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8 to 2 Patch bay ?(CLEAN - No color volume)
Old 1 week ago
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8 to 2 Patch bay ?(CLEAN - No color volume)

Im looking for some kind of passive mixer or patch

NO color no eq no volume no nothing. Just like a patch but with 8 inputs to 2.

I have an apogee duet, this is just to save time to change cables and have all inputs connected from my instruments with no hasse to the AD converter.

Any suggestions?
Old 1 week ago
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If you plan on leaving all 8 inputs plugged in it's not going to work unless the inputs are buffered from one another using an instrument level mixer.

If you simply tie all 8 inputs together, When you turn the volume down on one instrument, it shorts the hot and ground together. The volume or tone turned down on one instrument will affect all the other instruments (just like it does plugging two instruments into a dual input, single channel amp)

Even when they are turned up, the pickups of all the instruments will be in parallel and your total impedance will be way too low, the signal so weak, you'd be lucky to get any sound at all, and the coloration? Forget it, it aint gonna happen.

You would either need to use an active mixer or use switches to only connect the one instrument being used and disconnect all others to prevent these things from happening.

Don't know if anyone sells something like that. They most you'll find is an A/B switch pedal for two instruments. You'd have to build your own. Average price for parts, 8 switches, 9 jacks, and a box to mount them inside will cost you about $100 give or take. The wiring part would be very easy so even someone with basic soldering skills could build one. Drilling the holes is the only real hard work. The switches only need to be SPST style and can be pushbutton or toggle. You could probably do it with a single 8 position rotary switch too, though they can be a bit more difficult to find the exact one and wire up.
Old 6 days ago
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I would look into an Ashly 308 (used) or a Mackie 1202 (preferrably VLZ4)
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