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how do you store your mics?

Discussion in 'Microphones' started by stalefish, Sep 11, 2003.

  1. stalefish

    stalefish Active Member


    i'm new here.

    just bought an AKG 535EB small diaphram condenser and was wondering whether leaving it attached to a stand in my room would be ok - does it shorten it's lifespan in any way or will recording quality be affected by dust settling in? should i keep it in the box? will leaving the sponge/wind shield on have any negative effects?

    as you can see i'm quite paranoid :D but i definitely need to keep my investments healthy....
  2. Dave Nyberg

    Dave Nyberg Guest

    Lol, i feel you. Best is to just keep it in the leather bag it probably came in. You are right about dust. Dust can be your worst enemy. It doesn't hurt putting it away out of dusts reach so i would do that (and i am, doing that) ;)
  3. sheet

    sheet Well-Known Member

    If you have one of those silica packets, I would put one of those in there as well.

    I store all mics in their factory packaging.
  4. Mr Funk

    Mr Funk Guest

    I have had a C535eb for years and it was left out a lot, as my friend (who had the 'studio') at his house, couldn't be arsed to put it away! Anyway, it still sounds the same!

    However, I tend to put all my mics away after use, but if I do leave one out for a few days, I put a sock over it! Simple and effective.
  5. stalefish

    stalefish Active Member

    thanks for replying guys!

    so it's box, bag or sock :D

    is moisture a problem as well? if i leave a wind shield on will it trap moisture??
  6. Screws

    Screws Active Member

    I picked up one of those plastic drawer things at Home Depot - you know, the kind of organizer thingy to keep stuff in.

    This one has drawers that are about 3.5 inches wide X 3.5 inches high X 10 inches deep. I put the foam cutouts that the mics shipped in on the bottom of each drawer along with the little silica bags and VOILA! Instant mic organization.
  7. Ethan Winer

    Ethan Winer Active Member


    I have a number of expensive mikes, and I'm way to lazy to put them away. Just put a small plastic sandwich bag over your mike when you're not using it.

  8. RecorderMan

    RecorderMan Distinguished Member

    what Ethan said.
  9. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Yep, I do the plastic sandwich bag thing also.
  10. stalefish

    stalefish Active Member

    thanks again guys :)

    ...i guess whether the windshield stays on or not is negligable
  11. tonio

    tonio Guest

    uhh isn't Singapore damp (alot of moisture)?
    I would use a plastic bag with silica in it.

    Hey be safe than sorry, unless you can throw away money.

  12. stalefish

    stalefish Active Member

    yes VERY HUMID ! :D

    have to go shopping for sandwich bags now....
  13. wwittman

    wwittman Active Member

    just FYI there is SOME controversy about plastic bags especially in a humid environment.
    unless you DO use silica gel or some other dehumidifier thingy, you are basically trapping moisture IN, in a baggy... probably worse for a mic than dust can ever be.

    i would personally leave the mic out of a bag and leave the foam-y, nerfy, pop screen on it.
    that keeps dust out without encouraging moisture in.
    also works fine to leave then on ALL thee time, in my experience.
  14. zebra50

    zebra50 Guest

    Those little bags of silica gel can't hold an infinite amount of water (about 10% of their dry weight) and so are pretty much useless unless you reactivate them (i.e. dry them in an oven at >100 deg C for 24 hours) pretty frequently. Probably best not to bother.

    I think cover mics from dust but don't seal them up is the best approach. Unless you bring a cold mic into a warm environment condensation shouldn't normally be a problem.
  15. I tend to put all my mics away after use, but if I do leave one out for a few days, I put a sock over it! Remind me to never come sing at your place....... :s:
  16. 3dchris

    3dchris Active Member

    I store my mics on the kitchen table. It is a warm place. The only drawback is that I have to wash them after my kids eat dinner. :)

  17. Rod Gervais

    Rod Gervais Active Member

    See, now that's why i never let my kids eat at the table when they were young....... :s: :s:

  18. stalefish

    stalefish Active Member

  19. Ethan Winer

    Ethan Winer Active Member


    > there is SOME controversy about plastic bags especially in a humid environment. <

    Good point. I have the plastic bags hanging over the mikes, leaving them fully open at the bottom. My goal is just to keep dust from collecting on the mike and getting through the grill onto the diaphragm. I have central air so humidity is not a problem.

  20. The thing about sticking bags and socks over mics is that you end up with this sort of robotic puppetry look to your recording area. ;)

    Really though, I try to put my mics away. You never know when your upstairs neighboor is going to convert their living room into a water polo court.

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