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Rocktron PatchMate Loop 8 Guitar Floor Audio Switcher   

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The Rocktron PatchMate Loop 8 guitar floor switcher provides 8 discrete loops all with True Bypass. The PatchMate Loop 8 also delivers both buffered ...Read More

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Rocktron expands the controller universe by adding a floor version of the PatchMate Loop 8.

The Rocktron PatchMate Loop 8 guitar floor switcher provides 8 discrete loops all with True Bypass. The PatchMate Loop 8 also delivers both buffered and non-buffered signal paths, and 128 programmable presets with real time control using its 9 high-quality metal foot switches.

The 8 loops are configurable for multiple purposes including Channel switching, effects loops, guitar routing and more. The Rocktron stompbox adds preset programmability along with pedal True Bypass to any standard pedal board with ease.

The PatchMate Loop 8 Floor is easy to set up and program with real-time user controls. Program the unit from the top panel using the switches. Recall the first eight user presets using the eight onboard footswitches or access a total of 128 presets using external MIDI program changes. External MIDI Continuous Controllers add the ability to trigger loops externally.

The Rocktron PatchMate Loop 8 Floor supports intelligent latching and momentary switch sensing, which allows the user to use any MIDI continuous controller number without any other programming effort.

The PatchMate Loop 8 Floor has buffered Active and Passive inputs, with passive/active and active outputs on the back. It can be set to any MIDI channel, and is programmable from the top panel as well as configured for use on any of 16 banks of controllers via the top panel switches.

The MIDI In/Out/Thru jack makes the Rocktron PatchMate an ideal addition to any floor setup, providing programmable presets, 8 loops with true bypass, real time control, and external loop capability to your pedal board. And as if that weren't enough, by using Rocktron's Smart Controller Technology, the PatchMate Loop 8 Floor switcher works for momentary amplifier switching.

  • Power Switch and LED
  • Active Input Jack
  • Passive Input Jack
  • Store Button
  • Loop Buttons
  • Passive/Active Out
  • Active out jack
  • MIDI out/thru jack

Channel switching, effects loops, guitar routing, and more. Order your PatchMate now.


PatchMate Loop 8 Guitar Floor Audio Switcher

  • Active Input Impedance: 1.5 mOhms
    Active Output Impedeance: 150 Ohms
    Input Jacks: 1/4" mono
    Send Jacks: 1/4" mono
    Return Jacks: 1/4" mono
    Output Jacks: 1/4" mono
    Power requirements: 9V AC 3.4amps 4 pin DIN connector
    Dimensions: 1 rack space, 19" wide, 1 3/4" tall, 6.5" deep,
    MIDI In/Thru/Out: 7 pin DIN, (standard 5 pin cable plugs in without phantom power feature), Thru/Out 5 pin DIN
    Phantom power: Provided on MIDI IN jack pins 6 and 7 - 9V AC 2amps
    Presets: 128
    MIDI program change: 0-127
    Midi control: Change commands in groups of 8 with 16 banks 0-7, 8-15, 16-23; 120-127
    Relays: Gas filled, contacts gold-plated

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By Serhiy


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  • Before And After Preamp
  • Best Switching Buttons
  • Build As Tank
  • Bypassing
  • Can Make Pluggable Stereo
  • Can Use 2 Preamps
  • Midi Implementation
  • Optional Hq Buffer
  • Powering Via Midi
  • Switching Any Amp Virt
  • Tbpass Or Hq Buffer
  • Unique Wiring Options
  • With Signal Splitting
  • Work With 1in 2out Pedals


  • Need Some Brains

Best Uses

  • Pro Rig

Comments about Rocktron PatchMate Loop 8 Guitar Floor Audio Switcher:

I was on market for switcher with NO price limit (reasonable) and went for this ABSOLUTE BEAST.
I have rather complex stereo NON-rack rig with midi clock and few midi devices. This is heart of my pedal board, i LOVE it. When i reading comments about it - FACEPALM..
I think people should think more before they blame professional routing equipment.

For very tough brained guys: NO IT'S not SWITCHING midi channels\program. it only receives and passes thru them.

And it's good, in years i've understood that MIDI switcher must be different unit from looper because it must be packed and complicated itself and have at least 7-8 midi only buttons. Together with looper that would be a A)Limited functionality (as G-lab) or B) Insanely HUGE heavy and, as result, fragile.

