P3 Power System – Part Deux

Last week I announced that Coldcraft has licensed the P3 Pedal Power technology from DC Voltage Co., to be employed in our future products.  I may have mentioned that I’ll also be offering retro-fits to any previously released products featuring the relay-bypass system as well.  Today’s post is about the P3 System specifically, and how it can make your rig simpler, more reliable and easier to use, expand and change.   Coldcraft Effects is joining an all-star list of manufacturers already using P3, including:

  • VFE Pedals
  • Barber Electronics
  • Fuchs Audio Technology

In a nutshell, the P3 System lets you use TRS Stereo cables to transmit “phantom” DC power to the pedals, while sending the guitar signal in the opposite direction to the amp.  In this post, I’ll be describing two very important components of the P3 System, the Power Station and the Power Splitter.

Power Station

The P3 Power Station, is made by Fuchs Audio Technology as part of their PLUSH line of processors and pedals.  The website description is as follows,

Based on the innovative P3 phantom power technology, the Plush® P3 Power Supply is a self-contained DC power supply, which provides 9-VDC of regulated and filtered DC power to up to 1500 ma (1.5 amps) of pedals.

The Power Station is designed to sit back at the amp, where you use a TS Mono cable from amp input to the Power Station.  The other end of the Power Station would run a TRS Stereo cable to your pedal board, supplying the DC power while bringing the guitar audio signal from board to amp.  This means your board doesn’t need any extra power supplies, adapters or other on board.  It keeps the power transformer as far away from the board as possible, eliminating a lot of noise and hum, as well as any ground loops caused by multiple signal and power lines run throughout the board.

Power Splitter

Of course, the P3 System wouldn’t be very good if it didn’t have the ability to play well with unequipped pedals, so the designers also offer the Power Splitter, also manufactured by Fuchs.  The Power Splitter is essentially the mirror opposite of the Power Station.  It accepts the powered TRS signal from the off board supply, and splits the power from the audio.  This allows the board to use more traditional 3.1mm DC jacks and cables to power other pedals.

It would seem that the DC Voltage Co. has thought of everything with these products and their system.  I encourage you to head over to their site and check out the rest of the applications, including power station-equipped amps, and even P3 powered active guitar pickups.


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2 Responses to P3 Power System – Part Deux

  1. Jason May 27, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    It’s an intriguing concept, but I only see 9v dc as the supplied power. Is there anything in the works for providing other voltages? The power splitter seems like it would be the logical platform to create other voltages used by various pedal manufacturers. Possibly variable outputs you could adjust?

    • admin May 27, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

      Great Point! I don’t know what DC Voltage Co/Fuchs have in store for future solution, but the power splitter would be a great platform to add adjustable voltages, doubled voltages and things like that. There are also several inline solutions that let you double/increase the voltage if necessary, including several products by thegigrig.com.

      Now its my opinion that products should be optimized internally for the best power option(s), and run externally from the 9v standard. This is what VFE Pedals does. If they want you to have access to the sounds at 18v, or -9v or starved voltages, they build it into the product so that they all run off the 9v standard. This also minimizes trouble caused by accidentally connecting the wrong power to a pedal and possibly frying something.

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