Stereo Mic Bar

Discussion in 'Location Recording' started by audiokid, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    What do you recommend for stereo mic bars? I'm adding these to my tool box.

    K&M 23510 Adjustable Stereo Microphone Bar?
    Shure A27M Stereo Microphone Adapter?
    Sabra-Som ST2 2 Mic Stereo Bar
     
  2. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    Grace has a real nice one that they've recently come out with...
     
  3. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    very nice, thanks Moon! these all look like my tastes for sure. Pricy but nice!
    Grace Design Products
     
  4. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    I recommend the Sabra-Som ST4 over the ST2. First of all you can just take off sliders you don't want. Second, if you use LDC mic's the ST2 is on occasion not big enough. Conversely you could purchase the ST2 then buy a hexagonal cold rolled steel rod online to whatever length you like. Another stereo bar that is nice is the Cascade version and it is reasonably priced to boot. I love the AEA Decca and the Sabra Decca trees but I'll never spend that money. I built my own from parts. It takes a Matthews stand to fly it though.
     
  5. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Thanks John,

    hey, how do these Flathead II sound? (comparing to our Royers?) Nice looking setup here: They look great and are pretty low priced.
    Ribbon Microphone FAT HEAD II Blumlien - Cascade Microphones - Studio Microphones
     
  6. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    I don't own any Cascade microphones. I just like the stereo bar. I did just pick up a Cloudlifter on one of my trolling purchases. I'll be curious to check it out though unneeded with the True's. It might be just the ticket to use the SF12 with a flash recorder.
     
  7. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    The bar looks good.

    How do you like the Cloudlifter? Pretty cool how it gets a power source eh. Someone was thinking there!
     
  8. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    It just arrived today. It hasn't been out to a gig yet. The SF12 is going back to Royer for a checkup so when it comes back I'll be ready for some play time wit it and the R101's. Another interesting tool I just picked up recently is a box from DW Fearn. It takes a line level signal and reduces it to mic level to pump through a color preamp.
     
  9. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    This?:

    lp1

    Man, Fearn gives me serious G.A.S.
     
  10. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    That's the one. I haven't used that either. I just keep finding this stuff in auctions at 0100. If the price is low enough I make a min bid and forget about it. I got a D12e for $145 last week.
     
  11. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    You are having too much fun. I wish we lived closer John, I can tell we would have some good times.
     
  12. Ira Seigel

    Ira Seigel Active Member

    John and audiokid - I realize this is a very old thread, but I hope you can answer this question from a newbie here. You mention the hex rolled steel rod. Could you tell me the diameter I should look for, to use with the ST2?
     
  13. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Not familiar with this, John will be here sometime and most likely have the answer for you.
     
  14. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    I'll have to dig out the tape measure, but the bar is the exact same dimension as the plastic bar that comes with the Sabra mounts-just longer.
     
  15. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    http://www.amazonsupply.com/dp/B000FN1JGG

    The website I originally ordered mine has either been absorbed by Amazon or just doesn't exist anymore.
     
  16. Ira Seigel

    Ira Seigel Active Member

    PLASTIC?!?! Yikes! Thanks for the heads up on that. And thanks for the Amazon link. Much appreciated it.
     
  17. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    The stock bar works quite well and is no problem unless you wish to have a much wider horizontal spread. As to whether the bar is plastic or delrin or something harder I never bothered to investigate since I can't afford a hex carbon fiber rod. There are many acoustic advantages to non metal primary being vibration transference.
     
  18. Ira Seigel

    Ira Seigel Active Member

    Good point about vibration. Altho I'd most likely use small shockmounts anyway, to keep a low visible profile.

    How about these?:SSL
    Not hex, but would they work for you? Not all that expensive. But I'll go with the stock Sabra-som item, as you suggest.
     
  19. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    How are you going to use a hex mic stud on a round bar? Just sayin'. Also, what are you recording that you need a long bar? For mine I was using spaced omni's in live orchestra recording as room mics. When I use the Sabra on the main stereo pair there is almost never a reason to go wider than the stock mounts. I did scab the Sabra mounts and custom engineer a Decca Tree once but that was huge PITA and eventually went with three separate stands or flying the mic's.
     
  20. Ira Seigel

    Ira Seigel Active Member

    The Decca Tree would be too ungainly for me. I'd have no way of hanging it properly where it wouldn't be objectionable to patrons or staff. But I doff my hat to you - that must have been QUITE the customizing feat.

    After thinking about the "long bar" issue a bit more, I realized that you're right - the ST2 (or ST4) provides as much separation as I'm going to want for a principal pair. I also have access to hanging Schoeps and DPAs, but I'd like to try Blumlein and XY for an upcoming series and for traveling to different venues.
     

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