My name is Simon Paine and I'm a freelance Production Sound Mixer based in Ottawa, Ontario Canada.
Like many Sound Mixers out there, I've been trying to put together the "perfect" sound bag for many years.
My goals have always been pretty simple:
- It has to be lightweight to ensure I can work comfortably for the long hours that TV/Film production demands.
- It has to be well laid out so I can easily read the displays and make the adjustments necessary to the various pieces of gear.
- It has to be rugged enough to endure all the different conditions we encounter while working.
- It has to look good to help ensure my professional image while on set.
Over the years I've tried all sorts of different bags in combination with the various portable audio equipment that we use and for the most part I've been happy with the designs that exist. But what I found lacking was a way to easily get all the pieces of gear together to keep everything tight and organized inside my sound bag. With all the different possible combinations of mixers, receivers, power distribution and audio bags; trying to find a "one-size fits all" solution would be impossible. So that's when I decided to try and come up with my own solution.
After brainstorming and prototyping several different designs over the course of several years, I finally came up with the Soundbag Dashboard.
Each Soundbag Dashboard design is made to fit a specific mixer and hold specific receiver models and power distro units, for a truly custom fit.
We are making as many different models as possible to try and come up with a combination that works with the specific audio equipment you are using in your sound bag. As a production sound mixer myself, I understand that once we find the audio gear we are happy with, you don't want to have to choose a different piece of gear to fit in to a specific bag or case. So This means making low production runs of lots of different Soundbag Dashboards to try and make sure there is a model with the right combination to suit everyone's own idea of the perfect production sound bag, using the gear you like to work with.
It takes a small team to make everything work. My amazing wife, Lana helps with the emails, website, social media channels and shipping- especially when I'm on the road capturing awesome sound (and using my own Soundbag Dashboard of course). Our teenager also helps with putting the packages together, so it really is a family run business!
Thank you for supporting our small business and welcome to the Soundbag Dashboard family!