Will a patch bay help me clean up my board?

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  1. jfwund

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    I'd like to cut down on the wires going everywhere, and I'm wondering if investing in a patch bay will help me with that. Right now, I have my guitar going into pedals into the front of the amp, but I also have 2 Strymon pedals in the FX loop.

    Would a basic 4-in, 4-out patch bay allow me to maintain this setup (guitar ->pedals->amp, and amp fx loop send->Strymons->amp fx loop receive)?

    Where would I go to find such a thing?

    I've seen posts here on the same topic, but as they were from years ago, I thought it better to post a new topic than necro a thread...

    Thanks for any advice!
     
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    American loopers. [​IMG][​IMG]
    This is a 3 way junction box but they have several different configurations and such.
     
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    Is that a pedal snake?
     
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    Actually it's a Pedal Python
    http://pedalpython.com/

    Basically a roll your own kit for making a snake with your own cables. Great product, and pretty cheap too.

    I have 3 audio cables, 1 MIDI cable for the footswitch and power running in it. Makes life decidedly more clean and simple.
     
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    Cool. I'm always looking to make my setup neater.
     
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    Trying to cut down on cables? Using a looper (Loop master) they have the cheapest and most variety of patch options, 2,3,4,5, tuner out etc. But I believe you'll use more cable runs with a patch bay/looper. I am.
     
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    This is what I use. Really cleans up the cable runs to the board. All my cables to the amp are ziptied together. Makes setup a snap.
     
  10. CE-2 Man

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    How does a patch bay work? I'm curious
     
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    Loopermaster makes a 4x4 patch bay too for around $30 I think.
     
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    For the back and forth cables, I LOVE snakeskin. It's a synthetic tubing that you expand to insert cables, then let it spring back and you have a neat bundle.
    You can buy it in many colors, diameters, and lengths.
    http://www.wirecare.com/products.asp?prodline=PTN
     
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    It just routs the signal to wherever you want it to go in an easier more organized way.
     
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    Give me some practical examples if you can x
     
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    OK I'll use my setup as an example. Due to pedal placement on my board, the cables that are all running to the amp were all on different sides of my board like this [​IMG]
    In that pic, the cables running to the amp are coming from the bogner (in front), the flashback x4 (fx loop send), and the Holy grail (fx loop return). Well I hated this as it looked messy. So I bought a patchbay from American Loopers with 3 i/o to tidy things up. The patchbay is just the "middleman" to make things neater in appearance and utility. I can keep all 3 cables going to and from the amp in one place on my board. [​IMG]
     
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    @CE-2 Man there are several different patchbay types though that have different functions for things like midi, auxiliary i/o, etc. They're just an easy way to connect the ins and outs of many different types of equipment in an organized way.
     
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    Aaaaah thank you guys, i get it now!
     
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    Patch bays are nice, I used one tucked in the corner of my old pedaltrain. I am happier with drilling and mounting jacks to the front. Super easy setup and very tidy. Just another option for ya.
    [​IMG]
     
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    This is super helpful -- thanks guys!

    Looks like This 1's Myne, American Loopers, and Loopmaster are the recommendations. Any others?

    Cheers!
     
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