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  1. Hello folks, I'm currently using a portabrace AO organizer, and I'm looking for a new bag that is light and flexible. I don't love the stingray, but as far as I can tell (based on measurements), my options are as follows: K-Tek Stingray (Medium),OR-32, OR-41, or possibly something from Kortwich. Any thoughts on the matter? Thanks, Michael
  2. Hi, I'm am a little bit annoyed by the weight and size of my big K-Tek bag and am looking for something more portable. Something like the K-Tek Tascam DR-70D Stingray Bag would be ideal. Has anyone tried to fit in a 744T? The main purpose would be field recording and/or simple stuff where I only need a recorder + NP-1 battery. Thanks already!
  3. Here are a few pics of a little addition I recently made to my mix bag (Petrol PEGZ-1F) workflow that I wanted to share with all of you. Found this Logitech Keys-To-Go Bluetooth keyboard (http://support.logitech.com/en_ca/product/keys-to-go-ipad) at Best Buy, which has been handy for punching notes into the Sound Report Writer app on my iPhone between takes. The interfacing with iOS isn't perfect for navigating through the app's text fields (I'm hoping to find a way to map out custom key commands to tab around more easily between fields, OR fingers crossed.. this will improve with an app update from Tyler at Inaudible Labs *pokes*) but after some field testing, it's definitely been a more ergonomic and enjoyable option for text entry in more controlled environments, and obviously only feasible when working with a dedicated boom op. I found these random lightweight aluminum rods in my granny's basement, which were originally about a foot long and straight across, with those S-bends mirrored on either end. So I hack-sawed the S-bends off one end of each rod, filed down the rough edges, heated the middle of the rods with my camping stove, and applied some careful pressure to make the 90 degree bends pictured here. I tried super gluing on some velcro to both the rods and the keyboard, but it didn't take too well. The keyboard material has a soft rubber, pleather'y feel. Will be trying again with a different bond soon. The rods easily pop into the velcro seam at the back of the bag for seated/stationary use, or they work fine in the velcro seam up front for when I have the bag harnessed up and walking around. Only minor issue with that is the keyboard gets in the way of the front pocket contents, where I usually stash my lav mounting accessories/tapes etc, but the keyboard pops off the brackets and onto the mixer/recorder no problem for pocket access.
  4. Hello all! So, the Zoom PCF-8 bag for the Zoom F8 recorder.. Looks ok. I'm probably going to be using AA's as a power source so I'd like to be able to swap them out quickly and easily. However, if you look at the underneath of the PCF-8, it has a strip of black material preventing you from accessing the battery door and removing the sled. Weird. What's the point of that? See attached. Happy enough to delete it with a stanley knife I guess, but I prefer to start hacking / modifying my gear when it's a few years old, not when I've just bought it :o) If I'm missing something simple, do share. Cheers, Stuart.
  5. I recently bought a portable bag mixing stand. It's made for a drum machine, but doubles perfectly for a bag mixing desk. any more weight than 20-25 pounds is pushing it. Here is the link http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/SSPC1/
  6. Hey! It's Brenda from K-Tek and we are really excited to launch our new Stingray Audio bags, harness, waist belt and other accessories. You can watch our teaser video on the K-Tek Facebook page Follow our weblog at: http://ktekpro.com/press-release/
  7. How do you guys carrying these voluminous and rather fragile cages? Their original case is sophisticated, very frenchy but not so practical. I am looking for a backpack which is easy to carrying Cinela Zephyx or Piano windshields for documentary style shooting. It seems those DSLR camera bag is too small, too many deviders which is useless for us. I really appreciate If you guys have any recommendation. Masaki
  8. Hi all! I know that the topic on bags for the new SD 633 has been covered here before, but no one has posted pics of the CS-633 bag specifically made by Porta-Brace for Sound Devices, the bag included in the full 633 kit. The exact same design seems to be available for the Zaxcom Maxx, so I guess that most of my observations would apply to that bag as well. To start off, let me say that I'd really want to like this bag. As a long-time user of the old blue Petrol PSDMB-302 for my SD 744T and the almost identical newer black Petrol PS607 for my Sonosax SX-R4, both of which come quite close to what I'm looking for in a small lightweight bag for doc work, I was hoping that the new offering by SD / Porta-Brace would even better fit my needs. Unfortunately, it doesn't fit the bill for several reasons I'll try to explain here. Other opinions are of course more than welcome and/or wanted! ;-) The CS-633 is well crafted and is somewhat different from the typical Porta-Brace mixer bag, in that it isn't a bag made specifically for one mixer, with the addition of a separate RM-Multi accessory outer pocket strapped to it with velcro through the standard black hard plastic hoops sewn onto the mixer bag's side walls. The CS-633 design consists of a main mixer