I asked this question over in the Live Sound forum, but it never got answered, so I thought I'd try here. I do live sound in a sports facility here, and for national anthems preceding games we use a pair of wireles Beta 87A's (hypercardioid) on the field, regardless of whether it's an individual or a large choir. Fortunately the powers that be realize that a hypercardioid mic is less than ideal for mic'ing a choir and seem open to the possibility of picking up a pair of LDC's (probably AKG C3000's) to be used for large groups. Obviously, these would have to be hard wired. All of my mixer inputs are in the patch bays, so I'd be patching from the input panel on the field at anthem position into 2 mic in's on the mixer. I feel like I should know the answer to this already, but how is phantom power handled in this situation? Can it be passed down patch cables through a patch bay to the mic's on the field? Or am I missing something obvious here? I've never had anything but XLR cable between my mixers/pre's in my experiences in the past, and this one has my scratching my head as I look at the patch bays.