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    quick basic patchbay question!

    I intend getting a patchbay, one reason is so I can have 2 leads connected to my Apollo 8 hi Z inputs constantly to the outputs on the patchbay.
    Then just plug my guitar into the patchbay inputs when I need to, rather than possibly scratch around the inputs on the Apollo.

    Which Patchbay do I need? balanced or unbalanced or what!? excuse my ignorance!

    Any advice/links to a simple patchbay that would work for me?

    Many thanks
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    Whatever you do just don't use a punch patchbay. Buy one that uses db25 connections. That is all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dguidry View Post
    Whatever you do just don't use a punch patchbay. Buy one that uses db25 connections. That is all.
    Thanks Dguidry,
    Though I have no idea what a punch patchbay is or what db25 connections are unfortunately!
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    Thank you Drew, this is far too complicated for me, I just wanna simple Patchbay that uses 1/4" jacks.
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    Hi Kero, I've used this one for a number of years. It has the ability to switch between "Normaled" and "Half Normaled" and one other something that I can't now remember. The manual explained those well at the time I set it up and it was set and forget. Has worked just fine..

    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/SPatchPlus
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    For your described purpose a patch bay is an unnecessary expense and further possible point of failure.

    Any decent piece of kit will accept thousands of insertion/removals, and your Apollo likely has higher quality connection components than a budget patch bay.

    If you only need to access the two HighZ inputs on your Apollo, and you are worried about creating some wear and tear on those inputs, why not just use a short TRS to TRS extender? Same utility as the patch bay (for this purpose), cheaper, mobile and fewer possible points of failure.

    YMMV
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sid Chigger View Post
    Hi Kero, I've used this one for a number of years. It has the ability to switch between "Normaled" and "Half Normaled" and one other something that I can't now remember. The manual explained those well at the time I set it up and it was set and forget. Has worked just fine..

    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/SPatchPlus
    Cheers Sid, I think this is what I am looking for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kero View Post
    Thank you Drew, this is far too complicated for me, I just wanna simple Patchbay that uses 1/4" jacks.
    It's exactly the same, just with professional TT connections.

    Patchbays are DEFINITELY an area where you get what you pay for IMO.

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    I would just get some of those neutrik (or other brand) TRS patchbays instead of the TT patch bays that most “pro” studios have. The TT ones are not worth the extra expense and inconvenience IMO, especially for what the OP is describing.
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