It has been two years since my first post about building a pedalboard. I have learned a lot since then, and have added to and improved my setup quite a bit. So, I decided to post an update!
The first (and most important thing) that I learned is that YOU SHOULD and NEED TO buy an isolated power supply. I was in denial when I tried to cram a power strip underneath the pedalboard and thought that "it was fine". It wasn't. It was the source of all of my problems. Weird sounds, flaky connections... at one point one of the power supplies was actually switching off the power strip if the ground underneath was uneven and it would push up against the power button. Beyond that, it made cable management absolutely awful. The "Truetone CS12" has been perfect. It powers everything I have with plenty of juice to spare.
So that is my main advice. Don't cheap out there. Buy a power supply!
Also helpful is a cabling kit to make custom length cables. There is some debate online about using solderless cables, however I have not had any issues. I used the "Lava Cable Tightrope" kit. It's really nice not having to deal with all of the slack underneath the board from using random cables.
I also mounted two output jacks on the bottom left of the board. One for the instrument/pedals, and one for the JamMan sampler. It keeps things nice and clean, and easy to set up/tear down.
Channel 1 Signal Chain:
(FX Loop) → Xotic Effects SP Compressor → Electro Harmonix C9 → Walrus Audio Julia → Electro Harmonix Silencer → Ernie Ball VP Jr. Volume Pedal → Dr. Scientist BitQuest → Earthquaker Devices Afterneath → Strymon El Capistan →Empress Reverb -> (FX Loop)
Channel 2 Signal Chain:
DigiTech JamMan + Saturnworks 3-Button Switch
Moog EP3 Expression Pedal → Dr. Scientist BitQuest
Lots of great sounds on the new album thanks to this stuff!
New tracks will be on the website very soon.