StudioLive 2442, 1642 and 1602 with Universal Control Ai, SL Remote & QMix
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The topic of using a patchbay with a Studiolive has been covered and I've read all the forum posts I can find but I haven't seen this discussed. I'm really hoping this is a feasible option, and if anyone has tried it or has the knowledge to know if it will work I'd love to hear from you.

My hypothesis:
I have a 16 channel snake running to all 16 XLR inputs on the SL 16.4.2 Classic
1. Using a DB25 to TRS Splitter going to the top row of a patch bay
2. Connecting the bottom row of the patch bay to the inserts of each respective channel (using TS or TRS cables I'm not sure)

If i then have outboard eq, comps, etc connected to the patch bay, would I be able to patch a direct out from the board through the patchbay, into outboard gear, and back through the insert of the channel on the Studiolive?

ie... mic input on SL-->DB25 Direct Out-->Patchbay Top Row-->Compressor-->Patchbay Bottom Row-->Insert on SL

I am only using the outboard gear to record on the way in. I mix in the box so I wouldn't be sending anything from my computer back to the board.

I hope my question has made sense. In my head it seems plausible but I know the insert on the channels are wired kind of odd so there's probably some electrical mystery that will throw my plan out the window. Any help is greatly appreciated!
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by SwitchBack on Sun Sep 08, 2019 1:29 pm
Could work, depending on the plug and wiring used for the inserts. Not sure if there’s any advantage in using the DB25 outputs over the output from the inserts...
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by caleb.a.wilson3 on Sun Sep 08, 2019 6:36 pm
Mostly just my own ignorance of not knowing exactly how the inserts on the board work.

If I were to just use one of those TRS to TS Y-Cables from the board to the patchbay, that would accomplish the same thing? And I could just multiply that for all 16 channels?

Thanks for the fast response too by the way!
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by SwitchBack on Mon Sep 09, 2019 2:59 am
Yes, and use a half-normal patchbay :)
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by caleb.a.wilson3 on Mon Sep 09, 2019 4:23 am
You're the man, thanks!

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