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  • nifargovnifargov

    Good old patchbay

    Monarch MPB-32Published on 11/01/06 at 13:32
    Unbalanced Patchbay (Full-Normal or Parallel) with 32 channels, 16 front and 16 back pairs.
    Each patch has its own circuit board and can be flipped to change the behavior: Full Normal when used as standard (e.g. to connect to a console insert), parallel when flipped 180 degree(front jack facing the back and vice versa)

    Pay attention that this is a full-normal patchbay, not a half-normal.
    This means that it will break the back connection as soon as you plug a jack at the front of the patchbay, top or bottom. Therefore it is not possible to tap out the signal without breaking the original flow.
    (However with a little welding, it is easy to make it half-normal, see tip in the tutorial…
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    Unbalanced Patchbay (Full-Normal or Parallel) with 32 channels, 16 front and 16 back pairs.
    Each patch has its own circuit board and can be flipped to change the behavior: Full Normal when used as standard (e.g. to connect to a console insert), parallel when flipped 180 degree(front jack facing the back and vice versa)

    Pay attention that this is a full-normal patchbay, not a half-normal.
    This means that it will break the back connection as soon as you plug a jack at the front of the patchbay, top or bottom. Therefore it is not possible to tap out the signal without breaking the original flow.
    (However with a little welding, it is easy to make it half-normal, see tip in the tutorial section)

    Advantage:
    - Simple and robust.
    - very affordable when found on 2nd hand market.

    Disadvantage:
    - Must be completely taken out of the rack and dismantled completely (i.e. minimum 32 screws to remove) to access and flip a single card. You'd better think about your final setup before you install it in the rack.
    - The facade does not eave much room to note down the connections.
    - unbalanced, but that you knew it upfront.
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