Pedalsnake FX to Backline Cabling
Let the 'Snake into your life . . .
Just one cable - quick to rig and quick to de-rig. No more mains power in your performance area, no more cable mess underfoot, nothing to forget. PedalSnake means a clean, tidy stage with quality cable and components. Its the professional, expandable, configurable and flexible cabling solution for guitarists at a starting price thats not much more than a single boutique cable.
How does it work? The PedalSnake uses high quality snake cables containing a mix of MIDI3 and MIDI5 channels. Each MIDI channel terminates in a standard 5 pin DIN plug. Each channel is capable of handling MIDI, guitar signals or low voltage AC or DC power and the PedalSnake's patented wiring scheme allows unbalanced signals, MIDI, and power to be run side by side in one cable - without noise or crosstalk.
You determine what runs down each channel by the choice of "pigtail" connector you connect to the amp and pedalboard ends of each channel. Pigtails are available to allow single or dual (think send/return loop) guitar signals or single or dual low voltage power feeds (perhaps 9v DC and 12v DC down the same channel)
How does it help me? Lets take an easy example. Say we have a pedal board with whah, distortion, chorus and delay pedals. Most of our pedals need 9v DC but one needs 18v AC. We normally plug our guitar into the whah pedal which is patched to the distortion pedal and then a cable goes to the Amp input. Another cable from the amps's effects "send" runs out to the chorus pedal which is patched to the delay and another cable runs back into the effects "return".
Power comes from an extension cable bringing high voltage power to our feet - right next to our pint glass - and we have a 9v DC PSU and 18v AC PSU plugged in there. That’s a total of 4 cables running across the stage plus high voltage power where I don't want it and 15 minutes of setup time as long as I don't forget to bring a cable!
With PedalSnake life gets simple. Firstly, we have all our high voltage power at the backline so we don't need mains cable in the performance area. We connect our 9v DC PSU to one 'snake channel that has a power pigtail set at each end. We connect our 18v AC PSU to another channel with a similar power pigtail set. Then we connect our Amp In to the distortion pedal using a single guitar signal pigtail set. And finally we connect our send/return to a dual guitar pigtail set to connect the chorus and delay pedals. Our setup time is minimal (most guitarists will keep the 'snake connected to the pedal board all the time) and we only have one cable across the stage. And if your setup changes in the future - you can change your pigtail/connectors to adapt!
"We've found the perfect solution to that mess of cables you call an effects set up . ."
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