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How to hang mic upside down?

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

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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.

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Codemonkey Wed, 07/15/2009 - 14:14

Dynamics are easy... (rope and tape)
But a shockmounted one? Just gaffertape the mic stand to the ceiling, and then invert the boom part so that the shockmount is right side up.

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moonbaby Wed, 07/15/2009 - 15:06

Link555 wrote: lol- Man did that really happen?

No, but maybe it should have!

Cucco:Just hang the vocalist upside down then everything looks right!

Or you can just hang the vocalist!

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Davedog Wed, 07/15/2009 - 15:08

The problem with hanging the talent upside down is it fills their already inflated ego with fresh blood and then they get opinions and will invariable start reading off things they 'heard' about recording on some internet site.....Like they know whats what :twisted:

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

mannyr,

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!

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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.

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TheJackAttack Thu, 07/16/2009 - 09:01

soapfloats wrote: a little gaffers tape for reinforcement if you are unsure.

Naaah. If you are unsure a little Det Cord tied onto pin 2 does the trick. No more problems with the singer. Can you hear me now?

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Cucco Thu, 07/16/2009 - 12:49

TheJackAttack wrote: [quote=soapfloats] a little gaffers tape for reinforcement if you are unsure.

Naaah. If you are unsure a little Det Cord tied onto pin 2 does the trick. No more problems with the singer. Can you hear me now?

Is that pin 2 of the mic or pin 2 of the singer? :o :-?

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Cucco Thu, 07/16/2009 - 13:52

Oh...THAT pin 2...
Another reason to keep a roll of gaffers tape around the studio...you can't put those pins back in!

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TheJackAttack Thu, 07/16/2009 - 13:58

I have an MXL mic I would donate to the cause of a picture of the Det Cord tied onto pin 2, but I couldn't figure out how to get the jpg with the equipment I have. It's sort of a one time event!

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