compartment, separated from the accessory pocket by a non-removable cordura wall similar to the outer cordura walls of the bag. This fixed wall has two elastic bands sewn into it to firmly hold in place two larger receivers such as the Lectro 411a's. The main mixer compartment is quite shallow, it has exactly the depth of the SD 633 without any battery mounted on it. There's a bottom flap that would probably fit two small or medium sized Sony NP-F type batteries in its normal position. The flap expands to a larger size when unfolded in order to accomodate larger Sony type batteries. With both setups, the batteries would protrude from the main compartment and thus the bag wouldn't stand up. The flap holds in place with a long strip of velcro. There is no padding whatsoever to protect the 633 and/or the batteries when putting the bag down. The 633 mixer/recorder is suspended in the main mixer compartment by two large, heavy-duty velcro flaps on each upper side of the compartment, which are designed to loop through the typical Sound Devices "golf-tee" thingies (thanks Matt!) on each side of the mixer's front panel. The mixer sits perfectly snug in the compartment, although the velcro strips closing the back panel of the bag stick out by about 3-4 millimeters, no matter how hard you try to pull them down when closing the bag... Maybe it's only my bag, though. The accessory pocket is quite large and can be split in half with the supplied orange separator wall that attaches to the inner side walls with velcro. This separator doesn't feature any kind of elastic band for holding in place receivers or other accessories. However, there are two velcro strips sewn into it on one side. The pocket is large enough to accomodate for instance six Lectro 411a's in three rows of two receivers or four 411a's in two rows of two receivers, which would still leave some space for a BDS, a couple of transmitters and an NP1 and its NP-cup. A slot between the side walls of the accessory pocket and the main mixer compartment allows for looping through a few cables. On the top outside border of each side wall you'll find a flat medium duty nylon strap about two and a half inches long on which you could hang cables and other things using a carabiner. The silly thing with the accessory pocket is that while the Lectro 411a's sit perfectly in the bag for showroom purposes, the designers of the bag somewhat totally forgot that the receivers need to be connected to the mixer with a right-angle XLR plug. So when you connect your equipment in the bag, the Lectros will stick out of the bag behind the mixer by about an inch, which looks kind of silly. Now I know that the depth of the bag depends on the depth of the mixer it has been designed for. Well, read on... The back wall of the mixer compartment opens up completely and is held in place by a velcro strip on each side. As I said earlier, these velcro strips protrude from the main mixer compartment by about 3-4 millimeters when the back wall is closed, which I find extremely irritating because the hard side of the velcro scratches the palm of your hand when operating the mixer... There are two black solid plastic hoops on the bottom of the back wall to secure it to the lower straps of a harness. The side flaps of the mixer compartment are the classic fluffy plastic flaps which are closed with an adjustable elastic strap on the far end. These are quite large and seem to be made of some kind of soft cloth and generally feel nicer and of better quality than the cheap nylon flaps (which slowly rot away from the inside over the years) found on the Petrol bags. There are no zippers on these flaps that would allow you to have a cable exit the bag in an elegant way at the seams of the flaps and the bag or provide convenient access to the mixer's connectors. As they are soft, though, you can fold them back easily. The rain cover of the bag is attached with a zipper to the upper front of the bag and is wide enough to protect the equipment on either side and some more. The transparent vinyl window is kind of small, but you'll still see every knob of the mixer, so that's fine at least for me. The cover is also long enough to close it over the whole upper side of the bag and still stick your hands in to operate the equipment, but any receiver antennas will be bent slightly when the rain cover is on, even on the higher blocks such as block 26. The odd thing with this rain cover is that they have sewn in a second, larger transparent vinyl cover to the inside of the cover, with a velcro opening on the bottom. So theoretically, you could slide a cue sheet or something of that sort in between both vinyl windows, but you wouldn't see your equipment any more. Kind of an interesting idea, the downside being that the two vinyl flaps on top of each other make the tiny infos on the 633's screen almost impossible to read or at least very blurry... By the way, the bag comes with a very nice heavy duty leather handle featuring the large steel carabiners usually found on Porta-Brace's bigger Audio Organizers and camera bags. Nice! The bag *DOES NOT* come with a strap. All right, most sound people around the globe probably have gathered a large collection of padded straps over the years, from the heavy duty early Porta-Brace leather straps to the newer medium duty nylon and cordura straps found on Petrol gear and everything in between. But the strap they optionally sell for this