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silly mic placement question

Discussion in 'Recording' started by song4gabriel, Apr 4, 2007.

  1. song4gabriel

    song4gabriel Active Member

    can anyone hear attest to the difference between hanging a mic upsde down in a boom (as in most recding studios) or having it right side up? i've been doing the latter for years and just now thought of this.

    sean quinn
  2. multoc

    multoc Active Member


    no their shouldn't be any difference as far as I can "attest" to =)
  3. song4gabriel

    song4gabriel Active Member

    ok..shoot me..."HERE" for chrissake. thank you mr. editur
  4. multoc

    multoc Active Member

    haha :) thank you
  5. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    Specifically, tube mics should be mounted "upside down", so that the diaphragm is BELOW the tube electronics. This way, the tubes' heat is not rising up to the diaphragm and other components that may be damaged by it. Plus, it looks cool on videos, eh?
  6. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    I always mount my mic up sideways just like my coldbluesteel....

    The ONLY reason to mount a mic upside down is the heat from the tubes....if its a tube mic.

    There is no difference in sound unless it tends to make you sing the lyrics backwards.......

    Personally, theres something way cool about my U87 upsidedown in its $300 suspension in a darkened room with just a little pinpoint of light on the lyrics.....


    I use three...the first verse on one sheet...the second verse on one sheet and the chorus on one sheet..............IN BIG LETTERS.

    Besides. The bounce you get off of those nice big Manhasset stands is golden....
  7. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    Ain't it, though? I used to have a little lyric stand attached to my mic boom
    via one oof those clamp-arm thingys. But then I got me a REAL sheet music stand, and my VO's are like thunder, baby! There's a reason they're called MANhassett!
  8. natural

    natural Active Member

    ergonomics mostly.
    Upside down does keep the field of vision more open to see the music stand.
    Less chance of bumping the mic if you reach for the music stand, or try to scratch your nose etc.
    A little less head ducking for those walking through the studio.

    On the other hand, if the singer is wearing a baseball cap, or cowboy hat....

    Sometimes you just can't win.

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