Looking at the Powering Considerations section of the manual it suggests that USB connection to computer is probably going to be noisy. Maybe using the MIDI DIN ports and no USB to computer is a better option then?
I wonder how it will work when the editor becomes available?
Even though the Typhon is an analog synthesizer, it can be powered with a simple USB cable. Giving the unit
some extra mobility, you can just use a power bank and play anywhere (with a 20.000 mAh power bank you
could power and play the unit for up to 60 hours).
Most homes nowadays have at least a dozen or so USB cables and power adapters lying around (from smartphones, computers, printers, and other devices), so we didn’t think there was a point including one with the
Typhon and adding to the environmental waste.
So, you’re thinking, “Can I use any USB power supply?”
Yes, but there are some things you need to consider. Not having a dedicated power adapter means that depending on the USB power supply quality or your connection, could result in a dirty synth or noise floor. You
can easily avoid those situations though, by following these simple rules:
- When powering the Typhon from a computer, if you use a DAW to process the unit’s audio, a ground loop
can be created, causing a noticeable hum. In that case, you should power the Typhon from a different power
supply, and not from the same computer that you’re running the DAW on.
- Using a very long USB cable can also cause line noise. For cleaner sounding performance it’s also better to
use a USB cable that has a ferrite bead installed.
- Make sure your USB power adapter is rated for at least 500mA
- Poor quality USB power adapters should be avoided.
- And as mentioned above, when using a power bank, make sure it’s a good quality one. You can also power
a keyboard controller with the same power bank