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March 16, 2014
  • Aclam: Building Your Pedalboard the Easy Way

    Building pedal boards is fun, but it’s also often frustrating. The de-facto method of fixing pedals with Velcro is simple and inexpensive but I don’t know, something about it doesn’t feel like a real engineering solution. It’s also kind of messy. When you need to rearrange pedals or swap them out for new ones, removing the goop is a pain. If you have expensive vintage pedals you probably won’t want even to do that anyway. It’s really fiddly with very small pedals too.

    You’ll also need to power your pedalboard and connecting power supplies presents similar challenges. The hook and loop solution may not always work, and some other methods such as drilling the pedalboard may be challenging for some people.

    Aclam Smart Track is a properly engineered solution rather than an odd series of workarounds. It’s a track-based system with small movable brackets that slide up and down the track to position the pedals where you need. The brackets screw into place and can easily be moved with no drilling or adhesives required and protect the pedal finish while holding it securely in place. For me, laying out a new board typically involves a fair bit of trial and error, and this just makes it so much easier.

    Aclam have addressed the challenges of the underside of the pedalboard with a series of custom brackets for power supplies that easily slot into the board. They’ve included support for the Mission 529 power supplies too, so you can simply put together a fully wireless pedalboard. If you are a pedal board neat freak, Aclam Smart Track is a beautiful solution.

  • New 529 USB Battery Pack Available Now

    Thanks to our friends at Naztech, we are happy to offer the new 13,400mAh Li-Ion Mission 529 USB battery.

     
    Featuring dual USB A and an 18W USB C PD output, it is compatible with all Mission 529 power converters including the 529HC and the forthcoming 529m. The low profile aluminum enclosure is robust enough for road use and slim enough to fit under small pedal boards, including the Pedaltrain Nano.

    Use the blue QC output with a Mission 529 and power your pedal board for up to 8 hours.*
    Use the grey phone output to simultaneously charge your phone or tablet.
    Use the 18W USB C output with the Mission 529HC to power high current devices such as the Line 6 HX Stomp.
    Use a USB A output to recharge the internal battery in a Mission 529i.

    A 30W USB-C PD wall charger and USB C cable are included to quickly recharge the battery when required. Pass-through charging is supported and you can leave a Mission 529 powered board connected to the wall for continuous power when available. The USB A outputs remain on if the input power from the wall fails so you can use it as a UPS system to keep stable power to your pedal board and other sensitive electronic equipment during brownouts and other power glitches.

    The 529 USB battery can also be used to power and charge other USB devices such as phones, tablets and laptop computers. It’s available now at the Mission Store price $96.00 including USB C cable and 30W wall charger.

    * exact run time is dependent on total power draw. See missionengineering.com for more details.

  • The Mission 529 is Here

    Mission is happy to announce the arrival of the 529 power converter. Power your effects pedals from a USB charger, rechargeable battery, even a computer USB port.

     

    9V DC from a disposable PP3 (6LR61) battery or an external 9V power supply has been the de facto standard for guitar effects pedals pretty much since they were first invented. In the meantime, the rest of the world has moved on, and most of our other portable devices these days are powered via USB. Since USB is so popular and pervasive, there is a huge choice of different wall chargers, batteries, and other USB power ports, with a wide range of features and price points. To some extent it would just be easier if we could power effects pedals from USB.

    That was the thinking behind the Mission 529. The 529 takes a 5 Volt USB input, and converts it to 9V pedal power ports, 5 Volt to 9 Volt, 5 – 2 – 9, Geddit? There’s 4 isolated 150mA outputs for powering conventional effects pedals, plus a 500mA high power output for those devices with higher current requirements. The USB input can be almost any type of USB power device. A USB wall charger such as you use with your phone or tablet will work fine, and there is one included with the 529.

    The kicker though, is that you can also use a USB rechargeable battery pack. Almost any off the shelf USB battery pack will work. Smaller 1A packs will be enough for a few pedals. 2.1A packs will allow you to use more plus those with higher current demands such as some digital pedals. If you need more than the 5 outputs, you can chain two 529 units together and use them with a 2.1A USB power source to power up to 10 pedals.

    Battery life depends on the capacity of the battery you are using, and the power usage of your particular pedals. As a guide the optional 10,000mA/h battery we provide with the 529 should comfortably power a typical five pedal rig for around 8 hours. If you are using just a few low power analog pedals, then 20 hours life should be easily possible. Since the 529 will work with almost any USB battery pack, you can choose one that meets your needs. If you travel a lot, you probably already have one for your phone which should work fine for powering your pedals too.

    We know that small and light pedal boards such as the Pedaltrain Nano, are very popular for fly gigs, so we designed the 529 to fit under a Nano with no modifications required. The 529 is just 1″ tall so it easily fits underneath the Nano and other similar boards. The enclosure is a light weight anodized aluminum design that weighs in at 0.25lbs. Add a 0.5lbs Li-Polymer battery pack, and the entire power solution is just 0.75 lbs.

