This is my first patchbay and I'm quite pleased with it. For years I've been crawling around behind the racks in my small studio wiring and re-wiring gear every time I want to reconfigure my signal chains. But no longer will I be covered in dust bunnies and spiders, thanks to the S-patch Plus. This thing really is a game changer, especially for those of us less experienced with what can be a rather confusing "simple" tool- it's well built and packs a lot of common-sense functionality into a small space.
The best part about the S-patch is the freedom it gives you to choose Normalled, Half-normalled or Thru functions with the flip of a switch on each input-output pair. This is really convenient, especially if, like me, you're new to patchbays and want to experiment with functionality and signal chain options. The switches are sturdy, as are the jacks and the metal casing of the unit itself- no cheap plastic or thin faceplates here. I've noticed no loss or degradation of signal when tracking or mixing with the unit and I've found the signal flow diagrams printed on the top of the casing to be very helpful as well.
My only complaint is that the unit doesn't come with Rack Screws, which isn't a huge deal, but it would be nice. It does come with stick-on rubber feet in a little bag, which I'm not using because I have it racked but they would be nice if you had this sitting on a desk. Additionally, some folks have commented on how there isn't much room on the face of the unit for labeling each channel. This is true, but that's the price you pay for a single rack space size unit. I got around this by purchasing a 2 foot long, 1.5" wide, 1/8" thick strip of aluminum at the local hardward store for 3 bucks. I used a jigsaw to cut it to ~19" long like a standard rack unit blank. I drilled out holes in the ends for screws and mounted it just above the S-patch on my rack. Then I stole my wife's labelmaker and created stick-on labels for each piece of gear connected to the patchbay, and stuck them vertically to the aluminum strip. This plate can easily be removed to access the diagrams on the top of the S-patch when you get confused on what the heck-swoggle "half-normal" means.
One word of caution, especially if you're new to this: while any TRS bay will pass phantom power from a preamp to a mic, you run the risk of "hotpatching" your mics if you plug in cables while the phantom power is engaged. This can really damage your preamps. If you're really careful, you can get around this by simply never patching a live mic, but this is always going to be a gamble, especially if you're like me and your brain is in 67 places at once during a session. So while it's tempting to put all your preamps "behind" the bay, it's better run the output of each pre to a channel of the patchbay which is then normalled to your interface / board. For example, in my studio if I want to plug a mic into an outboard preamp, I use the following chain:
Mic --- xlr patchbay (much safer for phantom than trs) --- Preamp --- S-patch channel normalled to line input on my interface. This means that my mics always run directly to my interface via my outboard preamps UNLESS I break the normal via patch cable. Any phantom power thus flows to the mic from the preamp "ahead" of the S-patch. Remember, phantom power flows the opposite direction of mic signal!
Overall, I'm very happy with the S-patch and I already can't imagine my control room without it. It's also already full, so I'll likely buy another soon.
|商品尺寸||50.8 x 10.8 x 7.62 cm; 2.04 公斤|