please provide the make and model of this power supply?

  33. Brandon Thomas says:

    Hello,

    This is Brandon Thomas, I purchased a blue sky reverb from you and and have loved it. I tried it out earlier today and it’s making an oscillating sound like a whammy in the background and the effect level has dropped dramatically. I am wondering if it is a bias problem or something else. I have only used the power supply that you have provided and plug that up to the back of a voodoo labs that is plugged up to a power conditioner(I like everything to be as protected as possible). I know that my warranty has expired and I am just trying to see what I can do to fix a pedal that I love! Thank you

    Sent from my iPhone

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    • Hugo says:

      @Brandon Thomas – Sorry to hear that you are having trouble with the blueSky pedal. Do you experience this problem if you use output 5 or 6 from the Voodoo Labs Pedal Power 2 Plus with the DIP switch set to NORMAL using the standard black power cable while in the following setup:

      guitar => blueSky LEFT INPUT; blueSky LEFT OUTPUT => amplifier

      Please give this a try when you get the chance and if the problem remains, please send me an email to support@strymon.net to help you get this resolved.

  34. Leo says:

    Hi, I bought an El capistan and I CIOKS Schizophrenic power supply. I tried to use the included power supply out of the box but there is noise in my rig that was removed when I connected it to 200mA out put of the schizophrenic. Is it safe in the long run or should I buy a higher output power supply? And is the power supply included defective in this case?

    • Hugo says:

      @Leo – Sorry to hear that you are having trouble with powering the El Capistan this way. This could be a grounding problem with the setup. Do you experience this noise if you use the El Capistan powered by the factory power supply on its own in the following manner: guitar => El Capistan => amplifier input? Please give this a try while making sure that both the El Capistan power supply and the amplifier are plugged into the same power strip. Check this out and send me an email to support@strymon.net with what you find.

  35. Rory says:

    I recently bought an El Capistan and use it with a 9v 600mA adapter.

    When I power up either:
    the tap tempo light won’t stop flashing however the unit will work for a time(before the repeats seem to freak out and the unit won’t work)

    or I get a squeal sound and nothing works.
    T
    his was exactly the same with my Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 before I realised that I needed 600mA – I thought the adapter would fix this problem though.

    • Hugo says:

      @Rory – Sorry to hear that you are having trouble with the El Capistan. Is this power supply the same one that comes with the pedal (Damage Control 9V DC, 660mA output)? The pedal only requires 9V DC and 250mA of current, but the factory power supply provides more than it needs. On a Voodoo Labs Pedal Power 2 Plus, you must makes sure to use outputs 5 or 6 with the DIP switches set to NORMAL connecting with the standard black power cables. If you still have trouble, please email me at support@strymon.net.

  36. Sander says:

    Hey hugo! I want to ask you something , i have walrus audio aetos power supply that have an isolated output on 7 and 8 for 300ma each , can i run timeline with only use the 300ma output from channel 7 or 8 from aetos? Will it damage the pedal? Thanks 🙂

    • Hugo says:

      @Sander – Yes, you should not have any trouble powering the TimeLine from outputs 7 or 8 from the Aetos power supply. 🙂

      • Sander says:

        Hey hugo , i have entered the swell mode and then i turned the mix knob 100% but sometimes the dry signal still appear , is that a trouble ? Or that was the character of pedal? I think the dry signal wont appear when i set 100% mix , thx for your attention 🙂

        • Hugo says:

          @Sander – When using the SWELL mode, you must make sure to always use the LEFT INPUT on the pedals to detect your input dynamics for the SWELL to work properly. Also, there are some cases where the dry signal can pass through while the signal is swelling depending on your picking dynamics. If you still have trouble, please email me at support@strymon.net.

  37. Sander says:

    Okay , thx for your attention 🙂
    Timeline is the best delay i ever have!

  38. Adam says:

    Hi there,

    I have a big sky in my pedal chain and +8dbu seems to be very low for the input max. I am running into issues with clipping due to the pedals that come before the big sky in the line. Is this a common issue? and what would you recommend i do to solve this?

