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I have a problem with my Neutrik NYS-SPP-L1 patchbay which I hope someone out there can help me solve. At this point I’m simply trying to connect my Apogee Ensemble with the patchbay to bring Insert 1-4 to the front for easy access, but when I do that I detect a great deal of buzz.


Here is what I did:


I removed the Apogee Ensemble and the Neutrik NYS-SPP-L1 from my rack and placed them on a wooden table, not touching each other and not touching anything else that might serve as a conductor. I then did the following test using flawless instrument jack cables to connect the two devices:


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TEST (levels of noise in Logic Pro):


Ensemble(In1/Insert) + Neutrik NYS-SPP-L1(B1/rear): -44


Ensemble(In1/Insert) + Neutrik NYS-SPP-L1(B1/rear) + touching patchbay: -30 (the noise increases significantly when I touch the patchbay)


Ensemble(In1/Insert) + Neutrik NYS-SPP-L1(B1/rear) + guitar plugged into Neutrik NYS-SPP-L1(B1/front): No noise.


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Obviously it’s a good thing that no significant noise is detected when I plug in a guitar, since in practice I can actually make useful recordings, but my question is:


Is this noise normal? I would think that even without anything plugged in on the front the patchbay should still respond with silence? It just feels plain wrong to switch to input 1 in Logic Pro and then watch the level meter go up instantly.


I’m confused! Please help if you can and thanks in advance! :)




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