The Patchbay: The Unsung Hero of the Studio

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There are so many items deemed a necessity in setting up and operating a studio. From high-quality audio interfaces to dynamic and time-based signal processing, your studio is an ever-evolving eco-system. The patchbay is a ubiquitous piece of hardware that many project studio owners don’t think they need, but then discover how incredibly helpful it can be. The carefully designed implementation of a patchbay can save you time and frustration when adding gear or changing the signal flow of your equipment. If you’ve ever had to crawl around the rear of your rack case or mixer setup to change the wiring or add new gear to your setup, then you are a candidate for a patchbay. Once set up, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.

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Patchbays come in a variety of sizes and formats. There are audio patchbays, video patchbays, and audio/video patchbays. You’ll find balanced and unbalanced units with a variety of connectors including ¼” (TRS & TS), RCA, XLR, and TT. Most commercial recording studios typically use Tiny-Telephone (TT) or Bantam patchbays, which offer 96 points (two rows of 48 channels) and will have every conceivable input and output wired to and from, creating the nerve center of the studio. TT patchbays are expensive and may be beyond the budget of most project or home-based studios. Most TT patch bays require soldering or may offer DB25 connectors but, again, are very pricey. Thankfully, there are several ¼” patchbays available at a much more reasonable cost that serve the same purpose as the TT, but top out at 48 points (two rows of 24 channels). There are ¼” patchbays that also offer solder posts, but implementing them is still quite the endeavor.

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