Since hitting the market in 2017, Flock Audio’s Patch has brought new innovation to the world of patchbays. The brand's unique software and hardware solutions allow for digital control over your patchbay without ever converting your analog signal to digital. No converters, no latency, no mess, no stress.
Flock Audio now offers three different hardware patchbays to meet the needs of studios of all size. When paired with the the Patch App, engineers will save time when preparing to track or mix and ensure a smooth session without the need for constant trips to the patchbay. Let’s take a look at how Flock Audio does this.
The Role Of Traditional Patchbays Vs. Flock Audio Patch Units
In the traditional studio environment, the patchbay is your access hub for routing in and out of various equipment. This makes it so that users don’t have to manually plug in and out of a unit that is generally already stationed within a rack. Users set up a patchbay by connecting cabling from hardware to points on the back of the patchbay, and then utilize small patch cables to make routing decisions on the front.
With Flock Audio’s hardware, connections are made on the rear of the unit via DB25 connectors, and the system’s routing is controlled and manipulated by the simple use of the included Patch App. The front panel simply features connectivity for scenarios where new or outside gear is being auditioned or utilized. The use of an app to control the hardware removes any need for patch cables on the front panel. Simply open the app, select your configuration of signal flow and get to work!
Flock Audio Patch App
Once all of your gear is logged in the system, vertical grid style interfacing enables you to setup unique audio paths between each of your favorite tools, all without having to reach for the set of patch cables. A toggle section allows for quick clearing of previously established paths and the Stored Routings Menu is your key to quick recall during sessions.
With the simple click of the M arrow on a path, you can even Mult out a signal quickly for more complex processing, The Patch App is a thorough, easy to navigate app that ensures your patching system stays organized, all while remaining flexible.
Watch the video below for a complete overview of how the Patch App and Flock Audio patchbays work with the brand's CEO and Founder Darren Nakonechny.
Flock Audio Patchbay Options
Flock Audio has three different variations of its hardware patchbay, each with unique I/O counts. This gives engineers and studio owners the ability to choose a model that fits the needs of their studio environment, while also allowing for connection between more Flock Audio products. Let’s take a look at each patchbay and learn how they are different from each other.
Flock Audio Patch LT
Utilizing the same matrix technology, Patch LT functions with the same quality as the other entries in the Patch line, simply in a more concise format. By using the included Patch App software, engineers can drag and drop existing patched pieces into their workflow to design signal chains with ease.
Flock Audio Patch
Four points are accessible from the front panel (channels 31 & 32, ins and outs), which allows for easy auditioning of pieces. The Patch system lets users toggle channels 31 & 32 between rear patches and the front panel by activation through the Patch app. This allocation ensures that engineers don’t have to disconnect existing pieces to audition other ones.
Allowing multi-unit expansion, users can connect an existing Patch unit with an additional Patch product to expand the I/O connectivity of your system. With the flexible design of Flock products, users can even configure their Patch unit to integrate into an existing traditional patchbay environment for immediate streamlining of workflow.
Flock Audio Patch XT
The folks at Flock Audio utilize the extra space on this unit to offer a built-in power supply, connected via standard IEC cable. Patch XT also allocates a Dante connector, allowing users to take advantage of Patch systems even in scenarios calling for long distance cable runs.
With XT, the power button features a light ring that functions as your indicators for phantom power as well. Clean and concise on the front end, the back end’s extensive connectivity will make coordination of even hectic control rooms an easy task.