I'm trying to keep my recording setup as efficient as possible. I don't have a car so all my travels will be on foot, by bus/train, or by bicycle.
My budget can't stretch to getting a dedicated portable recorder yet (had my eyes on the Tascam HDP2) but I do have a portable laptop, hard drive, Apogee Duet (bus powered) and some microphones. The quality of this setup is great, but it has a few disadvantages over a portable recorder.
I'm trying to look for some decent quality, but very lightweight, microphones stands. It looks like I'll need two really, but the usual ones (of any decent quality) seem to be 3 to 4 kilograms plus in weight. Putting two of these together on my back, along with all my other stuff will make it a little tricky to bike anywhere with my stuff. I've only really seen cheap mic stands that are more like 1 to 2 kilograms in weight. Any suggestions?
As for a mic stand bag to hold them in, I was looking at the Gator GX-33 which seems good. Does anyone have one? Are they decent quality? ...it holds microphones too (which is handy) but I can't tell if it'll hold a Rode NT4 and after emailing the company, I never got a reply. Any views on a decent microphone stand bag to put on my back so I can take it around easily would be great.
And then a laptop bag (I don't ask for much do I? ;) ... I'm looking for a good quality flip over laptop bag to hold my MacBook Pro 15inch. The idea being I can close the lid of the laptop, close the lid of the bag and take it to the next location... When I'm at my location, I'll flip open the bag lid, flip open the laptop, pull out the microphones/stands from my bag on my back, setup and record. Obviously, I have looked around for such bags, but was curious if anyone has one that is ideal for this sort of thing?
Sorry, I know I'm asking for a lot. But I don't really know anyone where I live to ask these sort of questions... Any answers or pointers would be great for me to complete my little portable, lightweight, quality setup :)