Using A Microphone In A Shock Mount
Some microphones will come with a shockmount included and others you will have to by a shock mount separately to protect the sounds that you record from any incoming noise that’s produced by, for instance fans from computers that are running on your desk, if your microphone is also standing on the desk. Also any other sorts of movement that you might make with the microphone can affect the sound that is recorded and you should try to avoid that happening, if at all possible. It can be difficult to remove unwanted humming sounds after the recording is complete in your sound editing software. Even Amadeus Pro which is my favourite tool which has good audio editing features will find it a tough job, best to get a clean recording in the first place.
What Sort of Microphone Shock Mount To Buy
You should buy the shock mount that is applicable to the microphone that you have. There are simple shock amounts as used on the stage, with that one, basically you slide the Shure SM58 microphone into and they don’t really do much in terms of isolating the microphone from vibration, these are going to be used with the less sensitive dynamic microphones. Then on the other hand there are shock mounts that look a bit like a spider, they don’t necessarily have eight legs, but they do have the elastics that isolate the microphone from the boom pole mount, the table mount or the stand that you put on to the floor.
There are other specialty type of shock amounts for example the Blue Snowball Microphone has a shock mount specific to that type of ball microphone. There are shock mounts which are suitable for the shotgun type microphones which tend to be used for filming work and there are other shock mounts which are for the ribbon type microphones.
A mic shock mount is simple to use and will have a screw connection which will allow you to connect the microphone to the desk stand or the boom. Then there will be the interior part that is isolated by the elastics. You will have some sort of a clip that you squeeze to open up to be able to allow you to insert the microphone. There are some shock mounts that will be specific to a brand of microphone due to the shape or size of a microphone, so they require something that is non-standard. You would have to buy the microphone shockmount as provided by the same manufacturer of the microphone.
The Samson SP01 Spider Shock Mount
The spider shock mount is able to isolate your Samson condenser microphone and also other microphones will fit in this model. It stops the vibration and floor and stand noise from getting onto the recording, this will help you to avoid any unwanted noises in your recorded signal. When you buy this shock mount it will fit on standard type microphone stand and there is also a thread adapter for the smaller euro threaded microphone mounts.
This microphone shockmount is an attractive looking item in a silver colour and looks pretty good with a microphone inserted into it. This also works with my Behringer B-2 pro microphone as well as with my Sampson C03U.
Blue Microphones Ringer Universal Shock Mount For Ball Microphones
This shock mount has a vintage style suspension mount, the inner part of it is isolated as with most shock mounts by elasticated material. It is a stylish looking shock mount and certainly complements the style of the spherical Blue Snowball Microphone.
This shock mounting is designed to isolate the body of the microphone from the low frequency vibrations which can ruin a recording and it accommodates other microphones, if they fit within the space that is available in the inner ring.
The ringer is composed of brass and it is individually hand built and well crafted with the same attention to detail that you generally find with Blue Microphones products.
There is a thumb screw on the side which you do need to be careful that you do not over tighten, but otherwise the Ringer shock mount is well made and you will be able to get many years of use from this shock mount.
The MXL 90 Microphone Shock Mount
A standard sort of universal shock mount with the wires around the outside holding an inner section and this will hold microphones with a 60 mm diameter. The MXL 90 will stop ambience and low frequency noise that can travel up they mic stand and will give you excellent sound results in your recordings. This shock mount used with the correct microphone will help you you to be able to record sounds from drums, pianos, vocals and so on without having any external noises ruining your recording. You can also purchase a clamp on microphone pop filter to help you improve the sound of your vocal recordings.
Video Podcasting and Shotgun Microphones
If you are creating a video podcasts then it is likely that you might use a shotgun microphone that is either on the end of a boom or fitted within a pistol grip shock mount. Your need to use a specific shock mount due to the shape of the shotgun microphones being a long and thin and you may even buy a dead cat to go with this. We will be discussing shotgun microphones in a different article. It is also possible to make a mic shock mounting yourself with just a few cheap items and some simple tools.