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How to hang mic upside down?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by mannyr, Jul 15, 2009.

  1. mannyr

    mannyr Active Member

    I hate to ask this, but how do you hang a LDC mic upside down using a shock mount?? I could attempt to just insert it upside down, but wouldn't it just fall out? Is there some way to do it or do I just, do it? hhaah
  2. music293

    music293 Active Member

    Your shock mount should grip the mic tight enough that it won't fall out of the mount.
  3. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    Unless you have an Oktava with a tapered body that will, when suspended upside down in it's shockmount ( for the benefit of the film crew standing around making a video of that new pop sensation you just produced), fall to the ground faster than a SCUD missle, striking said pop sensation's right big toe ( he/she was wearing open-toe sandals at the time), causing unbearable pain for said sensation and resulting in a blood-curdling scream that not only caused the cameraman to jump back in horror, but the resultant "thud" (SCUD thud) put such a sonic signal through the live console strip that the board drove a DC signal to those brand new Genelecs, blowing the cones out of the boxes, and seriously injuring an A&R exec standing next to you, the producer...
    You don't want THAT, do you?
    Never hang a mic upside down unless you are prepared for the consequences.
  4. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    lol- Man did that really happen?
  5. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Just hang the vocalist upside down then everything looks right!
  6. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Dynamics are easy... (rope and tape)
    But a shockmounted one? Just gaffertape the mic stand to the ceiling, and then invert the boom part so that the shockmount is right side up.
  7. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    No, but maybe it should have!

    Cucco:Just hang the vocalist upside down then everything looks right!

    Or you can just hang the vocalist!
  8. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    The problem with hanging the talent upside down is it fills their already inflated ego with fresh blood and then they get opinions and will invariable start reading off things they 'heard' about recording on some internet site.....Like they know whats what :twisted:
  9. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    lol-this is the best thread I have read in a while!
  10. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    I was truly laughing out loud at this. Good stuff.
  11. Space

    Space Well-Known Member


    These guys don't get out much, as you can tell. I work in the construction industry and have worked on several Government jobs were things of this nature are not treated as carelessly as it is being treated here.

    It will be spec'ed out to ensure that the goal is met to within a degree of 100 percent satisfaction.

    They just build the room upside down.

    Hang the mic anywhere you want!
  12. soapfloats

    soapfloats Well-Known Member

    I often do this w/ my MXL 3000 (which happens to be one of my favorite condensers for vocals - compares well w/ my Bluebird and 414s).

    Try THIS trick: Put it in normally, and unscrew the knob that lets the boom extend/retract. Then slowly rotate the boom until the mic is upside down.
    If the mic is secure, it should be fine (noting the exception to tapered models).

    I should note, the MXL is not shockmount and has a locking washer. I still hang my 414s and Fatheads upside down, w/ no issues.
    Like Mr. Monkey suggested, a little gaffers tape for reinforcement if you are unsure.
  13. Zoro

    Zoro Guest

    I agree LOL!
  14. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Naaah. If you are unsure a little Det Cord tied onto pin 2 does the trick. No more problems with the singer. Can you hear me now?
  15. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    That's what I call government specs!
  16. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Is that pin 2 of the mic or pin 2 of the singer? :eek: :-?
  17. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    USMC. When it absolutely positively has to be destroyed overnight!
  18. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Oh...THAT pin 2...
    Another reason to keep a roll of gaffers tape around the studio...you can't put those pins back in!
  19. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    I have an MXL mic I would donate to the cause of a picture of the Det Cord tied onto pin 2, but I couldn't figure out how to get the jpg with the equipment I have. It's sort of a one time event!

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