Currently Being ModeratedDec 7, 2012 3:45 AM (in response to hellraiser06)Re: Would Phantom Power from a Midi Switcher Damage POD HD500 ?
Are you talking about one of these ? http://www.voodoolab.com/controlswitcher.htm
If so, this unit does not provide the phantom power ... instead it consumes it from a GCX or Pedal Switcher. If you do not have either of those units then the Control Switcher is powered from a 9V. In that case the Midi from the Control switcher should be standard.
Also, standard MIDI uses just three pins (2,3 and 4) so a Midi cable with just those pins implemented will not carry any power. The manual for the GCX confirms this. Checkout page 12 ... http://www.voodoolab.com/manuals/gcx_manual.pdf
Currently Being ModeratedDec 7, 2012 3:56 AM (in response to jimsreynolds)Re: Would Phantom Power from a Midi Switcher Damage POD HD500 ?
Hi Jim and thanks a lot for your answer, it helps a lot. Indeed that is the unit I'm planning to get. If it doesn't provide phantom power than obviously no problems. I was confused by the manual though: http://www.voodoolab.com/manuals/control_switcher_manual.pdf page 4, point 2 states:
MIDI IN: Receives MIDI commands and provides phantom power for Voodoo Lab Ground Control Pro or Commander foot controllers.
On page 5 it continues:
Control Switcher can be powered by any output of a Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2+ with the DIP switch in the normal position, or any 9V output of a Pedal Power ISO-5, using the cable which is red on one end and black on the other. You can also power it from any 9V output of a Pedal Power AC using the cable which is red on both ends.
Control Switcher also provides phantom power to its MIDI IN jack which will power the Voodoo Lab Ground Control Pro or Commander. You must use a MIDI cable that has all 5-pins wired, commonly marked 5-pin active.
What do you think? In any case if I can get a hold of a non-active midi cable I'm sure it should be fine. Is there a way of knowing this? Normally they just say 5 pin midi cable or 7 pin midi cable, how can I find out if it would carry power or not?
Currently Being ModeratedDec 7, 2012 4:33 AM (in response to hellraiser06)Re: Would Phantom Power from a Midi Switcher Damage POD HD500 ?
Interesting. So it sounds like
- The GCX can power the Control switcher and/or GCP/Commander
- The Control Switcher can independently power the GCP/Commander
- All devices require a 5-pin cable with all pins implemented if power is to be used.
That is my reading of this though frankly I agree that there is still ambiguity. They do not explicitly state, "if you do not want to use phantom powering then use a midi cable with just three pins connected" .
The simplest thing to do is to drop a question directly through to Voodoo labs and ask , "Can I control the Midi Control Switcher with my Line 6 HD500? What kind of Midi cable should I use and do I need to worry about the phantom powering provided by the Midi Controller".