Patch Bays // Junction Boxes
Not every pedalboard NEEDS a patch bay, but it sure makes things easier! ⠀
Utilizing a patch bay helps to ensure the longevity of the input & output jacks of your pedals. Constantly [un]plugging cables into the jacks of your pedals, over time, will wear down the jacks. Additionally, if a cable is accidentally & forcefully pulled from the jack, you risk damaging the pedal.
Using a patch bay gives you a single input/output point for the entire pedalboard. All of your cables are routed to a single box, whether it be for input, output, or 4-cable method. This allows for convenience instead of trying to plug cables into individual pedals, depending on your setup.
Some commercial patch bays come with a built-in boost. This can be handy if you have different guitars/basses with different output levels, or if you just need a boost during a solo. Some patch bays, like the @earthquakerdevSwiss Things, has a built-in ABY feature, which removes the need of having a separate pedal to serve that function. ⠀
Some smaller companies, like @simpleswitchfx, build custom patch bays with different features, like effects loops, MIDI Thru, stereo ins/outs, etc. All based on your individual needs! @creationaudiolabs makes a ¼” TS connector with a built-in buffer called “The Redeemer.” This is especially useful if you’re building a patch bay at home and want to incorporate a buffer into the patch bay.
Patch Bays / Junction Box we recommend:
🔹Simple Switch FX Mono/Stereo Patch Bay
🔹EarthQuaker Devices Swiss Things
🔹Goodwood Audio Interfacer // Underfacer
🔹Mesa Boogie High Wire