Wanna See My Mobile Rig? ;) – The GKN Weekly Update 9/9/14

Hello and Happy Wonderful Weirdos Day and Chocolate Milkshake Day!

How often do I blog about technical stuff? You know, microphones and recording software and suchlike? I checked and the answer is like, pretty much never. I’m just not a techie. To mix it up, I’m gonna talk about my mobile rig. And of course by mobile rig, I mean the gear I bring with me to record voiceovers when I ‘m traveling. Get your mind out of the gutter. Oh, waitaminnit, that’s me.

Since I’m heading out to FaffCon next week, like a good little geek I tested my gear to make sure everything works. Here’s everything laid out all pretty-like. BTW you can click on the photos to zoom in.

Does it look confusing? Let’s break it down by putting it together.

This is my microphone (an AKG Perception 420) in its shock mount, which is attached to a desktop mic stand. Also attached to the mic stand is a Stedman ProScreen XL pop filter so my P’s don’t pop. Coming out of the mic is an XLR cable and that is attached to a CEntrance Mic Port Pro.

The Mic Port Pro is a fancy adapter used to connect XLR cables to USB cables. It has volume controls for both the mic and the headphones. Those are audio-technica ATH-M45 headphones, BTW. See the mini-USB cable coming out of the left end of the Mic Port Pro? Let’s see where that goes…

The trick is to make sure you have enough power for the microphone. That’s why the mini-USB cable is connected to a USB hub (the square black thingy). It’s like a power strip for USB cables. Coming out of the left side of that is the power cord and a regular USB cord. That USB cord is connected to a USB/micro-USB adapter. And that bad boy is plugged into my Google Nexus 10 tablet.