PedalSnake's BaseSnake: Channel and Line Types



Line Types

The BaseSnake is the core of your PedalSnake System (a 4-channel version is shown below).  The channels can be configured with Pigtails

  • G-Line Pigtails will make 1/4" "GuitarLines", just like guitar cords.  Mono and stereo are available.
  • P-Line Pigtails carry low-voltage power to your pedals from you power supplies, which move to the backline, away from your pedals.  This makes your pedalboard lighter, saves space, and tidies up your pedal area underfoot.  Plus, the radiated noise from the power supplies is moved a safe (quiet) distance from you pedals' electronics.  P-Lines use standard 2.1mm power connectors (like Boss).
NOTE  If you are committed to an "on board" power supply, you can still use it, but you will have to run the high-voltage 120VAC cord.  Using P-Lines and PedalSnake's "low voltage" method means you can lose the power cord, and get down to "only one cable" (words can't describe how cool this is!)  You don't have to decide immediately.  Being configurable, you can try a PedalSnake system using the high-voltage cord, and still choose to switch to the low-voltage method (only one cable!) later.


BaseSnake Channels

PedalSnake's standard BaseSnakes come in 4-channels or  7-channels.  

  • Standard PedalSnake BaseSnakes come in 4- or 7-channel models.
    • There are two types of channels:  3wire and 5wire.
    • 7wire is available on Custom PedalSnakes, and is needed for certain MIDI controllers, or Ft. Switches that use a 7pin DIN cable.
  • With a 5pin DIN connector at each end (like a MIDI connector), a bare channel (with no Pigtails) can be used for MIDI Lines, DIN-type footswitch lines, etc.
  • A channel can also convert to a 1/4" G-Line, or a 2.1mm P-Line (with standard 2.1mm pedal power connectors, like Boss uses). 
  • G-Lines and P-Lines both come in 2-Pack Pigtail Kits.  The two pigtail ends will plug into both ends of a channel.
    • All Pigtails have full function on a 5wire channel.
    • The Pigtails that require the 5wire channel for full function are:  MF2-I, MM2-I, and MF1-H when a Hi Current P-Line is needed.

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Plug'n'Play PedalSnake Pigtails

  • Plug into channels to make 1/4" G-Lines (GuitarLines) or 2.1mm P-Lines (PowerLines).
  • For details, and to purchase, see G-Lines and P-Lines.

Plug'n'Play is the PedalSnake Way now.  We no longer encourage hard-wired GLines or PLines with Custom orders (1 GLine would be OK). Guitar rigs just change too often for hard-wired PedalSnakes. Even when players tell us "I've got it now, my rig won't change anymore", something better comes along and they upgrade their rig.  Then they come back and ask us "How can I modify by hardwired PedalSnakeCS?" Answer: "Not easily." 

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  • PedalSnake DIN channels use a patented special wiring scheme, allowing
    • Low noise and pure tone for audio
    • Triple-use (audio, power, and digital)


Channel Types (DIN Connectors)

Standard BaseSnakes come with one (1) white 5-wire channel---the rest are 3-wire.  7-wire channels are only available on Custom PedalSnakeCS Orders.

NOTE  Custom PedalSnakeCS channels have their own color scheme, which varies.

  • 3-wire...(5pin DIN connectors, 3 pins wired) All channels except the white channel on Standard BaseSnakes are 3-wire. Use for:
    • 1/4" GuitarLines (using G-Line Pigtails).
    • 2.1mm PowerLines (using P-Line Pigtails).  NOTE:  Some special funtion Pigtails need a 5wire channel.  See them below listed below under "5-wire".
    • A MIDI3 line.
  • 5-wire...(5pin DIN connectors, all pins wired) The white channel on a Standard BaseSnake is 5-wire. Use as follows:
    • 1/4" GuitarLines (using G-Line Pigtails).
    • 2.1mm PowerLines (using P-Line Pigtails).
    • Certain Pigtails with special functions require a 5wire channel:  
      • MF1-H if a High Current PLine Pigtail is needed (see NOTES below). 
      • MM2-I Dual Isolated PLine Pigtails.
      • MF2-I Dual Isolated PLine Pigtail.
    • Use a 5wire channel by itself for a full blown MIDI5 line (just like a standard MIDI cable).
    • Footswitches that accept standard 5pin MIDI cables (see the NOTES below).
  • 7-wire...(7pin DIN connectors, all pins wired) Must order Custom PedalSnakeCS to get a 7wire channel.  Use for:


