Rich Hanson wrote:Many years back, we were setting up for a gig, I had an SY22 at the time which had an external PSU. Some klutz(*) stood on the low voltage cable, ripping the wire out of the plug into the synth. On that occasion we were lucky that the landlord had a universal supply that we could use.
(*) i.e. me
The low-voltage side of most external PSUs is appalling and they are supplied with all sorts of cludges to make the standard non-latching plug not be a liability on stage.
Both guitarists in my band, have in the last 6 months, had external PSU failures for their multi-effects pedals; one at the device end where the wrap to stop the lead being pulled out caused the cable to wear out, and the other at the PSU end.
Even if you fit these PSUs inside a rack case or on a pedal board, it's yet another thing that has to be secured into place, and I have yet to see one that makes this easy or reliable. I won't look at any equipment for live use that requires a external PSU unless it is indispensable and there is no alternative.