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Mic Stand Counterweight

Posted on Thu, Jun 21, 2007

Spiffy studio trick o' the day:

If you're like me, you can't afford to buy solid gold mic stands with gyroscopic balance circuitry, and you've had your fair share of valuable mics come crashing to the floor when you have the boom extended. Take out a $6 insurance policy: buy a 10 pound barbell weight and slip it onto the bottom of the mic stand:

Notice how it's at full height, the boom arm is fully extended, there's a heavy mic on it, and the arm is pointing out between two of the legs (the least stable position). It wasn't going anywhere. Neat.

   Discussion: Mic Stand Counterweight
Jamie Dull (anon) · 9 years, 5 months ago
Nice invention.

When all else fails, get weights.

What kind of mic is that?
Josh Woodward Back · 9 years, 5 months ago
That's an AKG C-414 BULS, a large-diaphragm condenser. They're pretty much my workhorse mics, but they're fairly heavy and have a few dents to prove it. :D
Jamie Dull (anon) · 9 years, 5 months ago
Aww.. *sighs*.

I'm still a fan of the Blues mics, but I ALWAYS use an AKG for my acoustic guitar sounds. I'm very particular on how to get the right tone out of my Alvarez in the studio. I speant about 45 minutes on the last record just getting the finger picking tone right for my song "You Win".

The new record that I'm working on will sound sick with those AKG's.

NOTHING beats your acoustic tone on "She Dreams In Blue" though.

Jeremiah (anon) · 9 years, 5 months ago
NICE trick! I'm adding this to the book of Dark Music Secrets ;)
Steve Webb (anon) · 9 years, 5 months ago
Great idea, Josh. I've a few dented mics as well. Thanks for sharing.
crucialwax (anon) · 7 years ago
I know a fellow who used an old tire rim to do that same job. Worked good, less pretty.

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