I've lost track of this thread, but I used to own a Rocktrock MIDI Patchbay that was a wonderfully convenient device. It had 10 or so independent stereo inputs-outputs, all of which could be punched in our out via MIDI. They discontinued the unit, but it was perfect for putting all of your stomp boxes in a rack (upright and facing out) and punching them in and out of your mix without the whole serial chain signal hemophelia syndrom. I don't have a use for one anymore, but I wish I had one anyway.
From: Torstein H. Rem [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, July 06, 2005 4:53 PM
Subject: Re: what about patchbay ?
I can only talk from my experience with the Rane SM82, which works great, but this is the first time ever I`ve heard anyone
claim that Behringer is generally of better quality than the Rane products. And I`ve heard a lot on many rec forums. :-)
The Rane is not perfect and a here are a couple of threads from rec.audio about changing the opamps for better sonics;
I once mailed Jim Willams regarding a possible upgrade (I`m no tech head) and the answer I got was;
"I did an extensive mod on one of those for tonmeister Andrew Lipinsky several years ago. It was OK, but it's tiny power transformer limits what quality parts can be used. It's probably not worth the money to do that much work on it unless you have stringent acoustic recording requirements.
You could do some of your routing ideas with a line mixer like the SM82. The stereo send and return could be used as two
mono effect loops returning to two free mono channels rather than using the effect returns. There`s good documentation on the Rane site;