What kind of power adapter can I use with my moogerfoogers?
Because the Moogerfooger series was designed to be more powerful and versatile then the average effect pedal, the way in which these pedals are powered is different from the typical Boss type effect pedal. The Moogerfooger series utilizes some nifty powering schemes that allow for increased headroom and superior op-amp performance.
What this means to musicians and recording engineers is that the Moogerfooger series can be used just about anywhere; between a guitar and amp, or patched into the effects send of your mixing console, the Moogerfooger series will sound great! Add to that the all the expression pedal ready CV inputs and the on board voltage controlled LFOs, oscillators, envelopes, mixers and etc... the Moogerfooger series gives you EVERY bell & whistle.
HOWEVER, all of this comes at a price dictated by the Laws of Nature! You can't power your Moogerfooger any old way. You must obey the rules or you will pay the price of a non-functional Moogerfooger.
Knowing how much people enjoy functioning Moogerfoogers, I have come up with a short list to help users properly power their Moogerfooger series effects.
USE THE WALL TRANSFORMER SUPPLIED WITH THE UNIT BY MOOG.
That's it... well sort of. I realize that there often conditions in which this is not an option. The original supply could be lost, stolen, broken. Perhaps you want to use one of those pedal boards that allow you to power all your effects with one supply. Here is another list to help you achieve maximum Moogerfooger performance within the previously mentioned
1. TIP POSITIVE. Your Boss power supply will not work. Unlike the Boss style power connection, Moogerfoogers use TIP Positive connections. This is actually far more common outside of the world of guitar effects, and thus easier to find, making the cost of replacements lower.
2. 9V. The Moogerfooger series should be powered by +9 Volts. Not much more to say about this... 9 Volts is a very common value of wall transformer. That is why it was chosen.
3. 300ma. Moogerfoogers, having the bevy of options that they do, require more current then the average effect pedal.
The 101, 102, 103, 104Z, 104SD, 107 and CP-251 will operate on 200ma, but the 105 and 105B need 300ma. A supply of greater value, say 500ma, will work fine with any of the Moogerfoogers. 300ma is a good value to remember, as it will work with any and all of the Moogerfoogers.
4. Isolation. For the most noise free and optimal performance of the Moogerfooger series, the power supplies must be TRANSFORMER ISOLATED. This means:
No daisy chain supplies.
No Digital Power supplies.
Products such as the "One Spot" and "Power All" will not provide the optimal powering conditions for the Moogerfooger series. They will work, but at the price of extraneous noise and so they are not recommended.
At this point you might be asking yourself "What could I use, aside from the Moog supply?"
Radio Shack sells Wall Transformers with inter-changeable tips. These are handy for emergency replacements. REMEMBER! 9 Volts 300ma (or more… 500ma is common and will work fine) AND make sure the TIP is set to Positive "+".
The aforementioned replacement Wall transformers from Radio Shack are a good option if you are on the road and unable to order a new one from Moog. However, when there is time, the safest bet is to order a new Moogerfooger Wall Transformer from your Dealer or directly from Moog Music.