#1
I recently picked up a Joyo Ultimate Drive. With the gain up it has an audible hum that I suspect shouldn’t be there. This isn’t just high-gain noise, it’s more like a grounding problem, and it dampens considerably when I touch the strings. But this pedal is a higher-gain version of a pedal that’s just two stacked MXR distortions, so maybe it’s supposed to do this. Does anybody else have this problem with the Joyo Ultimate Drive?

Please don’t just post your opinions about Chinese pedals. I only need to hear from people who have actually used this pedal.
#2
if it goes away when you touch your strings it means the hum i coming from your guitar and the joyo is amplifying it

if your guitar was quieterthis wouldnt happen make ure your guitar i properly sheilder

i have an ultimate drive its not very noisy but being a cheaper pedalthe qc might not be the best it can be and youmight just have a noisy one
#3
Quote by supersac
if it goes away when you touch your strings it means the hum i coming from your guitar and the joyo is amplifying it


It happens with every guitar I try. And none of them hum with other pedals or no pedals.
#4
Quote by jpnyc
It happens with every guitar I try. And none of them hum with other pedals or no pedals.

well i dunno it is a cheaper pedal mine is dead quiet

but itll happen with some pedals and whatnot if you use batteries or a good power supply i find that it really helps with the noise
#5
It could be a grounding issue with the pedal itself.

I just pick up an ultimate drive last week, and mine has been working fine. If I crank the level up, I get a bit of a hum, but thats just from being so close to my amp.

Are you using a battery or power supply?

Can you exchange it?
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#6
I've never had a problem with my UD, but I did once have a similar issue with another pedal (an EHX Big Muff Pi) that turned out to be caused by the power supply, so definitely check that first.
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#7
never noticed much noise with mine, but then i never run the gain up full either
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#8
The problem with Joyo is cheap components. The pedal won't be grounded properly - not compared to more expensive pedals - and will cause an audible hum, especially if you use more pedals.

There are 2 things you can do (without buying a load of new pedals); run everything off batteries or get an isolated power supply (something like the Voodoo Labs Pedal Power 2). Yeah, it's expensive, but it electronically isolates all of your pedals from each other, and completely removes any possibility of earth loops (this is want causes the noise). You will NEED something like this if you're running high gain at high levels. A noise suppressor too, if you don't have one.

There are other PSU that claim to be isolated, but my experience says Voodoo every time.

Hope that helps.
#9
Quote by jpnyc
I recently picked up a Joyo Ultimate Drive. With the gain up it has an audible hum that I suspect shouldn’t be there. This isn’t just high-gain noise, it’s more like a grounding problem, and it dampens considerably when I touch the strings. But this pedal is a higher-gain version of a pedal that’s just two stacked MXR distortions, so maybe it’s supposed to do this. Does anybody else have this problem with the Joyo Ultimate Drive?

Please don’t just post your opinions about Chinese pedals. I only need to hear from people who have actually used this pedal.


So you're saying the pedal has been modded? Or you're stacking 3 overdrive/distortion in the chain?

Quote by richsession
The problem with Joyo is cheap components. The pedal won't be grounded properly - not compared to more expensive pedals - and will cause an audible hum, especially if you use more pedals.


I have a UD and have had no problems with it at all while being connected to other pedals or alone. They already compare them to more expensive pedals because they are a clone of those pedals, and they do a great job at it for a fraction of the price.

I'm curious though on how you say it's not grounded properly. Can you explain how it's not compared to more expensive pedals?
#10
Mine works fine, perhaps you need to get yours replaced.
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#11
Quote by Blackfire.
So you're saying the pedal has been modded? Or you're stacking 3 overdrive/distortion in the chain?


I was referring to the circuit in the pedal. The Ultimate Drive is a clone of the Fulltone OCD, which supposedly based on stacked MXR distortions.
#12
I just finished repairing my Joyo Flanger and found several dry joints. I gotta say, I now agree with Tim about these Joyo pedals. The build quality is shit.
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#13
yeah probably

but still for ~£20, it can let you try out circuits with your own rig to see if you like them. I mean I can't speak for anyone else, but I'm not gonna spend £200 on a pedal which I don't even know I like.
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#14
Unless of course one part of the circuit isn't even connected and it doesn't sound anything like it's supposed to.
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#15
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#16
I eventually narrowed the problem down to this one pedal picking up interference from the lighting in the room.
#17
Check the earth inside the pedal. Actually test it with a meter. Make sure everything inside there that should be earthed actually is. Also, sure it isn't a cable connected to it? Sounds like shit earth somewhere though.

Alternatively, change the light.
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