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Paid 4k for this Mount. Definitely not worth it. The body is very stern and hardly reduces vibrations. There was no return policy when I purchased this. Ideal one should pay 300 rupees for this. Not sure what I was thinking when I made the purchase.
Lo pedí para un AT2020 y le queda excelente, el filtro cubre toda la parte frontal e inclusive un poco de la parte trasera, la montura se nota resistente para el peso de ese mismo micrófono y aunque no es para nada económico el precio, vale la pena la inversión
I got this set as a recommended purchase with the AT2020 mic from Amazon. I knew it was a cheap bundle, but I assumed if it was recommended it must mostly work. I was wrong.
The shock mount BARELY reduces vibration noise. If I just lightly tap the boom or the desk, I can still hear it, just at reduced volume, albeit only slightly reduced.
The pop filter is almost worthless. The problem I believe is that it sits TOO close to the microphone, so it only slightly reduces the wind and pop sounds. However, if I took the filter and held it in my hand in front of the mic at a further distance, it worked great. So, the issue is how it attaches causes it to be too close to the mic.
The 2nd issue with the pop filter is how it attaches. By attaching directly to the mic, vibrations from the filter from wind etc. will still reverberate into it, equally causing it to be ineffective.
Bottom line, unless you absolutely cannot afford anything else and the tiniest improvement matters to you, avoid this bundle. It does not do the job it is designed for even in the slightest. Very disappointed.
First thing's first, Yes, the mount's construction is metal, not plastic. The pop filter is plastic with rubber band like fasteners. The purpose of a shock mount is supposed to reduce sound made from vibrations from the boom arm, desk, etc. It honestly only makes a little bit of difference, unless it's because it's freshly installed and the suspension is still stiff? I'm not sure, but also the pop filter that comes with it, while better than none, it pretty trash. I just use it to have a double layer with a nylon pop filter. It's an alright purchase if you have a low budget and just need a quick upgrade. However, if you have the money, I recommend getting a metal mesh pop filter and a more expensive shock mount.
I'm not a professional, but I know when something is broken and/or doesn't work. The pop filter had a broken hook. This wouldn't really have been an issue if it actually did anything to limit plosives. Slipped on a foam sock that I borrowed and it worked so much better than the filter that comes with this. The shock mount is pretty finicky, too, whereas the elastic bands will pop off a few hooks very, very easily.
This is a perfect example of what I call, "50% percent Chinese Engineering". Meaning, they took a good idea but didn't put enough thought into the actual design.
For example on this unit: The mic shock-mount itself is just fine and works great. However, the "pop-screen" that comes with it is totally USELESS - if you use it as shown in product photos and instructions. Thankfully there's a quick fix.
In order for a pop-screen to do it's job there has to be a gap between the screen itself and the microphone. The gap allows for the "plosives" caused by the speaking the letter "P" or other phrases that create a micro-burst of air from our mouths, to physically dissipate.
The way this screen is designed, it's resting up against the microphone itself - with NO gap, making the screen useless. Here's the fix, as shown in photos...
Do not wrap the built-in rubber bands around the mic, instead put them on the OUTSIDE of the mic itself, and use a simple household rubber-band to hold it onto the mic. Now the screen has just enough distance to allow for plosives to dissipate before they hit the outer mic-screen. Problem solved.
If it wasn't for this lack of good engineering I'd give this unit 5 stars, but it's just another example of how the Chinese rush to make a cheap product without truly considering how to make it *properly*.
I was motivated to buy a new shock mount because I have an AT4040 and found that it was a major hassle moving it from my vocal mic stand to an angled desktop stand I use for recording acoustic guitar because I only have one mic. Anyone who has used the native AT4040's shock mount can attest to the fact that getting it in and out of the mount with any regularity quickly becomes an exercise in frustration.
I'll give you both the good and bad.
I do suspect that over time, inserting and removing my mic from the mounting clamp will result in cosmetic wear and scratches to its coated black finish. I certainly wouldn't put a thousand dollar mic in there for that reason. The AT4040 is low-mid range in price and I will likely never sell it. Even the native mount leaves some wear on the body. I treat all my music equipment as a working tool and eventually, they will show signs of use. I personally love it when great guitarists play instruments covered in well earned scars but felt this should be noted in case that's important to you.
Also, I suspect the isolation properties of the AT4040's native mount's additional rubber band suspension WITHIN the outer shock mount adds additional isolation not offered by this cheaper mount. However, at least so far, it just doesn't seem to have impacted me. I guess I just don't make a great deal of contact with the mic stands I use.
I can't speak to durability. Frankly, given the price, I would be shocked if it lasted for more than a year or so, but if you aren't hard on your stuff and you handle things gently, I suspect this will do fine for some time. The one area that I think may be weak is the angled wing fastener which just doesn't seem to tighten as much as I'd want before reaching its maximum torqued position. If anything gives over time, it will likely be that connection.
What I really love with this item is the pinch-and-release mechanism because it's so much easier to use than the AT4040's native isolation mount which is deeply gripped by rubber bands that are difficult to reinsert back into. No question, the native one is also made of slightly higher quality materials but it isn't really designed for that kind of regular in-out access.
I like that for such a low price - about the same as a cocktail or a bottle of wine - I also get a pop filter which seems to be working for me. I used to use a much larger circular flexi-arm-mounted pop-filter and just found it so distracting and 'in my face'. It would also need constant adjusting as it would droop over time. I much prefer the compact nature of the mic mounted one that comes with this kit.
In the end, I bought a second so that both my mic stands use this mount and I can very quickly move between the two.
FINAL IMPORTANT WARNING for AT4040 Owners:
If you have an AT4040 remember that there are a couple of raised switches (for engaging dB attenuation and high pass filter) at the bottom of the back of the microphone. You may want to make sure you seat the mic deep enough into the clamp so that the slightly raised switches are BELOW the bottom of the clamp to ensure it doesn't put unnecessary pressure on those switches. That said, it means a wider part of the mic will be in the midst of the clamp which means more pressure on the body. To alleviate this I stretched the clips out to a wide position to try and lesson the tension on the mic I was putting in it. (The AT4040 is definitely at the upper range of this mounts capacity.)