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SM Pro Audio Nano Patch + Passive Volume Attenuator  

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Overview
  • Super compact 2-channel analog passive volume control
  • Mute button
  • Completely transparent operation
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $69.99
  • Your Savings:
    - $10.00
  • Your Price:
    $5999

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Super-compact, desktop-sized passive volume attenuator

The super-compact SM Pro Audio Nano Patch + desktop-sized passive volume attenuator, enters the market as one of the smallest around. Building on the success of the original M-Patch and M-Patch 2 passive attenuators, Nano Patch + is perfect for working with stereo signals from soundcards, CD players, pre-amps, and mixers. Nano Patch + facilitates precise level adjustments to analog audio source material.

Pro Audio features on the Nano Patch + include balanced combo XLR/TRS input jacks and TRS outputs, mute switch, and a good sized rotary volume encoder. Nano Patch + is simply one of the most affordable improvements you can make to your studio.

The Nano Patch + really comes into its own when connected between your computer audio interface/soundcard master outputs and a pair of active (powered) monitor speakers. One of the benefits of passive volume attenuation is that you no longer have to control volumes with your software's master volume fader. Reducing levels from your software only reduces the audio bit depth. It is better to keep your software masters at unity and attenuate the audio to your active monitors with a passive controller like the Nano Patch +. This way you can maintain maximum audio resolution and reduce the amplitude of your monitoring volume with the confidence that the sonic integrity of your audio is not compromised.
No active circuitry, buffers, transistors, batteries, or power supply of any kind can interfere with the main passive output of the Nano Patch +. It simply delivers attenuated signal. Pure. Simple. Transparent.

The SM Pro Audio attenuator's rotary control (the same pot as used in our M-Patch 2) allows precise level adjustments within 1dB from 0 to -40dB. In addition, the Nano Patch + features completely balanced operation with its combo XLR/TRS input jacks, and TRS outputs.

A simple problem solver, use the Nano Patch + anywhere you need to trim gain; ie, reduce the volume of analog audio signals. For example, you could use a Nano Patch + to trim the output of a microphone preamp. With its high-quality potentiometer, the SM Pro Nano Patch + attenuator passes signal more accurately, and sounds better than most built-in volume controls. The possibilities are endless.

Features
  • Super compact 2-channel analog passive volume control
  • Mute button
  • Completely transparent operation
  • No power required
  • 2 x combo inputs, 2 x TRS outputs
  • Metal housing

It may be small and passive, but this unit will have a massive effect on your volume without ruining tone. Order now!

 
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SM Pro AudioNano Patch + Passive Volume Attenuator
 
4.3

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (7)

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    (2)

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    (1)

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    (1)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (4)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Compact (3)
  • Good audio (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    High quality and great value.

    The Nano Patch+ is a high quality stereo audio level control with many uses. I use it as a volume control for an external audio source fed to my computer audio system. It...Read complete review

    The Nano Patch+ is a high quality stereo audio level control with many uses. I use it as a volume control for an external audio source fed to my computer audio system. It allows me to mix external stereo audio with the computer audio for listening to background music. The mute button kills the audio for phone calls and conversations without changing the volume setting. The mini jacks on the + model match the jacks on most computers, making connections easy without requiring adapters. The control knob has a smooth solid feel which I really like. I was going to build my own level control but couldn't buy the parts for less than the Nano Patch+ cost!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Decent but not a pro product

    Does the job but suffers from poor stereo imaging at low settings, i.e. the various poles of the volume pot are not well matched. At the very least it's a good hardware platform...Read complete review

    Does the job but suffers from poor stereo imaging at low settings, i.e. the various poles of the volume pot are not well matched. At the very least it's a good hardware platform to hack as the case and jacks are good quality. Mute switch it very useful.

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    4.0

    Great for one input source

    By 401wall

    from seattle, WA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

      Comments about SM Pro Audio Nano Patch + Passive Volume Attenuator:

      Great piece of equipment. Initially bought it to run my airport express and a turntable through my active-powered speakers. However, with 2 inputs on the back, once you plug in the 3.5mm stereo jack, it stops input from the XLR jacks. I'm going to return it and get the next step (m-patch version 2) so I can have the selection buttons on the front to choose my input source.

      If you're running one input source, buy this product! It feels solid, and the huge volume know feels sturdy and not too loose.

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      5.0

      I'm lovin it!!!

