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Amp cabinet mic clamp

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by jg49, Mar 29, 2009.

  1. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    Hey anyone using these?
    Amplitube Uno
    It seems like a good idea especially in live recording, just so many places to put mic stands but I was wondering how well constructed they are and what kind of reach and distance they have. I mean can you get the mic wherever you need?

    Or what stands are you using live?
  2. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    Just to be fair I don't use these, but from a technical standpoint it seems that would pick up a lot of cabinet vibrations possibly coloring the tone of the recording especially at higher volumes.

    I could be wrong.
  3. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Jake, you are wrong.

    These are very cool. They having dampening rubber mounting and they work on a variety of cabinet widths plus the offset in the mic neck is long enough to reach most speakers in most cabinets.

    Come On! These are made by Audix....I think they they're really good at what they do. I have never found a product by them that doesnt deliver.
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  4. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    A couple of comments. First, the video tutorial on guitar cab mic placement is excellent and would probably answer at least one or two questions a week posted here. It should be in a sticky somewhere, but I'm not sure where it would do the most good. Second, I'm always looking for ways to get rid of mic stand clutter in my studio - definitely going to give these a try. Third, one reason I'm willing to give these a try is that I like the Audix D-vice so much for clamping drum mics. Works very well
  5. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    Hey Bob, thanks for the tip on that drum mic clip very nice, I had never really checked out Audix's stuff before. Very handy just bought three, so easy to use and the gooseneck is real nice.
  6. MadMax

    MadMax Well-Known Member

    Back in the day... even now, actually... a 1" wide bar of flat cold roll steel that is bent into an "S" that's about 9" high also works.

    Of course it doesn't have the rubber on it, unless you can snag a bit of EPDM and a dot or two of contact cement.... but it doesn't cost $50/pop, either....

    just sayin......
  7. soapfloats

    soapfloats Well-Known Member

    I'm curious about how you all feel about the drum mic clamps included in Shure and CAD drum kits. The Shure is 3x57 and 1x52, and the CAD is 3xTSM and 1xKBM.
    I own both (the CAD KBM mic is the only one that gets use from that one), and have generally eschewed clamps due to concerns of vibrational noise.

    Since I've started doing some live sessions at my space, the clutter issue has changed from a nuisance to a show-breaker.
  8. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    I have used a lot of drum mic clamps, they all work. If they are properly tightened I have not noticed any noise or vibrational issues. The reason I liked the Audi's was that they can be used one handed, in the studio you are probably there as the drums are assembled so it is not difficult to add clamps. I work live and a lot of times the kits are already up. If you have a studio kit just make sure they are tight before the session.

    Now I just need an overhead set up that clips onto the drummers head like "phones LOL.
  9. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    FedEx delivered two of the CabGrabbers today. They clamp the cabinet with spring tension and seem quite secure. I'll record tonight, but it's just my jazz group. No one cranks it to 11 in the course of business, but maybe we'll do it just to test the clamps. The one negative is that the L-shaped arm that holds the mic clip can't be adjusted in length. Now you can pivot it and adjust the point at which the clamp grabs the cabinet and position the mic exactly where you want it on the speaker. But the distance from the grille cloth to the mic clip is fixed. I had to go digging in my big bag o' mic clips to find two that would hold a 57 exactly a 1/4" from the cloth. An i5 probably comes in at exactly the right distance off the shelf.

    Very nice, neat, clears a bunch of floor space. Should stop people from bumping into stands and knocking them into grille cloths.

    @Max - Yeah, you are right. I could have save money with a DIY. Probably would have got it right on the fourth try. But lighten up man. It's embarassing to be lectured about my spendthrift ways by someone building a $???K studio. (I was going to name a figure, but I didn't want to jinx you.)

    @soapfloats - I've worked with a drummer who used the Shure clamps live and noticed no problems. As stated above, I use the Audix D-vice in the studio and have not had any vibration problems. Can't say I worked with any heavy hitters swinging tree trunks in either case, so YMMV.
  10. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    OMG you play jazz? Isn't that the music with augmented and demented chords? Flat fives, major sevenths, 9,11 and 23rd chords? You probably have to play in flat keys sometimes.

    Whatsamata, getting old, amps aren't on 11? No baseball bats drumsticks? Sheesh I'll bet you can hear the next morning, how can you tell if you played.

    Hey thanks, the adjustability was one of my major concerns esp. because I do use 57s for cabs for the most part. Nightclub/bar stages never any room.
  11. MadMax

    MadMax Well-Known Member


    Bob, you've followed the insanity.... you know the dollars got jinxed the day I decided to break ground!

    I was just commenting for the spendthrift bunch. :)

    Oddly though, when I did racks and stacks for Frampton last year, all he uses are the good ol' "S" (some call em' "Z" clamps) clamps on his live rig cabs.

    I'll def be checking the CabGrabber's out after I spend the rest of my money on the build....
  12. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Audix CabGrabber

    Audix CabGrabber ... excellent! I just received two. What a brilliant clamp, kudo's to Audix. Takes longer to cut the package open than to install it. Thanks for the links guys.
  13. MadMax

    MadMax Well-Known Member

    Re: Audix CabGrabber

    OMG... I hate all this blister pack and plastic from hell packaging...

    It amazes me that all these companies think that this type of packaging is good for the eco system as well as the customer's nerves. :)

    I understand that they do it so you can see the product and it helps deter theft, but c'mon... There's gotta be a better and cheaper way.

    I still wanna try one or two of these out... if I can ever get the package open.

    ok... off my rant box....
  14. audiokid

    audiokid Staff


    Man, I hear ya. Every time I start slicing open ( struggling) this kind of plastic I envision blood and I think my heart rate actually increases from the stress ( musicians hands). The plastic is so sharp. What amazes me is all the children Christmas gifts warped in this stuff. It should to go away and never return.
  15. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    A TV show called Brainiac did a test on packaging a while back. Cardboard boxes with plastic tape, and Grandma-wrapped (10 layers of thick paper + a roll of tape, etc.) gifts were concluded easier to open than the plastic stuff.
    I hate it, hate it, hate it.

    Even a SM58 would struggle to survive inside a package like that, given the force required to open it.
  16. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    A good pair of heavy kitchen shears works just fine to open them. But I'm always hacking at them with a pen knife, wondering if people will start calling me "Frodo" or "Django" when I'm done.
  17. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Django wouldn't be bad as long as you can play like that!

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