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Re: Bantam patch bay vs TRS, overkill for home/project studio?

Postby Zukan » Thu Jul 18, 2019 8:44 am

I am so glad the patchbay days are over for me. I remember when I had a Mosses and Mitchel Jedi 'I also make coffee' type gauge B patchbay. I asked Max to solder it all together for me as I have cucumber fingers and find it hard to get to the little dodgy areas you need to access to wire a patchbay effectively. He did a great job but it cost our friendship as he torched a few digits along the way and has blamed me ever since. All jests aside I am really glad I don't have to 'find the crackle' patchbay anymore. Everything is now hardwired.

I must say I did enjoy using patchbays. Only sad batsrad studio owners like me understand the petty joy of patching one thing to another and a sound being made. Yay.
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Re: Bantam patch bay vs TRS, overkill for home/project studio?

Postby The Elf » Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:44 am

Eddy - how are you handling the connections to the gear, in terms of different cable lengths and format, e.g. XLR/jack? For me this is the most important reason for my bays - without them I'm I'd be snowed under by cable extensions and format converters!
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Re: Bantam patch bay vs TRS, overkill for home/project studio?

Postby Matt Houghton » Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:51 pm

For me, it all depends on how much you want present on the patch bay. If you're integrating an analogue console and lots of channels of IO, as well as countless bits of outboard gear, then a bantam system makes good sense. Because a jack equivalent would take up half your room. If you're not, it's probably more hassle and expense than it's worth.
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Re: Bantam patch bay vs TRS, overkill for home/project studio?

Postby Zukan » Thu Jul 18, 2019 2:03 pm

The Elf wrote:Eddy - how are you handling the connections to the gear, in terms of different cable lengths and format, e.g. XLR/jack? For me this is the most important reason for my bays - without them I'm I'd be snowed under by cable extensions and format converters!

Paul, I run everything off the audio interface as I don't have that much gear anymore and therefore don't need all the various connector types.

I use the L/R outs for my Naumann monitors and another out for the Avantone. I use two mic inputs and run two sets of headphones: one from the headphone socket and the other using another two sets of outs for the Stax as they need their own amp to drive them.

My keyboard runs off USB and is only a controller so I need don't need any inputs on the audio interface as the controller carries no sounds.

I don't track here and therefore don't need anymore ins. I run effects and dynamics solely ITB nowadays so don't need to patch any effects or dynamics in.

I don't use DAT Players, Tapes etc so don't need any more ins/outs.
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Re: Bantam patch bay vs TRS, overkill for home/project studio?

Postby currentsound » Sat Jul 27, 2019 4:44 am

Bantam patch bays usually have more inputs on the front but the connections on the back often have to be soldered unless you go for eleco or DB25. I'm using a redco DB25 bantam patchbay but my home studio is pretty crazy and not like a regular small home studio. In saying that, DB25 cables are a good way to run from one room to another as you can make your own snakes by using Planet Waves db25 cables. Plus DB25 is becoming more mainstream.

I'd avoid soldered patchbays for a home studio and go with TRS or DB25 if you have a larger home studio with lots of connections.
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Re: Bantam patch bay vs TRS, overkill for home/project studio?

Postby currentsound » Sat Jul 27, 2019 4:47 am

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