Patchwork and updated Minibay V2 patchbay boxes from DF Audio
Patchbays are usually hidden away in racks, but the Minibay and Patchwork bring them out onto the desktop for more creative possibilities.
Following on from the success of the Minibay, DF Audio has come up with a smaller version that focuses on guitar pedals. Patchwork is a 24-point patch bay that will simplify your routing through effects pedals. You can use it for guitar, of course, but I think it’s probably going to find the best use in the world of desktop synths and Eurorack.
The great thing is that you could potentially leave 12 pedals wired in. And then, to use them, all you need to do is patch your synth or guitar into the front panel. Each of the 12 channels has an input at the top and an output at the bottom, so you can chain up effects and processors in any way you choose. Far easier than messing about with plugging things directly into your pedals.
I liked the original Minibay. It’s a 40-point audio patch bay that lends itself brilliantly to connecting and routing desktop synths and effects about the place. Version 2 doesn’t do anything revolutionary. It adjusts the position of the rear sockets and improves the labelling. It adds some solder points onto the main PCB for modifying mixer circuits. But probably the most useful change is to reorient the normalling switches onto the top. So now you can switch the normalled connections without having to search around on the back for tiny dip switches.
So version 2 is really just the second run of the original with a few improvements. It’s completely passive, just sits there and makes our complex arrangements of gear much simpler and easier to manipulate.
The Minibay V2 is available now for £144.04. The Patchwork will start shipping on the 12th of December for $160 Australian.
- DF Audio Patchwork: DF Audio
- DF Audio Minibay v2: DF Audio
Great stuff! Should have a distributor in Europe for this.