I am not new to recording, but I am just getting around to setting up my first semi-pro home studio. A few pieces of equipment that I have had for a while (compressor, interface, mixer) -- as well as a new headphone amp and effects box -- use balanced cables for some aux patches. Ninety percent of the time, I use unbalanced cables. But in some cases, it would be very nice to have the option to either split or combine a balanced pair into left and right mono signals. I have only ever used an unbalanced patchbay (and I recently ordered a new one from MF). My questions are: Will a balanced patchbay work exactly like an unbalanced one if I need it to? Does it just give me the added benefit of using balanced cables sometimes, or is there some more fundamental difference between them? In other words, if I definitely want the balanced patchbay, will I need to keep the unbalanced one? Thanks in advance for any help!