How to pack a three person Podcast into a single Thinktank 2.0 Travel Bag.

So this older version of a Thinktank Bag (Version 2.0) is something I inherited from my dad when he died, and he used it to carry camera gear, as I did while traveling before getting too ill to leave my house in a healthy manner. But something special is coming up. Nettio’s and my 10 year anniversary and I’m going to force myself to be out of the house at a hotel (room) —with room service— so we can have a nice time, and I don’t get sick around the other guests. She doesn’t know it but there’s a special podcast I want to do after she opens her gift, which I’ll show you all once it’s set up and going. (I hope you like it). Anyway back to my travel set up.

The bag itself comes with partitions that use hook and loop fasteners to stick to each other and the sides. I also use them to protect parts form jostling one another as you’ll see. What you can see is a kifaru pouch (also left to me in his bug out bag—which is a great hiking bag, but that’s another story.) And my Behringer Euphoria UMC 404 HD which if you want to buy can be found on my affiliates links page with a great deal for some extra cables all for a dollar more than the unit itself from other sellers. Seriously, go check it out. Be warned that the TRS cables (Those that go into the phones and instrument parts are mono and you’ll need to pick up a stereo cable for what I’ll show you later in the setup.) Then there’s what’s hidden underneath the silver partition at the top.

As you can see that’s two pairs of Stereo Behringer HPM-1000’s which are $11.99 each for a great pair of starter phones and they come with a screw off 1/4 in adapter for your interface or older generation phone or what have you. They sound great for the money. They’re incredibly light. They’re not the best of the best, but if you’re starting out the value is huge. Okay let’s see what’s below the Kifaru bag, shall we?

It’s some of that partitioning I was talking about. Extremely useful that. They logo is obscured but it’s a triple pack of Behringer 1800xm’s (I think I’m one of those sort of people that supports a brand now. Their quality has been stellar so far.) that I got for $48.00 on Amazon. That’s $16 or so dollars per mic, and they improve the quality of the cast by a large margin for a starter set. I use them for audiobook recordings and they capture emotion in a great way without any needing to add in fancy effects. I also did something special to them to make them each a bit different.

I’m green, Nettios is Pink, and our first Guest M asked for the Teal/blue one. And I have 27 others to pick from when I get bored or need to clean or replace them.

Okay the first thing you’ll need to see if you’re multi-person casting is a Phone splitter, and I had to go with Behringer again (really?! YES! It was $23 dollars and sounds excellent). So I went with their HA400 AMP. The xlr cables come with the kit in my affiliate link XPix is their brand. I spent an extra $9 for the blue slightly shortly 6 ft cable for my friend to match (Not sure of the brand). I’m sure the amazon basics XLRs are fine at under $7 each. If I get a chance to test one, I’ll let you know. Resting on top of those is the 12 volt power to the AMP—which just got me thinking of what I could add to my setup, a portable battery pack.
Which I have. It’s got a US plug on it that gives three hours of straight juice, and I can charge it while running things through it. Check out Lifepowr if you want something that will outlast you. I backed them when they were just a kickstartering glimmer in someone’s eye and love the thing for it’s usefulness. They price point is high though. Just a heads up.

Anyway back to the bag. Below the 404 is a stand from a Blue Snowball Ice because that was my starter mic and a gift from Nettios attached to the Behringer mic handle for a third seated person.

On the top middle is are the miiso 1/4th to 3.55mm connector so someone with regular phones can plug into the amp and still have control. When I can afford a third set of 1000’s that’s what I’ll be buying. There’s also a 1/4th to 1/4th inch phone to AMP connector that’s beautifully short so that they stay together and they match most the cables other than the xlr’s in colour and just look dashing. Lastly is the USB cable to power my 404 into my iPad Pro (2018) 11 in through a Baseus USBC hub. 3.0 usb power is the pips.

The reason to use a camera bag other than a regular bag is that you can strap on your neewer or other arms to the side of the sucker and get going as soon as you’re done for the day. There’s been a design change in the last few years since I got my first one and bought the second one a few weeks ago. The older ones seem to handle spinning the mic a bit better, but the newer (hah!) neewers grip surfaces better. You can choose to pack your ipad into their front pouch (Or inside of course) but I like having it packed nearer to me so that I don’t lose it incase I lose the case—or the plot.

So there we have it. Three people. One set up. One bag. Good to go. Hope that helps you out.

Also you don’t have to use this exact bag. A suitcase with cardboard or pick and pluck foam would do wonders as well. Whatever your budget, do it your way.

Much pleasure,

-J.

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