bag (for 80 Swiss Francs over here, that's 70 American Dollars, excluding VAT) is of just barely better quality than your standard strap found in a no-name Wal-Mart sports bag made in China for 9 Dollars and 99 Cents. The strap features kind of flimsy black metal carabiners I just wouldn't want to trust for carrying my expensive equipment around the world on a daily basis. The new strap is still better though than the medium-duty leather straps with the ridiculously cheap plastic carabiners Porta-Brace used to ship with their mixer bags a few years ago. I've had these break within a couple of months on *every* bag that came with it. And of course the bag full of expensive equipment drop onto the ground in front of a client. Oops! Let's hope this new strap is going to fare better. As for me, I'll send the strap back for a refund, but YMMV. So on the one hand they give you an excellent heavy duty leather carrying handle you'll harldy use with the bag and on the other hand they sell you a flimsy strap for big $$ which is supposed to carry your expensive gear 10 hours a day for several years. Well, I don't get it, but maybe it's just me. Now let's have a look at the one detail I cannot for the life of me understand and which, in my opinion, makes this bag strictly unusable for everyday use with only a strap. Well, the only suspension point of this bag is the same heavy-duty steel O-ring i've seen on every Porta-Brace bag I've ever encountered in the past 20 years. Great! And that O-ring is sewn to the bag with a heavy-duty, two inches wide nylon strap on each side wall of the bag's accessory pocket. That's right. The accessory pocket, and *not* the center of gravity of the bag, which is somewhere near the back panel of the bag and close to your body, where the heaviest piece of equipment, i.e. the mixer, will sit. This means that if you are planning on carrying the bag around your neck while working with it, the bag will heavily tilt towards your body, and the antennas will tickle your belly, unless you keep your main NP-1 (li-ion) battery, as well as a spare (li-ion) NP-1 battery in the frontmost position of the frontmost pocket of the bag at all times as a counterweight. And of course you won't be able to operate the mixer easily, as the strap will get in your way, and you will need to slide your arms in between the strap and your body towards the mixer, or spread your arms around the straps and back towards the mixer in order to operate it in a normal working position. I know it's silly, and it is beyond my comprehension. The only rational explanation I could come up with so far is connected to the fact that the bag doesn't come with a strap. Maybe this bag was designed for use with a harness only. If you are planning on using this bag with a Porta-Brace, Petrol or Versa-Flex harness, you're good to go. The lower straps of the harness will attach to the plastic hoops on the bottom of the bag's back panel and keep the bag from tilting towards your body. But even with a harness, the straps will get in the way once attached to the bag's steel O-ring. So, in a nutshell: PROS - Nice build quality - Small and lightweight, simple and effective design - Excellent, removable leather carrying handle included - Tailored to precisely fit the mixer - Nice Sound Devices logo on the front ;-) (if you don't like it, tape it down with gaffer tape...) CONS - Costs twice as much as competing products (if you also buy the strap sold separately) - No strap included (maybe on purpose) - The bag's only suspension point is not near its center of gravity - The typical receivers most people on this forum use will stick out of the bag by an inch - No specific space/pouch/pocket provided for an industry-standard NP1 battery - No real padding to protect the gear (could be a PRO point if you like to travel as lightweight as possible) - The bag won't stand up when using Sony NP-F type batteries mounted on the back of the 633 I'd be very glad if regular users of this bag would chime in! As well as our very own Porta-Brace and Sound Devices gurus, of course! Cheers and have a great day! Jürg
  9. New bag from PortaBrace for Sound Devices 788. http://www.portabrace.com/products/audio/recorders/895-audio-recorder-case-sound-devices-788?utm_source=A-788CLX&utm_campaign=AR-788CLX&utm_medium=socialshare
  10. I'm getting ready to add an antenna distro system to my bag and I'm wondering what you guys are using in/with your bags for antennas with your distro set up. I saw some Shure omnidirectional antennas at Location Sound Co. and thought those might be a good idea, but it seems like they's need to be up in the air, or if they were mounted on the bag I would have to make sure I was facing the talent. Maybe not. They also cover just about all the frequencies, so I could use them across all my blocks. Anyway, what's working for you guys & girls? Pictures would be much appreciated! Cheers, Tim Hays
  11. is there a store bought bag that beats the Petrol or Portabrace? Thanks, Ty Ford
  12. Hi, this is my first post here. So exciting. First, sorry for my English. Does anybody power their sound bag with RC lipol batterries? I want to power my sound bag with SD664, 3x sennheiser 2000 wireless with lipol batteries. I love the weight and price/ capacity. I want to keep as less weight of bag as I can. Because I'm shooting documentary often throught hole day. greetings from Europe Czech Republic Vitek.
