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The Best Patchbay for Studio & Live Audio

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Pros
Cons
Best of the Best
Samson
S-Patch Plus
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The most convenient & well-built bay on the market, featuring all three possible modes with easy switching. The light colors make for great visibility in a dimly lit studio.
Pros
Fully balanced connections. Has toggle switches to change modes right on the front. Superior construction. Attractive faceplate.
Cons
The only qualm is that there's not much space on the bay itself to apply labels. You'll have to map it out on paper or in a spreadsheet.
Best Bang for the Buck
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A solidly built choice with plenty of space to apply labels on the front & a visually appealing look in your rack that matches the look of most other racked gear.
Pros
More decorative if than our budget choice if that matters to you. Has button switches to change modes, albeit on the back.
Cons
Can only use normal & half-normal modes, not thru, which is fairly limiting anyways. Mode switching toggles are inconveniently placed on the back.
Best Budget Pick
Neutrik
NYS-SPP-L1
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The no-nonsense, no-frills choice for those who choose their mode of operation, stick the bay in their rack, & never think about it again. The set & forget option.
Pros
Built like a tank. Strong chassis, stable jacks. Has a guide for flipping the panels for each mode printed on top.
Cons
Have to pull it out of the rack & flip the panels around to change modes. You'll want to figure out your needs & set it up for good.

The best patchbay does one thing: it saves you an absurd amount of time and keeps you from climbing into the jungle of cables behind your rack or mixing desk. It does this by organizing and bringing all of your inputs and outputs to the front where you can reach them, and more importantly it works when you expect it to.

TL;DR - Best Budget Pick: Neutrik NYS-SPP-L1 - Best Overall: Samson S-Patch Plus