If you lived out of a suitcase.........

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by Halifaxsoundguy, Dec 8, 2007.

  1. Halifaxsoundguy

    Halifaxsoundguy Active Member

    Jan 18, 2007
    Halifax, NS Canada
    My next adventure will involve living out of a suitcase for a number of years. I plan to build a 'knapsack studio' for my travels. So far I'll have my Mbox, reason, cans and a macbook.

    If you had to build a knapsack studio what kind of things would you have in it? Monitors, controllers, outboard gear, roll out keyboard, etc etc...

    Remember all you have is a knapsack the size of the average carry-on bag.

    Be creative!
  2. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    I certainly wouldn't go out with an M-Box along with its highly proprietary ProTools.

    I'd take a 8 microphone input device such as the Presonus or similar devices. I'd pack a pair of SM58's and a half dozen Sony ECM 66's or Sennheiser MKE2 lavalier miniature condenser microphones in both Omni and Uni. Capsules so small that they can handle very high SPL with a beautifully smooth flat and linear response. It's amazing what you can use for microphones stands when using miniature high-quality lavalier condenser microphones. I even have one made by Crown which is a PZM lavalier! Stick it on a drummer's shirt and you won't believe it! You can get really creative with subminiature microphones. You can tape them on to just about anything. I recorded a Verdi Requiem for NBC television using lots of those. You couldn't see them anywhere. It got me an EMMY nomination. They're not cheap but neither is the sound they produce.

    Microphones smaller than my brain! Who'd have thought?
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  3. HansAm

    HansAm Active Member

    Jun 4, 2005
    Presonus firepod8 or MOTU 8pre FTW! :D
  4. pr0gr4m

    pr0gr4m Well-Known Member

    Feb 9, 2005
    South Florida
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    Outboard gear? In a Knapsack? Plug-ins baby, plug-ins.

    A zeppelin. If you're doing outdoor recording. I need to buy or make me one of these! I could have used them several times.

    External hard drive.

    Blank CDs...everyone wants a copy.

    M-audio MidAir controller. It's a wireless keyboard controller. Neato! Or maybe a trigger finger. I don't like them roll-up keyboards.
  5. hithome

    hithome Guest

    I actually am running my studio out of my car for now haha gotta love the college life... I use a coffee shop's mackie mixer for my mics, soon to be upgrading from a lexicon alpha to a presonus firestudio. All of my mics, all of my cables, and a general dbx eq, all running to a laptop. it gets the job done!
  6. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2003
    Kirkland WA
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    Depends on you goals, is this for mobile recording, or for composition?

    For my composition station, I have the M-audio backpack, it has room for my MOTU 828, O2 keyboard, firewire drives and Powerbook( soon to be a Macbook) and headphones( I don't attempt mixes on the road).

    I'm using Logic 8, so it's cpu effecient.


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