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Matt Vivlamore

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Mic case suggestions?
« on: June 05, 2019, 08:57:27 am »

What’s the latest and greatest way of carrying your mics?  Back in the Day, it seems like every small/regional guy had the EWI 24 mic hole case. 

For my basic Mic collection, I am looking to carry:
1x Audix D6
1x Shure Beta91A
4x Sennheiser e904/e604
2x Shure SM81
2x Sennheiser e609/e906
6x Shure SM58
3-4x Radial JDIs
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Re: Mic case suggestions?
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2019, 09:07:36 am »

What’s the latest and greatest way of carrying your mics?  Back in the Day, it seems like every small/regional guy had the EWI 24 mic hole case. 

For my basic Mic collection, I am looking to carry:
1x Audix D6
1x Shure Beta91A
4x Sennheiser e904/e604
2x Shure SM81
2x Sennheiser e609/e906
6x Shure SM58
3-4x Radial JDIs

Thats what I use.
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Re: Mic case suggestions?
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2019, 09:24:44 am »

Depends on what you need/want that the EWI doesn't already have. There are myriad options for mic cases for the case itself (soft sided, ATA, carry-on style, pelican, etc) and whatever holds the mics inside (precut foam, pick n pluck, hard dividers). Do you just need a case, or something that is easily portable?

Judging by your mic list, I'm assuming this is a drum kit/instrument mic set. Try looking at the SKB MC12 (or 24 if you want a convenient rolling case), plenty of slots for your "standard" mics and a open storage area for the larger kick/instrument mics in soft bags along with a few cables.

If you want to go all out, talk to a company like caseclub that can laser cut high density foam inserts that will exactly match your mics. I have a few of their foam kits for my gun cases and they're top-notch.
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Re: Mic case suggestions?
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2019, 10:26:14 am »

I use a small pelicase and keep my mics in pouches so I can swap around when needed.

I store my mics in a 5-drawer work box and bring that along if I need «everything».
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Re: Mic case suggestions?
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2019, 10:35:44 am »

I use a small pelicase and keep my mics in pouches so I can swap around when needed.

I store my mics in a 5-drawer work box and bring that along if I need «everything».

We have a few kitted up generic mic rigs for bands but the rest is at Helge said, kept in labeled bags and goes out in a top tray of a case or a work box.  Makes checking them in and out easier.

If you do the same type of acts, a personal kit with foam protection is nice.   

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Re: Mic case suggestions?
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2019, 10:36:54 am »

We had a couple of these that served us very well. Zero issues or complaints. Can be had for under $100 if you ask around.

https://gatorcases.com/products/microphone/waterproof-mic-cases/titan-microphone-waterproof-mic-cases/waterproof-wired-microphone-case-16-mics-gm-16-mic-wp/

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Re: Mic case suggestions?
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2019, 12:42:14 pm »

I used to keep my mics in their pouches, but found that even with labels, I spent a too much precious time sorting through little black bags to find what I wanted.

I bought a Pelican (1560 I think?), made a tray for it, and did a pick-n-pluck layout so that my mics and DIs are all easily accessible and visible at a glance.  Easier for me...
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« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2019, 01:40:29 pm »

I have one each EWI 24 and 40 mic cases, which I don't use for mics anymore. Not for any particular reason, I just don't carry my mics that way these days. I was never a huge fan of the 40 mic case, it's too large to comfortably carry but too small to comfortably roll. It does its job and it's held up well though.

Most of my mics and DI's are in a workbox, but when I need to take a few of them out for a small show I use a Gator G-Tour 15 mic case. If you're not looking to expand your collection much, I think it would work well for you.

https://gatorcases.com/products/microphone/wired-mic-cases/g-tour-microphone/15-microphones-road-case-g-tour-m15/
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Re: Mic case suggestions?
« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2019, 01:53:05 pm »

I use a small pelicase and keep my mics in pouches so I can swap around when needed.

I store my mics in a 5-drawer work box and bring that along if I need «everything».

+1

 I've been using a Pelican 1510 to carry mics to most shows. I also own a couple of EWI mic cases and large workbox. They're just larger than I need most of the time.
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« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2019, 05:25:55 pm »

I have one each EWI 24 and 40 mic cases, which I don't use for mics anymore. Not for any particular reason, I just don't carry my mics that way these days. I was never a huge fan of the 40 mic case, it's too large to comfortably carry but too small to comfortably roll. It does its job and it's held up well though.

Most of my mics and DI's are in a workbox, but when I need to take a few of them out for a small show I use a Gator G-Tour 15 mic case. If you're not looking to expand your collection much, I think it would work well for you.

https://gatorcases.com/products/microphone/wired-mic-cases/g-tour-microphone/15-microphones-road-case-g-tour-m15/

I used one of those cases for my personal pack for a while, beware: if you have any mics that are slightly longer than the SM57/58 size it's not deep enough to accomodate that difference. It's now my "leftover" mics storage, for the stuff that doesn't go in any of my standard mic packs.
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« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2019, 05:46:56 pm »

I use a large soft bag, basically a sports holdall.

24 mics are all in pouches, 6 DIs, and various short adapter cables.

There's a bit of digging through to get the right mics, but it doesn't take too long.

The big disadvantage of this is the weight to carry.  Have considered going to a wheeled case, but I do love the "stuffability" of the soft case - plus the wheeled case would be heavier, albeit easier as it's on wheels.
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« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2019, 11:26:19 pm »

I’m a fan of mic bags and whatever size case I need t the time to transport said mics.  Space efficient, and easily adaptable to different situations.  Every dedicated mic case I’ve used ends up not really fitting some of the mics so you have to cut it up and then you get rid of those and get others and cut it up more and soon your custom awesome case is a mess.

