I was sorting things out for a quick trip to Atlantic City for my birthday and realized how mobile everything has become. In a bag no bigger than the average purse you have what amounts to a sound and video recording studio. It wasn’t all that long ago that a home studio was considered an oddity and they cost thousands of dollars to have even a basic set-up. Now everyone and their cousin has one, and the quality of the recordings surpass what a professional studio could produce less than fifteen years ago. And now we’ve progressed to what amounts to a studio in your pocket. I carry an Acer W500, A Kodak Z18, 32 GB SD cards, a HP 300GB external HD, Tascam stereo mics. This is about all you need to record a decent 2 camera, 4 track live recording. And it all fits in a purse size bag. My tablet has a built in camera so I can set it up to record one scene and then I can use my small camera to set-up another scene, giving me a two camera shoot that I can then edit with my movie editor. At the same time I am recording two stereo audio tracks that I can later split and if I want to use some separation techniques have eight tracks of audio I can mix on my DAW. And all this can be done from what I can carry on a plane or from the seat of my car (hopefully not while driving - lol). All I have to do is pop in one of the SD cards or hook up the external hardrive. It’s now possible to record a gig and in a couple hours have it edited and posted to U-tube, embedded on your website, all your social networks and have a HD-DVD quality file that you can later sell as soon as you copy that file to disc. But there are a few downsides. Unless you have someone helping you, you are limited to the video scenes you set-up in the beginning. The microphones are good but you are limited to the number and placement of them. And you will most likely get unwanted audience sounds that a professional recording would have eliminated. The quality, although good, is not as good as what you can get from a professional recording. But for someone on a limited budget or someone that likes to record all their performances the technology today is amazing. The technology today will allow an almost immediate connection to your fans.