1. Patchmate loop 8 floor + midi switcher is UNBEATABLE combo. Just look at PROS. I really couldn't imagine all possibilities before i started to get into deep.
Stereo pedals - no problem (just use 2 loops each). 1xIN 2xOUT pedal - no problem, because of signal splitting. Separate tuner out - no problem. Some pedals BEFORE preamp section, some AFTER in EF. loop - no problem. Pluggable Stereo (if you need only with certain effects) to separate amp - yep. Switching amps that receives impulses for CH.SWITCHING (if I'm saying correct) - no problem, With one of my amps, Orange, I can switch all effects BEFORE preamp, AFTER in ef.loop, amp Channel and Reverb just only with one press on patchmate, and leaves me possibility to have Guitar to Amp direct tone with nothing in Line if needed.
ENDLESS possibilities.
That's all BECAUSE loops are not wired internally .Think of it is just 8 different loop boxes in one cabinet. WAY MORE VERSATILE than pre-wired switchers.

Also i Have to mention HQ buffer with signal splitting (1xIN, 2xOUT). And also you can use it absolutely independent from loops itself. If you want to go Guitar->Fuzz->BUFFER->Wah->drive->Loops with effects->preamp->loops with effects->amp.

On 1 rig I've even set-up Patchmate for 2nd guitarist also) We had few pedals, but I could switch both amps and all his and mine effects with one press, And he walked like a real star on stage without bothering about swithcing;-)
This is so far one of the most deeply designed products that I've tried and priced GREATLY!

For critics - this is a floor version of highly acclaimed by tech's rack version, what itself means it's NOT ONLY for turning ON\OFF your few pedals.

First I thought to go rack version, but a) I don't have\need one b) I do need to make some switching on pedalboard during rig.

ONE more COOL thing is that in normal Mode (from the box) Patchmate after switching to preset goes into "loop mode" where you can turn on\off certain loop within preset.
I know a lot people blamed it but, as designed for ext. midi switcher at first place it gives you ability to not re-program all preset if just need to kick in Wah or 2nd self oscillated delay within your beloved preset. SAVES A LOT OF TIME.
And yes, with firmware v2.0 you CAN disengage this feature for one-press preset change.

Other drawback described-LEDs are showing loops engaged, not # of preset. I'm also fine with that as I always can hear preset by TONE and have label on midi switcher, but sometimes need to SEE what's engaged in that preset. 2 rows of LEDs would be misleading for me.

REAL drawback is that market got some pcs WITHOUT GROUND LOOP (AT ALL!!). That's A SHAME for rocktron. It has been solved - my friend grabbed good one (long after me) and i've got defected one.
But i fixed it within 40 min and didn't return/ And I'm really noob in electronics. As i guess the problem (don't be mad at me if this is stupid) is that factory has been changed jacks to ISOLATED from frame, what is good, but they didn't make separate ground loop. I simply soldered wire to one of screws and connected to every jacks. 2 or 3 years passed and it still works flawlessly. There's NO noise difference between guitar to amp and thru patchmate. Don't know how rocktron solved it, because my friend is a nerd and didn't allowed to open his newer patchmate

Also, have to mention cool feature - powering thru midi. one adapter less for my midi mate.

In the end have to say - great durability, SUPER strong and tough switches. It's been dropped, it's been poured with plenty of water (Stoooopid singer) but never let me down.

So I would definitely recommend it over (tried) voodoo lab, G-lab, Octaswitch and other devices - more versatile, packed with features and cheaper.

Cannot give anything but 5 stars even considering that I've bought de-facto defected unit.

Thanks for ones that've got here ;-) \m/

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Makes life easy!

By ShreddyX

from Minnesota


  • Easy to use
  • Great build
  • No Noise Smart Design


  • Expensive

Best Uses

  • No Tap Dancing
  • Pro Stage

Comments about Rocktron PatchMate Loop 8 Guitar Floor Audio Switcher:

I play lead guitar and back up vocal harmonies so tap dancing is really tough. This thing makes life easy. one button to shut every pedal you activated or use it to get pedals out of your chain. Totally programable and i didn't even read manual and figured it out in no time at all. Love it. Can be controlled by an external midi controler so you can get the best of both worlds is you so desire.

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to much noise

By guitargfamery

from portugal-lisboa

Comments about Rocktron PatchMate Loop 8 Guitar Floor Audio Switcher:

everytime that i plug it on stage,,the back noise that produces is just to much!!

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By PRS Steve

from Arizona

Comments about Rocktron PatchMate Loop 8 Guitar Floor Audio Switcher:

I bought this thing based on the claims that there it is a seemless, transparent loop system. Wrong. The loop adds noise even if there is nothing plugged into the system. It also drains the signal in the normal input. The buffered input just increases the noise.

Not a good product for a pro system.

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