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Under what circumstances...

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Guitarfreak, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    ...is it better to use a shockmount over a standard mount?
     
  2. MadMax

    MadMax Well-Known Member

  3. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    Miking a guitar cab?
     
  4. MadMax

    MadMax Well-Known Member

    Why on earth not?
     
  5. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    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.
     
  6. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    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?
     
  7. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    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.
     
  8. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    Yes and Yes. Depends on the shock mount also and the mic to be shock mounted.[/quote]
    You mean the shocker and the shockee ?
     
  9. 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.
     
  10. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    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.
     
  11. MadMax

    MadMax Well-Known Member

    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.
     
  12. robcranmer

    robcranmer Guest

    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.
     
  13. BDM

    BDM Active Member

    shockmounts look more professional.
    i shockmount my coffee cup.
     
  14. Greener

    Greener Guest

    Pics or it didn't happen. :p
     
  15. rockstardave

    rockstardave Active Member

    and you'd better shockmount your camera when taking photos of shockmounted coffee cups
     

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