Advice needed about cabling to patchbay!

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Advice needed about cabling to patchbay!

Postby mavdime » Sun Aug 23, 2015 10:59 am

Hi guys and gals (are there actually any gals on this forum???)

Here's my predicament:

most of my gear uses TRS and TS connections (synths, effects pedals, etc, etc)

I have a API lunchbox which accepts XLR and DB-25

My other channel strips/compressors accept TRS and XLR

Now, ordinarily I have all of my gear connected to a simple TRS patchbay, however I have just acquired a Lynx Aurora 8. It came with DB-25 to XLR(m) and DB-25 to XLR(F) snakes, however I am stuck in terms of how best to integrate it into my setup. My options seem to be the following:

1) Get XLR-TRS snakes to connect the existing DB25 looms to the patchbay

2) Sell the XLR-DB25 looms and replace with DB-25 to TRS looms --- probably the easiest option however seems hard to find good quality short DB25-trs looms in Aus!

3) Ditch my patchbay and buy a good Bantam patchbay with DB25 termination on the back... then the Lynx Aurora and Api lunchbox and connect in easily using Db25-DB25 cables. I can then use my exiting DB25-XLR looms to interface all of my synths, etc to the patchbay.. I already have a few short TRS to XLR patch cables... I could just solder up a few more as needed.

Each approach has its pros and cons... are there any approaches I am missing?

Would appreciate your advice and thoughts on how to handle the situation most efficiently


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Re: Advice needed about cabling to patchbay!

Postby IanM » Sat Aug 29, 2015 1:40 am

I've been going through a similar thing lately, connecting all my analogue to an SSL Sigma and needing to integrate everything efficiently. I think a Switchcraft StudioPatch or similar DB25 patch bay with a Planet Waves modular system is the best way to connect everything up.
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Re: Advice needed about cabling to patchbay!

Postby gigpiglet » Sat Aug 29, 2015 3:49 pm

without going a fully custom job, i think option 3 sounds the best/ most pro
and realistically not that much more expensive if you shop around...
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Re: Advice needed about cabling to patchbay!

Postby a.beck » Sat Sep 05, 2015 11:48 am

I agree with Gareth with the exception that for me, the patch bay would be basically the last place I'd try and save money. Buy it properly the first time, and you won't need to buy it again. ... Parent=608

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