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Old 10th August 2018
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Originally Posted by Accent View Post
Question on using a standard patchbay for audio AND CV...maybe this will be helpful to the OP or future travelers:

I have a Behringer PX3000 bay I use with my modular rig for audio, patching the bottom front row from from my modular into my interface. However, I’m using a Motu Ultralite MK4, which allows me to run CV out of my computer from Reaktor 6, etc to my modular. I already have the fancy Expert Sleepers cables to connect my interface to my modular, so I’m good there.

My question is: can I use the outputs from my Motu out to the top row of the Berry PB (connected with TRS cables) and use that for additional CV out from the computer with the PB fully normalled (and the fancy ES TRS to TS cables out from the top row of the bay to the modular), while simultaneously patching audio in from the modular to the interface via the bottom row of the bay? Logic suggests this should work, but it would be just my luck that something would be damaged so I haven’t risked it.
I'm assuming when you talk of simultaneously you aren't talking about on the same patchbay "channels"! I don't have a px3000, but a lot of other patchbays I have are often grouped inside, often also halfway down the middle there is a clean break or kind of physical separation between the halves (my tascams are in little "units" of 4). I'd pop the case off to check, but what I'm getting at is that I'd lean towards keeping one side/group for CV and another for audio.

Not too sure about the rest of your setup, so not sure there's much call for any kind of normalling though. As its basically just accessing the back of your interface I'd keep it simple. Separating cv and audio horizontally will lead to less potential for accidents, so similarly I'd at least start with more of a "through" connection... think Behringer calls it "open". ie plugging outputs from your interface into both top and bottom on the back and get CV out from your interface on both top and bottom rightmost 2(?4?) patchbay channels for example.