Trying to wrap my head around how best to set up a patchbay in the studio. I'm hoping you guys can help. Currently, there is no patchbay. The outboard rack contains 16 mic pres, 4 EQs and 4 compressors. All of the mic pres have their inputs wired from mic panels on the walls at various locations. I don't really need to have mic inputs on the patchbay so that can stay the way it is (except one pre....a Manley Slam....more on that later). All the mic pre outputs currently go straight to the A/D interface (Antelope Audio Orion 32) Currently all the EQs and comps are wired to and from the Orion. So they are set up for mixing...for example if I want an EQ on a track, I would bus that track out of the 'box' (an Orion output) to the EQ, and then back to the Orion again. But I want to be able to patch an EQ or a comp to the output of a mic pre when tracking. And I also would like to be able to patch up a chain when mixing....eg. out from the Orion to an EQ and then physically patched to the Manley Slam (which is more than just a mic pre, it has compression and limiting as well) So I have a 48 point longframe bay. I'm thinking about having the outputs of 8 mic pres on the top row 1-8, all normalled to the bottom row (25-32) which goes to the Orion's inputs. That's straighforward enough. But for the EQs and comps, I guess I need to have input and output points on the bay so that I can patch them to mic pre outputs when tracking and also out and back in to the box when mixing. So as far as I can figure for one single EQ I would need to use up 4 points on the bay... one- output from Orion on top row normalled to two- input of EQ three- output of EQ to another top row point normalled to four - input of Orion Is this the way to go? Not sure if there's a better way.