Custom Patch - Custom patch, patchbay or patch bays / patch panel, are used in commercial and home studio applications when you want to create hybrid combinations of sound effects and signal flow options by rewiring hardware units and effects processors in different combinations. This is most effectively achieved by incorporating the use of a patch panel, or patch bay. A patch panel allows multiple hardware devices to communicate with one another more effectively, eliminating the need to plug / unplug units from one to another, as this is achieved by the use of the patch panel, or patch bay.
A custom patch can enable you as the engineer to streamline your workflow, with easier recall ability for desired sound combinations. Let's face it. Not having to search for your Bass D.I. level because it is already configured using a favorite amp>cab>D.I.>preamp combo through a patch bay is incredibly helpful and efficient. Have a favorite guitar amp>mic>pre combination ready to go is such a timesaver that I can’t imagine not utilizing these tools in recording sessions.
A custom patch can also exist as its own creation, or custom cord designed for a specific application. Customizing patch cables and cords with color matched pairs helps in troubleshooting connections and technical issues. A carefully constructed patch panel is the first step in network stability and function, and the more organized, the better. The ability to test individual connections by the use of a patch bay or patch panel streamlines troubleshooting operations.
Custom patch cables and patch cords can come in varying lengths, and can easily be made by those that desire a little challenge. The ability to save a bit of cash in the process isn’t a bad thing either. From connecting instruments, amplifiers, stompbox-style floor effects and rack hardware effects and devices, custom patch cords allow for streamlined workflow and cleaner, more efficient wiring.
If you want to discuss how custom patch cables can improve your workflow in your recording studio, drop us a line at +1 (818) 500-8142 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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