As the Namba Gear designers were doing their research on the ultimate perfect size for the Big Namba Studio Backpack, they were also keeping in mind the current carry-on size restrictions of the airline industry. Although there is a standard, which is 22" x 14" x 9" or 45" total, every airline has their own size restrictions which can sometimes vary even within a single airline depending on the size of aircraft or the attitude of the check-in agent.
So they had to look at both the exterior size of the backpack as well as try to maximize the interior space to include the largest number of controllers. M-Audio's Axiom25 was chosen as the measuring stick, because they knew that if they could get this "big boy" to fit and still follow the airline restrictions that they would be in good shape with most of the controllers on the market.
This lead to the development of the unhinging side on the large compartment, so that the backpack could open 180 degrees and the controller could actually be packed into a flat case.
Unfortunately, that did leave a few controllers unprotected and stranded on the sidewalk because they were just too big to fit Namba's criteria for them to recommend them for the Big Namba.
The Korg25 is listed at 19.25" inches long and although it is only .25" longer than the Big Namba Studio Backpack's interior dimension, it stretches the bag uncomfortably. The Novation XioSynth 25 which has on-board sounds as well as being a MIDI controller is a little wide at 12.54". Likewise, the Stanton CM.205/CM.203 dj controllers are just a little fat at 4.29" depth to recommend packing alongside your laptop. These Korg, Novation \\& Stanton controllers can be made to fit, just not with Namba's recommendation considering the bag design. The Yamaha KX-25 at just under 20" long and the Korg MicroX at 23.86" long will not fit; don't even try.
So what controllers do fit inside a Big Namba Studio Backpack?
• Akai MPK25
• Alesis PhotonX25
• Behringer UMX25
• Behringer UMA25S
• Edirol PCR-M1
• Emu Xboard25
• M-Audio Axiom25
• M-Audio KeyRig25
• M-Audio MidAir25
• M-Audio Oxygen8
• Novation ReMote LE x25
• Novation SL25
• Behringer BCD3000DJ
• Kontrol KDJ500
• M-Audio Xponent
• Vestax VCI-100
• Vestax VCI-300
• Vestax VCI-600
• Akai APC40
• Akai MPD16
• Korg PadKontrol
• M-Audio Trigger Finger
• M-Audio XSession Pro
• Native Instruments Maschine
The result is a backpack that will accommodate a majority of controllers and should still fit in the overhead compartment of most airlines, bearing in mind that each airline can change their minds about size restrictions and some smaller planes will simply not accommodate anything much bigger that a construction worker's lunchbox. Sorry about having to include the caveat, but it is true.
• Security Design - compartments & pockets on inside / lockable zippers
• Chest Strap - secure backpack from falls
• Back Material Wicks Moisture - control shirt stains
• Convenient Carry Handle - easy lift and carry
• Holds 17" Laptop Computer - take your studio with you
• Holds 12" Vinyls & Audio Devices - transport & protect your mobile studio
• Huge Controller Space - holds most 25-key MIDI controllers & computer dj controllers
• Controller Space Unhinges & Lays Flat - easy loading
• Removable Padded Divider - flexible usage for other applications
• High Performance, Semi-Rigid Foam Construction - superior high-quality ballistic 1680D/PVC poly nylon material
• Cable Management System - easily organize your cable cluster
• Secret Stash Pocket - perfect place to hide iLoks or wallet (it's the pocket with your cable ties inside)