What do I look for in a patchbay? Are there some models you guys can recommend? Reasonably priced for a budding recordist, of course. Give me the RNC of the patchbays! I'm not sure how to figure how many points I need, either. I think 48 would do it--that sure seems like a lot at my stage. My DAW has 2 XLR and 6 1/4" inputs which I believe are unbalanced, would a patch bay allow me to connect, all eight mics at once?
I think the first thing to consider is do you really even need a patchbay? how many devices do you have?
Well, that's a good question. I have an RNC comp, a VTB-1 preamp, a stand-alone DAW, a P.A., and monitor system. I'm not very clear on exactly what is or isn't used with a patchbay. Would you hook all of the above into it, or just the comp and pre for the DAW? I was also hoping that a patchbay would solve the problem of plugging mics into unbalanced inputs on the DAW. I have 4 of those little XLR/ 1/4" adapters, but they won't fit side by side in my DAW inputs. So I figured if it would solve the problem now, I will certainly be getting more gear later, but I don't want to get a sorry patchbay.
Patchbays are best for situations that require lots of flexible interconnection. Any commercial studio needs patchbays so that almost any combination of gear can be connected quickly. A Person would need a patchbay if they want the convenince of flexible interconnect without accessing the back of the boxes.
TO solve your XLR to unbalanced DAW input problem I woiuld recommend a snake made up to go from balanced XLR to unbalanced phone plug. Contact http://www.redco.com to get a cost effective, high quality snake made for you.
it honestly doesnt sound like you need a patchbay. save your money for better toys :D
If you want to use your mics then obviously you need preamps, it doesnt sound like your DAW has preamps. for each mic you need one preamp, you can then plug your preamps into your DAW.
Steve Devino is right on with his advice.I have had Redco make me up many custom cables and snakes, and they do excellent work at a very reasonable price - usually cheaper than buying "off the shelf" at places like Guitar Center.
Guys I apppreciate it! I see now where the patchbay wouldn't have helped with my little problem. (That's what I get for buying cheap shit) I may never have enough gear to need a patchbay. Thanks for the heads up.