What’s in my gig bag? 2017 Edition
Going back through my older videos this week, I realized that it has been two years since I last did a ‘What’s in my gig bag’ video, way back in video number six. As that video has had three thousand views, and this is always a popular discussion topic in the online forums, I thought it was well overdue for me to put together an update. Over the past two years the contents of my bag has changed as I continue to make an effort to be more prepared and also carry less crap on a daily basis. It’s a constant effort, especially as I travel more now and airline weight restrictions continue to make minimalism the best option.
It’s worth pointing out again, as I’m sure it will come up in the comments, that my gig bag these days is noticeably light on the typical audio kit you might expect to see. For most of the work I do, I am lucky that the production companies who hire me see fit to supply their own workboxes with much of the gear I used to carry myself. I obviously still keep my Pelican and a padded camera style bag ready to go with all my extra audio adaptors, microphones, DI boxes, testers and tools loaded up, but those items have been taken out of my everyday bag for the most part these days.
My biggest focus when I’m heading out the door each day, is making sure I’m prepared to work and be comfortable in any climate or weather conditions that may come our way. I make an effort to keep my baggage to a minimum, while still being confident that I can stay dry, warm, cool, properly hydrated and fed and armed with the necessary supplies to fight off a head or stomach ache. Maybe I’m getting older, but these types of items are winning out over some of the obscure audio adaptors that I lugged around for years.
Be sure to head over to the DcSoundShop for links to all of the items that I talked about in the video and other tools I use regularly. If there is anything I missed or that you have more questions about, feel free to let me know in the comments below!
In the video you’ll see a screen shot from Tony Northrup’s recent video on USB power for travel photographers. A lot of what he talks about is great advice for anyone who works in mobile environments, and it’s worth a watch if you’re not already setting yourself up to charge your devices easily on the go.
Here’s what I was carrying in my bag a couple of years ago… that PROAV2 was HEAVY!