USB HUB Life Hack

Anybody who is working on audio projects en route on a laptop know the problem. You have your Stuff like 1-2 iLoks, Steinberg Key, mouse receiver and so on connected to a USB HUB.
And it is this USB HUB that gets mangled up with other wires like your headphones and connected Audio-Interfaces. Or you have to switch position. Like when i am the office and have to go to the classroom for lecturing. Either i have to disconnect the HUB and close all the running programs or i have to be carful so it does not fall of the laptop.

So, i came up with this idea: Self-adhesive Velcrco® fastener on a USB HUB

Put one side on your HUB the other side is placed somewhere on the back of the laptop screen. Done!

Now you easily can fasten the HUB with all it’s connected Keys, Sticks or whatever to your laptop.

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Fieldrecording Life Hack

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I am often alone in the field recording with my ZOOM recorders and RØDE mics. Mostly without any mic stands, jumping from sound to sound, recording on the fly.
I always had to decide if want to record the following sounds in stereo, or mono with a shotgun mic. Holding the Stereo-Mics in one hand and the Blimp with the Shotgun-Mic in the other always feels uncomfortable and destroys a lot of flexibility. You can’t just
So made up this idea:

The 1-handed-3-channel-recoridng-setup. Consisting of the follwong parts:

  • Røde Blimp
  • Zoom H5 Field Recorder (or any other portable recorder)
  • Rycote H6 Suspension
  • Short XLR

That’s it.

Now i can easily move around and record all 3 channels separately.
Of course, it’s also possible to do little changes to the setup. Think about a stereo-recorder X/Y with a M/S or an ORTF on top…

The only disadvantage is, that i am not able to check the levels. So i have to got a bit lower with these. You can do a workaround with mounting the Fieldrecorder to a Stereo-Bar so you can check the levels. Or you just flip the whole thing upside down.

If don’t want to use the preamps of the fieldrecorder, feel free to put any mobile preamp in between.