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Shockmount vs Boom Isolation

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Guitarfreak, Jun 18, 2010.

  1. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    I record high gain guitars usually at a pretty good volume and I when I do this I want the room to be involved as little as possible. (The cab is so loud that one time it caused my external hard drive to vibrate so much that it could no longer record and I had to isolate it to continue, just to give you an idea) I use a boom mic and I don't want the floor vibrations interfering with the mic position even on a micro level. I thought about a shock mount for my 57, but that may actually FACILITATE mic movement rather than stop it. I could probably devise some way to isolate the boom legs from the ground to better effect. What do you think? And what should I use?
  2. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    First of all, have you considered an isolation cabinet? It might be an idea. On the other hand, there shouldn't be so much noise that it affects the mic position so detrimentally. If it causes the boom to shift, maybe some duct tape is all that's in order. If you're going to get a little anal about it though boom isolation would probably be the best bet. Nothing at all wrong about being anal when it comes to audio. On the contrary, I think that is what makes a good engineer.
  3. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    Auralex makes a product to decouple your mic stand from the floor called Platfeet. They're usually bundled with the Xpanders that reduce off-axis sound into the mic. That would give you someplace to start.

    When you drop the hammer on a low D chord in typical hardcore metal fashion, I'd worry more about vibrations passing through the wood floor and up through the mic stand than I would the mic moving a micron in a shockmount. If you create enough air pressure to physically move the mic body in a shockmount when you play guitar, we may need to have the 'you don't have to play at 128dB to sound loud on a recording' talk.
  4. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    Those platfeet are exactly what I am looking for. Thanks!
  5. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    While I'm here, does anyone know of a nice piece of acoustic treatment for between the cab and amp to isolate these? Not really a fan of removing my head and propping it somewhere each time I track. Hell, moving the cab itself is work enough! I was looking at the Auralex Gramma, but that's floor isolation, so I'm not so sure that it is exactly what I am looking for.
  6. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    Rubber feet should be sufficient, don't you think?

    These 2.5" or 1/5" FEET would be comparable to what you would find on a big store-bought cabinet.

    If you'd rather do foam, try whatever you might have laying around. Any scraps from your DIY gobos?

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