Patchbays; TRS vs TT

Discussion in 'Patchbays' started by lbeaulac, Jul 25, 2003.

  1. lbeaulac

    lbeaulac Guest

    Obviously you can't go wrong with the TT type patchbays, but the price is quite high. :td:
    The TRS (frt/rr) seem like a good choice given that you can easily set them up.
    Just wondering about the quality; sonic and durability...
  2. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Feb 10, 2001
    unless your dealing with a large quantity of patches and want them in a smaller space the 1/4" bays will be just fine. You *can* find some goode deals on used TT bays but its kinda pointless if your hooking up to a 24 channel 8-bus or something.
  3. TRS has been working for me. I am using the inexpensive AV brand TRS patch cords from Musician's and they work fine. I also bought a Nady patchbay from them that has been fine. I have used the AV brand for TRS-TRS 8 channel snakes, the 28 channel snake to box, and the patchbay cables with no probs. Normally I wouldn't specify an online retailer to buy from when recommending gear, but M-F is the only place I have seen carry that line.
    Good luck with your hunt. Patchbays aren't glamorous- not as much fun as buying rack gear or mics- but have fun. David
  4. Doublehelix

    Doublehelix Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2001
    I have a couple of the inexpensive Neutrik 1/4" TRS patchbays (about US$100 each), and yes, they are pretty easy to set up over the bantam type, and sound fine. I don't do a lot of repatching, and have most things normalled to prevent a lot of patching, this will certainly prolong the life of the units.

    I custom-wired my whole studio with Mogami cable and Neutrik connectors, and have *everything* wired through the is worth the effort. I have also made some really nice TRS patch cables (mogami/neutrik), since I tend to abide by the "weakest link" theory.
  5. sdevino

    sdevino Active Member

    Mar 31, 2002
    If you are using the patchbay for light duty, the less expensive 1/4" patchbays should be fine. In a commercial studio where there is a lot of patching going on, the patchbay needs to be durable and tarnish free. In that case the commercial grade TT or long 1/4" style are the only thing that will stand up to the regular abuse.

  6. FloodStage

    FloodStage Active Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Check out this site for inexpensive but high quality (ADC) patchbays. I bought 3 ADC 48 point punch down long frame patch bays that sell for about 1000 bucks each for a little over 600 bucks shipped to my house!
    Mr Patchbay

    Still, expect to spend some cash if on cables if you go TT or longframe.
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