Jonathan Finney created the Signex brand in 1983 as a name under which to market a new design of a new patch panel called the Isopatch. The Isopatch was a big improvement over existing designs and increased the number of jacks per 1U of rack space from 16 to 44. Not surprisingly, the Isopatch proved very popular and was soon established as an industry standard.
Continuing the trend for innovative design, Signex introduced MIDI, XLR and Universal panels, each of which offered something new. These panels formed the basis of the CP series - A range of panels of visually harmonised design that is now widely used throughout Europe.
In 1990 Signex introduced the Isopatch Bantam, combining the Isopatch design with the pro standard Bantam Jack. The Isopatch Bantam is now the most popular product in the Signex range and complements the other panels in the CP series.
In 1995 Signex achieved another first with the Smartpatch Audio Routing Controller - An electronic patchbay that can store its connections in memory and recall them in real time under MIDI control - For under £400!
The Signex manufacturing and distribution business was known as Isotrack until the formation of Signex UK Limited in May 2003. Today, Signex is still one of the few companies for whom patchbays are not ‘just another line’. “We don’t do connectors or cables or any other hardware - All our income comes from the Signex range, so the products have to be great for us to stay in business!”, says Finney.
Although designed primarily for the pro-audio market, the Signex range is being used increasingly in more demanding applications including post-production, broadcast and sound reinforcement. The Isopatch Bantam is now being used by a number of high end console manufacturers including Oram Pro and Geoffrey Daking Inc.
Signex is now a market leader in Europe and their products are sold worldwide. The Signex name is now widely recognised as a proven range of patching products offering innovative design, quality construction and excellent value.