Tuesday, January 01, 2013

DIY XLR Patchbay / Router for Rack Setup

I wanted to be able to easily patch XLR inputs on the back of my current portable rack setup. I thought about buying an off-the-shelf solution, but it doesn't seem like there is one available in Australia - and importing one is about $140 plus another $40 for patch cabling. Here's a quick and easy solution. A rack panel featuring 12 XLR female sockets, soldered to a snake of eight microphone cables.

The process is simple, of course:
• Splice the snake of eight
• Strip back the wire on each core from the male XLR end
• Check the wiring and pin numbering for the XLR connector
• Solder the appropriate wires to each pin of the XLR socket on the panel

The total cost was about $40.