Samson S-Patch Plus by thronechild
During my initial research for my first patchbay for a project studio I had to choose between patchbays that would require soldering and db25 cables (all of which were very expensive) and a couple that were trs hookups like this and a Neumann which were more budget. Of course there were people talking about how the budget bays would affect the sound and break faster than tt bays so I was skeptical. I am a project studio guy with some good equipment, cables, focal monitors and don't want a weak link in my chain. But I tried it.
The result was that I did get an initial Samson with a missing metal ring on one trs insert, although i dont think it would have affected sound, this was immediately replaced by front end audio at no charge (thanks) and a new fresh one was sent. This time no problems all hooked up well.
Sound quality is no different than hooking up direct, so that is a good thing. I have a b'd them and I can't hear a difference, again I'm not a pro but I think I have decent ears.
The switches are great for fast flexibility, when first setting up its easy to make a mistake with your patchbay and want to move equip around. The switches make this really fast for changing normaling which is not nearly as easy with the soldering type bays.
The two issues I have with the unit are
1. the cables used to hook it up. Individual trs cables are a mess when everything is hooked up, you will want to have snakes made for your setup just so you can still see behind your gear. Not really Samson's fault but no one else mentioned that snakes will save a lot of space, just would have been nice to know.
2. The front panel has almost no space for labeling. I am still trying to figure out how to label my ins and outs with the small space that does exist. Currently I use a separate sheet of paper with a drawing and labels.
Overall is a good piece and recommended, I have since bought a second unit!