    I use a keeley katana to push my signal through my board into clean amp and i love both pedals, i just have a feeling i’m going to have to lose one of them because they seem to fight lol.

    • Hugo says:

      @Adam – If the input signal level is too hot for the pedal, then you will experience the clipping that you describe. On top of that, some algorithms are more susceptible to clipping (especially with high level, low frequency signals) than others. Using a boost pedal that is hot enough to cross this threshold on the BigSky algorithms can definitely cause this to occur. In this case, it is always recommended to turn down the signal level going to the BigSky when you experience clipping in this manner or to place your boost after the BigSky.

  39. Chris says:

    Hey!

    I just bought a Voodoo Pedal Power 4×4 which I want to use the high current 9v outputs with my Strymon Timeline. The supplied power jumper cables will not fully insert into the back of the Timeline. It seems the power supply connector from the Timeline is shorter than the Voodoo Cables. Any ideas how to make this work? I’ve spent a lot already on the equipment thinking they would work friendly without more things to buy.

    • Hugo says:

      @Chris – The length of the barrel connectors on power cable ends such as those from Voodoo Labs and our own power supplies are pretty standard. When connected to any pedals with power jacks flush to the chassis such as our TimeLine, a small part of the metal barrel connector sticks out (about 2-3mm) and this is normal. Are you having trouble with getting the pedal to power up? Please let me know if you have further trouble by sending us an email to support@strymon.net with any additional detail and pictures of what you are experiencing.

  40. Artur says:

    Hi, i bought in last time two smaller units El Capistan and Ola, I plan to buy soon one more Blue Sky. I see all pedels requirer 250mA current/9V according to spec. I plan to power them in pedalboard, from outlets 5&6(dips set for normal) of my Voodoo Labs Pedal Power 2 Plus to provide correct/required 250mA/9V. In fact I will miss one more 250mA for 3rd small Strymon pedal, so i thought to use current adapter “Y” cable to combine 1-4 power outlets to get at least 200mA.
    I saw that you mentioned “our pedals may run with 200mA, however, it is always wise to provide some headroom with current…”

    QUESTIONS:
    So all i risk is unexpected shutdown, if for some reasons it draws more amps? rather not damage or unwanted issues with sound?
    Also which of them (El Capist, Ola, Blue Sky) you would suggest to run with combined outlets 1-4 to get 200mA? Maybe one of them has slightly “lower” real requirements due to particular effect spec/design/function.
    Is it (maybe not perfect but) acceptable enough idea of powering them ?

    I have european version of Voodoo Labs PP2, so it’s not as easy to just plug in other side orginal strymon adapter for 3rd pedal (there is different style socket)
    I would also to avoid to multiply adapters, is pedal power is on board.

    • Hugo says:

      @Artur – If you must use the pedal power 2 plus to power 3 Strymon pedals, I would recommend getting a prong adapter for your Strymon power supply to plug into the courtesy outlet of the Voodoo Labs power supply. There is no configuration where I will recommend providing 200mA as the chances of the pedal shutting off are too great to risk when the pedal requires 250mA minimum.

  41. Artur says:

    Thanks for clarification.

    It’s a pity only, that Voodoo Lab doesn’t put that EU plug in EU versions – in USA version things looks really easy for extra power supply.
    eu this looks like this (one of pics shows rear side of eu version):
    https://www.thomann.de/pl/voodoo_labpedal_power_2_plus.htm
    So instead adding big adapter or cable with adapter (i’m even not so familiar with typical plug for courtesy outlet from EU version of PP2) , it’s easier probably to put extra power line for one more Strymon Pedal adapter, and accept situation with just more power cabels under feets…..
    I was wondering if maybe better solution (means compact pack/less cabels around) would be to take 24V from built in Voodoo Lab PP2 to power Ojai, but i’m not sure about current with 24volt setup from PP2….possibly we will not provide enough amps… .

    • Hugo says:

      @Artur – Using 24V by summing the voltage of the front inputs on a Voodoo Lab power supply is not recommended. We DO recommend using the proper adapters to connect an Ojai power supply to the rear courtesy power outlet on a Voodoo Labs Pedal Power 2 Plus.

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