  13. I was at Pro-Sound in Manhattan today picking up some equipment. On my way out I spotted a bag that looked really interesting. Upon further review, I noticed that the bag had a WAIST STRAP. Why is that in all caps? Because it's something that I have been thinking about for ages, and someone finally did it. Well. Really well. The idea is that the human body is not meant to carry large loads on the shoulders. This creates fatigue and neck strain, which can lead to headaches, sore shoulders and let's not forget the pain it is for bag mixers to boom while they are doing run and gun. The waist is much better suited to bear heavy loads. This idea has been proven since the advent of the first hiking backpacks with waist straps. Anyone who's ever used a proper hiking pack knows the waist carries the majority of the weight, and the shoulder straps simply keep the bag from tipping back off of you. So if you haven't skipped right to the pictures by now, here is the good part: Kortwich products are custom made, and Jason Todd from Pro-Sound ordered a stand alone strap so someone could sew one on to their bag! I would have bought it right then and there, but I have to figure out the best way to get the strap to interface with the PS614. My worry is that sewing the strap onto the back of the PS614 will put immense strain on the zippers on the back of the bag, and I'm currently searching for a way to mitigate this possible stress on the bag (all ideas welcome - pictures are helpful when discussing parts of the bag). So my opinion is that this IS the future of bag ergonomics, and the minute I figure out how to get this strap on the PS614 successfully I'm ordering one. The Kortwich Bag: Appears to be a great bag although I'm totally sold on Petrol setups. Excellent build quality. Plus a very substantial rain cover built in and the strap to the right is visible. I tried the bag on, albeit with no weight, but it was awesome. I think this is THE thing missing from all other bags and I'm publicly stating a request for this feature from Petrol in the future, please! The strap in all its glory: The strap as a standalone item: It's worth noting that the strap is padded in the back where the small part will sit on the small of your back (the large part up top would sew into your bag's back side. Me, trying to figure out how it can possibly work with the PS614: I'm not sold on it yet. I do not know if the PS614 can support the entire bag's weight that way...
  14. I will be recieving my 788t today and a bag and a BDS, my CL8 and CLwifi next week along with 3 more channels lectro SR/SMV and I already have a great boom kit. I will build my bag rig first and then over the next year transition onto a cart. I will continue to post on my progress. In preparation to utility the third season of the walking dead I am building on Trew Audios Video Assist kit. The main difference in mine is durability and use. First off every show I have been on does not need audio from or to the sound cart from video village. We just need video. My system uses the muxlab 500037 to give us 4 BNC inputs/outputs and no audio. I am going to install all this into a nice aluminum box and put ethercon (neutrik connectors for cat5) wall plates on it. I have to thank several folks in the area for their contributions to this design; including Bartek Swiatek and Michael Clarke who have both taught me loads in my time as utility with them. My bag rig comes in today and I will be building my cart over the next year. -Chris
  15. Hi, I wanted to share with you this little addon to a Kortwich bag I made. The issue was, that you cannot see the display (with RF, level, eventually battery information) when the Evos are in or on the bag. Also, the bag-walls are a bit thick for the sensetive Senny beltclamps. So I took some plastic L-shape profile out of a hardwarestore, some black tape, some Tesa Velcro, and a bunch of "cold shoes" (is this the right term?). The holder is still somewhat in a beta stage, but works not bad. The caveats are: - You can't really put the Evos (and therefore antennas) upwards for better reception. However, if I have the bag on a table/cart, sitting in front, the antennas are upwards and everything is optimal. -If you bump into something, there is easily enough force on the Evos to shear the little pins on the base of the CA2 that keeps it right-angled. They still work, but I'll have to retighten the screw once in a while, when I touch something, e.g. in a dense crowd. If I make a new version, it will have some sort of hinge with adjustable friction like on a french flag. That way, the default position is upwards, but a look on the displays is just a flick of the wrist away. Whenever bumping into something, the Evos are not the first thing to be touched any more. Sorry for the bad pic quality.
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