"Stealth" Recording Bag - Open
This is my partial build of Andrew Jones's Drop Bag:
I call it a partial build because I didn't modify the top of the bag the way Andrew did. This makes it a real PITA to use as a sound bag because you don't have easy, clear access to the controls. But it makes it really nice for making recordings of crowd ambiances. Turn it on, zip it shut, and go!
To give myself extra recording time without having to worry about batteries, this build also includes a Talentcell 12V battery pack modified using another of Andrew's articles on Wavreport.com:
Crammed into the bag is a Zoom F8 field recorder, the aforementioned Talentcell battery pack, two EM-172 omni mics clipped to either side of the front pouch, and a set of earbuds for monitoring.
The position of the mics isn't accidental. The front pouch acts as a partial baffle, and the separation between the omnis is almost that of a human head. Makes for a very compact partially baffled stereo array. (Besides, the bag had two loops of fabric right there, so it was kind of begging to have mics clipped to it!)