  • When powering a Hi-Current pedal, MF1-H should be used with a 5wire channel to make a Hi-Current P-Line. 
    • A Hi-Current P-Line can handle an actual current draw up to 1000mA. It should be used if you think you may be drawing more than 500mA.  If you don't need the 5wire channel for something else, then you might as well use it for power, even if you are drawing less than 500mA.  You don't have to know tje exact current draw.  You can estimate current draw using our Pedal Current Categories
    • For normal use (not "Hi-Current"), MF1-H can be used on a 3wire channel.  This "normal" P-Line can handle an actual current draw up to 500mA.  This is fine for most rigs, and will handle 20 or more "9V battery" stompboxes.
  • Some Mesa Express amps have a 5pin DIN footswitch that does not use a standard MIDI cable, so not all the buttons work with a PedalSnake 5wire channel.  This amp requires Mesa's proprietary 5pin DIN cable which uses the "metal shell" of the DIN connector for one of the connections.  MIDI cables do not do this, and our 5wire channel functions just like a MIDI cable (but with additional shielding for audio use).

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Line Types

G-Lines.. P-Lines.. Footswitch Lines.. MIDI Lines.. XLR Lines



NOTE . A Dual G-Line is great FX Loops, or wireless-out-and-back, while using only one BaseSnake channel.

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Key to the "all in one" PedalSnake concept--- NO MORE AC POWER CORD !!!

A P-Line...

For more help, see Choosing PowerLines.

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Footswitch Lines

PedalSnake supports footswitch lines having the following connectors: 


  1. The Mesa Express amp's footswitch appears to use a standard MIDI cable, but it does not.  It uses a proprietary 5pin DIN cable that does not meet MIDI spec.  The "metal shell" is used for one of the wired connections, which violates MIDI spec.  So the Express Ft. Switch will not be fully functional wtih a standard MIDI cable, or PedalSnake's white 5wire channel.
  2. If your footswitch cable is permanently attached, it will have to be modified. Fender and Mesa have started trends away from this (good!), making footswitches that use standard cables (and PedalSnake lines and channels!)

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MIDI Lines

The bare BaseSnake channels, with their 5pin DIN connectors, can be used as MIDI lines.

MIDI3 (5pin DIN connector)

  • Use any 3wire channel.  All channels on the standard BaseSnakes are 3wire except for the white 5wire channel.
  • MIDI3 carries only MIDI signal (no phantom power).  This is the "original" MIDI format, before phantom power for remote foot controllers was added. 
  • Can be used only with MIDI footcontrollers that can receive power thru a power-input jack (some controllers must receive power thru the MIDI cable, which requires MIDI5). 
  • MIDI5 (5pin DIN connector)

  • Use the white 5wire channel on a standard BaseSnake.
  • Carries MIDI signal, plus phantom power.
  • For MIDI footcontrollers that require power from thru the MIDI line.
  • MIDI7 (7pin DIN Connector)

  • Carries MIDI IN, OUT, and phantom power.
  • Use a 7-wire channel (available only with Custom PedalSnakeCS orders).
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    XLR Lines

    Not available in Pigtails.  However, many customers make their own XLR Pigtails.  They purchase an RS1-TRS, and modify it to have XLR plugs. 

    Hardwired XLR lines are available on Custom PedalSnakes.  Order them 2 ways:

    XFM.(female Pedal End)

    For a balanced PedalEnd output; from a mic, direct box, etc. at the frontline.

    XMF.(male Pedal End)

    For a balanced PedalEnd input; to a powered monitor, etc. at the frontline.

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