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Anne has updated her travel rig and couldn't be happier! Find out what's new in the mobile rig!
I think I finally landed on my absolute favorite configuration...
I recently made an upgrade to my travel rig and I’m excited to share it with you.
Ok, so recently, I went on a business trip. First time in about three years, after the pandemic, and I wanted to upgrade my travel rig so that it would be convenient for me to record on the go. And I made the best discovery, and love love love my new audio interface. So, let me take a moment to go through my travel rig, which, by the way, prior to this, I think I tried every single microphone, every single audio interface, every single portable contraption that I could, to make things easy for me on the road, and I think I finally landed on my absolute favorite configuration. So, let’s start here. So the first thing I do is take my trusty 416, which, by the way, I’ve tried every other microphone. I have to say, if you can spare the bucks, the 416 is well worth its money. The 416 is great, because you have a really small pickup pattern and you don’t get a lot of background noise. When I travel, I carry it in this case, which is a homemade PVC case, which has two end caps and essentially some cool foam that’s embedded in that, and then basically the microphone just fits in there, so you either just punch it out. I always make sure to take my microphone out and put it into the bin before I go through security because I’ve never actually been stopped, doing it this way, and I make sure that I keep this tube uncapped in the bin along with it, and sometimes if I can get a word in edgewise, I’ll tell the security, that this is indeed a microphone, and I’ve never had a problem. Next, I have my travel case with my headphones. Anybody who knows me, knows that I love my Audio Technica headphones because they have awesome colors. These fit nicely into my hard case, and also in this hard case, I have a little pocket on the side where I keep the tripod for my microphone. This is another little piece that I upgraded along with my audio interface, and I really love it because this little baby is solid. Usually, I’ve actually purchased little tiny tripods like this that are not as solid, and actually collapse or tip over. This one can really carry the weight of a microphone that is sitting on top of it and not topple over. It’s not obnoxious and it’s very sturdy, so you can see if you push these feet in, they don’t just slip in, they snap. My biggest upgrade that I’m so excited about is my new Centrance Micport Pro 3. And I have it in this cute little case. Super convenient. Super small. The Centrance Micport Pro 3. I absolutely love it. I have so much control. If you look at the interface in the front, I can control my gain, I control my headphone monitor. There’s a highpass frequency button. There’s also at the end of this, where I connect it up, a limiter that I can turn on. I have two places where I can charge or connect via audio, as well as the on-off and 48-volt phantom power. By the way, the tripod, by has a really nice ball here, so you can adjust the microphone. So this basically just screws onto the back, and you can just twirl it on, and then adjust and tighten. My 416 plugs in right here. I don’t need any cables, no XLR cables. It really plugs right into it, easily, and then ultimately I just need my cable that connects this to my laptop. USB right to my computer. And that’s it guys. Super convenient, super small, super stable, and especially with the additional controls on here, with the limiter and the highpass filter. And then always being able to monitor with my headphones, and turn up the gain. It is just so convenient and works like a charm. I was really nervous to take it without actually really testing it, in an environment that wasn’t optimal. But I ordered it at the last minute. Went on the trip, and literally set it up in my hotel room. The controls on that really helped a lot in terms of keeping noise out of the recording. It sounded just like I was in my home studio. And so what I really love about it, is it just was so simple and honestly, it just worked. And I never claim to be a gearhead, but I am an enthusiast, and I do like things to be simple, and things to just work. Literally just hooked this up to my mac and didn’t have to download any drivers, things just work. So thank you so much to Centrance MicPort Pro, and my 416, and my trusty little travel rig. Check out my links below for more information. Thanks so much for watching guys, see you next week!
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Anne Ganguzza is a professional voice actor and award-winning director and producer who works with students to develop their voiceover and business skills - including voice over Coaching and Genre-based Demo Production. She specializes in conversational Commercial & Narration styles, including Corporate, eLearning, Technology, and On-Hold Messaging. Located in Orange County, California, Anne offers private coaching and mentoring services to students via ipDTL and Zoom.