Truetone 1 Spot Pro CS12
1 SPOT Technology… what does that mean and why should I care? Technically, it’s switching power supply technology, which is very different than what anyone has ever put inside a power brick. Normally, you would find just a big transformer and a ha... read more
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I never thought I'd be in the position to need an isolated power supply, then I found myself in an instance where I had 8+ pedals and was starting to get noise. I was also intrigued by the idea of using higher/lower voltage and figured... what they hey. It is almost 2017, the world is about to go up in flames, why not spend 150 bucks on a glorified power brick?
Yes, it cut down on noise. Yes being able to use my booster and compressor at 18v is awesome, especially the boost pedal. And yes, being able to dial down the voltage to my compressor is like giving it a whole extra knob.
So why not five stars? Because the wires they ship with it are perilously short. I like to keep a fairly compact and concise board and found I was practically pulling some of the sockets out with even the longest wires on my further reaching pedals. If they had a 4.5 star rating I would have given it that.
It's an isolated power supply. I am still confused why they cost so much but it's a necessary evil when you start getting into a larger pedal board. I am annoyed they don't include a voltage doubler for 24v pedals, and when I bought a voltage doubler the included cables didn't fit my Frantone Glacier or Ehx Polychorus.
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Regulated and everything
Fulltone pedals need regulated power, but very few power pedals can manage that, to my surprise! This one is isolated and regulated with and abundance of different outputs of all kinds, this is really a fantastic power supply, and to a much cheaper price than the competition.
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1 SPOT Technology… what does that mean and why should I care? Technically, it’s switching power supply technology, which is very different than what anyone has ever put inside a power brick. Normally, you would find just a big transformer and a handful of small electronic components inside a power brick… old tech that hasn’t changed in decades and has a lot of limitations. We took the same triple filtered switching power supply technology found in our famous 1 SPOT and scaled it up to make the 1 SPOT Pro models. With much more space to work with, we were able to completely eliminate noise, provide total electrical isolation between outputs, create multiple voltages, and still give you the ability to use it anywhere in the world.
A major benefit of using a switching power supply is that it can handle far more current (power being pulled out of it) than any transformer-based power supply. Although we had to put power rating labels on each output to satisfy certification agencies (yes, we actually certified these, unlike most companies), the outputs can generally handle far more than the label shows. For example, you can connect a 300mA pedal to a 200mA output, without causing any problems. With a transformer-based power supply, you can’t get away with that. The important thing is to not exceed the total of all the labels. With a CS7, the output labels add up to 1900mA total. That means the total current draw of all your pedals should be less than 1900mA. That total current rating is roughly double the current load of the most common power brick, for a lot less money.