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I sent my power supply to repair, and i run on batteries now. The battery in my Boss OD-3 barely supplies enough power to make the pedal work, yet the light bulb isnt red at all. Now the pedal makes some fuzzy hissy dirty sound.

Can you change the sound of a pedal by supplying it with less power than usual?
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I've heard that if you use a dimmer switch on a tube amp, you can turn up the volume on the amp without it being excruciatingly loud, allowing you to get a better tone at the same volume.
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Similar question. I use a one stot 9-volt for some of my pedals. I know a lot of pedals are compatibale with the one spot but are designed for other pedals. My TS808 for example is supposed to use an Ibanez AC 109, which I have and use.

Will you get different tones using a one spot rather than the specific power supply for the pedal?
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I've heard that if you use a dimmer switch on a tube amp, you can turn up the volume on the amp without it being excruciatingly loud, allowing you to get a better tone at the same volume.


i have heard of people using something like a variac on tube amps as well

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Similar question. I use a one stot 9-volt for some of my pedals. I know a lot of pedals are compatibale with the one spot but are designed for other pedals. My TS808 for example is supposed to use an Ibanez AC 109, which I have and use.

Will you get different tones using a one spot rather than the specific power supply for the pedal?


no. the power supply is distinguished by it's specs. the ac109 and the one spot are spec'd the same
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Can you change the sound of a pedal by supplying it with less power than usual?

As others already stated, yes. Read this: http://www.beavisaudio.com/products/devolt/
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My PPII has a power "sag" where you can dial back the power to pedals. Hmmm... Never tried it.

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My PPII has a power "sag" where you can dial back the power to pedals. Hmmm... Never tried it.

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i think they need more 'sag' available. it does make a difference, but i have compared against drained batteries and the batteries can provide a substantially lower voltage.
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so i could take on output cable from my supa charger (iso power) and throw a resister in series to the input lead and have a different power abilities for different thing? what resister would i use?
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so i could take on output cable from my supa charger (iso power) and throw a resister in series to the input lead and have a different power abilities for different thing? what resister would i use?

Depends on what effect/circuit it is.
Or use a pot.
If just a resistor, start with like 3.3k and go from there.

BTW, this trick won't work on digital pedals.
When the battery goes down, they just stop working or work unpredictably.
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Depends on what effect/circuit it is.
Or use a pot.
If just a resistor, start with like 3.3k and go from there.

BTW, this trick won't work on digital pedals.
When the battery goes down, they just stop working or work unpredictably.


thanks. for the response. i think i may consider doing this with a pot. most of what i use are OD's and i don't use much else. 250k pot? linear or exponential? (i am not a very experienced technicalities of the details of the work), but i have built two amps, but i am far from experienced, i am pretty decend with a soldering iron.
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thanks. for the response. i think i may consider doing this with a pot. most of what i use are OD's and i don't use much else. 250k pot? linear or exponential? (i am not a very experienced technicalities of the details of the work), but i have built two amps, but i am far from experienced, i am pretty decend with a soldering iron.

Linear
Try 10k - 50k
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so i could take on output cable from my supa charger (iso power) and throw a resister in series to the input lead and have a different power abilities for different thing? what resister would i use?

The webpage that i posted earlier includes a link to instructions on how to build a dying battery simulator (theirs is called the Beavis Devolt). I built one and it's a pretty fun toy. Especially with my EHX Small Clone and my Blakemore Effects Deus Ex Machina (IC Big Muff clone with added functions).

Here's the link to the building instructions: http://www.beavisaudio.com/Projects/DBS/
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A bit unrelated, but you also have the concept of VCO.

This stands for voltage controlled oscillator, and came on a lot of old synthesizers. With this the voltage directly affects the sound that is produced.

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