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patch bays for extra gear

Discussion in 'Accessories / Connections' started by Brian Hagen, Sep 19, 2019.

  1. Brian Hagen

    Brian Hagen BH Arts Active Member

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    Hello! I have used digital recording mixers for some time now. However, I now have more analog inputs (synths, drum machines, etc.) than I have input jacks available on the sixteen-track recorder. It is a Yamaha AW16G, which only has eight analog input jacks. I have a patch bay (Behringer PX-3000) which is a standard A/B vertical pairing (X 24 of them). In other words, 48 total analog jacks. I have read over and over again about Normal, Half-Normal, and Thru modes. My goal is simply to have eight of the patch bay pairs set up for the most often-used signals from the analog gear, and connect the remaining, less-used gear to the patch bay in a way that I can use slide-switches or cable re-routing to temporarily connect the less-used gear in place of the more-used gear. So far, every connection made for the often-used gear works 100%. That is, synth lead into back row, top jack (A) and patch cord from bottom jack (B) to the recorder. So the more often-used gear is working 100%. But I cannot determine how to connect the less-used gear so that it can be used. I have connected those leads to the top rows of the remaining jacks in back. What I don't know how to do yet is to set up mode switches (anywhere) and added patch cords so that the short-term connections can be made. Every combination that I have tried results in signal silence. Comment is invited.
     
  2. Makzimia

    Makzimia The Minstrel Well-Known Member

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  3. pcrecord

    pcrecord Quality recording seeker ! Distinguished Member

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    It's fairly straitfoward.
    -Connect 6 of the patchpanel back channels to your 6 inputs and identify them properly.
    -Connect any other patchpannel back channels to any keyboards or drum machine's outputs and identify (can be mono, stereo or multi).

    Setup is done.

    To use,
    Use TRS or TR short cable to link the output signals of your outboard gear to your interface's inputs.
    Not more complicated than that.

    Some patchbay comes with no connector on the back, you need to buy some snake or mic wires and solder them yourself (more work but cleaner if you use a snake cable)
     
  4. Brian Hagen

    Brian Hagen BH Arts Active Member

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    Thanks, Tony! I will check it out.
     
  5. Brian Hagen

    Brian Hagen BH Arts Active Member

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    Hello, pcrecord! Thanks for the reply; I will check it out.
     
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  6. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

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    here is an example of a patchbay from a large format console. for the most part, they are all set up the same way.

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