DC-Choppah wrote:I am a bit confused on the phantom power concern. And it has to be safe to switch as we will never remember to turn off the phantom power.
The only issue with phantom is if you try and patch mics using a TRS-style patch-bay. In that situation, as you insert (or remove) the plug, you can very easily accidentally short one side of the balanced line to ground, and if phantom power is turned on that can produce voltage spikes that have been known to damage preamps and mics.
There's no threat to life or anything like that -- the voltage is way too low -- but there is a real risk to equipment.
Hence all the advice not to use TRS (or PO316/B-type, or TT/Bantam) patch-bay for plugging mic circuits!