Post Number: 3248
|Posted on Sunday, December 09, 2012 - 3:19 am: |
Apart from the obvious battery life, is there any difference sonically between a series instrument running off 18v with batteries and one running off the 36v DS-5?
Post Number: 2030
|Posted on Sunday, December 09, 2012 - 4:51 am: |
Jazzy..I don't own a Series instrument but the advantage of the power supply is a continuous, rectified 36V DC supply which will make the pre amps work very efficiently as with batteries as the current and volts dip the IC's struggle to do their job effectively which obviously will affect the tone.
Disadvantage...you have to lug the PS and associated cable with it and you cannot use a wireless system. But I guess the pros definitely outweigh the cons!
Post Number: 364
|Posted on Sunday, December 09, 2012 - 5:21 pm: |
I have a Series I, and I feel like I have more headroom with the power supply. I think I've used the bass on batteries maybe twice,
Post Number: 208
|Posted on Sunday, December 09, 2012 - 7:47 pm: |
I don't believe there is a sonic difference that I can remember when I used batteries in my axe converse to using the DS-5 except if the batteries went dead..then you don't get anything (if I recall) but I never wanted to be that kind of position where I had to worry about battery life so I immediately purchased the DS-5 and I've never regretted it!
Post Number: 117
|Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012 - 3:16 am: |
I too am experimenting with this. I just made up a cable Stereo 1/4" to Mono 1/4" for my Series 1. Even though it does work. I am hearing differences mostly in loudness levels The Jury is still out, not enough time in the day. One caveat is I used 10K resistors instead of the recommended 20K at the Instrument side (1/4" Stereo jack) Alembic said 10K is OK.
Post Number: 12
|Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012 - 7:49 am: |
At a gig, discovered my DS-5 had died so i used the batteries that had been in my series bass for quite a long time. Low voltage or low current - whatever happens to batteries when they're dying - resulted in the most fantastic Jack Bruce distortion. Probably the best fuzz sound i've ever had, warm, responsive... I'm considering asking for a dial to mess with the power supply for those times when i want that as an option. Conversely, that showed me that the way to clean headroom-rich sound was using the regulated supply, where the pre's get the juice they're designed for.