      By Old 12 String

      from Wyoming

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about SM Pro Audio Nano Patch + Passive Volume Attenuator:

        I'm using older school technology, and needed a way to control the volume of my monitors, when doing the final mixdown with my equipment. I was stuck using headphones to mix with, and I was not happy with the results. This little box has been a GREAT addition to my home studio!!! I Love it!! It sounds GREAT, and I have not had any problems what so ever with it!!! I would recomend it for any situation where you need to control volume of a device.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Decent but not a pro product

        By Greg

        from Austin, TX

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Sturdy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording

          Comments about SM Pro Audio Nano Patch + Passive Volume Attenuator:

          Does the job but suffers from poor stereo imaging at low settings, i.e. the various poles of the volume pot are not well matched. At the very least it's a good hardware platform to hack as the case and jacks are good quality. Mute switch it very useful.

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          High quality and great value.

          By DTV Guy

          from Doylestown PA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • none

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Computer Volume Control
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about SM Pro Audio Nano Patch + Passive Volume Attenuator:

          The Nano Patch+ is a high quality stereo audio level control with many uses. I use it as a volume control for an external audio source fed to my computer audio system. It allows me to mix external stereo audio with the computer audio for listening to background music. The mute button kills the audio for phone calls and conversations without changing the volume setting. The mini jacks on the + model match the jacks on most computers, making connections easy without requiring adapters. The control knob has a smooth solid feel which I really like. I was going to build my own level control but couldn't buy the parts for less than the Nano Patch+ cost!

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great piece of gear...

          Comments about SM Pro Audio Nano Patch + Passive Volume Attenuator:

          Well designed for the purpose I stated above.
          Was looking for a reeference monitor volume control. Considered several options, but am really glad I settled on the NanoPatch.
          I replaced a small Yamaha mixer that I had given the volume function and the NanoPatch is much simpler and more transparent.
          I thought I might have overpaid for a volume control, but the mute button and the quality housing made this a great deal.

          Comment on this review

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          NANO PATCH+ Works Great & So Simple....

          Comments about SM Pro Audio Nano Patch + Passive Volume Attenuator:

          The Nano Patch+ is an impressive piece of gear, especially for the price.. I use it between a Yahama Audiogram6 USB Audio Interface and M-Audio BX5a studiophile monitors. I can now adjust the monitor output without diminishing the signal to my DAW when recording. This has made live recording a much more "family-tolerable while retaining full audio quality" experience in my home studio. Thanks for supplying something that works as advertised at an unbelievable price.

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          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Don't worry, it's Nano Patch+

          Comments about SM Pro Audio Nano Patch + Passive Volume Attenuator:

          As I mentioned above, you might go through some minor problems,
          but other than that, it's GREAT.
          Bang for a buck fo' sho.
          I was worried abou the fact that in picutre, they show Nano Patch regular
          (without mini jack input/output in the backside).
          So I called about... 13 times to make sure that what I'm getting is Nano Patch+, not the regular one.

          Anyways, a week later, I received my product and it was a Nano Patch+ (w/ mini jack input/output).
          So if you were worrying about similar factor as me, don't worry. It's Nano Patch +.
          Although it's simple to use, I faced several problems while I was using this gadget.
          I'm using it with a pair of KRK RP6.
          Since Nano Patch+ only has ONE volume nob, it can't control the volume of two speakers separately.
          This means (I believe it commonly happens to every monitor speaker) if one speaker is louder than the other side, you have to either mass around with either computer software volume or alter the speaker loudness itself to balance out the even volumes through both monitors.
          Trust me, this balancing process is QUITE painful.

          If you are willing to take some risk like this isn't your concern, go for it
          because other than that, it's a simple and nice gadget.
          Seriously, it's a great price.
          You can't find any stereo volume controller in this price.
          I bought this because it was one of the cheapest products available in the market.

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          (0 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Great little tool

          By Jinqi Song

          from Omaha, NE

          Comments about SM Pro Audio Nano Patch + Passive Volume Attenuator:

          This little thing is for those buying monitors only for music listening without spending money on a mixer or external speakers or using multiple speaker systems with a fixed volume from the audio source.Volume control, Mute, Balanced 1/4 XLR/TRS input, Balanced 1/4 TRS output, Unbalanced 3.5mm input and output.
          Pretty sturdy little thing.
          Inexpensive for the function.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best Gadget, nice quality

          Comments about SM Pro Audio Nano Patch + Passive Volume Attenuator:

          I use it as a fader for my Rokit6 Powered speakers and it is sweet. Nice feel to the control and a mute switch too. Really nice, no unwanted noises when switching. This is a great gadget to own! Well worth the money.

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          5.0

          awesome quality and price

          By Oinc

          from Buffalo NY

          Comments about SM Pro Audio Nano Patch + Passive Volume Attenuator:

          Very good and essential piece of equipment. Zero noise and very nice design/materials. Just to clarify, it actually includes 1/8" in and out as well, beside the XLR and 1/4 in/out. I only wished there was a headphone input.

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