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DIY Patchbay

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by mapleglo, Dec 24, 2016.

  1. mapleglo

    mapleglo Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2013
    phoenix, az
    Since I'm not playing in a band these days, I've started doing some home recording. I have a modest setup - PreSonus Audiobox USB into a Mac Mini, and a small PA/Keyboard/Mixer rack.


    The issue; switching mics or instruments is extremely difficult because all the connections are in the back of the mixer. I looked for a patch bay to bring all the connections up front, but I only have 1 rack space, and I couldn't find anything that had both XLR and TRS connections.

    Then I found this:


    Apparently designed for A/V, it had the space for both connections, with a little modification. I found it used for $25.00.

    The first thing I did was take it apart.


    All the connectors attach to the circuit board, and run to a 50 pin sub-d connector on both front and back - that did not work for me, so I made my modifications.

    First thing I did was make a TRS plate.


    4 for inputs, and two for outputs.

    Then mounted it in the patchbay.


    Next I had to drill a few holes on the rear cover.


    Drilled out the TRS holes, and mounted everything.


    Next up, wiring.


    Lots of soldering.

    Tested and installed it.


    Much better. Of course, I spend way too much on unneeded parts due to lack of proper planning, but it was a learning experience, and now I have a piece of gear that does exactly what I need. Assuming it holds together :p
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  2. Radio


    Jan 8, 2010
    New Haven, CT
    Nice work, and thanks for sharing it. My band is struggling with cable and access management now, too.
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  3. Very resourceful, thanks for sharing.
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