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Thomas W. Bethel

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XPATCH from SSL
« on: January 18, 2010, 09:43:02 am »

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Tim Halligan

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Re: XPATCH from SSL
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2010, 09:58:27 am »

Looks like a more up-to-date version of the old Tantek Master Matrix...if some of you old guys remember that one. Very Happy

That was a good idea...unfortunately it massacred your sound.  Confused


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Re: XPATCH from SSL
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2010, 12:34:20 pm »

No we can finally master through guitar pedals...
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Darius van H

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Re: XPATCH from SSL
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2010, 04:35:39 pm »

hmmmm, 700 squid, compared to about 5000 for the Crookwood. I wonder where the saving has been made. I guess SSL would expect to shift a lotmore units then Crookwood, so that partly explains the price difference. Plus Crookwood has a remote.

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Re: XPATCH from SSL
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2010, 08:51:47 am »

Seems very useful and at a decent price.

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Re: XPATCH from SSL
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2010, 11:03:32 am »

Just a few observations for you on this.  

The Xpatch is intended for a recording environment, so it uses electronic buffering and switching, and is a mono 16x16 matrix.

I don't know if they switch balanced, but they probably have op amp buffers on the inputs and outputs then route unbalanced in between.  Electronic switches nowadays are quite good, but they're not in the same calibre as relays.

Cost wise a 16:1 electronic switch comes in a small SMT package and costs about $1 in qty, and the equivalent 16 relays cost about $20 and take about 100cm sq of board space plus lots of power.

A 16x16 mono matrix for mastering isn't much use, as you'd want a stereo matrix.  You can reconfigure the 16x16 to be a stereo 8x8, but you'd need to switch each channel separately.

Our 8x8 stereo relay switcher, with no frills costs about
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Re: XPATCH from SSL
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2010, 10:45:55 am »

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