#1
Just a simple question.

Why don't simple guitar stomp boxes use USB power by now?

Could also double as a sort of line out for recording from anywhere in your chain.
#2
Probably the same reason for most questions like this. Guitarists don't like change. They like to use the same technology that was available at the beginning of electric guitars haha.

Also, seems that USB can only provide about 5 vols of power. So you'd need to tweak the design of all the pedals. And if you did all the tweaking and no one used it, it'd be a huge waste. So the easiest action is to keep making them the way they are.
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#3
Also, in order to have "usb line out" the pedal would need to have some sort of DAC component in it. Having usb power doesn't mean that you automatically get audio output through usb.
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#4
Quote by ibanezguitars44
Also, seems that USB can only provide about 5 volts of power. So you'd need to tweak the design of all the pedals.


+1

that would probably be the big problem. usb power is not designed to facilitate the wide range of guitar pedal power needs ~9V to as much as 24V at times.
Quote by godgrinder
Also, in order to have "usb line out" the pedal would need to have some sort of DAC component in it. Having usb power doesn't mean that you automatically get audio output through usb.


+1

usb is pretty much designed for digital information transfer so a analog to digital converter would be needed to bus it to a computer
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#5
The obvious answer is the one given above - it's only 5V. You'd need a buck booster inside the pedal to make it work. Extra expense for what purpose? 9V adapters are ubiquitous so why change to an inferior setup that would introduce greater complexity and cost to compensate for it? And if you want to use it for access to the audio stream it would be even more expense and complexity. It's simply not practical.
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