Why is there a combo jack (as described in the FAQ) instead of two input connectors?

This is a great question and one we discussed in the design process. The VMS-1 is designed as a table-top unit and the combo jack is an important space-saving measure. While this may be sometimes inconvenient in permanently installed patchbay-equipped studios, it’s an important design feature that allows us to deliver you the highest quality preamp in the smallest, most affordable package. Since the ¼” input is a TS instrument input and not a TRS line input, it is also preferable to keep this off the patch bay to avoid ground loops and other ground related issues. The input switch is retained to preserve the signal integrity and avoid any loading from the un-selected input.

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