behringer Multi-Functional 48-Point 3-Mode Balanced Patchbay User Guide

behringer Multi-Functional 48-Point 3-Mode Balanced Patchbay

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In NORMAL mode the rear A & B jacks of the channel are connected together (pos. (1)). The connection between the rear jacks is disabled when you insert a cable into jack A or B on the front panel (pos. (2) and (3)).In the example above, top-row channels 1 to 4 are from the outputs of a keyboard and a MIDI sound module. They are connected, in this example configuration, to input channels 1 to 4 on the mixer.

Channels 5 and 6 are from the subgroup outputs of a mixer and are connected, in this example configuration, to the inputs of a computer audio card. Audio sequencer software records the music signals directly onto the hard disk of the computer. Channels 7 and 8 connect the soundcard outputs to the 2-track inputs of the mixer. Since the rear-panel jacks are connected together in the Normal mode (pos. (1)), the subgroup signals can be recorded directly onto the PC and played back via the 2-track input of the mixer (playback/monitoring), without a single patch cable having to be plugged in! In this way, you can build up a basic configuration for your studio, which can be easily modified by simply patching signals via the front-panel jacks(pos. (2)) or by feeding in external signals via patch cables (pos. (3)). You could, for example, connect the keyboard signal to channels 3 and 4 by patching 1A to 3B, and 2A to 4B. So, before wiring your studio, it is advisable to identify the connections that will be used most frequently and set them up, as your basic configuration, one above the other on the patchbay. Then you will have a clear overview of all connections and still be flexible.


In HALF NORMAL mode, the rear A & B jacks of the channel are connected together (pos. (1)). Unlike NORMAL mode, the connection between the rear-panel jacks is not disabled when a 1/4″ plug is inserted into jack A on the front panel(pos. (2)). This allows you to take the signal from a mixers channel strip in parallel—without interrupting the signal path on the channel strip. Like NORMAL mode, the connection between the rear-panel jacks is disabled when a 1/4″ plug is inserted into jack B on the front panel (pos. (3)). When 1/4″ plugs are inserted into both jacks A & B on the front panel, the front jacks will be connected separately to the corresponding rear jacks (pos. (4)). This is called an “input break” and is used mainly to insert an effect or processor into the signal path.

In the example above, top-row channels 9 to 14 are the sends (tip contact of insert points) from mixer channels 1 to 4 plus the main left & right sends. They are connected, in this example configuration, to their respective returns (ring contacts of insert points) of the mixer.Outputs from the mixer sends can be taken from jack A without disabling the connection to the returns (pos. (2)). The mixer returns can be used as external line inputs,by patching cables to jack B (pos. (3)). External effects or processors can be inserted into the send-return loop by connecting their inputs & outputs to jacks A & B (pos. (4)).The main left & right outputs of the mixer are connected, in this example configuration, to a mini-disc recorder. However, they can also be connected in parallel to another recorder (pos. (2)). The mini-disc recorder can record other sources when they are connected to jack B of channels 15 and 16 (pos. (4))


This mode is for sound modules or playback devices (e.g. CD players) that only have output signals. You can save space by routing the left and right outputs to one channel (jacks A & B) of the patchbay. A more typical setup is to connect the left and right outputs to adjacent channels (jacks A & A) and then connect another device to jacks B & B of the same channels. This configuration also allows you to position the inputs and outputs of effects devices, compressors, equalizers, etc. directly above each other.

In the example configuration above, the outputs of the playback devices (CD and mini-disc) plus the four individual outputs of a sampler are connected to channels 17 to 20, while channels 21 to 24 are used for the inputs & outputs of a compressor and an EQ, which are usually connected to the inserts of a mixer.


Connectors:    1/4″ TRS, balancedDimensions (H x W x D):  approx. 93 x 44.5 x 482.6 mm (3.7 x 1.8 x 19″)Weight:          approx. 1.8 kg (4 lbs)

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