I know there was a thread here that talked about where to get mic sized zipper bags in various colors which would go a long way to making the job of finding the right mic in the pile of bags easier.  Anyone remember that source?
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« Reply #12 on: June 07, 2019, 02:44:20 pm »

I absolutely love these cases: https://bit.ly/2I1Wfre

The OP would likely need (2). I use the smaller 9 mic version, and place drum mics in pouches on the right side. I've had mine for 6-7 years and the foam is still perfectly intact. I do not use them for DI boxes.
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« Reply #13 on: June 07, 2019, 04:06:26 pm »

Every dedicated mic case I’ve used ends up not really fitting some of the mics so you have to cut it up and then you get rid of those and get others and cut it up more and soon your custom awesome case is a mess.

I know there was a thread here that talked about where to get mic sized zipper bags in various colors which would go a long way to making the job of finding the right mic in the pile of bags easier.  Anyone remember that source?
Even there, you might be back to the problem of not every mic fitting a standard pouch?  My Sennheiser e901 is a big beast!

I use coloured LX tape on the zip tag of each bag - red for drum mics, green for guitar mics, purple for vocal mics.  That helps a lot.  That said, three larger bags - one each for drums, mics & vocals could help organisation.

I've often thought that something along the lines of these fishing tackle organisers with the dividers custom sized would work a treat for me.
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« Reply #14 on: June 07, 2019, 08:45:47 pm »

What’s the latest and greatest way of carrying your mics?

I snagged a Gator GM-16-MIC-WP when one of the online retailers ran a half price special, awhile back.  It works really well and is plenty stout but, as others are stating, no one case does it all for everyone.  Handles a lot of gigs, some mics in the foam, my Sennheiser Drum & Instrument mics in their bags in the open compartment.

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« Reply #15 on: June 08, 2019, 11:22:39 am »

What’s the latest and greatest way of carrying your mics? 

Harbor Freight has Pelican style cases for a lot less.  Here is an example.

https://www.harborfreight.com/5800-weatherproof-protective-rolling-carry-on-case-x-large-64819.html?_br_psugg_q=apache+case

With coupons, you can get this case for $69.
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« Reply #16 on: June 10, 2019, 08:52:56 am »

Thanks all, I ended up buying a SKB 3I-2011-MC12 mic case. 
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« Reply #17 on: June 10, 2019, 10:44:02 am »

I absolutely love these cases: https://bit.ly/2I1Wfre

The OP would likely need (2). I use the smaller 9 mic version, and place drum mics in pouches on the right side. I've had mine for 6-7 years and the foam is still perfectly intact. I do not use them for DI boxes.

I have one of these too and it has been great! I also have an SKB 12 hole case (1SKB 1200 ATA now discontinued)  but I prefer the Newark (formerly MCM).
Like Steve,  the foam has lasted well - no sign of degrading and very little signs of wear. Case is still in good condition and latches all still work - been used almost every show for about 4 years.  Also unlike the SKB case, it doesn't want to fall backwards when the lid is open.
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« Reply #18 on: June 10, 2019, 02:16:52 pm »

I have one of these too and it has been great! I also have an SKB 12 hole case (1SKB 1200 ATA now discontinued)  but I prefer the Newark (formerly MCM).
Like Steve,  the foam has lasted well - no sign of degrading and very little signs of wear. Case is still in good condition and latches all still work - been used almost every show for about 4 years.  Also unlike the SKB case, it doesn't want to fall backwards when the lid is open.

And I believe it weighs a few pounds less as well. Funny how that matters when you get old!
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« Reply #19 on: June 10, 2019, 03:14:43 pm »

And I believe it weighs a few pounds less as well. Funny how that matters when you get old!

That is true - the SKB case is a bit heavier for sure - every ounce matters....
Why does everything weigh twice as much at the end of an evening.... and why does the cable count seem to double?... 
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« Reply #20 on: June 13, 2019, 09:38:09 am »

x10 on the Pelican cases, or drawers in workboxes where you can keep clips on the mics.  I got away from the thru-hole style of case as it doesn't easily allow for that.  We also use quick releases on stands, so having the mic/clip assembly already together just allows for a faster deployment/strike.
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« Reply #21 on: June 13, 2019, 07:25:15 pm »

x10 on the Pelican cases, or drawers in workboxes where you can keep clips on the mics.  I got away from the thru-hole style of case as it doesn't easily allow for that.  We also use quick releases on stands, so having the mic/clip assembly already together just allows for a faster deployment/strike.

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« Reply #22 on: Yesterday at 08:01:29 am »

and why does the cable count seem to double?...

Because the band didn't supply an up-to-date rider, and have since added 2x keys, backing vox, and a brass section.  ;)

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« Reply #23 on: Yesterday at 08:35:02 am »

I've switched to the SKB cases syled like Pelicans as well.  Had one of the old style SKB cases for years, then found a used R&R large briefcase that I converted to a 24+ mic case for larger gigs.  Got tired of banging my knee carrying the nearly cubical SKB case, and the lack of wheels on the R&R, so a few years ago went with the SKB 12 and 24 mic cases.  The 12 is small enough to carry easily, and the 24 has wheels and pop up handle.  Been very happy with the move.

Never liked carrying my mics in pouches with the clips, although I do so for large condensers, and mics I don't use every gig that I can just toss into the case as needed.  I also can't stand leaving clips on mic stands.  I have a bunch of Klein canvas pouches in rainbow colors to sort clips, adaptors/turnaround shorty cables, Sharpies, flashlight, even some small DI boxes from Ales Dravenic.

YMMV.

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