#1
well i am not going to be touring world wide but i just wanted to ask a question. when musicians tour around the world or just to different countries with different electricity voltages how do they run their gear i mean buying a transformer for everything cant be to viable. does their gear have the ability to switch voltages like a switch or knob behind the amp or mixers and such.

thanks in advance
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#2
You can get universal power boards, that are essentially an 8 or so way adapter that has a few switchable transformers built into the circuit. They're fkin expensive though, and you cant run amps and mics/mixers from the same board.
#3
Quote by Dan_5893
You can get universal power boards, that are essentially an 8 or so way adapter that has a few switchable transformers built into the circuit. They're fkin expensive though, and you cant run amps and mics/mixers from the same board.

hmm nice well you pay to play i guess
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#4
Furman used to make a 2 rack unit that took anything from about 90-140 or 200-260 in and spit out 120. It came with a set of adapter cables that would cover pretty much anywhere. It wasn't enough to run big PAs, but for a guitar rig it was perfect. I don't think they make it any more.
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Last edited by Even Bigger D at Sep 19, 2010,
#5


there are basicly 2 main voltgate/frequency combinations you need and you can play most of europe and the US/Canada. which means all you need is a single unit as a voltage/frequency converter, and then some adapter plugs to fit the right wall socket. if you were going somewhere else you would have to be prepared and buy the right converter.
#8
alternatively just bring mcgyver with you. give him a matchstick, a half-chewed piece of chewing gum and a piece of string, i'm sure he could whip something up for you.


seriously, though, probably +1 on what jof or evenbiggerd are saying.
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#10
Do venues that handle international acts not actually have this stuff on hand?
#11
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Do venues that handle international acts not actually have this stuff on hand?


At the high end, yes, they do. If U2 or someone is coming to town, they'll have a contract with the venue that clearly specifies what is required in terms of power. But there are lots of smaller international acts that play smaller venues - a couple thousand seats or whatever. Those gigs are usually booked and promoted by locals, and it may never cross their mind that a band from Europe has amps wired for 240. So it's best to be prepared.
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#12
I've heard that a lot of the time, bands rent amps overseas.
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