Pedaltrain has been pushing out a line of small boards. I remember the Nano+ and JR, etc. They now have a line called the Metro. They offer the Metro 16, 20 and 24. These are 3 rail boards spanning 16, 20 and 24 inches wide by 8 inches.
But let me back up here. I want to talk about Pedaltrain in general first. I’ve been a user of Pedaltrain for a few years now. I own a couple of PT-2s and a PT-Pro. I love my Pedaltrains, and recommend them often. For touring their great, and what I also like about them, and please don’t judge me, they’re great for swapping out pedals. I only say this, because my undercarriage is definitely ‘messy’ compared to some of the boards I see. Don’t get me wrong, I like zip ties, cable ties and clamps and perfect cable routing, but sometimes that becomes a hindrance, especially when you need to diagnose a bad cable or pedal. I personally keep things a bit loose, but it’s great for easily pulling pedals in and out. Either way, Pedaltrain can be super tight/right underneath or loose, I like the option.
So, like I said, my primary board is a PT-2, which is much bigger than the Metro, but man, I really like the Metro 16 and I explain why. There are times when I want to run a small set up. When I do, I usually start assembling my spare PT-2 but there is a lot of empty space. I don’t like to have pedals on the floor. I like them locked down and powered up. For small set ups, the Metro 16 is absolutely perfect.
Additionally, I can see using the Metro 16 as a small auxiliary board connected to my main board. Think about setting up a side board for ambient loops or for the ‘chaos’ pedals.
The primary reason, for small set ups, I still like boards, is the speed of tear down and set up. If I had to link 4 pedals and power them up, it would take much more time than pulling out the board and connecting 2 instrument cables to it. For those that gig, you know it’s important to get on stage quick.. and to get off quick. Don’t want to mess with the line up schedule!
The Metro 16 has a very small height profile and is flat. We’re only talking 1.4″ of height. So pedals are very low. This means you cannot power these up with conventional Powertrain 1250 or Voodoo labs power supplies. BUT, you can stow a Pedaltrain VoltoÂ which I talked about in the past. The Volto is a rechargeable lithium-ion battery (think smart phone power) that is only .75″ thick. This guy would fit perfectly underneath the Metro. Other options would be to power pedals via One Spot.
The Metro 16 is built like all Pedaltrain boards – with featherweight aircraft grade aluminum. Built to last. You can purchase the Metro series boards to come with soft case or hard case. If you’re looking to get some pedals off the floor and on to a tight, well built board for the go, you should look at these.
The Pedaltrain Metro 16 with Hardcase retails for $99.99, and the Softcase version goes for $79.99
Let me know what you think about the Pedaltrain Metro 16 by commenting below!
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