Mackie 1604 ( patchbay ) is this wrong

Discussion in 'Consoles / Control Surfaces' started by BassLiK, Jul 2, 2011.

  1. BassLiK

    BassLiK Active Member

    Oct 25, 2010
    Hi everyone, and Happy 4th. I have a Mackie 1604 I use as a monitoring setup, and a glorified patchbay with my Digi003 & Presonus Digi FS, since latency is introduced I have the players through the Mackie for monitoring, and I also will route recorded tracks back to the Mackie for external effects and a tube Pre Amp. I can record at 32 samples latency without the Mackie, which is fine and just eliminate the Mackie and use a patch bay for routing. It doesn't seem to introduce noise since I have all the trim knobs to the left, but it just seems practical for a routing mixer too me. Should I take the Mackie out of the chain and get a patchbay instead?
  2. Mo Facta

    Mo Facta Active Member

    May 22, 2011
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    I use a console and a patchbay and find them both indispensable.

    It's actually difficult to give you a definitive answer since they perform different functions. Why not wire all the i/o of your mixer and interfaces to the patchbay? It will most definitely optimize the total connectivity of your system.

    For interest's sake, here's a copy of my patchbay chartsd from a couple of years ago when I was using with our old Mackie Onyx 1640:



    Hope that helps.

    Cheers :)
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  3. BassLiK

    BassLiK Active Member

    Oct 25, 2010
    Mo Facta, very nice routing. Thank you for responding and I will put patchbays on my list. Thanks again and have a great 4th.

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