Here are some excerpts from a recent review of the Orca Bags Audio Bags line of products from sound engineer, Jose Frias.

"Immediately upon grasp, you notice the craftsmanship of these bags. They are made from high quality materials, and look and feel amazing. The key differences you will see immediately between these bags and the rest of the available bags in the market are the internal aluminum frame and its accessibility to all sides."

The internal frame offers maximum protection to the gear inside the bag, as well as help the bag stand up on its own. I cannot tell you how aggravating it can be when your sound bag flops on its side. The bag has zippers on all four corners, allowing you to open it up and pull down its sides, affording incredible accessibility to your mixer and/or recorder, wireless, cable connections and media. The sides attach to the top portion of the honeycomb frame with velcro and snap buttons, and then the zippers on the corners are pulled up to fully close the bag. On the bottom side is a flap held by a snap button, which allows you access to the bottom part of the bag.

Not immediately obvious as the aforementioned, but still an amazing and unique feature is Orca’s lift system. This clever system is comprised of two adjustable “lifts” that can be hooked on the included bag dividers, or, my personal preference, on the honeycomb frame. These lifts allow you set your mixer or recorder up at the ideal height within the bag, regardless of the size of the mixer/recorder. Additional to the lifts, on the two back columns of the bag are two movable, adjustable straps with hooks at the ends, used to clamp onto the top corners of your mixer or recorder. These secure the mixer or recorder down. Once you’ve set up the lift system appropriately, the mixer or recorder will not go anywhere, even if you flip the bag upside down. Sweet.

In the main compartment, you will find one to three dividers with RF shielding to help prevent RF spray between your mixer/recorder and other devices. These dividers have two to three elastic bands useful for holding your wireless receivers. Initially, the dividers could bend easily with the weight of heavier mixers or recorders. Orca Bags took immediate action by making improved, stronger dividers with fiberglass, and sending them to all their users free of charge. Also in the main compartment are a few “pillows” that can be used to help cushion the devices inside the bag.

For example, the OR-32 and OR-34 are wide enough to fit what I think is the widest mixer/recorder in the market, the highly popular Sound Devices 664. It is quite the perfect fit in fact; both bags fit the 664 like a glove. What will determine which bag you would choose from the OR-32 and the OR-34 is whether or not you are pairing the CL-6 input expander to the 664, and how many wireless receivers you want to have in your bag. Likewise, the OR-30 is made small enough to fit both the Sound Devices 633 or the Zaxcom Maxx, along with a couple of receivers. While these pairings do make for a perfect fit, it does come at a cost. It is highly recommended that you use low-profile, right-angled connectors to avoid any potential cable and/or connector strain on the sides or bottom. Don’t get me wrong, the sides do have a bit of flex in them, so straight cables can work, but having low-profile, right-angled cables will give you worry-free peace of mind. Additionally, because of the honeycomb frame, if your mixer or recorder fit like a glove, you may have a very tight space for connections on the top sides of the mixer/recorder, as is in the case of the headphone connector in the Zaxcom Maxx. A right-angled connector fixes this issue.

In summary, understanding what the design philosophy is with Orca Bags is important. If you are looking for a light weight, organizer style bag with an internal frame and high accessibility, that makes for a compact fit, then Orca Bags is for you."

Source: Jose Frias' Website