Discussion in 'Recording' started by Guitarfreak, Mar 4, 2009.
...is it better to use a shockmount over a standard mount?
Miking a guitar cab?
Why on earth not?
I guess because it could interfere with position of the mic. The thing is that a shockmount is always sonically preferable, but is often a PITA logistically. I guess another example is where a singer wants to eat a mic and use the proximity effect. As a short answer, "always" is correct.
The thing is that a shockmount is always sonically preferable, but is often a PITA logistically.[/quote]
What do you mean a PITA logistically? You mean like as far as placement goes, and getting it to sit right its a PITA?
What do you mean a PITA logistically? You mean like as far as placement goes, and getting it to sit right its a PITA?[/quote]
Yes and Yes. Depends on the shock mount also and the mic to be shock mounted.
Yes and Yes. Depends on the shock mount also and the mic to be shock mounted.[/quote]
You mean the shocker and the shockee ?
It comes down to convenience IMO.
A 57 on a loud guitar amp probably doesn't need a shockmount.
An LDC on a cello....probably needs it. You can sometimes flick a cable like 10 feet down the line on a sensitive mic and hear it....if you are recording a quiet source, any bits of handling noise are going to much more apparent.
As Dave said, Yes and Yes. Add to that the fact that they are expensive, bulkier, and more fragile than a mic clip so that I usually take them off and put them in a safe place when I store a stand - while I'll just leave a mic clip on the stand. Overall, there are a ton of little ways that they make a little more work. Still I almost always use them on LDCs or ribbons.
There's the obvious differences between preferences and practicality.
Still... I've used a 57 cobbled into a shockmount for an NT2 on a really rickety/squeeky floor of an old house I tracked a guitar in... the guitar player moving around actually got the mic/stand bouncing a bit.
I agree with the volume/sensitivity issue. The more sensitive the mic...the greater the need for a 'mount. Basically if I'm tracking vocals using any of my condensers...they are shockmounted. If I'm tracking metal guitar parts off a screaming Marshall cab I just go with the regular mic stand mount.
shockmounts look more professional.
i shockmount my coffee cup.
Pics or it didn't happen.
and you'd better shockmount your camera when taking photos of shockmounted coffee cups
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