Container Department: TC Helicon Voicelive 3 Gigbag

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Are you one of those fans who loves catching the acoustic show? Do you love it when your favorite bands put away all the noise and just let the songs breathe? You are not going to want to miss our intimate set at Kung Fu Necktie on October 10. Megan and Ryann will be sitting this one out so Dave, Desiree and I can bring you a small room listening experience you're not going to forget. This is a small room and we're really looking forward to being able to talk to all of you about the songs.

Alright, down to gear reviews. I've got a couple of container reviews coming out that should all be nice and short. In my regular stage setup, I use a TC Helicon Voicelive 3 as my main control/preamp for guitars and vocals. Carrying it is what we're on about today, and my container of choice is the TC Helicon Voicelive 3 Gigbag. I got mine at Sweetwater because NOBODY had one in my area.

Voicelive 3 Gig Bag
Voicelive 3 Gig Bag

Ok, so it's a great piece of kit because it's light, and it fits, and so far it's sturdy. It is still produced in classic "lost-backstage-black," which is a continual bummer to me, but overall I still like using it. But, as I add pedals to the mix (e.g. expression pedal, BeatBuddy for midi syncing a click track, etc, I'm being forced to consider a larger pedalboard solution because this bag just can't carry as much as I'd like it to.

For those of us using a Voicelive 3, there's a minimum cable load of 4 XLR cables. One comes from the microphone, two carry the microphone signal and guitar signals to the mixing board, and a fourth carries the monitor send from the board to me. Add in my instrument cable, and power cord and this bag is full. I can store the microphone in the side pocket (except I prefer a Shure Super 55). I'm glad I have it, but I wish it's front pockets were bigger/more useful. It does keep me in the land of urban guitarist, where I can carry an acoustic on one side, and electric on the other, and the pedals across my back. I like that kind of portability.

I don't like the decorative front flap. There's very thin strip of hook and loop on the flap and the bag and any amount of over-stuff prevents it from staying put. Which means things you have tucked into the pen slots, or open pocket behind the mesh pocket, just fall out.

-Galen

TC Helicon GigBag

  • Price: $50
  • Pros:
    • Fits well.
    • Holds things like it's supposed to.
    • Doesn't take up much room.
    • Pen storage, because I'm a dweeb like that.
    • Sturdy
    • Concerns:
      • Really odd shoulder strap.
      • Won't actually hold any accessory items.
      • Hook and Loop doesn't inspire confidence.