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Unobstrusive Choir Mic Stands??

Discussion in 'Accessories / Connections' started by tonyk, Sep 14, 2008.

  1. tonyk

    tonyk Guest

    Hello,

    More and more I feel the need for close micing Choirs with four microphones across the front. For this purpose, I am looking for an unobstrusive microphone stand. This will be mostly for concert situations, so it has to look neat and can not be too bulky.

    I guess something like the Microboom (http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/MB1245/), but without the mic and maybe around 3m high would be ideal. Maybe a single stand without boom would also be good, but I can't seem to find one that goes high enough!?

    Could you lead me in the right direction?! :cool:

    Thank you very much!

    Tony.
     
  2. d_fu

    d_fu Guest

    I like this K&M stand, together with an extension tube (K&M 20005-300.01):
     
  3. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Well-Known Member

    audix

    this

    or

    Schoeps

    http://www.schoeps.de/E-2004/mic-stand.html

    http://www.schoeps.de/E-2004/rl.html

    Or find someone with a metal fabrication shop and have him make you a few out of some light weight tubing with a stand at one end and an XLR at the other. Depending on what tubing he or she uses the ends can be soldered on or welded.
     
  4. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    Have you considered hanging or flying your microphones? You don't really need stands if you can fly them.

    Shure offers a lightweight, telescoping, aluminum tripod stand with a height of 12 feet. Bogan/Manfroto offers similar lighting stands with a height of 14 feet. An adapter is required at the top for a microphone mount. About as unobtrusive as you can get.

    Fly me to the Mike, take me to the moon
    Ms. Remy Ann David
     
  5. tonyk

    tonyk Guest

    Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.

    Thomas, have you used the Microboom? Do you know if it is possible to use it with any other microphone apart from the Audix micro series? If not, does anyone know how these guys sound?

    Flying the microphones is of curse ideal and I try to do it wherever I can, but all too often set-up time is too limited and stands are my only option. Whenever time allows I try to fly! I am not sure if four tripod stands infront of a choir are really that unobstrusive? The round base stands that d-fu suggested maybe seem like a cleaner looking solution

    Thanks for everybodies input so far!

    Cheers,

    Tony
     
  6. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Tony -

    a couple things -
    Regarding the Microboom - yes, I own and use these on a regular basis. Beyond that, I thoroughly recommend them (of course, I will caveat this whole thing by stating that I am an Audix dealer, so please feel free to factor that into the weight of my voice on the subject. That being said, I'd actually recommend you buy them from a local dealer as I don't stock these new and it would take a few days for me to get my hands on them).

    I use the microbooms beside much more costly microphones and never worry about it. Audix mics are far better sounding than they deserve to be.

    If you're in the US (I don't recall...sorry), I'd gladly send a pair of the omni mics and microbooms to you for trial.

    You can use the microbooms with other mics, but bear in mind, the mini-xlr three pin plug is integrated with the boom itself and thus may take some reworking on the mic end to get it to work with your existing mics.

    Depending upon your budget though, you may want to consider the Schoeps or Sennheiser mics. They both have stealth mounting options.

    The new 8000 series from Sennheiser is quickly winning me over. They're more refined than the older MKH series and have a similar high-end sheen that the Schoeps do. I've not used them on chorus yet, but if they work as well as I believe they will, they're a sure winner.

    Cheers-
    Jeremy
     
  7. tonyk

    tonyk Guest

    Jeremy, that's a very kind offer. Thank you very much.

    Unfortunately I am nowhere near the US, so let's not worry about sending the Microboom. Also, the local dealer here has them in stock for a very good price and I might pick up a couple anyway.

    Thanks again for the offer and advice!

    Best regards from Japan,

    Tony
     
  8. ptr

    ptr Active Member

    I don't know if its the right direction, becose when I suggested them in a previous thread there were som complaints about their weight ( :wink: ) all of the 12 lb.. But the K&M 260/8 is the quintisential Choir stand! I used four just last night (each with a Neumann M149 for glorius sound!), and they raise to almost 11 feet with out a an arm! :shock: :shock: ..and they will set you back a few hard earned $$$...

    /ptr
     
  9. tonyk

    tonyk Guest

    ptr, thanks a lot! Do you have a link for the 260/8?
    I can't seem to see it on the K&M website.

    Thank you!

    Tony.
     
  10. ptr

    ptr Active Member

    I only checked the local distributor.. can't find it at the K&M site either.. SORRY!

    /ptr
     

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