Flock Audio’s original Patch was a 32-in, 32-out analogue patchbay, digitally controllable over USB via a Mac- or PC‑based application. That model has now expanded into a range, with the announcement of the more affordable 16‑in, 16‑out Patch LT (£$1499, shown above) and the 96‑in, 96‑out, top-of-the-range Patch XT (UK price expected to be around £9700US price expected to be around $10,000, shown below). Both new models have the same underlying philosophy as the original — signals passing through stay in the analogue domain with no A-D conversion. However, the graphical, app-based control of the matrix allows for swift and convenient creation of complex routings and multing combinations.
As with the 64‑point Patch, 48V phantom power can be supplied (on 16 inputs on the Patch LT, 96 on the XT), and the XT offers the same two pairs of front-panel ‘combi’ quarter-inch jacks (although there’s only a single pair on the LT) for connecting equipment quickly. All the other inputs to the three-strong range are on rear-panel D‑sub connectors.
The Patch LT is expected to ship in the summer, the XT before the end of the year. For UK sales, contact local distributor SX Pro (www.sxpro.co.uk).