Tuesday, January 09, 2007

What is this?

You are looking at a greyscale inverted image of a Naked Eye ribbon mic on a prototype low diffraction suspension mount placed in front of the bikini flag. The idea is to keep the business end of the transducer away from the ring and any other obstructions that might diffract and reflect incoming wavefronts. This mount uses the original Naked Eye ring retainer which allows for easy rotary positioning.

Suspension mounts, shock mounts etc. are often ineffective and transmit low freqency vibrations into a mic body all too efficiently. This one is intended to be a little better than the classic rubber band spider thing seen all over the place. We supply a no charge StickyLipz tm spider suspension mount with Proscenium, Soundstage Image and Studio Vocalist microphones. It is a decent and secure way to hold and position these mics, but like all mounts of its type, cannot attenuate all vibrations conducted through the mic stand. One way to mitigate this common problem is to place the mic stand base on a rubber pad or cushion, or even a section of plush carpet, being careful that the stand is still stable enough so it won't tip and crash.

One did just that recently in the lab. I walked away from a Naked Eye on a long boom arm and ignored the laws of physics. Just as I reached the other end of the lab, I heard a loud crash as the Naked Eye and its low diffraction arm mount hit the hard concrete floor. The mic still worked and tested OK. These are the experiments that we don't plan, but they do happen from time to time! Avoid this kind of experimentation in your studio.

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