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I hate to ask this, but how do you hang a LDC mic upside down using a shock mount? I could attempt to just insert it upside down, but wouldn't it just fall out? Is there some way to do it or do I just, do it? hhaah


moonbaby Wed, 07/15/2009 - 12:50

music293 wrote: Your shock mount should grip the mic tight enough that it won't fall out of the mount.

Unless you have an Oktava with a tapered body that will, when suspended upside down in it's shockmount ( for the benefit of the film crew standing around making a video of that new pop sensation you just produced), fall to the ground faster than a SCUD missle, striking said pop sensation's right big toe ( he/she was wearing open-toe sandals at the time), causing unbearable pain for said sensation and resulting in a blood-curdling scream that not only caused the cameraman to jump back in horror, but the resultant "thud" (SCUD thud) put such a sonic signal through the live console strip that the board drove a DC signal to those brand new Genelecs, blowing the cones out of the boxes, and seriously injuring an A&R exec standing next to you, the producer...
You don't want THAT, do you?
Never hang a mic upside down unless you are prepared for the consequences.

Space Wed, 07/15/2009 - 19:31


These guys don't get out much, as you can tell. I work in the construction industry and have worked on several Government jobs were things of this nature are not treated as carelessly as it is being treated here.

It will be spec'ed out to ensure that the goal is met to within a degree of 100 percent satisfaction.

They just build the room upside down.

Hang the mic anywhere you want!

soapfloats Thu, 07/16/2009 - 00:26

I often do this w/ my MXL 3000 (which happens to be one of my favorite condensers for vocals - compares well w/ my Bluebird and 414s).

Try THIS trick: Put it in normally, and unscrew the knob that lets the boom extend/retract. Then slowly rotate the boom until the mic is upside down.
If the mic is secure, it should be fine (noting the exception to tapered models).

I should note, the MXL is not shockmount and has a locking washer. I still hang my 414s and Fatheads upside down, w/ no issues.
Like Mr. Monkey suggested, a little gaffers tape for reinforcement if you are unsure.