Buffer Question

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by Jess 1971, May 10, 2016.

  1. Jess 1971

    Jess 1971 Supporting Member

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    Is it necessary to have a buffer on your board if you always have at least one pedal running at all times?
     
  2. Quantum Cat

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    Probably not. A buffer is just a device with a high input impedence and a low output impedence. Most pedals have that baked in the design.
     
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  3. Texas_Blues

    Texas_Blues Member

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    Not really, unless you have like 10+ pedals and long cables, but even then it's not "necessary."
     
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  4. DaveKS

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    Any pedals that on is a buffer.
     
  5. stinkfoot

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    Correct. Although how well it does that job depends on the pedal in question - not all pedals have the right input and output impedance to do the buffer job properly. So I'd answer the question in the OP with "it depends on the pedals in question". Or, in other words, "list your pedals and we'll be able to tell you if you have the buffer bit covered or not" :)
     
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  6. philrob1

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    Depends how well the buffer circuit within the pedal can drive the signal...
     

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