Rack-N-Bag offers 3 configurations in one.
Sound bags help keep your gear organized and easily accessible in the field. K-Tek, Orca, Porta-Brace, Sachtler, and other brands offer various models to support different types of tech. Some are even product-specific. No matter the brand, the majority are designed as a lightweight soft pouch that allows mixers, recorders, wireless systems, and cables to be organized how you see fit.
Film Devices has taken a different approach by combining a rack mount and sound bag in one for its Rack-N-Bag series.
Rack-N-Bag is available in 3 different sizes and integrates a rack mount into the sound bag allowing each device to be configured securely. The rack portion is made from carbon fiber and aluminum for strength while still being lightweight. It connects to the soft, outer shell via straps.
The bag can convert from shoulder or harness into a desk console, and the outer shell can be completely removed. You're basically getting 3 setups in one bag. The outer row is also expandable for wireless systems, and there is a slot for a power distribution battery like the Remote Audio Hi-Q. The Hi-Q is an alternative to NP-1 style batteries and has roughly 30% more capacity while being smaller and lighter.
For easy transport, the Rack-N-Bag has an optional carrying handle. All pre-orders will come with the carbon fiber handle for easy carrying, but is a $95 afterwards.
- Dimensions: 9-1/8"W x 8-3/4"D x 5-3/8"H (232mm x 223mm x 138mm)
- With Bag: 10-1/2"W x 9.0"D x 6-1/4"H ( 254mm x 228mm x 159mm)
- Dimensions:11"W x 9-1/2"D x 6-1/2"H (280mm x 242mm x 168mm)
- With Bag: 11-7/8"W x 9-3/4"D x 6-3/4"H (300mm x 249mm x 172mm)
- Dimensions: 14-3/8"W x 9-1/2"D x 6-5/8"H (368mm x 242mm x 170mm)
- With Bag: 15-3/4"W x 9-3/4"D x 6-3/4"H (400mm x 249mm x 172mm)
What stands out about the Rack-N-Bag is the desktop configuration. Everything is neatly organized and in one place. It seems ideal for installs that are semi-permanent like a small studio or home setup. Then if you need to be mobile, you can take the rack and go.
The caveat I do have is the rack. Soft sound bags work great because there are not many pieces that can break. You may have to change the occasional zipper or sew a tear in the lining, but by then, you might be ready for a new bag. The Rack-N-Bag looks solidly built, but you have to wonder how much wear and tear it can take on set. That said, because of the internal rack, it does offer more impact protection for your gear.
Another thing to consider is weight. A few extra ounces can take its toll over a long shooting day. Overall, the refreshed design is definitely worth a look.
Pricing & Availability
The Rack-N-Bag is available for pre-order right now. Here's a quick pricing breakdown of each size:
To find more, visit the Film Devices website.
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That’s a pretty disgusting mark-up. I really wish people would stop supporting companies that do this, regardless of how useful the product is.
May 9, 2020 at 3:13PM