    The 529 can be powered from other USB sources too. Connecting to a desktop or laptop computer is helpful if you are recording or rehearsing on the road. You could also connect to USB ports on a digital audio workstation when in the studio. We’ve found it very helpful to have a few 529’s around the lab to quickly power up pedals for testing and servicing, it’s small size means it easily fits into a gig bag or toolkit. The available power on a computer USB port will depend on the computer. You’ll need to check the specifications for the particular machine you are using. 500mA is common, which is less than from most batteries or wall chargers, but more than enough to power 3 or 4 typical analog pedals.

    We cover connecting up the 529 to various power sources in the video below. If you feel like checking out the 529 in more detail, there’s also a bunch of additional videos on James youtube channel

    And finally, here are a few more links for more in depth information:

    Product Page
    Technical Page
    Printable User Guide

     

  • USB Power for Pedals

    We are excited to announce the forthcoming Mission Power 529 USB pedal power converter. Power up to five effects pedals from any USB power source.

     

    The Mission Power 529 converts any 5V USB power source into five fully isolated 9VDC power outputs for your effects pedals. Power the converter from a portable USB battery, wall charger, car USB outlet or computer USB port. Connect up to four regular and one high power digital effects pedal.

     

    Use the USB output to charge a smartphone, or connect two Power 529 units together for up to ten pedal power outputs.

    The Mission Power 529 will easily fit small pedal boards such as the Pedaltrain Nano. Carry one around in a gig bag as a spare, put one on the desk for testing and repairs. The Power 529 provides portable pedal power wherever it’s needed.

    The Mission Power 529 will begin shipping in October 2017. Get more details at missionengineering.com

  • Black Friday

    It’s our only sale of the year. The Mission Black Friday Sale runs from now through November 29th. 15% off across the board on all items on the Mission web store excepting B-Stock and cables. Just apply the following coupon code to your cart. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Mission.

     

    Coupon code:

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  • VM-PRO #1 Rated Volume Pedal for 2016

    We are happy to report that The Mission Engineering VM-PRO was rated #1 in the Ezvid listing of the 10 best volume pedals of 2016. This is the second year in a row that the VM-PRO ranked #1 in the volume pedal listing.

    The exceptional versatility provides compatibility with any instrument, amp, or signal chain. Combined with Mission quality and service the VM-PRO continues to be one of our most popular and best selling pedals.

    Watch the full run down of the top ten volume pedals for 2016 at:
    wiki.ezvid.com/best-volume-pedals

    VM-PRO

  • Classic

    A popular application for Mission expression pedals is to provide a wah controller for a digital modeling device such as the Fractal Audio Axe-Fx or Kemper Profiler. The Mission pedal gives the feel of the classic vintage wah pedal, and now you can recreate the look too.

    We have just 100 units of the Mission EP-1 Classic in the traditional black crackle texture paint finish of your favorite vintage wah pedals. The EP-1 Classic is available now on the Mission web store only in standard or spring loaded versions. Better still, the standard version is just $99.00, the most economical of all Mission pedals.

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  • Head Cab for DSL40C

    For those not familiar, Stagecraft is the Mission Engineering division that designs and builds speaker and amp cabinets for many boutique tube amp vendors around the world. Stagecraft also builds custom cabinets for individual customers from the stagecraftgear web store.

    The number one custom request we receive at Stagecraft, is for a head cabinet for the DSL40C amp. Only available from the manufacturer in combo format, the DSL40C is a fantastic sounding and super flexible tube amp. You can swap between the Plexi style ‘Classic’ and JCM800 like ‘Ultra’ gain stages at the touch of a foot-switch making this a great amp for playing live with both rhythm and lead tones. Flexible tone controls, separate reverb settings for the two channels, and an effects loop round out a very complete amp.

    A pentode/triode mode switch alternates between 20W and 40W outputs making the DSL40C very usable for both home and small stage compared to it’s mighty 100W brother the DSL100H. It’s no wonder a lot of guitar players are keen to get a hold of a head version to use this amp with their own choice of speaker cabinets.

    The Stagecraft DSL Rack Head features:
    Birch cabinet with authentic British style black Tolex, grill cloth, and white piping.
    Black plastic corners with brass screws.
    Removable back panel with gold color metal grill.
    Black or gold top handle.
    Four rubber feet.
    Foil top shielding with mounting bolts.

    Everything you need to turn the DSL40C combo into an awesome head.

    The Stagecraft DSL Rack Head is available now from stagecraftgear.com

     

    DSL Head FrontDSL Head Rear

  • Pre-order the illuminated Aero expression pedal.

    This one has been on the request list since the Winter NAMM music industry trade show in LA back in January. The new Aero light weight aluminum expression pedal with an illuminated base.

     

    Fair enough, it does look pretty cool, but is also practical. You can tell from almost any angle if your remote effect has been engaged which may not always be obvious with a simple LED indicator, especially from across the stage. On the Illuminated Aero pedal, you hit the toe switch and the entire base lights up with a halo effect.

    The SP1L-PRO Aero is in build now, and you can pre-order here. Orders will ship first come first serve beginning on or before September 12th so reserve yours now. There’s a pre-order discount and free shipping in the US.

    If you haven’t seen one in action yet, check out the demo video here.

     

    https://youtu.be/HU2or9FNQlk?t=3m24s

    Get my pedal

    Pre-order the SP1L-Pro Aero illuminated expression pedal

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