For NAMM 2020, manufacturer Flock Audio is expanding its Patch digitally-controlled rackmount patchbay with two additional variants, LT and XT. They offer 64 points (32 x 32) and 192 points (96 x 96), respectively, along with some other differences from the original hardware which debuted last year.
Flock Audio Patch
Flock Audio introduced its Patch concept with a 64 point (32 x 32) 1U unit that’s fully analog, but has simple and effective digital routing software. You are meant to hook all your gear to its DB25 inputs and outputs using breakout cables, then it’s drag and drop time.
With preset storage and loading, you can access pre-configured routing setups for your studio in seconds. Sounds like a major convenience and hassle saver, and the front-panel mic/line inputs let you quickly plug another piece of equipment on the fly. Computer connection is over USB Type-B to a PC/Mac app. Clever concept, with plenty of room to scale. I mean, Richard Devine uses a bunch of these, and if there’s anyone in dire need of a proficient patch bay, it has to be this guy!
The new Patch units are the Patch LT and Patch XT. Patch LT is 32 points (16 x 16) with four DB25 connectors, 16 48V phantom powered channels, and front panel-positioned TRS/XLR combo input, XLR output.
Patch XT is the big daddy with a whopping 192 points (96 x 96) housed in a fan-cooled 3U rackmount unit. That’s 24 DB25 connectors, 96 channels with 48V phantom power, USB and Ethernet connectivity. The front panel has a pair of combo XLR inputs and a pair of XLR outputs, alongside a power button. It’s business in the front, breakout cable hell in the back!
Prices and release dates
- PatchLT – USD 1500, scheduled for Summer 2020
- PatchXT – USD 9999, scheduled for Winter 2020