Comparison of pedalboards against 19" rack solution

The following table provides an overview of the costs and advantages and disadvantages of pedalboards against rackmounted effect pedals. Calculated is a system for 8 stompboxes, including all cables, but without effect. There were included only quality products, calculated using official list prices in Europe. Of course, you can save some money with the street prices or inferior cable quality.


 


Pedalboard


Racksystem DIY


Racksystem DIY


Prostage

Costs

 

Variant G-Lab

Variant Voodoo Lab

 

Looper

Octaswitch:

385.00

2 pcs. 4x Looper:

398.00

GCX Switcher:

499.00

XDS-8:

848.00

Power supply

Pedal Power:

249.00

G Lab PB-1:

249.00

Pedal Power:

249.00

incl.

Power cables

incl.

incl.

incl.

incl.

Patch cables

242.00

242.00

254.00

242.00

Pedalboard / Drawer

Pedaltrain 2:

269.00

Thon:

65.00

Thon:

65.00

incl.

Case

incl.

Thon 3U live:

129.00

Thon 3U live:

129.00

Thon 3U live:

129.00

Foot Controller

incl.

Engl Z9:

235.00

Ground Control:

499.00

X05:

328.00

Cabel Amp-Stage*

95.00

28.00

28.00

20.00


Total Costs EUR

1240.00

1346.00

1723.00

1567.00

Weight incl. cabels

appx. 15kg

appx. 22kg

appx. 24kg

appx. 18kg


Advantages / Disadvantages

 

 

 

 

Price

positive neutral negative neutral

Weight

positive

negative

negative

neutral

Connect. Amp-Stage

negative

neutral

neutral

positive

Reliability

neutral

positive

positive

positive

Audio quality

neutral

positive

positive

positive

Cascadable**

negative

neutral

neutral

positive


Conclusion: a pedalboard for 8 stompboxes, including looper, cables, power supply and case is almost exactly as expensive and just as heavy as a Prostage XDS with cables and flightcase. Only the foot controller must be budgeted additionally in Prostage variant.
Note also, that in the pedal board variant, you have to kneel in front of the audience to adjust a knob of the effects. Using a 19" rack, you just get a brief access in the open-ended drawer.

* Here, the cables between amp / effects rack and pedalboard / foot controller are calculated. Calculated are 10m, Sommer Cable (3 pieces in the pedalboard variant) plus power supply.

** Cascadable = multiple foot controllers are daisy chained, so that the effects can be switched from different points of the stage.

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